The Grizzled Skipper is not a common species, it may be overlooked but Dorset is one of its strongholds as it likes flowery downs and slopes of the chalk ridges and places like Durlston, Portland Bill and Fontmell Down are good places to find them. They are a small butterfly and fly close to the ground preferring soil and rocks as resting places. The have two broods here in the south. The first brood fly in May and June and the second brood briefly in September.
There must be 101 reasons to visit Durlston Country Park near Swanage and this is certainly one of them. In the flower meadows at the top of the cliffsin May there are countless numbers of Cowslip. The same is true of the neighbouring Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve of Townsend. Cowslips were once very common. These days they are still found throughout the county in meadows and on grassland, occasionally even in the middle of roundabouts!