|The view on arrival walking down from the Visitor Centre|
The cliffs and dunes provide a nationally important habitat for flowering plants and insects, many of which are at their northern limit in Britain. The reserve is one of the most important botanical sites on the northeast coast of Scotland, supporting over 300 plant species.
|The view once the sea haar had arrived|
The main target of the visit was to try and locate a very small population of Northern Brown Argus Butterflies that reside in the northernmost part of the reserve. The weather on arrival was decent enough with temperatures around 18C but just a half-hour in and the sea haar arrived reducing both visibility and unfortunately temperature, now just 13C.
In effect, the sea haar can actually be a bonus and in this case, it was a help rather than a hindrance. Nothing worse than chasing butterflies around in full sun trying for the money shot. If I could locate any today they certainly were not going far and in this case, it paid off with two specimens!
Having completed the initial task an enjoyable few hours spent locating lots of Small Heath, plus a few more year firsts with Ringlet, Common Blue and Meadow Brown. Frankly, with such a desperate spring continuing on into the early summer I was beginning to wonder if things would ever improve. I was aware that everything is a little later in appearance up here in Aberdeenshire, but it had become a concern!
|Juvenile Sedge Warbler ready for dinner.|
|Several parents and juvenile Stonechats were seen today|
Wonderful to just sit and have lunch watching the many nesting Fulmars on the cliffs above, the odd Peregrine causing a few eruptions. It was also good to see so many juvenile Stonechats and Sedge Warblers being ably attended to by the parents.
|Bloody Crane's Bill|
Finally a few additions to the wildflower database.