Wall Brown Butterfly
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Wall Brown has vanished from my area, only ever see them when I go on holiday further north or at the coast.
Entomologist and biological recorder
This is a nice shot of a species that is not easy to photograph. Wall Brown seems to have declined in Norfolk in the 10 years I've been living there - I used to see them inland but now I only ever encounter them on the coast.
They have mostly vanished from inland locations - there are still some in the brecks, but otherwise the distribution is coastal now. Strongholds in Norfolk are the northern coast between Holkham and Wells, and the Suffolk/Norfolk border south of Great Yarmouth - particularly Burgh Castle.
However, we are short of records - the photo above is only the second Wall report for Wells since 2003. Records (species, date, grid ref and number seen) can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
There's an old distribution map (to 2000) at
A current map will be up next year for 2001-2010 - it will show a dramatic decline.
23 February 2010 margyp
The only one I have seen and photographed was on the coastline between the Lizard and Porthleven, Cornwall, May 2008. It started my interest in butterflies.
Saw one of these in Llandrindod, Mid Wales a couple of years back - definitely not coastal. However, I do go there regularly, and have not seen any others.
Lat/Lng: 52.9, 0.8
OS grid ref: TF9143