On Sunday 13th May, Copland Smith gave a very informative Butterfly Talk in the Lodge in Alexandra Park followed by a Butterfly I.D Walk around the park to spot our local butterflies. It was a lovely day. Below is Copland’s report from the day.
We saw and identified 21 butterflies. There were also quite a few little white ones in the distance that weren’t kind enough to land and show which sort of White they were.
- Brimstone 2
- Large White 4
- Small White 1
- Green-veined White 4
- Holly Blue 2
- Speckled Wood 8
The book I recommended was:
Richard Lewington “Pocket guide to the butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland” 2ndedition (Bloomsbury £9.99)
More species can be found at:
Chorlton Ees & Ivy Green,
Stretford Meadows (former tip)
and slightly further afield:
Werneth Low (Green Hairstreak late May)
Derbyshire Dales (Limestone – Cunningdale, Lathkilldale, Miller’s Dale etc)
The Great Orme, Llandudno (Limestone – Brown Argus, Silver-studded Blue, Grayling),
Lancashire Coast (Dunes – Formby, Freshfield, Ainsdale – Dark Green Fritillary),
Silverdale, Lancs-Cumbria border (limestone – Gait Barrows, Arnside Knott & Warton Crag).
As part of the circuit we went to see the weird goose on the lake that Tony O’Mahoney found on the previousThursday. It is a hybrid, which Tony thinks involves Snow Goose. It is ringed and may have come from the wildfowl at Martinmere, Lancashire.