A planned visit to Martin Down and Sixpenny Handley, in the hope of turtle dove and corn bunting, was put off as news of a little bittern at Walton Heath near Ham Wall came through. Within an hour we were there. Great views of hunting hobbies, bitterns in flight and black terns were enjoyed, along within dozens of dragonflies and damselflies. Unfortunately, the little bittern did not show during our stay. As the afternoon drifted on we decided to cut our losses and make the short trip over to Collard Hill.
It was a good call. Despite being a little early in the season, we arrived to the news that 4 large blues had been seen a few hours earlier. A thorough search of the spot resulted in both a male and female large blue happily sunning together. A fresh marbled white and plenty of painted ladies concluded the visit.