The environment in the garden is clearly working for our wildlife as this recent report and picture from Keith Powrie, (our friendly expert in lepidopterology and odonatology) shows :-
“Last week’s count was pretty spectacular.
21 butterflies seen of 5 species:10 Brimstone; 2 Green-veined White; 7 Orange Tip and 1 each Peacock & Speckled Wood
This week with a temp of 25°C (Compared to 13 last week)
only 13 butterflies seen:4 Brimstone; 7 Orange Tip and 2 Speckled Wood.
However, the first damselflies of the season were spotted.
2 Large Red Damselflies, 1 at the Upper Falls Pond and another at the north end of the gardens.
Also a pair of Buzzards were observed chasing a Red Kite out of their territory behind the tunnels.
And a Grass Snake was seen swimming across Upper Falls Pond, eventually taking refuge under the overhanging Gunnera leaves.
Quite a jolly day out!”