Mark Pike has reported that the Brown Hairstreaks at Alners Gorse are amazingly visible at the moment.
You may well have encountered Grayling butterflies. They land on the path in front of you, take off as you approach, fly a bit further and repeat the whole process many times. But have you ever seen their upper wings? Continue reading
Brian Arnold led a group of people around the Durlston National Nature Reserve on 16 July. Continue reading
This fantastic and fun citizen science effort is with us again. It only takes 15 minutes, so please join in.
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
Judging by the records sent in to this website, butterflies are doing a lot better so far this year than last year. Continue reading
White-letter Hairstreaks are very rare now, as their caterpillars depend on elm, and the numbers of elm in the UK are still hugely depleted due to Dutch Elm disease. Continue reading
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!
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.
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!