Silverdale Weekend, 23rd to 26th of May 2014
A small group of Highland Branch members had a most successful weekend away in Silverdale, South Cumbria.
On their first day the Chairman of the Cumbria Branch very kindly took us to the best places to discover butterflies & moths in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Each site visited exhibited a very different precious landscape. & he could have recommended another 10!!! sites. However, that was enough to keep our group busy. The good news was that they’re all very close. No long drives & all very accessible. Some we could easily ‘self-guide’. However, we were immensely grateful for his tips at other sites.
After their evening meal the group were given a power-point presentation on the re-establishment of colonies of Marsh Fritillary in Cumbria. Finishing up with some breath-taking magic !!!
Our last day we explored a site with panoramic views shown to us on that first afternoon. Here, Fritillaries were flitting about. At first the consensus was they were Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. Then we were challenged by a another butterfly enthusiast’s photo taken minutes earlier. From his snap he was convinced they were Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. Ahhhhhh well. A Green Hairstreak was spotted as well as a small number of female Brimstones butterflies & at least one male.
All in all a wonderful sojourn. & thanks to the party’s convivial
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