Small Pearl Bordered at Meathhill

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Small Pearl Bordered at Meathhill

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Thu Jul 14, 2011 2:32 pm

Hi,

Meathhill is an expanse of moor, forestry plantation and rough grazing between Sorn and Muirkirk. At first not promising, but I have visited regularly for several years and Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary and Green Hairstreak present.

Today had:

Ringlet 100+
Meadow Brown 8-10
Green Viened White 3
Common Blue 1
Small Heath 3
Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary 6
Small Tortoiseshell 1
Red Admiral 1

Also:

6 spot Burnet 1
Emperor Moth (larvae) 1

At one of the ponds Large Red, Azure and Blue Tailed Damsels and Common Hawker Dragonfly by the plantation. Clegs everywhere and had to keep on the move - ouch!

Alistair.
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Re: Small Pearl Bordered at Meathhill

Postby scottshanks01 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:42 pm

Brilliant Alistair!
It sounds like a really nice site! It just shows you what's out there if you go looking.

Just chcked the butterfly database and yours is the first record of common blue at the site and amazingly the first record of ringlets there since 1996 (when there was just a single butterfly seen!). First records of GVW, Small Heath, Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral there since 2004. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries last recorded in 2009. Great to hear they are all doing well at the site!

There's nothing like clegs to keep you on your toes! :) Fingers crossed this run of sunny weather continues!
Cheers, Scott
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Re: Small Pearl Bordered at Meathhill

Postby AlistairMurdoch » Fri Jul 15, 2011 4:54 pm

Hi Scott,

thanks for your comments. Its easy to forget that even "common" species need recorded,

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