First trip to Chambers Farm in Lincolnshire this year. Dozens of Marsh Fritillary butterflies in the meadows and plenty of insect life, as well. It was a bit strange using the macro lens again after parking it up for the winter …. and my knees were definitely protesting at all the kneeling down and fairly screaming at the getting-up again. But, as usual, it…
With the rain easing and intermittent sunshine appearing, we managed to get to Chambers Farm Wood and Skylarks Nature Reserve in the last two days of the month. From the top: mating gatekeepers, painted lady, small copper, brown argus.
A mash-up of some of the small winged creatures we’ve been seeing this month, mostly at Attenborough Nature Reserve and Toton Sidings, Nottinghamshire and Chambers Farm Woods, Lincolnshire. From the top: Green Veined White Butterfly, Harlequin Ladybird, Large Emerald Moth with Caterpillar, Long Horned Beetle, Marbled White Butterfly, Red Admiral Butterfly, Scorpion Fly, Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly, White Admiral Butterfly, Black Necked Moth, Clearwing Currant…
A trip down to Glapthorn Cow Pastures in Cambridgeshire today in search of the elusive Black Hairstreak. We didn’t find him, but there were lots of great butterflies to compensate. Again, we went early and came back early to get the coolest part of the day. From the top: Small Skipper, Ringlet and Meadow Brown.
From the top: A little grebe from Cromford Canal; a male orange tip from Attenborough; little ringed plover, male ruff, male shelduck, curlew and avocet from Frampton Marsh; and chiffchaff and nightingale from Whisby.
A few from the archives; can’t wait to see them all again this summer. From the top: butterflies – large white, marbled white, mating marsh fritillaries, peacock, chalk hill blue, and a unique sighting – the scarce yellow-legged tortoiseshell; dragonflies – female broad-bodied chaser, male banded demoiselle.
Attenborough Nature Reserve, near Nottingham, really comes alive in Springtime and we spend as much time as we can there, looking for early butterflies and the warblers arriving. (Whitethroat and Male Orange Tip).