Butterflies of Estonia

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Scarce Fritillary (by N.Peace)

It’s been a while since I last blogged – an inexcusably long absence from the ether, though my Twitter account (@dunnjons) has been ticking over in the meantime. (If you’re not already following that, do please give it a go – it’s been active for a year now, and it’s all going on over there!) That’s not to say I haven’t been busy laying plans for the coming year, and writing… Weaving words is always fun, and I’ve a few irons in the fire on that front at the moment. More on them in due course…

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Woodland Brown (by J. Maddocks)

However, for now, as you’ve probably gathered from both blog post title and photos alike, I’ve news of another kind to share. I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I’m going to lead a wildlife tour for Greenwings this summer to explore the spectacular meadows, forests, bogs and heaths of beautiful Estonia.

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The main focus of our week-long exploration of this gem of a country will be butterflies, but as we’re exploring such a mosaic of habitat there will be a lot more besides to see – our journey through the country will also provide superb opportunities to see damsel- and dragonflies, birds and mammals. And there will, of course, be orchids…

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Purple-shot Copper (by J.Maddocks)

Reading last year’s trip report makes for a mouth-watering, tempting prospect. With no fewer than 72 species of butterfly (including some particularly gorgeous blues, coppers and fritillaries) and 20 species of damsel and dragonfly seen on the last trip, I absolutely cannot wait to get out there this year! The first week of July seems ages away… like a kid waiting for Christmas, I’m counting down the days.

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Titania’s Fritillary (by A.Borrows)

If you fancy joining me looking for a kaleidoscope of butterflies in beautiful, friendly Estonia this summer, there are still a few places left available, though I think they’re going fast! You can bob along to Greenwings’ website to have a look at the itinerary for our week – 30th June – 7th July 2017 – and to read all about Greenwings’ commitment to conservation. I absolutely love this – they donate to the very wonderful Butterfly Conservation, making a practical, science-led difference to our beleaguered native butterflies in the UK and beyond.

I really hope to see you there!

 

 

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