Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Cissbury Ring Butterflies

Today I was one of a group of about 20 Countryside Management Students who were blessed with glorious sunshine on our field trip to Cissbury Ring. In between studying the archaeology, plant life, birds and management techniques we spotted several species of butterfly. These were many Brimstone, both male and female, Small Whites, Peacock, Small Heath, Small Copper, one Painted Lady, one Wall, several Grizzled Skipper, and a few Dingy Skipper. At about midday (ooh goody - lunchtime!) I spotted a single Brown Argus on the southern escarpment. Some of our group found a Green Hairstreak on a Gorse bush. We also saw a beautiful Cinnabar moth and various unidentified day flying moth species. All in all a wonderful day - nice to be out in the sunshine.

A Wall butterfly

Small Copper

A tiny Brown Agus

Common Blue

Cinnabar Moth

Turkey Oak and blue skies

Long Horn Cattle

Worthing and the sea from Cissbury Ring

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