By the powers invested in me, I hereby declare Sheffield Park Woods (NT) officially Purple. 3 males around a classic sheltered high point territory and a probable female later. There are very few known sites in East Sussex.
Better still, the Dragons Green iris are back, after many years. This is quite the most vicious race of iris: serial offender thugs. Who else would beat up 2 chaffinch, massacre a hornet, and then slaughter a posse of courting Purple Hairstreak, all within a minute? Don't mess with these guys, they're serious. 2 were on a sap run there at 6.45pm, pushing out hornets. They were still going when I left for the pub at 7.20 - so a significant evening flight in this orgasmic heat.