Saturday, 17 July 2010

Dock Acres - Borwick - Priest Hutton - Burton - 17th July 2010

The morning was similar to yesterday, dark clouds everywhere and now and again the odd heavy shower, but by noon, it started to change and blue skies and sunshine started to show, with just odd dark clouds every now and again. So I managed from 1300 - 1600hrs without getting wet! Had a quick look around Dock Acres and then had the walk across to Borwick, Priest Hutton, and through the Dallam Estate and back to Burton.

It has been very windy all day, but even so there was lots of Ringlets feeding on Dog Rose at Dockacres, and also lots of Green Veined Whites around. Added to my Dockacres flora list: Broadleaved Willowherb, Rosebay Willowherb, Tufted Vetch, Fox and Cubs, Musk Mallow and Ribbed Melilot.

By Coat Green Farm, had two separate superb conditioned "Small Tortoishell Butterflies" and the odd Green Veined. Always get good butterflies here, occasionally see Comma's. But great to see that Small Tortoishells are steadily improving again after the disastrous last couple of years..