Friday, May 25, 2007

To the castle I go

The only main land site for Glanville Fritillary in the UK has always been undercliff at Hordle. The Isle of Wight has quite a few sites. Over the past few years the Hordle site has become badly eroded and somewhat dangerous to walk down.

Glanville numbers in recent years have been poor but last year I heard of a new(?) site not too many miles fron Hordle. My friend Mike Duffy was shown a photo of one taken at Hurst Castle last year.

So yesterday (24th May 2007) Mike went to the Castle and had a fantastic 30-40 sightings. This is brilliant news and hopefully all will be well with survival of this species in Hampshire.

Today (25th) I walked to the Castle and found 15-20 there.

Glanville Fritillary

Glanville Fritillary