I was in Kent last week visiting family and managed a couple of excursions out on my own. Saturday morning was blowy, but compared to Friday it felt like a light breeze. I ventured to a spot very close to where my son lives but didn't even know it existed. Darland Banks is chalk grassland and scrub on a steep south west facing escarpment which is part of the Kent North Downs. More sites of which i aim to explore, due to the specialised terrain, over the coming years.
I didn't expect any of the potential Chalkhill Blue, Marbled White or Green Hairstreak butterflies due to the gusty conditions and exposed position and i was spot on. One interesting candidate sped past at a zillion m.p.h. but heavens knows what it was. I did however get one of the hoped for species of Orchid, namely the Pyramidal but i must have been too late for the other the Man Orchid. Happy nonetheless with what i had i then had the unenviable task of trying to capture a decent image.