Just over a week ago I did a walk around the far end of my patch to see how the downland bank was doing, following several months of pony grazing. To be honest it was a bit disappointing as there was very little foliage left for the wildlife. However, I have been assured that the heavy grazing will eventually pay dividends, so I live in hope.
After leaving that area though I walked along the large area that has been left all year to nature, and this year has been a totally fabulous season here. With the Marjoram now in flower along with Small and Field Scabious and Knapweeds the area is buzzing with life. The biggest winners seem to be Brown Argus which have had a population explosion. I have never seen so many Brown Argus in one smallish area, roughly 150 metres long and 15 metres wide, I estimated that there was probably 1000 plus Brown Argus. That too was only one small end of the whole meadow, so many more would have been in the rest of the area.
It was such a sight that I then went back several more times, and each time was as impressive as the first time. I actually forgot to take any photos until Lisa and I went to see them a few days later. It was difficult to find any roosting in the cloudy and windy conditions that were not blowing around amongst all the tall grasses. I also only wanted perfect specimens if at all possible and no tall grass in the background. Of course, with these stipulations I only found 3 possible contenders. I did have to be extremely careful not to disturb them too as although it was cloudy and windy it was warm enough for them to still be semi active. However, the 3 different ones did produce some pleasing photos.