We saw a total of 8 along the rides in the warm sunshine.
They were attracted to Blackberry flowers, but there is also plenty of Cow Wheat, which is the caterpillars food plant
They have a low fluttering flight with short glides. They were quite difficult to find perched up.
Referred to as the Woodman's friend as it would be found in recently coppiced areas. It disappears when areas are shaded out. As a result of being tied to human activity, British Heath Frits. lost their migration instincts and became very sedentary. This results in the extinction of colonies if management does not continue. I can only congratulate the volunteers at Hockley who have worked to maintain the habitat necessary for this rare species.
In the afternoon we chilled out on the beach at Southend -on -Sea. We were surrounded by more Med. Gulls than Black Headed!