The spring’s first Brown Argus and Common Blue were seen on the Estate on the 4th, with continuing very good numbers of Small Coppers, of which there were 20 on the BMS transect on the 6th; the highest transect count in eight years. A male Brimstone was seen on the 15th and the 20th brought an influx of 8 Red Admirals and a Small Tortoiseshell that flew S along the beach. Although indifferent weather in the last week or so kept activity and numbers to a minimum, our earliest ever Large Skipper was found in Middle Field gully on the 29th and a Painted Lady was seen on the BMS transect, along with at least 20 recently-emerged Small Tortoiseshells.

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