Friends of Troopers Hill
Photos by Susan Acton-Campbell June 2020
Small Tortoiseshell (female) & Marbled White
Ian says: 'there seemed to be a loose colony of Essex Skippers (I saw at least 5) at the far eastern end of Troopers Hill where there is some taller grass on slightly flatter land in a rough triangle two roads and near the entry/exit path'.
This is the first time that an Essex Skipper has been recorded on the hill, this species appears to be spreading westward across southern Britain. A report of an Essex Skipper seen in Somerset (also in July 2011) appeared in the Evening Post.
Our thanks to Ian for permission to use this photograph.
Photographs taken by Alex Morss while undertaking butterfly transects
on Troopers Hill in the summer of 2004.
Our thanks to Alex for allowing us to use these photographs.