Friday, 26 July 2013

The Big Butterfly Count

Small white feeding on nettle

Finally, the longer spells of  hot, dry weather have brought more butterflies into the garden from the woods. There have been fleeting glimpses of ringlets, red admirals, small tortoiseshells and commas as well as a flurry of small and large whites. Of course, getting photos of them for this blog is quite another matter!
Next week I am planning a butterfly count for the Big Butterfly Count survey, a national survey that helps to assess the health of our environment. Details of where, how and why can be found here. I am hoping that the buddleja and honeysuckle will be in full bloom before the end date of the survey as it's much easier to both count and photograph butterflies when they are busy feeding!

 Comma on the hop vine

Ringlet in hedge

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