Big Butterfly Count 2018 – Garden

Hopefully this will be the first of a few butterfly counts for this year.

The Big Butterfly Count was launched in 2010 as a way to assess the environment because Butterflies are an important and early indicator as to what is going on with the environment around them.

My first Butterfly count for this year has come from my garden about 4pm this afternoon

During the 15 minutes I spotted

3 Large Whites

2 Gatekeeprs

1 Ringlet

1 Meadow Brown


Previously during the week I had spotted a Painted Lady, 4 Peacock butterflies and a Silver-washed fritillary which can’t be counted but they were good to see.

I was really pleased to find out this week that I’d won a wildlife photography competition run by Secret World Wildlife Rescue (11 to 15 age group) which was judged by Chris Packham.

Scavenging mouse

Scavenging mouse – Winner of 2018 Secret World photography competition. Group 11-15 years. Judged by Chris Packham.


About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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3 Responses to Big Butterfly Count 2018 – Garden

  1. Congratulations on the photograph and from a harsh judge of photos. Well done!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Helen White says:

    Large whites seem to be dominating my garden this year, no peacocks yet which is unusual. Congratulations on the award, brilliant news and well deserved!


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