I spent 15 wonderful minutes at Pewley Down Nature Reserve in Guildford, a beautiful area of chalk grassland that is fairly level and is accessible to wheelchairs, noting down different butterfly species and counting how many butterflies I saw of each variety. As you’ll see from my photographs, I saw a large number of blue butterflies, I didn’t manage to photograph all the butterflies I saw, but during this visit to Pewley Down I enjoyed seeing Small Blue Butterflies, Common Blue Butterflies, Chalk Hill Blue Butterflies, Meadow Brown Butterflies, Large White Butterflies, as well as one of the Burnet Moths, possibly a Six-Spot Burnet – a colourful black and red, day flying moth.
It’s great fun watching butterflies and moths, if you want to join in and take your own Big Butterfly Count, you have until Sunday 9th August 2015 to take part, and until the end of August to submit your results to Butterfly Conservation, who will use the survey results to assess the fortunes of butterflies and gain information about the spread or decline of individual species. There’s even a special offer of half price membership of Butterfly Conservation for anyone that takes part, for all the details, please click here.
Here are just a few of the butterflies I saw today:
If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Pewley Down Nature Reserve in Guildford, here’s some photographs to give you an insight as to what to expect at this beautiful and very special place. As you’ll see the ground is fairly level and accessible, although it’s not paved at all, so if you visit in a wheelchair it’s a little bumpy in places, more so in others, especially near to the parking area for the reserve, but if you stay close to the main paths it is fairly level. More able and adventurous types can head down and explore the sloping paths, but everyone can admire the far reaching views and enjoy the wildflowers and butterflies at this very special area of chalk grassland in Guildford, in Surrey.
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