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by Neil Hulme
Mon Oct 16, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
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Big Bucks I spent much of the day on Sunday (15 October) with the Graffham Down Trust volunteers, burning up brash and clearing woodland edge scallops on the GDT reserves. When the sun finally appeared, so did a few Speckled Wood, Comma and Red Admiral. On the way home I stopped off at Petworth Par...
by Neil Hulme
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
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Will do, David, once all the necessary consents and permissions are in place. If it goes ahead, it will sit alongside the re-introduction of SPBF to Sussex as the biggest 'wins' of Fritillaries for the Future'.
BWs, Neil
by Neil Hulme
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
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Coppicing For Fritillaries On Thursday (5 October), Paul Day and I met South Downs National Park rangers Becka and Chloe, and local volunteers Barry, Boaz, Derek and Tony, to start cutting this year's Hazel coppice coupes at Church Copse, Clapham. This will be a fortnightly fixture, every other Thu...
by Neil Hulme
Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation

Hi Jack You need to read this bit http://www.sussex-butterflies.org.uk/conservation/arundel-bypass/Highways-England-A27-Arundel-Bypass-Consultation-Response-by-Butterfly-Conservation.docx There is no environmental upside to Options 3 and 5A - it's just ecological vandalism. Road cuttings can provide...
by Neil Hulme
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Re: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation

Thanks, Tony, Roger and David. There's no better way of showing how much we care for butterflies and other wildlife. I believe that this is a battle which can be won, so every 'vote' will count.
BWs, Neil
by Neil Hulme
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
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Views: 188703

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Thanks, James. Yes, quite a year so far, but there's plenty more exciting stuff lined up for the winter. It's too early to report on yet, but I'm working on a Fritillaries for the Future project which will dwarf everything else I've ever been involved with. Wurzel, Goldie, bugboy and David: Camera a...
by Neil Hulme
Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Conservation
Topic: Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation
Replies: 11
Views: 302

Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation

Here's an opportunity to make a real difference to the future of butterflies, moths and other wildlife, on a large scale. Time to stand up for nature! Highways England is currently consulting on three options (Options 1, 3 and 5A – see map) for the A27 Arundel Bypass. See https://highwaysengland.cit...
by Neil Hulme
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:53 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2783
Views: 188703

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Last Orders Today (26 September) was probably my last opportunity to get out looking for butterflies this year, as practical conservation work begins in earnest. For me the 2017 season ended on a high, with plenty of Wall on show at Mill Hill. I suspect the third brood is now approaching peak here,...
by Neil Hulme
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:49 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
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Thanks, David. We've only had two definite Long-tailed Blue (and two 'possibles') in Sussex this year, which is slightly disappointing. Just a few years ago these would have made headline news, but recent events have raised our expectations. Had the weather not fallen apart in late July I suspect we...
by Neil Hulme
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:08 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
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Last Flashes Of Brilliance A thorough search of the ramparts and meadows around Cissbury Ring on Sunday (24 September) produced 31 Small Copper, a few of which were still in mint condition. Common Blue, Brown Argus, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Wall, Clouded Yellow, Small White, Comma,...
by Neil Hulme
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:01 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
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Thanks, Trevor and David. She was certainly 'pretty as a picture', but when these third brood females start to fade we know that the season is all-but-done :( . Jack: In a nutshell, the theory is that the stronger the third brood, the weaker the spring emergence. As third broods go, it's not bad, bu...
by Neil Hulme
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
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Extra Broods I arrived at Mill Hill rather late on Tuesday (19 September) afternoon, just as the cloud cover was thickening and David Cook and Trevor Rapley were departing. This made the location of any third brood Wall rather challenging, but I eventually located six, saving the best, a scale-perf...
by Neil Hulme
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
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Hi Allan, You're quite right - that's certainly 'Pride of Sussex'. It's late for it to be coming into flower (as one of your images shows), but Nature doesn't seem to follow the rules any more. I'm seeing quite a lot of Common Dog-violet in flower at the moment. Many thanks for your comments about t...
by Neil Hulme
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:58 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2783
Views: 188703

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Hi Allan, Yes, a shame I missed you, and a shame I missed the female Wall in the car park! I would check that it was Round-headed Rampion you saw; it's a little late in the year for this species and it's not a plant I've noticed there before. Devil's-bit Scabious looks similar at stages in its devel...
by Neil Hulme
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:45 pm
Forum: Brown Hairstreak
Topic: Brown Hairstreak on wild plum?
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Brown Hairstreak on wild plum?

Hi Peter, The short answer is no. I can only say that Bullace is preferred to Blackthorn at Steyning (where I have sufficient data); the availability of Bullace will vary hugely from site to site, with many locations containing Blackthorn alone. The other types of Prunus I mentioned, including 'orna...
by Neil Hulme
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2783
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Third Brood Wall This morning I met my brother, niece and nephew, who are visiting from Antwerp, at Mill Hill. We were hoping to see a third brood Wall and soon bumped into David Cook, on the same mission. Wall has been flying for some time at High and Over, but the third brood is only just startin...
by Neil Hulme
Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Brown Hairstreak
Topic: Brown Hairstreak on wild plum?
Replies: 9
Views: 276

Re: Brown Hairstreak on wild plum?

Hi all
Just caught up with this thread.
As others have said, Brown Hairstreak will readily use Bullace and there is indeed a preference over Blackthorn at Steyning. Other species/subspecies and varieties of Prunus are also used, including Victoria Plum.
BWs, Neil
by Neil Hulme
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: essex buzzard
Replies: 1216
Views: 26025

Re: essex buzzard

Hi Mark, Great reports and images. I would rank an early/mid August visit to watch second brood SPBF on the Lizard Peninsula amongst the very best butterfly-watching experiences in the UK. On sunny days it's worth going just for those unique cliff-top colours alone. I may sell the children and a buy...
by Neil Hulme
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:46 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Ectoparasite or foreign object
Replies: 7
Views: 165

Re: Ectoparasite or foreign object

Hi Wolfson, Guy and Pete,

I think this is a globule of meconium, ejected from the newly emerged female. I've seen this happen before in several species of butterfly and moth during coupling - and it's the right colour for Chalk Hill Blue meconium.

BWs, Neil
by Neil Hulme
Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:08 pm
Forum: Personal Diaries
Topic: Neil Hulme
Replies: 2783
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Hi Mike No females were actually seen, but I wouldn't expect them to hang around a male lekking area, once mated. The valley they are in has been farmed organically for several decades, so the set-asides and conservation headlands higher on the flanks probably host Field and Wild Pansy. If present, ...

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