On our travels between Montacute House and Wells, Leigh and I passed Collard Hill. The weather wasn’t ideal, cloudy, warm but with a cooling NE breeze. From the road we could see someone on the hill so decided to give it a go.
We soon found a Pyramidal Orchid and had seen a Meadow Brown and Painted Lady so things were looking up.
The NT man and his colleague from Butterfly Conservation were telling us that due to the cold winter the Large Blues had only started emerging on Sunday. He was confident that if we found a sheltered spot we’d be lucky. Leading us to just such a place we had a male Common Blue and with a bit of searching Leigh was rewarded with her first Large Blue.
This male was pretty active and due to the cloud he wouldn’t settle wings open. Oh well, at least we got one.
We had been told that Greater Butterfly Orchid was out on the adjacent Ivythorn Hill. Leigh soon found a couple of spikes as well as 100s of Common Spotted Orchid with a good number of Pyramidal.