The warmth and sunshine on Saturday 18th February brought in reports of 13 butterflies. Continue reading
Tuesday February 7th, Lankham Bottom Butterfly Reserve: a beautiful almost spring-like day and possibly the earliest recorded date for Marsh Fritillary larvae on this site sunning themselves in a cluster on the southwest facing slopes of the reserve.
14 members of Butterfly Conservation and the Somerset EuCAN Volunteers gathered to finish the work on the chalkpit, to cut and burn up more of the scrub regrowth in what were formerly heavily scrubbed over areas of the reserve and to begin to remove gorse and thorn scrub in the south-east corner of the reserve where it is encroaching on valuable Marsh Fritillary habitat.
An enormous pile of buried rubbish was pulled out of the chalkpit with the help of a digger provided by Wessex Water, the owners of the site, and taken away in one of their dumper trucks. The face of the chalkpit was scraped of vegetation and topsoil to expose bare chalk which we hope will be colonised by Birdsfoot Trefoil, Kidney Vetch and other legumes and will become an attractive habitat for some of the blue butterfly species.
The work on the SE corner will continue next Wednesday Feb 15th – please come and help! See the Events page.
There are a lot of wonderful butterfly and moth pictures on this website. But what about the shots that failed? Go to our Gallery page to see some, and see whether you have something even better – or should that be worse?
We are always a little concerned that people think there are expert butterfly photographers, and if you are not an expert, you can’t send in photos. You can. ‘Experts’ probably have good cameras and some technical knowledge, plus a lot of patience to get their shots, but they also take a lot of duff shots – remember, you only see the best ones.
I’m Lyn Pullen, the main editor of this website, and I’m far from an expert, though I have got a good camera which does a lot of the work. I thought I’d share a few of my less-than-wonderful shots in the hope of encouraging you. I’d love to see some of your ‘failed’ shots – do send them in, hopefully we’ll cheer up these gloomy February days!
I’ll skip the numberous ones which are just out of focus.
This is one of the ‘I’m so focussed on getting the butterfly I don’t notice my own shadow’ shots.
While this is the shot-taken-during-an-earthquake:
And this is one of the ‘I’m sure there’s a butterfly in there somewhere’ shots. There is actually a Small Copper in the bottom left. I can’t share some of the others, because even I can’t find the butterfly in them!
I’m sure you’ve all had the bit-of-grass-got-in-the-way shot:
And, of course, there’s the one that got away….
Sigh! Still, at least in the digital age, the failures aren’t as expensive as they used to be.
Do dig out some of your more memorable failures and share them!
Consider yourself invited to our regional meetings, at which Bill Shreeves will give us his analysis of the 2016 butterfly year. Continue reading
The Brimstone moth is not supposed to be on the wing until April. Continue reading
Our Dorset Branch AGM is coming up on Saturday 4 February and we are appealing for cakes and raffle prizes as well as help on the day. Continue reading
Most members of Dorset Branch will know the name of Bill Shreeves, even if they have not met him. Bill is our Records Officer, and as such has the daunting task Continue reading
With the old year over, the butterfly year starts again, so who is going to be the first to report a sighting to this website? Continue reading