UK habitats and wildlife

Kidsty How and Pike
Kidsty How and Pike

(top far left) Cumbria, a site for Erebia epiphron, Mountain Ringlet (not seen), 6 July 2020

Haweswater
Haweswater

Cumbria, viewed from the summit of Kidsty Pike, 1,600', 6 July 2020

White Scar
White Scar

on the south-east corner of Whitbarrow, Cumbria, 7 July 2020

Holmepark Fell
Holmepark Fell

limestone pavement, near Beetham, Cumbria, 7 July 2020

Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight
Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight

habitat of Melitaea cinxia, the Glanville Fritillary, June 2015

Incombe Hole, Steps Hill, Ivinghoe
Incombe Hole, Steps Hill, Ivinghoe

chalk downland in the north Buckinghamshire Chiltern Hills, home to Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina), Chalk-hill Blue (Lysandra coridon), Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja), and many other species, 3 July 2015

Steps Hill, a favourite haunt
Steps Hill, a favourite haunt

Wild Cherry and Blackthorn bushes in full bloom on an early spring day on 5 May 2016 when the first Dingy and Grizzled Skippers (Erynnis tages and Pyrgus malvae respectively) were making an appearance

Strawberry Bank, near Cirencester
Strawberry Bank, near Cirencester

This stretch of flower-rich meadows in Gloucestershire is home to a strong colony of Marsh Fritillaries (Eurodryas aurinia), seen here on 8 June 2016

Rombald's Moor, West Yorkshire
Rombald's Moor, West Yorkshire

Many Green Hairstreaks (Callophrys rubi) can be seen here in May and these heather moors are also strongholds for the Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia), Northern Eggar (Lasiocampa quercus f. callunae) and Fox Moth (Macrolthylacia rubi). I have been visiting these moors since my teenage years and will keep returning until I can no longer walk

Twistleton Scars, Ingleton
Twistleton Scars, Ingleton

in the incomparable Yorkshire Dales, an area of limestone pavement with small glacial erratics, and the unexpected location of the paired Emperor Moths shown on this website, 13 May 2007

Tout quarry, Portland Bill, Dorset
Tout quarry, Portland Bill, Dorset

This Dorset site is notable for its strong colony of Silver-studded Blues (Plebejus argus) and Graylings (Hipparchia semele)

Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire
Aston Rowant, Oxfordshire

A September scene, 2015, with Chalk-hill (Lysandra coridon) and Adonis Blues (Lysandra bellargus) still flying, along with Silver-spotted Skippers (Hesperia comma)

Bernwood Forest
Bernwood Forest

Buckinghamshire, a remnant of the once vast 16th century royal hunting forest, but now on a wet July morning, home to many woodland species, although Marsh and Pearl-bordered Fritillaries (Eurodryas aurinia and Clossiana euphrosyne respectively), Duke of Burgundy (Hamearis lucina), and Wood White (Leptidea sinapis) have been lost at this site in the past 20 years.

Fallow Deer
Fallow Deer

the moment I was spotted, Whitecross Green Wood, Buckinghamshire, 7 June 2018

Nichols Moss, Cumbria
Nichols Moss, Cumbria

One of the moss sites to the north of Morecambe Bay, home to a colony of Large Heath (Coenonympha tullia, form davus) where Bog asphodel and Cross-leaved heath provide ample nectar sources. Photographed on 6 July 2016

Whitbarrow, Morecambe Bay, Cumbria
Whitbarrow, Morecambe Bay, Cumbria

These limestone pavements are a geological feature of the area and part of one of the most diverse butterfly locations in the UK, late July 2007

Arnside Knott, Cumbria
Arnside Knott, Cumbria

A renowned home to High Brown, Dark Green, and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Grayling, Duke of Burgundy, Northern Brown Argus, and Scotch Argus, with a westerly view on 5 July 2016

Smardale, Cumbria
Smardale, Cumbria

Lying to the north of Morecambe Bay, this nature reserve is home to Northern Brown Argus (Aricia artaxerxes), Scotch Argus (Erebia aethiops) and Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja) seen here in late July 2007

Honister Pass, north Cumbria
Honister Pass, north Cumbria

Looking down the track towards the Honister Slate Quarry and the southern edge of Derwentwater (both obscured from view) in the northern Lake District. This is the location of one of the scattered colonies of Mountain Ringlet (Erebia epiphron) 5 July 2016

Honister Pass, Cumbria
Honister Pass, Cumbria

the windswept grassland in the foreground is the habitat of the Mountain Ringlet (Erebia epiphron) with the road over the pass constructed along the scenic valley beyond. Photo taken on 5 July 2016 - but the butterfly could not be tempted to take flight in a strong, cold wind in the absence of sunshine. There's always next year!

Strumpshaw Fen
Strumpshaw Fen

RSPB Reserve, Norfolk Broads, home to the British Swallowtail, Papilio machaon britannicus, 11 June 2018

How Hill, Norfolk Broads
How Hill, Norfolk Broads

one of the prime English locations for Papilio machaon, the Swallowtail, 15 June 2017

Great Orme's Head, Llandudno
Great Orme's Head, Llandudno

Another strong and distinctive colony of Silver-studded Blues (Plebejus argus) can be found here in North Wales, 24 June 2014

Loch Arkaig, Argyll, Scotland
Loch Arkaig, Argyll, Scotland

Despite the harsh weather conditions indicated in this photo, the Chequered Skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)somehow manages to make this area its home at the northern-most extent of its range. May 2011

Meall Reamhar
Meall Reamhar

Oban, Scotland, a Marsh Fritillary site at risk of tree planting, May 2017

towards Port Ramsay
towards Port Ramsay

on Lismore, Argyll, Scotland, a Marsh Fritillary site, May 2017