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Thu 16th September 2010 20:14 by Graham Smith
Silver-washed Fritillaries in Essex
With regards to Adrian Knowles article in the latest Club newsletter regarding the natural (?) re-colonisation of Essex by the Silver-washed Fritillary, I can add a couple more sightings to those he listed. On July 31st there were four holding territory along woodland rides in Stour Wood RSPB Reserve, Wrabness while another was seen briefly in the adjacent Copperas Wood EWT Reserve. Information on their presence there was passed to me by word of mouth so I presume this site is well-known. That doesn't necessarily mean that people send in their records though! At least a dozen White Admirals were also present, both species permitting wonderful views. At around the same time one was seen at The Backwarden EWT Reserve, Danbury and a few days later photographed in woodland just outside the reserve boundary. Hard to believe that all these records could relate to deliberate introductions but I have heard tales of Marbled White pupae being scattered around the County! Anyway, I will pass these records on to the new County Recorder.


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