In a rare bit of warmth away from the cold wind, a Wall was found in the gullies, a Red Admiral was in the Elms and at least 13 Speckled Woods were scattered about, mainly in the Elms.
Large White and Green-veined White were recorded locally for the first time this spring yesterday and despite temperatures climbing into the twenties today’s BMS transect was something of a curate’s egg, with 11 of the 13 butterflies in the latter part of the route, from Restharrow Dunes back to the Observatory. However, they did include the spring’s first Small Copper and the first Holly Blues of the season were found along the Green Wall in the afternoon.
Rather late, the morning brought our first Speckled Wood of the spring.
With cool and/or breezy weather until now, today was the first day that it was possible to walk the BMS transect. The princely total of 9 butterflies included 5 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Peacocks and a Comma.
A Brimstone, very much a local scarcity, was seen along Sandown Road. Recent records have come mainly from this general area, suggesting the presence of a small local population. Otherwise, despite increasingly warm and sunny conditions most of the last few days have produced only Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks.