Butterfly sites in Norfolk

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Ian Pratt
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Butterfly sites in Norfolk

Postby Ian Pratt » Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:39 am

I am in Norfolk for a few days and would like to know if there are any good butterflies sites now.

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Mark Tutton
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Re: Butterfly sites in Norfolk

Postby Mark Tutton » Sat Jul 15, 2017 12:41 pm

Hi Ian
I have only ever been for Swallowtail specifically and Strumphaw is the obvious place. But I have also visited How Hill alongside the river Ant which has a delightful wet meadow with a private bird hide too, good dragonflies as well - it is £3 to get in - which makes it quiet and there is also a nice cafe.
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Re: Butterfly sites in Norfolk

Postby Essex Bertie » Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:18 pm

If you are near the Broads, then Winterton on Sea is a lovely walk. Say, start at the fishing huts and head north. Should get Grayling, and after a mile, some Dark-green Frillary, before you reach the Holmes gap. Also Small Copper and Small Heath. Perhaps return south along the footpath that runs down the landward side of the Heath. Also good for Odonata and I think all 3 types of Heather. Great fish and chips in the village.

Buxton Heath might still get you a Silver-studded Blue, but they were looking faded 10 days ago apart from one fresh male. It's a few miles west of Buxton village and needs an OS map to locate. Also White Admirals sometimes seen at Woods at top and some rarer flower beetles.

If you are further north, then Kelling Heath for SSB and Burnham Overy Dunes for DGF and Grayling.

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Re: Butterfly sites in Norfolk

Postby Yellow Hairstreak » Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:03 pm

Hi Ian

Agree with all the above. I have recently seen Dark Green Fritillaries and White Admirals at Holkham, plus Silver Studded Blues at Kelling Heath. Foxley Wood, between Norwich and Fakenham, is a good place to see Silver Washed Fritillaries if you're after those.

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