Saturday 13th July 2019, 10:30am-3:00pm

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  • Iain Cowe
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We’re teaming up with the Edinburgh Natural History Society for this exciting event seeking the latest addition to Scotland’s breeding butterfly list.

The meeting place will be by Mayfield Garden Centre in Kelso at 10.30 am, where there is spacious free car parking by the riverside walk at NT730336.

We will walk towards Kelso Bridge where there is a colony of the White-letter Hairstreak almost in the centre of town. We will then move on checking more sites across the Tweed and towards the mouth of the Teviot, including Springwood Park and Teviot Bridge.

Weather permitting, we could cross the Teviot and take a walk up the riverside walk where we may see many other species such as Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper and Comma; the Banded Demoiselle can also be found here. There are several smaller White-letter Hairstreak colonies on these river banks to find.

The total distance will be between around 2½ – 3½ miles there and back at a slow and steady pace. Footwear and clothing to suit town and country walking. Paths are pretty much flat with no steep gradients and should suit most if not all abilities.

If you can bring a lunch with you, a waterproof just in case and binoculars might be handy for a small butterfly that spends most of its time at the top of a tree and a camera if you wish.