Lower count on a brighter day
The strong wind and rain of the early part of the week had eased down and conditions for Wednesday afternoon's transect were warm and bright. Perhaps our butterflies were still recovering from the bad weather or maybe they'd even succumbed to the wind and wetting, but this week's count of 97 was a low one. Conditions do vary from year to year: for previous Week 22 Transects the totals were: 165 (2016), 139 (2017), 60 (2018) and 247 (2019).
On Wednesday, Meadow Browns were still predominant but are slowly declining, while other species, i.e. Small Coppers, Small Heaths, Common Blues, Speckled Woods, Brown Argus, are into their second brood and could, if conditions are right, be seen in higher numbers in the next few weeks.
Survey by Graham H and Brian Gardner submitted to Butterfly Conservation (UKBMS).
Report by Brian G.
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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.