Thursday, 18 August 2011


We enjoyed a delightful weekend in celebration of Duncan's 40th birthday. Camping in the woods, and enjoying the outdoor life for a weekend we were also able to indulge in a bit of hedgefinding. Undertaking the Big Butterfly Count allowed us to engage some of the children, which yielded 23 specimens of 7 species in 15 minutes. With reasonable certainty, these were:
  • Small White Pieris Rapae
  • Large White Pieris brassicae
  • Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
  • Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria
  • Peacock Inachis io 
  • Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus
  • Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni
We also undertook a bug hunt and identification which the children seemed to enjoy. All in all a really memorable and satisfying weekend of natural history, friendship and family.

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