As we're all aware the wet weather continued well into May and this is already the wettest June on record. It's also been a colder month than normal and this further reduces feeding and mating activity.
|My First Gatekeeper 2012|
After last weeks disastrous transect were amazingly no Butterflies were recorded at all I'm happy to report that although not prolific by any means today's results were slightly more encouraging. The transect area itself only produced 2 Common Blue, Meadow Brown and the first Gatekeeper of the year but while touring the remainder of the reserve Large White, Brimstone and White Admiral boosted the count. Lets hope that that this trend continues but unfortunately the weather once again may play a further part later in the week.
A number of Moths were also recorded today including Chimney Sweeper, Yellow Shell, Mother Shipton and Cinnabar. Dragonflies included ♀Broad-bodied Chaser and Common Darter.
I'm also happy to report that a Treecreeper family I've been monitoring housing four young have now fledged and all four were seen being well attended by the parents. Several Nuthatch young are also doing well and an excellent count of at least 11 Bee Orchids around the 'Tip' area is a very encouraging count for the reserve.