Thursday, July 12, 2012

Howick Hall Meadows...


I spent Sunday afternoon in a brief warm spell checking tall oaks in the grounds of Howick Hall for Purple Hairstreak butterfly. This is flogging a dead horse, but one was seen and photographed in Alnwick Garden last year, the first for North Northumberland so this place looked as good as there ( in my opinion the gardens are much better at Howick).

No joy with the Hairstreaks but I did see 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small White, 3 Meadow Brown, 35 Ringlet, 1 Comma and 1 Large Skipper. The uncut meadows here are excellent too and well worth a look especially if the sun is shining...

The Croquet Lawn, Howick Hall. Complete with uncut flower margins.

Howick Church. This is how church yards should look with lots of hidden over grown corners for wildlife.

The Croquet Lawn from the other way. Look closely at the short turf, its full of wildflowers too with Self Heal in profusion.

A Speckled Wood

Martagon Lillies were naturalised into the meadows.
Also noted were Chiffchgaff singing, Nuthatch, Bullfinch, 2 Buzzards, Jay, 1 Roe Doe.

4 comments:

Geordie Magpie said...

Hard lines about the Flutterfly!

I have to agree that Howick Hall blows the highly over rated Alnwick Garden away, as do most other Estates in Northumberland, Belsay and Cragside to name a few.

Stringer said...

Nuthatch and Jay ?!! Both cripplers, send em my way please....

Stewart said...

Hi Georde, ta for the comments, they are rarer than my blog posts these days!

Gaz - I need to send you some trees taller than 20 feet first!

Warren Baker said...

I always find PH's start to be more active after 15:00hrs Stewart - that is when its warm and sunny !