Today's weather forecast predicted temperatures too cold for butterflies and it was decided to walk the transect anyway to enable Andy to see at first hand the high level of scrub incursion on Coneyboro Hill and Fames Rough.
There was a cool headwind as we started out across Hither Field but we soon started seeing butterflies in more sheltered areas where the sun's heat could be felt. So, although we started not expecting to see many butterflies, we actually ended with quite a good tally to submit in our report to Butterfly Conservation (UKBMS).
Our count included:
18 Dingy Skipper
11 Green Hairstreak
4 Grizzled Skipper
3 Small Heath
2 Orange Tip
1 Green-veined White
1 Small Copper
1 Holly Blue
72 butterflies across 11 species.
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Report by Brian. Pics from Martin available on WoodChips Facebook page.
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.