Friday, 30 July 2010

A day spent counting butterflies - Heaven!

Today I sent the day at Pulborough Brooks RSPB Nature Reserve near Pulborough, West Sussex, collecting records for the Big Butterfly Count. This is a national Butterfly survey organised by Butterfly Conservation and sponsered by Marks and Spencers.
The weather was sunny and warm, although cloudy in the afternoon, and the butterflies were very active! We recorded many species during our 15 minute counts, as well as a few others while walking round the Reserve's Nature Trail.
Species seen included:
Common Blue
Brimstone
Large White
Meadow Brown
Gatekeeper
Small Skipper
Ringlet
Small Copper
Small White
Silver Washed Fritilary


The highlight of the day were fantastice views of both Purple Hairstreak, and the elusive Brown Hairstreak, both Lifetime Firsts for me!


(Above) - A Brown Hairstreak Butterfly nectaring right beside the path, inches from my camera lens; I couldnt belive my luck!

The Big Butterfly Count survey is running until Sunday 1st August and is open to anyone to take part. For more information please visit http://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

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