Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Bountiful Butterflies

Peacock butterfly

Seemingly like a lifetime ago, earlier last week the hot, sunny conditions were perfect butterfly and dragonfly weather for Will’s Guided Walk of the National Nature Reserve on Tuesday. The bramble and hemp agrimony flowers proved to be too hard to resist for the dozens of butterflies that were observed, and the dragonflies were out in numbers, skimming the lagoons hunting for food. The group were really were spoilt managing to see: White Admiral, Grayling, Dark Green Fritillary, Comma, Small Copper, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Meadow Brown, Large White and Small White butterflies; d Common Blue and Banded Demoiselle damselflies; Ruddy Darter, Four Spotted Chaser and Black Tailed Skimmer dragonflies.

Our next Guided Walk will leave from Lady Anne’s Drive at 10.00am on Tuesday 18th August, click here for more information.

Holkham’s Miniature Walled Garden at Holkham Country Fair
The butterfly theme continued on our stall at the biannual Holkham Country Fair as we had a number of activities for our younger visitors including for the really young ones counting the number of butterflies we had hidden in the Holkham Landscape display. How many can you see in the picture above? It was a great opportunity to talk to visitors about the work of the Education Team and also promote the exciting Walled Garden project ‘Beyond the Walls’ which the team will be increasingly involved in in the future.

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