Monday, 1 August 2016
Alners Gorse, Dorset - 27/7/16 in search of Hairstreaks
A later start to Alners Gorse in Dorset as a morning of rain was forecast with the promise of a warm sunny afternoon. For once the forecast was correct and as we reached the reserve at early afternoon the cloud broke up and the sun came out and so did a few more butterfly enthusiasts!
Our prime target was to find all three Hairstreaks and despite much searching of bramble flowers, leaves etc we could only find a few Purples.
The reserve itself is currently covered in many colourful wild flowers adding to the magical feel of Alners
and a great magnet to insects etc. In total for the day we saw 15 species of butterflies, a couple of Dragonflies, Common Lizards, met some great 'butterfliers' and even had a chat with Martin Warren of BC all in a stunning location. We just love this place and it is well worth the journey.
A little add on ... Close to home we had a great view of a Hare just to round off the day!