Second butterfly count was at Bernwood forest. 1pm.
Temperature was 31 degrees, sunshine
Bernwood Forest has its own Butterfly trail and occasionally sightings of the Purple Emperor.
Unfortunately we didn’t spot one of those, but did see:
13 x Silver washed fritillaries dancing up and down the rides, knocking off smaller butterflies from their flowers.
8 x Large Whites hanging back just a little under the branches of the hedges on the sunny side of the rides.
2 x Ringlets coasting further back in the dabbled shade
4 x Meadow Browns along the bottom of the ride where the wood meets the fields
7 x Brimstone butterflies fluttering together in pairs. or threes.
4 x Large skippers low to ground weaving in and out of the foliage and grasses.
The Big Butterfly count runs from 19th July to the 11th August and you can take part as many times as you want https://bigbutterflycount.org/
There’s more on Citizen Science and The Big Butterfly Count in Get Your Boots On
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