The Big Butterfly Count – by Darren Shepherd

Ringlet in Parkinson’s Park

‘The Big Butterfly Count’ was launched by the one and only David Attenborough last Saturday, 14th July and runs until 5th August.   Counting butterflies helps us test the health of our environment, so, I thought we could gather some Friends together and do our  own ‘Butterfly Count’ in the Park next Sunday morning, 22nd July, 11am for 1hour.

I have been keeping an eye on an area in the park that is along from the ‘Greenshaw terrace’ entrance.  This area seems to be a stronghold for butterflies and moths, and also lots of other insects.

Butterflies  I have seen recently have included, the Meadow Brown, the Ringlet, the Small Copper, large and small Skippers,and  the Red Admiral.  Moths have included, the Chimney Sweeper, and the Six Spot Burnett (day flying moths).

This area seems to be more productive than other areas of the park for insects,  but looks similar to the rest.  I’d love to know if any botanists can shed some light on why  this could be?  The area is also “alive” with field crickets, so if we have a nice sunny day next Sunday we may get some nice surprises.  Looking forward to it.

If you spot any butterflies yourself, please report your sightings in the comments below.  You can download a handy chart from the Big Butterfly Count website here.

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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