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A pale brownish coloured snake with black markings

Sub-adult Adder. Photo: Warren Port

A greenish and brown lizard with black markings

Common Lizard. Photo: Warren Port

These two images are not ones you would expect to find in our Photo Gallery but they are part of the often unseen and hidden natural world of our BC Reserve at Alners Gorse.

Both photos were taken on 05/09/2021 by Warren Port, one of the regular herpetologists involved at Alners Gorse who told us that this sub-adult Adder was a new one for them here.

It’s great to know a little bit more of the diversity of this fantastic butterfly reserve.

A brown butterfly with orange, white and black markings on a white flower

Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Mike Kirby

A brown butterfly with orange, white and black markings on a green leaf

Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Mike Kirby

Two photos from Mike taken at Alners Gorse last weekend and sent in telling us:

We saw 4 pristine female Brown Hairstreaks and one male, at Alners Gorse last weekend. With 16 species in total (including a Silver-washed Fritillary f. valezina, that had certainly seen better days) it was an excellent visit!

A brown butterfly with orange, black and white markings on a white flower

White-letter Hairstreak. Photo: Mark Pike

A brown and orange butterfly on a red leaf

Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark sent in these photos telling us:

A magnificent day at Alners Gorse today, 10/08/2021. 10 Brown Hairstreaks in total (9 female/1 male) and if I sounded surprised at the last time I sent in a late season White-letter Hairstreak at the end of July, I was even more surprised when I found this one today in remarkably good condition (there were 4 in total but not all as good as this one).

A brown butterfly with white, orange and black markings on a pink and white flower

White-letter Hairstreak. Photo: Shona Refoy

Two brown and orange butterflies with white markings on a white flower

Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Shona Refoy

Looking at the number and quality of the photos sent in for the Gallery that were and taken at Alners Gorse on 04/08/2021, it must have been a fantastic day to be there.

These two photos were sent in by Shona telling us:

It was a great day at Alners Gorse yesterday (04/08/2021) – I saw 22 species of butterfly, including all three Hairstreaks.  Quite a surprise was this very fresh-looking female White-letter Hairstreak, who seems to be well endowed in the tail department! 

Having spent most of the day searching for Brown Hairstreaks, it was lovely to find two at once, seen here sharing a bramble flower. One looked very fresh, the other was quite faded and worn, so I did initially wonder if they were male and female, until the brighter one conveniently opened his wings to prove that both were males.

View of a brown and orange butterfly with white markings on a green leaf

Brown Hairstreak. Photo: Brian Arnold

View of a brown butterfly on a green leaf

Purple Hairstreak. Photo: Brian Arnold

These two photos were taken by Brian on 04/08/2021 at Alners Gorse when he went there with David Parish looking for Hairstreaks.  Both of them were successful in their search and both captured good images of these two species which can be somewhat camera shy at times.

A brown and bluish purple butterfly on a green leaf

Purple Hairstreak. Photo: David Parish

View of a brown butterfly with orange and white markings on a green leaf

Brown Hairstreak. Photo: David Parish

David sent in these two photos telling us:

Brian Arnold and I went to Alner’s Gorse on 04/08/2021 looking for Brown and Purple Hairstreaks. We spotted this Purple Hairstreak with wings open, so I took several photos – the wing angle changed so that each time the purple was more visible. Brown Hairstreaks were perched on alder buckthorn, usually above brambles and a ditch and amongst the leaves, so it was hard to get a good photo!