The sun has returned to West Dorset in time for the local Melplash Show … we’ll be in the West Dorset Beekeepers tent sponsoring a class for Beeswax, naturally … and selling balms, salves and polishes.  But this weekend was about butterflies.  There were lots of common blues down at West Bexington near the nature reserve on a plot of lucerne.  We submitted sightings of 7 types from our forage area (on buddleia, thistle, verbena and phacelia) to the Dorset branch of Butterfly Conservation – red admiral, small tortoiseshell, peacock, meadow brown, silver-washed fritillary, large white and the comma.  Website:

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