Anne D-N reported seeing the first Small Heath butterfly on the ditch-side vegetation along the path to Hildersham Wood.
Looking similar to a small Meadow Brown, the Small Heath is a relatively inconspicuous butterfly, found in grassland and meadows. The first butterflies appear in early May, with successive broods lasting until October. They spend much time fluttering close to the ground, and always settle with their wings closed.
Coincidentally, Andy M also saw several Small Heath butterflies along the grassy edge near the Old Railway Cutting the following day, and took these photos.