© Steve Marshall / Wild Future

2019 was a good year for butterflies around the lake with a total of 826 butterflies counted through the summer. This is the second highest count since the current surveys started in 2012, and is comparable to that of 2017. The count was 26% down on 2018 but due to weather conditions 2018 was an exceptional year. 

In 2019 counts for the common whites were well down on last year, but Red Admiral, Brimstone and the Skippers all did well, and we recorded easily our highest number of Painted Lady although nothing like the numbers reported in the national Big Butterfly Count survey. We also had one new species this year, Brown Argus. 

For further details please download from here our illustrated (with charts and photos) 4 page FoSL 2019 Butterflies Survey report. Our thanks to Cliff Buckton and team for pulling this together.

November 2019