Today we spent much of the day slowly patrolling the woodland areas of Fermyn Country Park/Fermyn Wood/Lady's Wood in search of butterflies and other interesting flying insects. Heavy rain during yesterday and breezy conditions today conspired to keep most of the scarce butterflies high in the canopy with few photographic opportunities. Nevertheless we gradually chalked up some seventeen species of butterfly which included plenty of Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak and White-letter Hairstreak. Predatory insects on the wing included extraordinary numbers of Emperor Dragonfly, often shadowed by Brown and Southern Hawker, with Black-tailed Skimmer and Broad-bodied Chaser around muddy pools in the Country Park. Hornets were also on the wing and a Common Lizard scurried across a woodland ride. The most interesting birds noted included Kingfisher and Hobby.