A blog about birds, insects, in fact any kind of wildlife. Mostly around Topsham, Devon. Photos, sketches and illustrations.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010


The other day I happened to be passing by Rackenford Moor in Mid Devon. It's one of the best places in the county to see Marsh Fritillaries - it's also a fantastic reserve managed by Devon Wildlife Trust - so, as they are flying right now, I just had to stop for a while.

It was a little too windy to be ideal for photography but the butterflies were easy to find, feeding and basking on Common Spotted Orchid and their larval food plant Devil's Bit Scabious.

On the drier slopes I also found a few Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries.