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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Latest Glanvilles

We had a ab. wittei Glanville Fritillary last week, so far the only one this year.

Normal Glanvilles have been hatching and are seen in the Cutting and Bridleway in good numbers, they are just emerging in the big scrape today.

a pupa was found attached to a stone
yesterday we had our first observed pairing

its our open day on Sunday 29th, so many people will be giving information and guided walks

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Glanvilles Are Flying

Our Glanville Fritillary buterflies are now flying at Hutchinsons Bank.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Glanville Fritillary

The Hutchinsons Bank colony of Glanville Fritillary looks like it will have a good year this year.

In the cutting so far 42 larvae that have overwintered and are now fully grown have recently been found. They are hiding around the scrapes and in the centre of the cutting track.

At the other end of the site there is a larval web of about 200 larvae also fully grown, these also will be wandering to pupate in the next week. The adult butterflies should be flying from 14th May.

Butterfly wise it has been quiet but 2 Grizzled Skippers have been seen.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Hutchinsons Bank and Vale End

Hutchinsons Bank Transect provided a good count.

A Clouded Yellow was seen in the first section.

Along The Cutting the Chalkhill Blues have started to emerge in the scrapes, a pair was seen as well as some spare males. A Second Brood Dingy Skipper was also on the path.

Silver Washed Fritillaries were also seen on the buddleias.

The Vale End walk was well attended with about 40 people.
A deformed female gatekeeper was seen, with Red Mites as well as a damaged right side forewing, it looks like the pupa was damaged on the wing cases as a mark is on both sides and a hole.

Chalkhill Blues were abundant on the chalk slopes, a female Dark Green Fritillary flew past, this year we didnt see Silver Spotted Skipper or Clouded Yellow.

The Walk ended with good sightings of a Surrey Red Kite, and the usual tea and cakes.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Recent walks

Due to a camera fault havn't updated this for a while now.

Headley Heath.
A walk around this varied site, produced my first Silver Spotted Skippers for the year.

Ashtead Common.
A Purple Emperor settled on the ground for a few minutes, in the afternoon, as it was dull conditions earlier in the day.

Hutchinsons Bank Open Day.
A few visitors attended our open day, next year it might be earlier in the year during peak butterfly time. [late may/early june]

A wet day so my planned visit to Beachy Head had to wait until 2pm, and a quick walk back to Eastbourne Station for my 4.30pm bus back home.

Reigate and Colley Hills
Holly Blue and Essex Skippers were plentiful on this walk on the ridge of the North Downs.

Thursday, 21 May 2015


Plenty of Glanville Fritillary flying today at Hutchinsons Bank, 30+ at least. here are a couple of butterflies male [bottom] and Female [top]
If there is good weather over the weekend there should be lots about hopefully for the two walks on the site.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Surrey's Glanvilles on the Wing

Our colony of Glanville Fritillaries are flying at Hutchinsons Bank for the next few weeks, they started to hatch exactly the same weekend as on the Isle of Wight. At the moment Hutchinsons Bank is the only colony of this rare butterfly on the UK mainland.