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November 22, 2009

Chequered Skipper Survey, Achintore, Fort William, 2 June 2009

Filed under: Butterflies — Andrew Masterman @ 4:22 pm

Sallie Jack spent couple of hours at Achintore, near Fort William NN0971 to see if she could find Chequered Skipper last recorded around there in 2004.  After about an hour, she found one at NN 098 719. It settled first on dead bracken, then on fresh bracken then on pignut. Close by were Small Heath Butterflies and Common Heath moth. Before that, she saw a Clouded Border, Brown Silver-lines, plenty of Green-veined White butterflies, Small Heath, Painted Ladies and Speckled Wood. These were all in NN0971. A Small Tortoiseshell was at NN097719.

Below are some photos of the habitat in the vicinity of the observation which don’t suggest that the site is overgrown:

Chequered Skipper site at NN098719

Chequered Skipper site at NN098719


Above photo shows a bracken glade enclosed by birch trees.

Achintore, very close to Chequered Skipper Observation

Achintore, very close to Chequered Skipper Observation


Above photos shows most of area is quite open with limited areas of birch woodland.

Above photo shows more of the same habitat looking east from Achintore.

Achintore - looking west back to road

Achintore - looking west back to road


Helen Bibby also visited the Achintore area in connection with work and found Chequered Skipper in the same square at NN095716 and in an adjacent square at NN086711.

Written by Andrew Masterman

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