A report on this walk, organised by Butterfly Conservation Dorset Branch, by its leader, Richard Belding:
The walk on Saturday 2 August was held by kind permission of the owner of Court Farm, Sydling St Nicholas, and was attended by nine people in glorious warm sunshine. The walk took us over downland, through a recreated wildflower meadow, a green lane and wildlife margins with some of these areas not normally open to the public.
Those that attended were rewarded with sightings of 17 species of butterfly. We also carried out a timed count as part of the Big Butterfly Count, during which we amazingly recorded 11 species with a total of 71 butterflies.
It is a tribute to the owner and his tenant that the habitats on the farm are so well managed and varied and we thank him for allowing us access.