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Marbled White, by Charles Sinclair
Marbled White, by Charles Sinclair

Butterfly Report, Aug 2020

4 thoughts on “The Big Butterfly Count

  1. Charles Sinclair says:

    AS of Wednesday 21st July, the Sid Valley has recorded 28 counts. In total last year there were 127, so we have 99 to go to beat last years total. We recorded 1262 butterflies in total and at the moment we have 350, a good start all round. I wish Weston Combe was in our catchment, I passed something like 50 Gate Keeper, 20 Meadow Brown and 10 Ringlet on the way to the beach. The honey suckle bramble and marjoram are a mecca for butterflies. I will hope to get back there to do a proper count. Is there anywhere in particular that you have found that is particularly good location?

  2. Charles Sinclair says:

    Soldier Hill was awash with Meadow Browns on Friday (23rd), I counted 91 in the 15min slot. Can someone make a 100?!

  3. malcolm seymour says:

    on Friday 23rd Gilchrist field in the byes,there were a good selection of b-flyes.
    meadow browns,small skippers gatekeepers ,small blues(males) and red admirals and a lone six spot burnet moth ,and several small orange moths ( geometer) i think?? disturbed by me sneaking about the long grass. Further up the byes near the rugby pitch spotted 2 commas.having got excited about a pair of brown hairstreak and done further research i will discount them, and put it down to wishful thinking???

  4. Jan Metcalf says:

    Agree, Weston Combe is bursting with butterflies. Spotted my first ringlet there on 28th July. Thanks to the National Trust and the Donkey Sanctuary for their land management creating such a biuodiverse habitat.

    Abother first for me was finding green veined whites on 26 July in The Byes. They were attracted to the wild carrot flower heads in the wildflower meadow. I find it difficult to distingish between large and small whites in flight but the greenveined white has a distinctive flight pattern which includes graceful bouts of gliding. Those green veins enable them to seemingly disappear when resting on grass with folded wings. There were also lots of meadow browns, common blues plus a few peacocks and small tortoiseshells. The day flying moths included the Silver Y which is listed on the Great Butterfly Count Survey Sheet.

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