Sunday, 10 July 2011

Sharpenhoe Clappers

Had a lovely walk with the bedforshire branch of Butterfly Conservation to Sharpenhoe Clappers on the 3rd of Julywhere we started out looking at Chalkhill Blues which is surprsing early as they usually out in august bur due to the butterflies appearing early there were out already. Next we visited the main grassland section of the reserve were we had good number of Dark Green Fritillary around 100, Marble White around 80, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Large skippers and lower numbers of Small Heath Green-Veined White, Small white, Small, Essex Skipper and 1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.

Also in the meadows we had Coommon spotted Orchid, Southern March Orchid, Chalk Fragrant-orchid and quite a few Meadow Pipits and Goldfinchs. After walking through the meadows and enjoying the butterflies there we walked backed through the woodlands and had nice views of Large Whites, Comma and Red Admiral.

Chalkhill Blue

Marble White feeding

Small Heath

Dark Green Fritillary feeding

Essex Skipper

Dark Green Fritillaryfeeding on thistle

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