Thursday 29 July 2021

Carlton Marsh

A juv. Buzzard called and a Juv. Grey Wagtail flew over the hide.

Insects included the Silver Washed Fritillary near the top of the steps on the embankment resting on Alder and Hawthorn leaves in the cool conditions of mid-day.

2 male Southern Hawkers were patrolling their territories on the embankment (CG).

This afternoon's butterflies included 1 Painted Lady, 25 Peacock, 3 Comma, 57 Meadow Brown, 24 Ringlet, 64 Gatekeeper, 9 Speckled Wood, 5 Large Skipper, 24 Small Skipper, 2 Common Blue, 12 Large White and c20 Larvae of Small Tortoiseshell. 

A single Broad-leaved Helleborine (Epipactus helleborine) was a new Orchid species for the reserve (Chris Parkin)

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