Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Iris in the High Court

On July 7th 2007 a female iris was found squashed on the steps of the High Court in London, having been batting around in the vicinity for the previous two days by Anne Rose.  The specimen is in the BM.  The squasher's head is on a pike at the entrance to Fermyn Woods.  Here's a photo (by Tim Freed) -

No, I don't believe this was an attempted introduction, or a bred specimen.  This butterfly is seriously mobile (at times) and seeks nothing short of World Domination... 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

'BB' and His Purple World

Seriously good stuff by Northamptonshire animation artist Steff Lee.  Highly recommended

Friday, March 8, 2013


With the season fast approaching Iris Hulme goes undercover.

Fermyn Woods Wind Farm Decision Quashed!

Delighted to hear that the Planning Inspectorate's decision to allow a wind farm containing 4 x 400'+ turbines in the field between Fermyn Wood proper & Lady Wood / Souther Wood etc. has been quashed by the High Court.  The proposal will now have to go back to public inquiry, where hopefully it will encounter common sense. 

Congrats and thanks to the National Trust, English Heritage & East Northants DC who bravely took planning inspector Paul Griffiths's decision to permit the development to Judicial Review. 



I gave evidence to that Public Inquiry in the spirit and memory of fellow lover of the Purple Emperor, author and naturalist 'BB', who lived nearby at Sudborough, and was more than utterly amazed when Inspector Griffiths decided to overturn the original planning decision against the wind farm and allow the proposal to go ahead. 

This season we will be using something called Griffiths as bait for iris on the Fermyn rides...

Friday, March 1, 2013

Bookham Common, Surrey

These photographs are a follow up from the amazing experience with myself and the Purple Emperor last year at Bookham Common in Surrey.
Although there is video footage, this only lasts 6 mins, where as in reality the wonderful Purple Emperor Butterfly spent around an hour and 40 mins with me.

I hope you enjoy the images

Everything crossed I am hoping very much to see something similar this year, but I feel this is unlikely, probably this was a unique and incredible experience which has changed my life.