Having dropped Jet off at the Kennels we were soon pulling into the Rimac car park on the Saltfleetby/Theddlethorpe NNR by which time it was time for lunch and a brew up before heading out into the dunes. Despite being warm at 22C it was annoyingly windy which was going to make photography a challenge. It was good to see rest harrow in flower as well as common centaury. I always enjoy vipers bugloss and it was lovely to see some orchids still hanging on: pyramidal, southern marsh and common spotted. There was a lot of marsh helleborine by the pond on the freshwater marsh, although it was past its best. On the butterfly front there were lots of small skippers and whites about along with good numbers of ringlet and meadow brown and lots of gatekeepers. I found one each of peacock, common blue and small copper which posed beautifully on ragwort. There were large numbers of darter dragonfly but I could only find ruddy darters; why no common I wonder. I have since posted some images on facebook and was delighted when a friend who is much more experienced than I am identified one of the gatekeepers as an aberration, ab.excessa.
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