We recently took part in Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count, when Diane and her sister Liz spent some time at Humber Woodland and counted the many different species of butterflies there.

We saw Large White, Small White, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper and Small Tortoiseshell, as well as a Red Admiral. This was many more than last year, and it is encouraging to think that we are doing our bit to provide a habitat for these beautiful creatures. It was great fun to be out in the sunshine and trying to decide which butterflies we were seeing, which is not as easy as it sounds, as they keep fluttering from one wild flower to the next. They are certainly spoiled for choice at Humber Woodland, with Field Scabious, Knapweed, Toadflax, Yarrow, Common Mallow, Meadow Cranesbill and St John’s Wort all flourishing, despite the wet weather.

We try not to have too many nettles, but they are a valuable food source for caterpillars, and we saw a crowd of these on some nettles near the entrance. So we will have to allow some to remain, if we wish to enjoy the sight of the beautiful butterflies in future.