Report on Butterfly Talk and Walk in Alexandra Park on Sunday 13th May by Copland Smith.

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.

South Manchester Butterflies

Late Spring and Summer Butterflies

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)

Sale Ees

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.


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