Peacock butterfly as seen in Westbury flying on 2nd February 2021. Another was seen on 8th January and was barely able to fly! They hibernate as adults in sheds and wood piles and can come out at any time during the winter if there is a sunny warm spell. They will have returned to hibernation quite quickly at the moment.
Butterfly Recording in Westbury Gardens: a number of people have been recording the butterflies they see in their gardens each week from Week 1 starting on the 1st April to week 26 starting on 23rd September. The scheme started in 2006, so there is an increasingly long run of data. If you want to join in download the attached two forms – April to June, and July to September. At any suitable day in the week count the largest number of each species of butterfly that you see in your garden at any one time. This means that you cannot count the same one twice. For example you might see 4 meadow browns and one small tortoiseshells on the lavender one afternoon and the next day 3 small tortoiseshells and a meadow brown on the same lavender. You would put 4 for meadow browns and 3 for small tortoiseshells in the week of the observations onto your sheet. Return the sheet to Peter Bright at the end of September either in digital form or as a piece of paper. firstname.lastname@example.org