Photographing some of the more common butterflies around my village in 2016 I thought it would be nice to seek out some of Norfolk’s scarcer species. A bit of research and in June I decided on Silver Studded Blues at Buxton Heath.
There are only a few sites in Norfolk this dainty little butterfly can be found, they are very slow in colonising, not willing to fly more than a few hundred yards from where they emerge, because of this they have been re-introduced to other suitable areas, even at Buxton they are not found over all the Heath.
If the weather has been favourable it is best to go early in the flight season, this is mid June to July/August. It is then the males are in the best condition, in 2017 I did not manage to go until mid July, they were then past their best.
Buxton Heath is also well known for it’s population of Keeled Skimmer Dragonflies. This is a scarce species in the County restricted to just a handful of sites, however I have found far more at Holt Lowes.
If you wish to see the Silver Studded Blues here are some directions. Take the Holt road B1149 from Norwich heading north, pass the Marsham Arms PH and take the second turning right (east) signposted ‘the heath’. The car park is reached by turning left opposite the first cottages. To find the blues, from the car park walk north through the woods to the first track on your right in the heather, they will be from here northwards.
In 2018 I found a small colony of Silver Studded Blues closer to home at East Ruston Common. Armed with the new Sigma 105 macro I captured some very nice images.