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.|