Tea Break Flutters By

Yesterday I went for a stroll in our front garden at Ash Lock Cottage, a patch of grass just bigger than a tennis court, that we manage as a wildflower hay meadow. I discovered a hidden Field Vole (Microtus agrestis), a Brown Hawker Dragonfly (Aeshna grandis) and nine species of butterflies;

  • Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)
  • Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus)
  • Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina)
  • Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus)
  • Peacock (Aglais io) 
  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) 
  • Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus) 
  • Large White (Pieris brassicae)
  • Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) 

Small Copper

 It’s great to see how even a small patch of wildflower meadow can encourage wildlife.

Acting Senior Ranger Stuart

About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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2 Responses to Tea Break Flutters By

  1. Bernard says:

    Small Blue?

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