Now that Lisa has seen all of the normal Sussex species of butterflies, we are venturing a little further afield to see other British species new to her.
It is also an excuse for myself to be acquainted again with species that I have not seen too often. A month ago it was one of my favourites, the Marsh Fritillary. Our planned trip to Kent for the Heath Fritillary unfortunately didn't go ahead this year, but a trip to Somerset and Dorset was achieved, and these species I have neglected over the years, with only two visits to see the Large Blue, and just a single visit to Dorset for the Lulworth Skipper.
As we had decided on an overnight stay near the Large Blue site, we didn't even have to leave home too early, especially as we were starting from Worthing. We even had time for a long river walk at Blandford Forum on the way giving us a couple of views of Kingfisher as well as several dragonfly species.
After Blandford Forum we drove to the pub where we were staying overnight to drop off some of our baggage.
It certainly didn't take long for Lisa to see her very first Large Blue when we arrived at the butterfly site with several seen after just a few steps onto the reserve.