The 'say no to the mow' personal-pledge we made at the inspirational Suffolk Wildlife Trust Summit last year is beginning to pay off. We now have Meadow Brown butterflies in our micro-meadow. I had not seen a single butterfly for some days, and then today in a rare bright moment, I went outside and was greeted by a welcome flutter of wings. I saw six (or possibly seven) of these insects in total. What a joy to have them right outside our french window.
Back in 2012, soon after we returned to East Anglia, I remember finding a large grassy area almost awash with Meadow Browns at Burgh Castle, one of the Saxon Shore forts. Since then I have seen a fair few, but I'm not sure I have ever seen six at once in our garden before. I do hope there will be many more. I shall log this morning's sighting on the Garden Butterfly Survey I am doing this year with Butterfly Conservation. So far this June I have seen one Small Copper, one Holly Blue and one Small White, so today's sighting boosts my month's total considerably.
...And if you haven't seen them already, do take a look here at ten 5-line puffin poems I posted earlier this week on my lockdown blog, The Glow of Emerald Light. The poets whose work is represented are from England, Scotland and the USA.