I had a recent visit to the Butterfly Conservations, Alner’s Gorse site with a friend in early August, we had to keep eye on the weather forecast for wind and rain but we managed to get an ‘in-between’ day where the weather was fairly settled. Of course we were hoping to see some Butterflies, or anything of interest. It has been a very strange season and many times I have felt like I have been in the right place at the wrong time!

The Butterflies were not showing very much at all it was a little disappointing, always Meadow Brown’s about and we did see a Skipper for fleeting moment. I was hoping to see Silver Washed Fritillaries and we headed to where I expected them to be and yes there were a few patrolling the woodland paths and hedgerow but I was disappointed to see they were very tatty, down to the weather I suppose. We did see a couple of the Valezina female aberration of the Fritillaries.

Meadow Brown on Knapweed
Meadow Brown on Knapweed
Silver Washed Fritillary
Silver Washed Fritillary
Silver Washed Fritillary
Silver Washed Fritillary
Silver Washed Fritillary
Silver Washed Fritillary
Silver Washed Fritillary
Silver Washed Fritillary, Valenzina f

There were a couple of Dragonflies about although not easy to photograph on the move but this Common Darter, female pitched for a while. We did see a large Hawker Dragonfly but it was very much on the move so we couldn’t identify it.

Common Darter Dragonfly
Common Darter Dragonfly

We saw a Ringlet Butterfly on the end of a grass but soon realised it was sadly dead and being delt with by a Crab Spider.

Crab Spider a
Crab Spider and Ringlet

What we did see were plenty of Purple Hairstreaks, a Butterfly I have only seen singly in the past. There were many inhabiting the Buckthorn Bushes although not easy to spot as they are on the move and very small. Great to see and people travel for miles to see these and other Hairstreaks and we have them just up the road! So it wasn’t for nothing and we enjoyed the trip out.

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2 thoughts on “Alner’s Gorse

    1. Sorry Claire I’ve only just seen this it’s between Hazelbury Bryan and King’s Stag it’s not easy to find as it’s just a farm gateway. Search Alner’s Gorse on Google maps and it should come up.

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