Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Alners Gorse, Dorset

  On Sunday John and I took a trip to Alner's Gorse reserve in Dorset in the hope of seeing both White-letter and Brown Hairstreaks. When we visited last year we only had binocular views of the White-letters so we were hoping for some closer views.

  We were not disappointed! Luckily for us these little butterflies decided they would frequent the lower flowers of the bramble bushes allowing us to see them very well without binoculars!

  We were also treated to some close views of Brown Hairstreaks feeding on the thistle flowers. 

  We had a very enjoyable day, seeing twenty species of butterfly on the reserve and the photographs below show a few of the species that we saw.

Brown Hairstreak - Male
White-letter Hairstreak
Small Copper
Silver-washed Fritillary - Valezina female
Clouded Yellow
Clouded Yellow taking off from a flower!


  1. Lovely photos. One day I,ll catch up with those Hairstreaks.