It's all about the Blues, man
The weather for Friday was probably the hottest we've had for our transects: it was already 30 degrees at 10:30am when we started and 35 when we finished at 1:20pm. We were glad of the strong breeze that sprung up during the morning, so strong that it may have prevented the butterflies from flying. Apart from the Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers, the numbers seen were quite different from the previous two transects. We recorded 121 Common Blues, up from 35 last week, and Chalkhill Blues down by just 1. All other species seen last week were either very much fewer or absent.
Survey by Graham H, Brian Gardner, Graham K and Roger Vye submitted to Butterfly Conservation (UKBMS).
Report by Brian G. 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.