Monthly Archives: June 2019

Brockadale NR

With about five hours to spare and with the sun a blazing what better way to spend it then at Brockadale NR a well known place for Marbled White Butterflies.

I wasn’t disappointed on arrival as there were a couple of Marbled Whites in the car park, out on the reserve there were lots mainly on the first slope down to the metal gate, it was a slow process getting thru the first gate as I filled my boots with Marbled White Photos. Thru the gate and to the right I wondered up the path coming up with a single Small Heath, and a Dark Green Fritillary which didn’t stop at all, lots of Meadow Browns as well and for the life in me I couldn’t find a Ringlet.

I walked thru this field towards the next gate and went right following the river and saw a female Banded Demoseille Damselfly and that didn’t stop for a photo either. So following the river I came across a wet patch with Meadow Browns and a Red Admiral mud puddling. After a few Photos here I walked up the banking to find another banded Demoseille, this one did hang around for a photo but among the grasses, so turned out to be more grass than Demoiselle.

Up on the banking were Brown Argus, Dark Green Fritillary (Fly Thru), Painted Lady, Brimstone (Fly Thru), Small Skipper, and Meadow Brown.

Only other Butterfly Species for the day on the way to the car was a Common Blue ♂

Butterflies for the Day :-  Brimstone, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Small Heath, Small Skipper

Birds noted :- Chiffchaff, Skylark, Swallow, Whitethroat, Yellowhammer

Marbled Whites

Marbled White

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Bullcliffe NR

Off plan this visit but since it was a sunny evening I couldn’t resist the temptation of a bit of photography.

I was immediately greeted by a Common Blue Butterfly, perched up, but in windy conditions it proved a bit difficult in getting a good pic.

Common Blue 

Common Blue Butterfly

After this beauty it become overcast but broke after about 30 mins but even this proved to be difficult in finding more butterflies, the good numbers of Dingy Skipper last week proved difficult in finding this week due to the conditions, a handful did eventually show.  A single Brown Argus, a single Green veined White and what I was hoping for this week a single Small Heath, which gave me the run around before I eventually pinned it down, but not in a postion for a photo