Thursday, 25 July 2013

butterflies count...

After Phil's trip up around the Giants Tooth earlier this week I was looking forwarded expectantly to completing this months Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey visit which centres on Craig-yr-Efail - the "Tumpy" in Phil speak!
This mornings rain gave way to long sunny spells and the walk up to the start point brought Marbled White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, and Small Heath as well as the "whites" and several 6 Spot Burnet moths. The transect commences part way along the ridge.
Almost as soon as I started a Fritilary landed on the path in front of me - a Small Pearl-bordered, a tick for the square, and a nice start. Despite the encouraging start, numbers where not that high (blame the stiff easterly wind) but at least 5 Dark Green Frit's were logged as well as good numbers of Grayling.
In total 11 species recorded + 3 moths spp (6-spot, Silver Y and Cinnibar (caterpillars) during the survey but a further 5 species were recorded away from the transects - giving 16 species in total. A respectable total for the North of Glam.

2 peregrines were the avian highlight - an adult male with a juv female.


  1. Good stuff, really glad you found the Marbled Whites.

  2. Actually the " Tumpy " is Twyn Brynbychan the next hill top along with the telephone mast.

  3. Surprised you boys aren't rushing down to Dawlish for the long tailed blue.

  4. not going cause it's in someone's kitchen....

  5. Shame, you could have added it to your already impressive kitchen tick list.

  6. Bet it's not as big as Mike's wallet moth list