Apologies (not) for the punny title but it feels sadly apt.
A week or so ago I saw an ’orangey’ butterfly flitting around but I lost it before I could positively identify it. I eventually found it (or one similar) in the same area yesterday.
I was pleased to get a positive identification and a photo (of sorts). It was a Wall Brown.
I was however saddened to see that the Wall (as it is also known) is now officially classed as ’endangered’ in this country (see https://butterfly-conservation.org/news-and-blog/half-of-british-butterfly-species-on-new-red-list).
The other surprise yesterday was the ‘discovery’ of a fledgeling sand martin colony (apologies for the pun once again [not]). I had seen sand martins buzzing about but hadn’t had the time to see if they were Cluster residents. It seems they are.
As you can see, they are using a bit of the bank which isn’t very tall and is vulnerable to flooding. Fingers crossed that they will manage to breed successfully. I will be keeping a discrete eye on them.
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