I took part in the Big Butterfly Count again this year recording 142 butterflies over 10 species.

Type Count
Gatekeeper 48
Small White 34
Red Admiral 24
Speckled wood 14
Meadow Brown 14
Holly Blue 3
Large White 2
Comma 1
Marbled White 1
Painted Lady 1

That’s 20 fewer butterflies and 2 fewer species than 2 years ago.

We were in different places, and the weather wasn’t great for butterflies this year. It’ll be interesting to see what the national records show.