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It’s time to Hunt the Hairstreak

Greyis butterfly with white lines and an orange dot, on a leaf.
Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Malcolm Wemyss

Dorset has four of the five Hairstreaks: the Green, the Brown, the Purple and the White-letter. The Green is out earlier in the year, but the White-letter and the Purple are out now, and we need help recording them for different reasons. Continue reading

Butterflies, moths and orchids

The wildlife site to the side of the Weymouth Relief Road is humming with insect life, as evidenced by this amazing photo, showing at least twelve Six-spot Burnet moths on the flower stalk of a Vipers Bugloss Plant, and Stephen Brown tells is that he counted 362 on his walk on 13 June 2017!

Around twelve Burnet moths on a bright blue flower spike

Six-spot Burnet moths on Vipers Bugloss. Photo: Stephen Brown

Reports are also coming in of Adonis Blues and Grizzled Skippers, both not seen here before, and the one bee orchid seen last year has increased to over 70.

It only shows that when we create (or return) the right habitat for the wildlife, they will come if they are close enough to get there. We are very grateful to Phil Sterling and Dorset County Council for having the vision to create this wonderful area when putting through the new road.

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Sherborne Nature Sites event: please note change of date

Please note that the event being held at two nature sites in Sherborne is in 25 June, not 18 June as stated in our printed Events List – the date changed after we went to print.

Two lovely walks, tea served afterwards and the weather looks like it might be good – well worth coming!