This morning I took a train from Sevenoaks to Shoreham, three stops up the line (ie Shoreham the Kent village, not Shoreham by the sea near Brighton or any other Shorehams I may not know about). I'd worked out that from here it wasn't too long a walk to a lovely and butterfly-rich nature reserve on the North Downs, and indeed it wasn't.
The slope faces west, so at this time of year doesn't get any sunshine until about 7am. Bit of a waste me turning up at 6am? Well, not really, as I did see some things that would have been more tricky to get close to in sunlight.
After the sun had spread across much of the slope and I was busily trying to stalk Grizzled and Dingy Skippers (both of which were present in profusion) a man with a clipboard arrived and we had a short chat, in which he mentioned another nature reserve, managed specifically for butterflies, that was just up the road. So I went there, but the sunshine had not yet reached it so I didn't see very much, though I did find a couple of attractive macro moths - a Cinnabar and a Burnet Companion. I went back to the first field and busied myself looking for photographable skippers and also Small Blues, which Clipboard Man had mentioned were present.
Also today, lots of pretty micromoths and other inverts that I'll need to look up and try to identify. Very little birdlife of note - Whitethroat and Skylark the main singing species. I'd hoped for Lesser Whitethroat but there was not a rattle to be heard. I was disappointed to see no Green Hairstreaks but their season is close to over. I made a few additions to the butterfly list after the gear was packed away - Large White as I started to walk back, Holly Blue on the very handy path that runs parallel to the A225, and Brimstone while I was waiting at Shoreham station.