RSPB West Canvey Marsh Nature Reserve, Canvey Island, Essex.
An area of low-lying grazing land recently purchased by the RSPB, though still farmed commercially.
The Car park is free but the inward gates may be locked after 5.00 pm.
It has resident populations of Marbled White and Wall Butterflies.
This is close to the RSPB Reserve, and runs into the Thames Estuary. A public footpath runs along the top of the sea-wall behind a narrow concrete wall. This
is where Wall Butterflies can find shelter.
23 May 2012. RSPB Reserve. 1 Green-veined White, 4 Orange Tips, 5 Small Heaths.
24 May 2012. RSPB Reserve. 1 Green-veined White, 3 Orange Tips, 20+ Small Heath, 2 Wall Butterflies.
9 July 2012. RSPB Reserve. Afternoon in light to heavy cloud. 3 Essex Skippers, 1 Small Skipper, c. 30 Marbled Whites, 17 Meadow Browns.
16 Aug 2012. RSPB Reserve. Late morning, mostly overcast, windy. 2 Essex Skippers, 3 Common Blues, 3 Marbled Whites, 14 Gatekeepers, 33 Meadow Browns,
1 Small Heath. 1 Five spot Burnet.
3 Sept 2012. Hole Haven Creek, sea wall. 1 Large White, 2 Small Whites, 1 Wall Butterfly (very faded).
3 Sept 2012. RSPB Reserve. 1 Essex Skipper (very worn), 2 Green-veined Whites, 13 Common Blues, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 6 Meadow Browns.
1 Silver Y Moth.