30 Days Wild: Day 17 Searching for Purple Emperor

After a lovely day in Leicester with my family, we set off to Ferrmyn Woods, to see if the Purple Emperor had emerged yet. We knew it was a little early, but with reports coming in of sightings further South, we decided to take the chance!

Whilst I was taking photos of this high-fiving lizard, one flew by Dave's legs, landed for a few seconds on the path and then disappeared up into the tree canopy. I saw it briefly in the distance — but not well enough for a positive ID. The first one in Northants this year — well done Dave!

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Common Lizard

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Distant deer with her fawn hidden in the grass