The next encounter was in the conservation car park, a male resting on a prominent sprig of one of the oaks before coming down to a hazel bush to take honeydew. The final two of my eleven sightings were near the ranger's cottage, the second coming down to settle on the lily pads on the ranger's pond. My photograph confirms that it was drinking from the water:
'BB' lamented the demise of iris in Salcey and would have been delighted by its re-appearance in such numbers. Equally, what would Andy Patmore, forest ranger here and a great champion of its butterflies for over thirty years before retiring last year, have given to see a Purple Emperor on the wildlife pond which he created?