A short walk down the lane brought me to the entrance to Fackenden Down . The sun was milkier now , but it's warmth could still be felt through the cloud . Painted Ladies were found in good numbers just inside the reserve , along with Common Blue , Gatekeeper and Peacock
looking sultry in the subdued light . Just Slow Worms were found under the refugia in the first field , and on the log pile in the next field , 2 juvenile Common Lizards were sunning themselves ,this being one of them . The refugia proved unused most of the way round , so it was good to have some flowers and more butterflies to record . The strange Carline Thistle , in 'full flower' at the moment , and this is as good as it gets . Small Scabious , with far less leaf than it's relation , Field Scabious , is brightening up the slope . Both are members of the Teasel family .
Many more Painted Ladies were found along the bottom track , protected from the breeze by the field hedge . Chalkhill Blues were found here in good numbers too , along with a few Brown Argus , including a freshly emerged female . The last few refugia did produce a couple of reptiles , making the visit more interesting . A small male , with 'blueing' eyes , showing that he is coming up to slough , was found under one , and the female that I have found on my last couple of visits , is still happily residing under another . A total of 10 Sow Worms and 3 Common Lizards were recorded . Very little bird activity , apart from the Yellowhammer still singing , a Kestrel , hovering over the slope , probably looking for breakfast , and the odd Tit call .
14 species of butterfly were recorded , the most numerous being , Painted Lady (26) , Common Blue (24) , Gatekeeper (49) , Meadow Brown (43) and Chalkhill Blue (121) .