The Big Butterfly Count!

One of the most successful ‘citizen science’ surveys, the count actually started on the 19th July but carries on until August 11th so there’s plenty of time to take 15 minutes off and settle down somewhere nice to count the butterflies. I’ve seen the first of the late summer Holly Blues this morning. Always worth repeating counts at previous locations to compare from year to year but so much depends on the weather. But we need to get our area included!

A Wall butterfly

Everything you need to know is on the website below at https://www.bigbutterflycount.org/

A surprise encounter of a slithery kind… (from Alison)

Alison (thank you) asked me to pass this on…

“Whilst looking at our garden pond fish last Friday, I was greeted by the largest Grass Snake I have ever seen, a good three foot long, swimming along the edge of the pond and in the process of catching one of our frogs. Eric, of course, thought this was wonderful, but those of you who know of my complete phobia for all things slithery will understand that, whilst I am pleased to think that this magnificent specimen of the species exists, I would rather it was in someone else’s garden! It dropped the frog when Eric went up to it & disappeared into the undergrowth beyond the pond. Needless to say, I shall not be doing any weeding in that area. No doubt it will have re-appeared to try to catch the poor frog who got away…!” Pete’s just said that he completely understands; even a slow worm is a little too much for him.   But a photograph would be amazing….?