Big Butterfly Count on the Horsefield
Wanting to complete another Butterfly Conservation Big Butterfly Count, I took the opportunity of a fine sunny morning. Although it began sunny and hot while I was there it clouded over and the brisk breeze made conditions quite challenging.
The absolute highlight of the count was a small copper. It allowed a few photos before flying off over the bund towards the woodland burial ground. Despite returning the the spot several times it didn't reappear so I might go and investigate the burial ground. Where there is one, there ought to be more.
- Common Blue x1
- Small copper x1
- Small Skipper x1
- Gatekeeper x3
- Green-veined white x1
- Meadow Brown x1
- Large White x1
Outside the count time I found 2 more common blues, all three being males, a single peacock and several g spot burnet moths. There were quite a few more meadow browns but numbers were down on recent visits and I saw no ringlets at all.
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