Still Plenty to See

Don’t get me wrong I love the UK’s wildlife, I thrive upon watching it; but it’s not often my breath is taken away here at home by the sight of the natural world any more. I guess one way of getting that rush is to go abroad; seeking out what wildlife wonders the rest of the world has to offer. I shall be after ‘that rush’ in a few days time as we travel The St Lawrence in Quebec seeking among other things Beluga’s; more on that to follow later.

So, as far as I was concerned, UK wildlife is spent; seen it, done it, been there and seen the sequel … or so I thought. That’s perhaps how I felt until I climbed a small grassy hill in North Norfolk last weekend and saw a hatch of Chalkhill Blue Butterflies. We guessed around 2000 to 2500 of these tiny flying jewels were occupying a small area. At times it was as if the ground itself was moving. These small butterflies are quite beautiful but to see so many together was truly breathtaking.

How aloof of me. How wrong could I have been? This wonderful countryside of ours obviously still has so many secrets I have yet to see. I was truly taken aback. The video below I took to try and give an impression of the moment but I guess you just had to be there.


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