Thursday, 2 June 2011

June 1st 2011

A day out with Bob butterflying at Totternhoe Quarry, Bedfordshire a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) managed by the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire Peterborough.

As soon as we entered this chalk grassland reserve we had Small Blue everywhere and there must have been well over 400 seen in the four hours we were there all though they were buggers to photograph.
A few other butterflies species seen included Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Green-veined White, Large White, Red Admiral, and Small Heath along with Cinnabar, Burnet, Companion and Treble-line moths. Unfortunately the Common Twayblade orchid flower heads had been eaten while the few Common Spotted Orchids found were all small.

In the evening I tried for owls again with Dave but lucked out again and not many bats about either though White Ermine moths were emerging and we had 50 at least.


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