Slow start for the slow down
The forecast fine warm day got off to rather a slow start and we headed out for today's proceedings into a stiff breeze with some threatening-looking clouds but, as we progressed, conditions improved steadily so that we completed today's walk-around in warm sunshine.
The seasonal decline in butterfly numbers seems to be under way and whereas we counted 317 butterflies last week, today's total was a mere 135, 101 of which were Meadow Browns. The previously moderate numbers of Common and Chalkhill Blues, Small Heaths and Gatekeepers were also much lower. We were, however, surprised to find a Marbled White in Section 12 – it's been 4 weeks since we counted our last pair.
Survey by Graham H and Brian Gardner submitted to Butterfly Conservation (UKBMS).
Report and pics 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.