For the last couple of days I have headed down to Gallows Hill in the evening and first thing in the morning to catch sight of bats foraging over the ponds and experience the undisturbed wildlife before the dogs arrive.
Whilst walking past the nettle beds I disturbed some Small Tortoiseshells, they flutter ahead just a few feet and settle again in my path, meaning they have to get up and move again in a few minutes when I pass them again.
The Big Butterfly Count starts again today, so why not take 15 minutes to sit overlooking a sunny spot and count how many butterflies you see. You can download an ID chart here https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org, then simply add your records by downloading their app or input them online.
By River Six