Wednesday 27th

Despite the pernicious NW wind there are some warm and sheltered spots on the Estate and one of these contributed our first Small Copper of the year.

Tuesday 19th

4 Speckled Woods and 2 Orange Tips were in the Elms today, though numbers of everything remain low.

Monday 18th

The start to the season continues to be slow and 4 butterflies on the BMS transect in sunny but quite breezy conditions was pretty much representative – 3 Peacocks and a Small White.

Tuesday 12th

In decent sunshine at last, the BMS transect walk produced Small White, Green-veined White and a few Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells, but the star of the day was a female Brimstone on the Green Wall.

Sunday 3rd

The start to the BMS transect season was subdued to say the least, with just one Peacock on the entire walk, though a Holly Blue and a belated first record of Comma were added from the Elms and gullies.

Friday 1st

There wasn’t anything new for the year this morning, but small numbers of Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock amounted to an optimistic precursor to the weekend which, we are told, will be warm. Watch this space.