The late spring and slow start to summer has affected so many wild species this year, and butterflies are no exception. Cool, cloudy weather and the late emergence of the heath fritillary butterfly led to us postponing a photography workshop focusing on this species.
The event went ahead on Sunday, June 30th and, although numbers were down on what we expected, this rare and beautiful butterfly did show itself. In fact the hotspot was just yards from the car park! Once everyone had got some good shots, a walk through this internationally important woodland yielded a few more sitings of heath fritillaries and encounters with dragonflies and lots of wood ants!
We hope you enjoy the images of one of Britain’s rarest butterflies.