Friday, June 05, 2015

Fermyn Woods

A break from Brandon Marsh today as Alan Lunn, one of the Brandon volunteers invited Alan Boddington and myself to join him for a day out on a butterfly quest. Destination, Fermyn Woods Country Park, Northamptonshire.

Green Hairstreak - One of only 9 species seen today!
Situated in the heart of the Rockingham Forest 4 miles to the Southeast of Corby in East Northamptonshire, the park offers 15 hectares of meadows, thickets, marshes and ponds. Although the day started off overcast it brightened around midday to produce a glorious afternoon and although butterfly numbers seemed quite low, a very enjoyable day out.

Common Blue - By far the most abundant during today's visit.
Red Kites were a constant companion throughout our stay and a total of nine butterfly species were seen: Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Orange Tip, Green Hairstreak, Brimstone, Large White and Speckled Wood.

Large White
Several day flying moths were also on the wing and included: Common Heath, Burnet Companion and Cinnabar.