Alners comes up trumps again

A group of people looking up into the trees, with some pointing
Guided walk at Alners Gorse. Photo: Martin Warren.

We have four Butterfly Reserves in Dorset, all of which have their attractions, but Alners gathers the most attention at this time of year because of its Hairstreaks. A guided walk there on 5 August, led by Martin Warren,drew 30 people, and was described as “superb” despite showers.

Brown butterfly with orange markings posed with open wings on a leaf

Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Martin Warren

Four Brown Hairstreaks, very rare in Dorset, allowed close-up views, including with their wings open, and Purple Hairstreaks were in evidence as well. Silver-washed Fritillaries were present in good numbers, including the pale female form known as valezina.

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