After I had finished my mornings voluntary work at Forest Dog Rescue, I decided to pop to the rocket test facility in the Wyre Forest to undertake a butterfly walk. It turned out to be a very productive walk (and not just for butterflies).
On the walk along the rides I saw my first Painted Lady of the year. I also recorded single Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and a lovely Silver-washed Fritillary. Ringlets were the most abundant species of butterfly with numbers over 100+. They were followed by Meadow Browns of which I counted c.20. Interestingly enough I only had 2 Speckled Wood during the walk.
One of the highlights of today's walk was seeing a party of 5 Common Crossbills that flew over calling, heading towards Button Oak. I also heard a single Wood Warbler singing and a Tree Pipit during the walk.
It wasn't just birds and butterflies that I encountered whilst here. Along one ride was a stunning Fox padding around with his Rufus coat looking rather resplendent in the sunlight. If that wasn't enough In the wooded area on the way back to the car park I had 4 stag Fallow Deer sat under a tree in the shade. What a great couple of hours spent in the forest.
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary