New sightings this week
Monday's midday walk around was in warm and partly sunny weather. We got off to an immediate good start on Section 1, Hither Field (where sightings are usually scarce). We counted butterflies from ten species including three Small Coppers, two Dark Green Fritillaries, and one Red Admiral. Although this week's total count of 232 was much reduced from last week's, it was the Meadow Browns and Marbled Whites that were the most common sightings across all sections but Ringlet numbers have crashed to only 14. We recorded our first-of-the-season sightings of a Silver-washed Fritillary, Gatekeepers, Brown Argus(es) and Purple Hairstreaks plus second brood Common Blues. So, despite total numbers being reduced, we gained by counting butterflies from an impressive 19 species.
Survey by Graham H, Graham K, Brian Gardner and Roger Vye
submitted to Butterfly Conservation (UKBMS).
Report by Brian G.
Pics by Brian G & 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.