UK’s most endangered butterfly thrown a lifeline by the National Trust

UK’s most endangered butterfly thrown a lifeline by the National Trust

The enigmatic High Brown Fritillary, the UK’s most endangered butterfly, has been thrown a vital lifeline in 2018 through the creation of a new conservation project led by the National Trust and partners. With the charity now embarking on an ambitious plan to develop 60 hectares of lowland heath and wood pasture - the butterfly's [...]

Butterflies: Poetry in Nature – Guest post by Jonathan Bradley

Butterflies: Poetry in Nature – Guest post by Jonathan Bradley

There is poetry everywhere in the natural world, but for me nowhere more so than in butterflies. What is poetic about butterflies? Poetry is a heightened form of writing that plays on our emotions and imagination. Poems use imagery, beautiful or expressive words, rhythms, rhymes and sounds that encourage us to see the world a [...]

Seeking Lepidoptera

Seeking Lepidoptera

In need of some respite from dissertation work and keen to spend as much time as possible outside in the glorious weather, yesterday was dedicated, wholly, to surveying Lepidoptera. Daylight hours spent chasing butterflies as I attempted to survey a few new sites for this year's Big Butterfly Count and night, moth trapping in the [...]

30DaysWild: a recent roundup

30DaysWild: a recent roundup

Though I started off well, my #30DaysWild posts seem to have faded over the past few weeks. This due to some wild commitments elsewhere - blog post to follow shortly - and not due to laziness or disinterest. Despite this, and in keeping with the theme of the month, I have persisted in my efforts [...]

Good grief, I’m in a journal…

Good grief, I’m in a journal…

This week saw the publication of a note in the Entomologists Record and Journal of Variation, by myself and the wonderful Nick Littlewood. The note itself, centred on a summer spent scrutinising the Lepidoptera of the Invermark Estate, in Angus. Detailing a number of interesting finds, including, a county second, a number of BAP species, [...]

West Coast Butterfly Bonanza

West Coast Butterfly Bonanza

In keeping with the spirit of the #30DaysWild campaign, a few days past I opted to do something a little wild. Utilising my last free day on Islay I set out on a butterfly hunt, hoping to catch up with as many species as possible, common and scarce alike. Well, to say the mini-expedition was [...]