Sunday morning we walked around the wood and the fields on the edge of the wood looking for butterflies.
It wasn’t a great morning for looking, at 10am the weather was cloudy, only about 16 degrees C with a slight wind.
On the walk down to the woods from the church there were plenty of Gatekeepers low in the long grass, with a few tatty Meadow Browns.
Once in the woods we stopped at what I call Dragonfly corner and spotted a Purple Hairstreak (no photos) which must have been settled until we walk past, then it flew up to the top of an oak tree and disappeared.
Walking up the main ride through the woods we looked out where White Admirals have been spotted, but we may have been too late for them.
Reaching the top of the ride we walked out in to the field and checked along the field edge in patches of nettles, thistles and ragwort. Here there were lots of Gatekeepers, a few Common Blues, a Brown Argus, Ringlets, a few Whites and a Silver-washed fritillary.
Not many butterflies through the back edge of the wood as it is quite over grown and shaded so we headed out towards the next open patch to where Purple Emperors were spotted a couple of weeks ago. We did spot another Purple hairstreak and again lots of Common Blues, Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns but no Purple Emperor.
Back in to the wood and not many butterflies until we reached Dragonfly corner again where there is a sunny patch. Another Silver-washed fritillary and a couple of Gatekeepers.
Thank you to Richard for pointing out many butterflies that I would have missed, especially the Purple hairstreaks.
We plan to repeat the walk later on in the week.