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by John W
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Butterflysaurus rex
Replies: 733
Views: 22984

Re: Butterflysaurus rex

Butterflysaurus rex wrote:As others enjoyed taking photos of the star attraction my eye was drawn to a couple of very shiny and new Small Coppers.


Hi James, it's always good to see a fresh Small Copper! Were they in a particular part of the field?

Cheers
John
by John W
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Sites
Topic: Smardale Gill
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Re: Smardale Gill

Well I went to Smardale Gill yesterday, it turned into a bit of nightmare, at least at first. I was planning to go to the Smardale Gill car park, but about half way along the narrow road to Smardale, there was a sign saying "Road to Smardale closed, follow diversion". I then spent ages fol...
by John W
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:46 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Smardale Gill
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Re: Smardale Gill

It's several years since I was last at Smardale but my recollection is that the walk to the viaduct from the Smardale Village car-park is easier - a relatively level path through woodland. The path from Newbiggin is longer and steeper, climbing over a rough hillside before reaching the viaduct. I c...
by John W
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:45 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Smardale Gill
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Re: Smardale Gill

David M wrote:I put a report on my PD which you can find on this page if you scroll down, including visual details of the hotspot:

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Thanks David, very helpful.
by John W
Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:19 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Smardale Gill
Replies: 12
Views: 482

Smardale Gill

Hi folks, I am going to be in Cumbria for the next 5 days and I am thinking of visiting Smardale Gill for the Scotch Argus. It looks like quite a big site - can anyone suggest where to start looking? The Cumbria Wildlife Trust web site ( http://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/smardale-gill-direction...
by John W
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: Better than a Purple Emperor?
Replies: 3
Views: 317

Better than a Purple Emperor?

Female Silver-washed Fritillary f. valezina at Fermyn Woods today. I didn't see anything large and Purple but still went home very happy!

John W

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by John W
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Large Blue
Topic: Large Blue still around early July?
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: Large Blue still around early July?

Thanks Bugboy and Jenks for the replies. The Large Blue blog for Collard Hill reported only 4 faded Large Blues today, so I've booked myself in for a couple of nights at a hotel near Daneway Banks. I've not been to Daneway before, so any tips on where to park, how to find the site etc would be very ...
by John W
Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Large Blue
Topic: Large Blue still around early July?
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Large Blue still around early July?

Hi all,

Is it likely that the Large Blue will still be flying at Collard Hill or Daneway Banks early next week (i.e. around July 3rd/4th) ?

Thanks for any replies
John W
by John W
Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Identification
Topic: Alpine butterflies
Replies: 1
Views: 75

Alpine butterflies

Hi, I am on holiday in Switzerland at the moment, and saw these two butterflies (a fritillary and an Erebia?) at Muottas Muragl, 8051 ft, near St Moritz. (A bit of a tourist trap but stunning views none the less). If anyone can ID them I'd be grateful. Cheers John jun-20-butterflies - 1.jpg jun-20-b...
by John W
Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:14 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 22
Views: 671

Re: Neil Hulme

Yes it's also on the BBC news:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-40306311

I can't think of a more deserving recipient! Well done Neil.

Cheers
John W
by John W
Sun May 21, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Sites
Topic: Marsh Fritillary at Cotley Hill
Replies: 0
Views: 181

Marsh Fritillary at Cotley Hill

Hi,

Does anyone know if the Marsh Fritillary is flying now at Cotley Hill, Wiltshire?

Cheers
John W
by John W
Mon May 15, 2017 7:27 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Trevor
Replies: 1645
Views: 33170

Re: Trevor

Yesterday I tried once again to find the, so far, elusive Marsh Fritillary.

Hi Trevor,

Where have you been looking for the Marsh Fritillary? Is it Cotley Hill?

Cheers
John
by John W
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Large Blue collector convicted
Replies: 17
Views: 1119

Large Blue collector convicted

Collector convicted for illegally catching and killing the UK's rarest butterfly http://butterfly-conservation.org/48-15226/guilty-all-charges-version-collector-convicted-for-illegally-catching-and-killing-the-uks-rarest-butterfly.html The court heard that Cullen was spotted climbing over a locked f...
by John W
Sun Mar 12, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Sightings
Topic: March 2017
Replies: 65
Views: 2796

Re: March 2017

Saw my first butterflies of 2017 on Saturday at Park Corner Heath / Rowland Wood in East Sussex - 6 Commas and a Peacock.

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Cheers
John W
by John W
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Wood White
Topic: Wood White - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 316

Re: Wood White - Favourite Photo 2016

I find that the Wood White is always a very photogenic species. My favourite from last year was this second-brood individual. I like the contrast with the red seeds.

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Tugley Wood, 24th July 2016

Cheers
John W

p.s. looks much sharper if you click on the image..
by John W
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:21 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Overall Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 22
Views: 1247

Re: Overall Favourite Photo 2016

I was pleased with this shot, not only because it's two for the price of one, but also Neil Hulme was only a few yards away and he missed it Always nice to see two different species in close proximity. Even better when each is a species normally intolerant of close company. Well done. Thank you Dav...
by John W
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:11 am
Forum: General
Topic: Overall Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 22
Views: 1247

Re: Overall Favourite Photo 2016

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I was pleased with this shot, not only because it's two for the price of one, but also Neil Hulme was only a few yards away and he missed it :lol:

Kithurst Flower Meadow, 15th May 2016

Cheers
John W
by John W
Sun Jan 29, 2017 5:17 pm
Forum: Small Heath
Topic: Small Heath - Favourite Photo 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 536

Re: Small Heath - Favourite Photo 2016

I was pleased with the contrast with the reddish bramble leaf in this photo taken at Malling Down near Lewes on 27th August 2016.

(note the photo is much sharper if you click on it!)

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Cheers
John W
by John W
Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2786
Views: 189090

Re: Neil Hulme

Fabulous Neil, I can't wait to see a copy!

Cheers
John W
by John W
Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Field Trips and Events
Topic: Winter social 2016
Replies: 41
Views: 1858

Re: Winter social 2016

Unfortunately due to family commitments I won't be able to make it either. I hope you all have a great time and hopefully see you next year :-)

John W

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