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Snake's Head Fritillary by roadside
Observed: 30th April 2013 By: Nick Upton
Added: 2nd May 2013
I came across some small clumps of these rare flowers by the side of a track/small road in the Marlborough Downs. They were under trees on a level area on the side of a chalk grassland slope, so not the typical damp meadow habitat. If anybody could comment on whether these are likely to be a natural population, or more likely to be from a garden escape source (though one theory is that all UK Snake's head fritillaries were garden escapes originally!) I'd be grateful.