It’s been an excellent year for butterflies (and other invertebrates) due to the early and prolonged warm weather the UK experienced from March. This has not been harmed by the reduction in traffic and pollution due to coronavirus restrictions. Covid-19 lockdowns have also encouraged increasing numbers of us into the outdoors where many people have been reacquainting themselves with nature and developing a connection with the UK environments. We’ve had many good days out engaging with wildlife, including 15 species of butterflies so far. The Peacock in the image is widely seen, we’ve also encountered Common Blues, Ringlets, Tortoiseshells, Graylings, Skippers and, perhaps most notably, have twice seen the rare Mountain Ringlet whilst out in the Lakeland Fells. These are only found in England in the Lakeland hills between 500m and 800m living on matt grass.
If you’d enjoy a day out spotting butterflies or engaging with any other part of our natural history please get in touch with Steve. He’ll be pleased to hear from you and happy to help.