Saturday, 1 May 2021

More New Spring Sightings

The month of  April was very dry with cold winds from the north and east and temperatures well below average for the time of year. However things are due to change as May begins with  rain and wind in the forecast  after the weekend. Hopefully warmer weather will soon be on the way. Today continued the April theme and when the sun shone it was very pleasant as I returned to the landslip. Descending the steps onto the landslip I at once saw a male Wall Brown on the cliff slope and that was quickly followed by two more. Unfortunately the sun then disappeared behind shower clouds and the only other species seen were a Dingy Skipper, Small Copper, and a Peacock.

Returning to the foot of Afton Down, it was pleasing to record the first Small Blue of the year with four individuals. Green Hairstreak were again present along with a very pristine male Common Blue.



  1. Wow! Your butterflies are so much earlier than ours here in Scotland! I only just saw my first Orange Tip of the year for my garden here in the Scottish Borders last weekend. Of course they are earlier near the coast and I saw a lot more up in East Lothian a couple of weeks ago. Sadly the weather this week has meant that any poor butterflies that have emerged will probably be regretting it!!

    1. Hi Nick,thanks for your comment.
      Let us hope that the weather warms up soon although it seems next week will be just as cold.
      I hope you have a successful season.