Thursday, 3 April 2014

1st April: Butterfly surveys begin this week

The 1st April means the start of our weekly butterfly transect survey – it feels like the weather is playing an April Fool’s trick on us however! Wet and misty days are not great for counting butterflies – hopefully the weather will clear up toward the end of the week for our first survey of butterfly numbers among the sand dunes of Lindisfarne NNR. The survey is best carried out on sunny, calm days.

This weekly survey contributes to the UK Butterfly Monitoring Survey (UKBMS), and has been carried out by Reserve staff at Lindisfarne NNR since the mid-1970s. The survey runs from April until September.

Some of the butterflies that can be seen at Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve over the summer:

Dark green fritillary



Small tortoiseshell

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