Butterflies: April 2021
There were at least six Small Coppers along Prince’s Beach.
Small Copper and Small Heath put in their first appearances.
The first Green Hairstreaks are now out in Stonelees.
Two Brimstones along the Worth track were nice to see.
Conditions are still far colder than normal. There are a few butterflies on the wing in sheltered spots but hopefully the winds will change soon. An Orange-tip and seven Small Whites were on the Green Wall and a few Speckled Woods in The Elms.
Four Peacocks, one Small Tortoiseshell, and eight Small Whites were out on the Green Wall and a Speckled Wood was on the Estate.
Singles of Speckled Wood and Orange-tip were new for the year on Worth marshes.
The wind has swung round to the south but still remains a little nippy. A Green-veined White took advantage of the slightly better conditions on the Green Wall. The carpets of blooming Red and White Dead-nettles look good for invertebrates. It might be worth a specific trip late morning when the conditions will be warmer.
The weather has been way too cold to even attempt the BMS transect. However, a Small White did briefly appear on the Estate today in the wind.