The last year has been a very difficult one, with heavy rain and other projects, (not of our making) delaying planting of the perennials etc., Now we have the results we have been waiting for these last 2 years. Butterflies – in abundance! We have seen all the varieties listed below – a bumper year!
Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Comma, Peacock, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Brimstone, Large White and Large Skipper.
The photo below shows Peacock butterflies on the buddleia and meadow flower…
Bees have had a hard time and the continuing drop in numbers (so few we could have counted them this year!) continues to concern us.
Even numbers of our solitary miner bees have dropped to a dozen or so.