Horsey Gap Walk 2nd August 2018 Field Trip Report
Believe it or not another hot and sunny day, A pleasant gentle breeze from the north made it bearable. Eleven of us met in the car-park for this penultimate walk of the season. We found 17 different species in total , seven of them before we left the car-park. To my relief ,there were still plenty of dark green fritillaries around and the graylings put in an appearance, so the target species were found. Another most enjoyable
Regards Ann Carpenter
- Dark Green Fritillary
Today 2nd August 29018 we did the timed count at Warham. The weather was excellent although photographers would have struggled to get pictures as they were very mobile. We counted 570 in all, up from the poor counts of 158 last year and 247 in 2016 – although the weather both those years was not ideal.
Pigney’s Wood on 25th July 2018 Field Trip Report
Hot and sunny, but a pleasant breeze got up. 12 of us met to explore this NWT site. A delightful walk through woodland, round the meadow, across the heath and back along the canal. We found 15 different species of butterfly, the most numerous being the large white!. We also saw several purple hairstreaks, which we watched for some time hoping for that photo opportunity. Our thanks to Stephanie Witham for showing us round this Norfolk Wildlife site Gem.
2 Common Blue
3 Holly Blue
Bradfield Woods 29 July 2018 Field Trip Report
Six people met in the car-park of Bradfield Woods. It was sunny but with a strong North Wind blowing. Not a good start to the day. Well how wrong you can be, along the sheltered but sunny rides we found our first White admirals and Silver washed fritillaries of the year. Also good numbers of large skippers, speckled woods, Meadow browns and a comma. A perfect outcome after all. Thank you Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Foxley Wood 22nd July 2018 Field Trip Report
Following a very successful moth trapping session in Foxley Wood, 16 of us set off with Daniel Maidstone, the warden, in search of butterflies. Unfortunately the weather was dull and overcast and a bit cool and windy. There were plenty of ringlets, meadow browns and skippers about and we did see our target species, silver washed fritillary and white admiral but photo opportunities were very limited. We saw 9 different species in total and were very grateful to Daniel for showing us round the wood.
Beeston Common 22nd July 2018 Field Trip Report
8 people joined the walk on Beeston Common on 14-7-18. It was a very warm, sunny day and once again we were lucky enough to have Francis Farrow to show us around. The common looked very green not like our parched lawns and roadsides and we saw marsh fragrant orchids, common spotted orchids and marsh helleborines. The butterflies were very busy with a preponderance of large whites. Once again photos were difficult, as nothing wanted to settle, but we saw 17 different species including silver washed fritillaries. Our thanks once again to Francis for giving us his time.
Buxton Heath June 27th 2018 Field Trip Report
24 people at Buxton. Lovely sunny morning and the heath looked great. Silver Studded blues seemed to be everywhere we looked. 11 different species of butterflies seen altogether.
ButterflyAlert No 8 June 23rd
Currently reported this year from Norfolk are Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Swallowtail, Brimstone, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue, Silver-studded Blue, Green, White-letter and Purple Hairstreaks, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Dark-Green and Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath
In other news
Dragonflies reported flying in Norfolk
Large Red, Red-eyed, Common and Scarce Emerald, Common Blue, Blue-tailed, Azure and Variable damselflies, Banded Demoiselle, Hairy dragonfly, Emperor, Four-Spotted, Scarce and Broad-bodied Chasers, Black-tailed Skimmer, Southern, Brown and Norfolk Hawker and Common Darter.
As usual all reports gratefully received.(and many thanks to those who've
let me know what they're seeing)
Bradfield Woods 21June18 Field Trip Report
Six people met in the car-park of Bradfield Woods. It was sunny but with a strong North Wind blowing. Not a good start to the day. Well how wrong you can be,
along the sheltered but sunny rides we found our first White admirals and Silver washed fritillaries of the year, Also good numbers of large skippers, speckled woods,
Meadow browns and a comma. A perfect outcome after all. Thank you Suffolk Wildlife Trust.
Report and photos from Ann Carpenter