Remember the Summer Butterflies?

Local recorder Bridget was amazed to find butterflies were already exploring newly planted Diamond Jubilee Wood adjacent to Ashlawn Cutting LNR in August. They were nectaring on Ragwort and other wild flowers that have appeared between the young trees.

As the wood develops they will be restricted to the path edges and open spaces left, but could be encouraged to breed there if the larval food plants and more nectar sources can be established. Bridget took advantage of the lovely day to photograph some of what she found.