Bumped into a friend of mine on Gosforth High Street this morning and he foolishly enquired what I was up to. I gave him a brief rundown on the Quest and concluded by saying that my current target is White-letter Hairstreak which I have never seen before, but had gleaned information of possible sites at Winlaton Mill and Milkwellburn Woods where I had spent the previous day without success.
So walking home up Salters Road my eyes settled on something on the pavement. Small, brown, butterfly shape.
Hairs standing up, I reached down to pick up the expired butterfly.
So the hunt is on for Wych Elms around Gosforth