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Old 22-05-15, 09:50 PM
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Another surprise today when I spotted my first Common Blue of the year, a surprise because it was a chilly, windy and overcast morning.

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Super news with your Common Blue sighting Tony! On Thursday I saw my first of the year Holly Blue in my garden. It did not hang around for a pic, it will be back so I live in hope.
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My first sighting of Common Blue (m & f) and a Pearl - bordered Fritillary of the year on Sunday, Brimstone were also seen.

I managed a few images of the Common Blues.

Pic 1. Common Blue (male)

Pic 2. A male Common Blue showing the underwing.

3. Common Blue (female).
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Nice pictures Judith.

Saw my first Pearl Bordered's of the year in the garden this week.

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Nice pictures Judith.

Saw my first Pearl Bordered's of the year in the garden this week.

Steve
Thanks Steve!

I wish my sighting of a Pearl-bordered had been in my garden! It must be great working in such a pleasing environment.
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Never knowingly seen a Pearl bordered Fritillary, but did see a late (and my first of the year) Orange Tip this morning, along with a Peacock and the first Meadow Brown of the year, all in the local park's wild flower meadow. Butterflies generally seem to be few and far between up here though.

Nice one with the Common Blue Judith, and nice pics too.

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Thanks Tony!

Now Meadow Brown is one I have not caught up with yet this year! Good sightings you had yesterday!
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Old 13-06-15, 10:11 PM
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It's a lovely place Judith, and a credit to the park management. But while I enjoy a gentle stroll through this very small area that is managed for wildlife, not everybody does.

Yesterday, as I was butterfly-spotting, a woman heading for the local shops obviously misunderstood what had given me pause. She stopped and and "yes - it's a bit of a mess isn't it". This was said of an area stunning with poppies, buttercups, ox-eye daisies, cornflowers, campion, ragged robin, teasels etc, and admittedly a large dose of nettles and thistles. She then went on to add that she didn't really feel she was in the park until she reached the (to me very boring) area of mown lawns, the bandstand and pruned bushes. When I pointed out that without the wildflowers there would be no insects, butterflies etc, and therefore no birds, she simply said "yes - but it's so untidy. We had a debate about how yes, it did look a bit untidy in the winter, but "look at it - isn't it worth it?", but she just couldn't see it.

Like I said, there nowt so queer as....

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Sounds like a fab place Tony, and I know exactly what you mean.

I've worked in manicured gardens and dislike their sterile feeling. Luckily where I am now is much more natural and apart from the lawns, a few beds around the house and the vegetable garden its a pretty much managed natural environment with meadow areas.

Last year we had 16 different species of butterflies, 7 species of damsel/dragonflies and around 32 species of birds.

Id rather have the wildlife than the pristine flower borders etc. I did a thesis on wildflower meadows/areas in public spaces and basically the overwhelming feeling was nice idea but the majority of people will just see it as being messy or put it down to councils cutting back on their grass cutting.

A subject close to my heart as you can see!!!!

Anyway - originally went on here to say that I saw my first painted lady of the year and a burnet (okay not a b/fly), but couldn't quite get close enough to see which one.
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Speckled Wood from a walk around Haybridge NR yesterday.
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