Numbers and variety continued to struggle along and of 60 butterflies on the transect this morning no fewer than 39 were Small Heaths, though the first Marbled White of the season was recorded, along with an Essex Skipper, one of which was seen on the 19th.
Morning rain relented just before midday to allow this week’s transect walk and although numbers continue to be nothing to write home about, the lushness of this spring’s growth was tiringly obvious and for the first time in ten years of walking the route it was difficult to tell in places where next to go.
The first Meadow Brown of the season was seen on New Downs this morning.
50 butterflies were recorded on the BMS transect today, including three Painted Ladies, the first freshly-emerged Small Tortoiseshell of summer, a Large Skipper and a welcome increase in Common Blues and Small Heaths.
Now that the worst of the recent weather seems to have relented we have been seeing a few Painted Ladies over the last few days, with four on the Estate yesterday and three on new Downs this morning.