After the heavy rain on sunday night decided to do my Heartwood transect on monday afternoon due to sun forcast and quite a good choice as after a slow start with just 1 Brimstone in the first 2 sections once i got into the meadow sections it just came alive with butterflies with Meadows Browns and Large Skipper in very high numbers with 103 and 37 of them. A nice bonus in section 4 was the first Small Skipper of the year and in sections 5 and 6 had Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies with 4 feeding on the thistles aloong the scrubland in section 6. On the way back through the wildflower meadow had 1 well worn Brown Argus at the bottom hill and after a view of the stunning poppy field on my route back had a nice family of Common Whitethroats in the edge.
|Large Skipper feeding on thistle|
|Small Tortoiseshell feeding on thistle|
|YoungCommon Whitethroats in hedge|