Yesterday's 'away day' started very early , alarm at 0430 , getting back , 1900 , but was worth every minute . By the time we ate , 'that match' was on , so I didn't manage to post last night .For several years now , I have read with envy , reports of a rare butterfly that became extinct in the UK in 1979 , then re-introduced a few years later from Scandinavian stock on a few favourable West Country sites . The problem has always been the distance , short flight season , and as with all species the British weather , which so far this year , as we all know , has been terrible for butterflies . Once again I watched reports of the emergence and started planning the 'away day' with fellow enthusiast Keith . Late last week , it looked like a window of opportunity would open on Tuesday or Wednesday and we decided to go on the Tuesday , hence the early alarm call , to try and miss the M25 / M3 traffic , as we headed to Collard Hill , just outside Street in Somerset , some 150 miles away . The planning worked , and we pulled in at the car park at 0830 on a beautiful morning , already having seen people up on the hill searching for the butterflies as we passed by . We hot-footed it to join them , finding the overnight dew heavy in the long grass and soaking our walking boots in a matter of minutes , but I don't think we noticed at the time . A chap we spoke to had been there almost two hours already , without a sighting was not the news we wanted to hear , but started our own search on the information he gave us regarding the site . We decided to head up onto the Eastern Glade , and within minutes of our decision , found our first Large Blue flying amongst the tall grasses , before
And as Meatloaf said , 'Two out of Three ain't bad' .
A cautionary note to finish on . After wandering around in long grass all day , I had a bath before turning in . Waking this morning , I found blood on my pillow . I washed my hair , which thinking about it , should have done last night . Later I found a tick attached to the inside if my leg . First time I have picked one of those up in the wild . I compassionately did a text to Keith warning him , and got a reply that it was because I was moving too slowly on the hills and he was moving faster . Later in the day I got another , he found one attached to his knee . Slow ?
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