Most years Nigel and I try to have an 'Old Boys Outing' to Kent, primarily to see the Duke of Burgundy in a lovely woodland setting. However, it is not just the Duke that we go for as the site and surrounding area is also excellent for many of the special Kent Orchids as well as many other insects that inhabit this ancient woodland.
The weather forecast was unsurprisingly not good, the story of 2021 so far!! However, despite the weather sounding as though it may improve the following week we decided to risk it, as the forecast would probably change for the worse next week anyway.
We arrived in what felt like freezing conditions, certainly a cool breeze was blowing down the woodland ride. The good thing about going on bad weather days is that you don't see too many other people, of course the problem is that you don't see too many butterflies either!
Anyway, we wandered around the site for a couple of hours enjoying the Orchids as well as the odd sighting of my favourite micro moth, Anania funebris (White-spotted Sable). These beautiful moths unfortunately rarely settle in a good spot and when they do its never long enough for a couple of old blokes to get close enough for a photo. Fortunately I do have a few decent shots from previous visits to here as well as a Sussex site where they used to be.