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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Deja vu

Just after the start of my walk with the dog around the Ffos Las circuit of footpaths this morning it started to drizzle, despite the weather forecast promising that there was less than a 5% chance of rain any time during the day.  However, this time I wasn't even tempted to turn back, and for the first hour I lost count of the number of times I donned and removed my waterproof.  The rain then eased and although the sun didn't come out fully, it did brighten up and the butterflies didn't disappoint.

There were over 100 gatekeepers and over 30 common blues, 13 meadow brown, 19 speckled wood, 2 small heath, 2 clouded yellow, 1 wall brown and 1 small copper.  This is the first small copper that I have seen on site since 1st July 2011, so I was very pleased with that sighting.  I also saw my first silver Y of the year, so once again a very satisfying walk.

meadow brown

clouded yellow

wall brown

speckled wood

silver Y

small copper


  1. Well done. Some nice photos once more, Maggie - and showing the value of brownfield sites. Many of these species (and others) are dependent on early successional stages and open conditions. I hope that the fad for planting trees everywhere on such sites does not obliterate all open areas.

    1. Thanks for your comments. Large areas of Ffos Las have already been planted with young trees as part of the Queen's Jubilee and the solar farm has covered another large open area, so the area for natural regeneration is much less now.