Last week's cool weather was thought unsuitable for butterflies and we gave the first transect of the 2022 season a miss. The forecast for week 2 was not very encouraging either, with the exception of Monday, which offered borderline temperatures with a mix of sun and cloud but also strong winds. We decided to give it a try.
At the start of our transect circuit at Hither Field (Section 1) it was sunny but with a strong headwind which persisted across Coneyboro Hill (Section 2) – recently cleared of much of the scrub by Surrey Wildlife Trust. Dropping down into the normally sheltered Fames Rough (Sections 3 & 4), the wind was still noticeable and we saw Brimstones hurrying by and Peacocks flitting about and sunning themselves on the sun-warmed paths. We also had a fly-by from a Red Admiral.
Leaving Fames Rough we saw another couple of Brimstones in the wooded section (5) between Fames and Harholt Plantation (Section 6). On Hill Wood Field (Section 7) there was a single Peacock. Barn Field and Great Parsons Field (Sections 8 to 12) were open to the wind and largely shaded – we counted no butterflies there.
PS. While unlocking the gate to Coneyboro we found a Common Lizard by the gate-post (see pic). In Fames Rough we also spotted an Orange Underwing Moth (see pic).
Survey by Brian Gardner, Graham H and Graham K submitted to Butterfly Conservation (UKBMS).
Report by Brian Gardner. Pics by Graham K.
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Here you'll find details and pictures from the team carrying out our regular butterfly surveys (known as transects) over 26 weeks during Spring and Summer.