Friday, 20 August 2010

The Butterflies of St Catherines Hill, Winchester

A foray into foreign lands...(over the border into Hampshire!)...on Sunday 15th turned out to be very productive. I succeeded in obtaining views of two new species. St Catherine's Hill near Winchester is managed by Hampshire Wildlife Trust and includes some wonderful chalk downland wildflowers which were attracting hundreds of butterflies in the warm sunshine. I was very pleased to at last see and photograph Chalkhill Blues and Brown Argus (see below). Also saw Silver Spotted Skipper, although these 'skipped' away too fast to photograph! Other species we saw included Common Blue, Large and Small Whites, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Small Copper, Brimstone and Small Heath.

Chalkhill Blue

Brown Argus