Despite initial concerns about the wind direction (NE / E) and speed (Bft scale 4), I managed to connect with my target species after searching out of more sheltered areas of grassland, behind scrub blocks or on the SW facing slopes of the ancient earthworks.
|small blue (Cupido minimus)|
|common blue (Polyommatus Icarus)|
|green hairstreak (Callophrys rubi)|
|grizzled skipper (Pyrgus malvae)|
|dingy skipper (Erynnis tages)|
|Adonis blue (Polyommatus bellargus) LIFER|
|Marsh fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) LIFER|
|common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsia)|
|burnt-tip orchid (Neotinea ustulata) LIFER|
|fragrant orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea)|
Whilst head down looking at invertebrates and plants, I couldn't help but enjoy the soundscape of singing birds incl. at least two purring turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur), corn bunting (Emberiza calandra), skylark (Alauda arvensis) and yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella).