"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.
Sunday, 9 March 2014
Butterflies at Ringstead Downs
As it was such brilliant weather, sunny and 17 degrees, I thought I would walk my first butterfly transect of the year at Ringstead Downs with the hope of seeing a few butterflies. I was not disappointed. Within the confines of the transect itself I recorded a total of 9 butterflies - 5 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma. A lot of them were feeding on the flowers of the Sweet Violets which were abundant on the south-facing slope. Other insects were also busy on the flowers - Red-tailed Bumblebee, Buff-tailed Bumblebee and Honey Bee. There was a variety of small flies busy on the Gorse flowers on the north-facing slope. Ground-ivy plants were just coming into flower and the clumps of daffodils in the chalk pit at the west end were in bud.