A trip to Southwater Woods again this morning to show Sue and Julie the wonders of our local butterflies turned into a spectacular Purple Emperor encounter. We found five on the ground, three at one spot which we shared with other enthusiasts.
I saw a black form of a Meadow Brown, but wasn’t able to get a photo.
I saw a roe deer on a side path. It came towards me then dashed off into the woods. On looking at the photo I believe I can see a fawn lying in the grass behind and to the left.
There were many fox gloves at one point, some seven feet tall.
A spider was eating a fly on top of the bracken where we were entertained by a Silver-washed Fritillary the day before.