I decided to take a different route from normal and took the 'north' track/road that, predictably, leads along the northern edge of the wood. I dipped into a clearing just SE of the woodcutter's yard and saw a butterfly drenched buddleia that was asking to be checked. More Peacocks, a couple of Commas, Speckled Wood and a masses of Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns. Then the Silver-washed Fritillary appeared, absolutely bombing it along the woodland edge, straight past the buddleia and then up and over the 40ft Chesnuts! I watched him until he disappeared, but caught sight of a speck flitting around one of the oaks that I check every year for Purple Hairstreaks.
Yep, that was what it was -a Purple Hairstreak, at last! How could I have missed them for so long? As I got nearer I started to see more, including a couple nectaring at ground level. A new, long-awaited addition to the patch.
Moving on, I checked where I'd seen the SW Frit on Friday, and he was still there! Mobile as ever, only briefly touching down on a Buddleia to tussle with a nectaring Peacock and a very worn White Admiral.