Location: Bodmin, Cornwall
Photographer: Rowena Castillo Nicholls
Videographer: Rob Nicholls
Me, Rob Nicholls, Jackie Jarvis, Tri Watson and Peter Watson meet up to look for a rare orchid. Unfortunately, we have not seen any orchid. But I am absolutely thrilled to have found a colony of "DINGY SKIPPER" today in Cornwall. I have never seen a Dingy Skipper recorded in this area before. So this is really a great "finding" for me. Yeeesss!!! We've seen a total of 12 different species of butterfly in this location. Totally awesome!!!
We saw 10++ fresh looking Dingy Skipper and 2x with a slightly battered wings, 5x Brimstones, 4x Peacock, 2x Red Admiral, 2x Small Tortoiseshell, 1x Holly Blue, 3x Small Copper, 4x Speckled Wood, 5x Orange Tip, 1x Green-veined White, 2x Small White and 3x Large White. Plus loads of Bees, 2x Hornet, 3x Jay, a few swallows and swifts, buzzards and loads of corvids.
Conservation Status of Dingy Skipper:
- Section 41 species of principal importance under the NERC Act in England.
- Section 42 species of principal importance under the NERC Act in Wales.
- Northern Ireland Priority Species.
- Scottish Biodiversity List.
- UK BAP status: Priority Species.
- Butterfly Conservation priority: High.
- European status: Not threatened.
- Fully protected under the Northern Ireland 1985 Wildlife Order.
After that brilliant "finding" of a Dingy Skipper colony, we went to Bunny's Hill to see the gorgeous Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.
We saw 5x Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 4x Brimstones, 1x Red Admiral, 2x Orange Tip, 1x Green-veined White, 2x Large White and 3x Small White.
With Rob Nicholls, Jackie Jarvis, Tri Watson and Peter Watson
I had a great time photographing the Dingy Skipper. Sooo ecstatic to have discovered this colony.
Beautiful Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary from Bunny's Hill