Little Bredy walk

Two pale brown and orange butterflies in mating position
Meadow Browns mating

There were five miles, ten people and around fifteen butterfly species on our Littlebredy butterfly walk on 4th August. This was in conjunction with the South Dorset Ridgeway Project.

The sun shone all day and we had fought through thick vegetation, nettles, brambles, rushes and blackthorn in the name of worthy butterfly hunting. It was great fun and it was all we could to keep people together – such was our enthusiasm for covering every single square inch of ground.

We found one particularly good wild flower meadow and were reeling off species quicker than I could write for the Big Butterfly count. We were particularly delighted to encounter Silver-washed Fritillary on the buddleia (along with a Hummingbird Hawk Moth).

Brown and Black moth with whirring orange wings, aiming its very long proboscis at a buddleia flower

Hummingbird Hawk moth. Photo: Becky Williamson

Our species were: Red Admiral, Small White, Green-veined White, Large White, Small Copper, Small Heath, Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Wall Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Silver-washed Fritillary, Holly Blue, Silver Y, Hummingbird Hawk Moth, Magpie Moth and Brimstone Moth.

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