This sunny, dry but windy April has provided temperatures that occasionally lifted above those favoured by butterflies and we have been lucky to being able to walk three of the first four transects in reasonably suitable conditions.
GH, GK and BG did this season's fourth transect on Sunday afternoon, once again starting the circuit at Section 10. Despite the warmer temperature, there was a strong NE breeze and, except for one Brimstone seen in each of Sections 8 and 11, the day's focus for counting was entirely in the more sheltered Fames Rough and Harholt Plantation (Sections 2 to 5).
As for the previous two transects, it was the Brimstones and Peacocks that were out in the highest numbers, along with Commas and Orange Tips but we also recorded our first Dingy Skippers on Coneyboro and Fames Rough, plus a single Holly Blue.
Survey by Brian Gardner, Graham H and Graham K submitted to Butterfly Conservation (UKBMS).
Report by Brian Gardner. 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.