Thursday, 20 July 2017

Holt Country Park: the best site in Norfolk for Butterflies!

Friends Sue & Peter had yet to enjoy the Silver-washed Fritillaries at Holt CP, so, dodging the thunderstorms, we dashed northwards for a walk around this delightful reserve. While I was buying the (incredibly cheap) parking ticket I noticed that the nearby Buddleias held perhaps a dozen Silver-washed Frits as well as Peacocks, White Admirals, Red Admirals, Commas, Brimstones and Small Torts: incredible! Our walk around added Painted Lady, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Large and Small White, Common Blue and Meadow Brown: fifteen species! (One of the SWFs was nearly a valesina!)

A detour to the marshy valleys on the heath gave us good views of lots of Keeled Skimmers, as well as Emperor, Brown Hawker, Common Darter and Southern Hawker: the sphagnum pockets were full of Sundews, many in flower.

S and P are keen students of church architecture, so, after lunch in the excellent Earle Arms, Heydon, we investigated Wood Dalling Church: some terrific brasses and grotesques.

And so home: a lovely day out (even if Sue wouldn't let Peter and me have scones!)

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