As two key members of our transect team will be elsewhere for most of this transect week (13/26) and Saturday's weather forecast was showing it to be the best of the remaining days of week 13, Graham H and Brian made the unprecedented decision to do the butterfly count on a Saturday.
It was only three days since our week 12 transect, so for a change we did the walk in reverse sequence, starting out in bright warm sunshine which became rather more patchy as we proceeded.
Meadow Browns and Small Heaths had the highest count (both with similar numbers to last week's figures) followed by a rapid advance in the number of Marbled Whites. We saw our first Small Skipper (just the one) and our second highest count of the spectacular Dark Green Fritillaries (five were in Fames Rough and seven in Stagbury Field). With only three Common Blues sighted, we can only conclude that the CBs early summer brood has peaked: their second brood should emerge in about a month's time.
The butterfly numbers recorded for this season remain comparatively low but Saturday's count offers hope that we'll be seeing more over the next few weeks.
UPDATE: last Wednesday's transect (23/6/2021)
Survey by Brian Gardner and Graham H submitted to Butterfly Conservation (UKBMS).
Report by Brian Gardner.
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.