It must be said that today was a scorcher of a day, the sun was beating down (after breaking through the clouds mid morning) and there was very little breeze, and excellent day to have to mow the lawns and do some tidying in the garden! Ok so of course it was a horrid day to do it, after 5 mins I was a soaking sweaty mess, but in order to break the time once the lawn was mown Bo and I set down to do our Big Butterfly Count (our first of the year sadly).
Garden Butterfly Count
Setting the timer on my iPhone for 15 mins, we sat down to see what we could spot the idea is to count the maximum number you see in the time (not all as you could be counting the same ones over and over). Our list was as follows:
- Peacock – 8
- Gatekeeper – 2
- Meadow Brown – 1
- Large White – 1
Our total was not bad, but I must say prior to the count I also saw red admiral and more large whites!
Up Loading Data
Up loading data to the Big Butterfly Count Website is really easy, so there is no excuse to not spend 15 mins checking your garden or work place.
What else was in the Garden
Well before I started the lawns there were two wonderful Common Blue Damselflies (one of which had some damage to the tail), which as soon as we spotted them Bo ran inside to grab her Nature Notebook so she could write it all down. There were also plenty of hoverflies in action as well as the afore mentioned butterflies. Nothing exciting to write about but a few nice photos (sorry no new butterflies).
|Common Blue Damselfly – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
|Eristalis Sp. – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
|Eristalis Tenax – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
|Flesh Fly – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
|Sphaerophoria Scripta – Great Holm, Milton Keynes|
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