Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Bath Nats at Iford Manor Butterfly Day, 13th July 2014

The day started worryingly cool, grey and damp, but quickly cleared during the morning into a warm and sunny one, which brought large numbers of visitors to this annual event in which Bath Nats members participate. Alan and Marion Rayner set up and attended the Bath Nats stand, and were helped during the day by John Garrett, Martin Kirkby and Phillip and Lucy Delve. Alan co-led two guided walks for the public, each lasting about 45 minutes. ‘Walk 1’, with Marion Rayner, took a group of around 20 people along a shady path out into rapidly drying species-rich calcareous grassland. Here there was plentiful quaking grass along with many pyramidal orchids and woolly thistles, amongst which marbled whites, meadow browns and small skippers were the most frequent butterflies seen, some of which were briefly caught and examined in Alan’s butterfly net – much to the delight of children present – before being released. ‘Walk 2’ in the ‘Wild Flower Field’, with Maurice Avent and around 60 people (at least to start with!) brought additional sightings of  yellow wort, and even larger numbers of pyramidal orchids.
It was a successful and enjoyable day bringing lots of interest and three new members to Bath Nats.   

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       Banded Damaselle                                                   Spotted Fly-catcher

photo by John Garret 
Alan Rayner

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