DIARY

For returning visitors this page gives recent additions (reverse chronological order) as a brief month-by-month log of excursions for photography

2017

July

Prees Heath, Shropshire   Following a tip-off from David Jones we went in search of Purple Hairstreaks and found at least 8 individuals low down on oaks or settling on willow herb and bramble - new pics (Butterflies, Lycaenidae).

Hollingbury Park, Brighton   Thanks to information from Jamie Burston, I went looking for White-letter Hairstreaks nectaring on thistles and brambles beneath a line of elms and other trees. I located 4 different individuals, from pristine to scruffy, but all incredibly cooperative. So a new species added to the website (Butterflies, Lycaenidae).

West Sussex   Visits to Fairmile Bottom, Kithurst Hill and Chantry Hill in superb weather over several days. New pics of Small and Essex Skipper (Showcase, Butterflies and Butterflies, Hesperidae) and Marbled White (Butterflies, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae).

West Sussex   Moth trap run on balcony of Chichester flat for the first time (5th July) - 2 new species - The Festoon (Limacodinae), a nationally scarce moth, and September Thorn (Geometridae, Ennominae). Also better pics of Green Silverlines (Nolidae), Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctuidae, Noctuinae) and Nut-tree Tussock (Noctuidae, Pantheinae).

June

West Sussex   Eartham Wood   New images of White Admiral and <Silver-washed Fritillary (Butterfly Showcase);   Iping Common - Silver-studded Blue (Butterflies, Lycaenidae).

Dorset, Hanford (near Blandford Forum)   Moth trapping for 3 nights - 12 new species - see Moths Checklist, species in GREEN font.   Alners Gorse - new picture of Marbled White (Butterflies, Satyrinae).   Corfe Castle - Lulworth Skipper photographed for the first time (Butterflies, Hesperidae).

Complete reorganisation of Moths galleries to conform to the 'new' 2013 checklist.

May

West Sussex   Kithurst Hill Meadow   New images of Small Blue (Butterflies, Lycaenidae) and Speckled Wood (Butterflies, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae) and Burnet Companion moth (Moths, Noctuidae, Catocalinae).

Longstone Edge, Derbyshire   Really nice images of Common Blue and Small Heath (Showcase, Butterflies), Wall Brown (Butterflies, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae) and Forester moth (Moths, Zygaenidae).

Lyme Park, Cheshire   Moth trapping in collaboration with Dan Pilkington and Claire Disley. New species - Alder Moth (Moths, Noctuidae, Acronictinae).

April

West Sussex   Rewell Wood - new pictures of Pearl-bordered Fritillary - see Wildlife, Butterflies, Nymphalidae Gallery.   Kithurst Hill Meadow - new picture of Duke of Burgundy - see Wildlife, Butterflies, Riodinidae Galleries.

March

West Sussex   Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Arundel - new pictures of Pochard, Eider, Long-tailed Duck, Goldeneye, Barrow's Goldeneye, Smew and Black-headed Gull - see Wildlife, Ducks and Gulls Galleries.

January

Butterfly Showcase   Complete reorganisation of this gallery.