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Saturday 26th August 2006
Pulborough Brooks

As it had been raining all week we thought we would go and see if the water level at Pulborough Brooks had been raised at all. Also a very rare butterfly, a Camberwell Beauty, had been seen there all week so we couldn't pass up the slight chance of seeing it.
It turns out that the water level had not changed that much, the place is very dry and short on wading birds still. We also didn't get to see the butterfly. We did however see 2 Common Lizards, a Hummingbird Hawkmoth and an Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar. Butterflies that did show themselves included; Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells and Painted Ladies. So the day was not a total washout, even though we were dodging rain showers all day.
When we came out of the reserve to get back on the bike we found that we had a flat rear tyre. A piece of flint had gone right in and wrecked the tyre. We had to call the RAC to get us and the bike taken home. 

One of the 2 common lizards (Lacerta vivipara) we saw today. They were quite small so we think they were juveniles that were born this summer.

The Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar (dielephilia elpenor). 

There were quite a few people during the day that were hoping to see the Camberwell Beauty.

Just one of the showers we had to dodge.

A bit of a fuzzy picture of the Hummingbird Hawkmoth (Macroglossum stellatarum).