Monday, 9 May 2016

A day to celebrate at St Abb's Head as finally the first butterfly transect of the year has been carried out! Although the survey period officially starts at the beginning of April, it requires very specific weather conditions for the results to be reliable, and so far the right combination of temperature, wind speed, cloud cover and lack of rain have not been forthcoming! This is important as we are part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme which collects data from all over the country, and evaluates how butterflies are doing nationally. As the season is just beginning here, things were a bit slow but I did see 3 Small Coppers and 2 Peacock Butterflies (pictured), all of them on the North/East side of the Mire Loch. Lizy.

Peacock Aglais io

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