My friend Dr James Fowler and I were very lucky to have chosen yesterday to go out to Fermyn Wood. We enjoyed a great day and a feast of butterflies. Among a total of 13 species we enjoyed such beauties as White Admirals and at least three Silver-washed Fritillaries.
With some luck and maybe some divine guidance my friend James spotted the first male Emperor in the oak canopy early on in the morning.
Many more followed well into the afternoon, certainly into double figures, displaying their rich purple colours on the ground. Some even followed us, curiously exploring our boots. Very enjoyable indeed and it was a great pleasure to also meet the delightful and knowledgeable Rev. Prebendary John Woolmer.’