Thursday, 28 April 2011

First Chiltern orchid and more butterflies

 Information and news about the spectacular local wildlife and unique
local history in and around Princes Risborough.

Our first orchid of the season is in flower, the imposing Early Purple orchid. Although it normally favours a woodland habitat it may be found in scrubby areas on chalk downland. This plant has flowered at Small Dean Bank, hopefully heralding a good season locally for this fascinating family of plants.

Thanks to the exceptional weather 21 butterflies can now be seen on the wing around the town. More frequent species on our chalk downland include Small Heath, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper and Grizzled Skipper. In gardens, along hedgerows and woodland edges are Speckled Wood, Small White, Large White, Orange Tips, Green Veined White, Brimstone, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoishell and Red Admiral.
Small Copper

You may also be lucky enough to spot a migrant Painted Lady or Clouded Yellow and perhaps our scarcest local species, the Duke of Burgandy. The one other butterfly that has emerged in Buckinghamshire is sadly no longer found in our area, the Wood White which survives in a very few woods in the north of the county.

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 Annual Princes Risborough WALKING FESTIVAL
June 7th to 12th 2011

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