Who comes to Smardale and what do they seek?
On a Butterfly Conservation field-trip there are visitors from Haworth and South Wales, eager for their first sight of Scotch Argus. It is almost peak-flight time for the butterfly. A man from Richmond tells of kestrel breeding and he’s seen a kingfisher. A red squirrel is seen and there’s a nest of wild bees. It’s gratifying to share our day with our experts Peter and Chris, and with those eager to make discoveries.
The weather is perfect. On Tuesday 3rd August the day is warm and still with sunshine and cloud so Scotch Argus are in flight and they settle too. The next day is hotter and brighter so they’re rather more lively.
Both days have been excellent for wildlife sightings, and for a greater understanding of management for flora and butterflies at Smardale. So when the spell of fine weather breaks we know how lucky we’ve been to enjoy the Scotch Argus butterfly