Here is a fascinating little video of a peacock butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. We know that there are at least two nests of peacock caterpillars in the park so, by the end of July, we should see these beautiful adults.

Filmed and edited by Daniel Castell

Beautiful images of a meadow brown taken in the park last night, at the end of the year’s longest day, by Chris Seymour.

holly blue, large white and orange tip

Butterfly count

Ian Bushell walking round the park with our Countryside Officer, Ali Rasey, spotted a large white, a male brimstone, two male orange tips, a speckled wood, a small tortoiseshell and a holly blue. That is four more species for our spotter’s list

small tortoiseshell. speckled wood, brimstone

Butterfly list

Usually the butterfly population of the park is estimated by walking transects during the summer. This means regularly walking a set route through the park, on days of butterfly-friendly weather, and counting the number of species and individuals within a certain distance of that route.

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A closer look at insects

On Wednesday, DKG and his macro lens took a close look at some of the park’s invertebrate inhabitants.

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