Sunday, 26 October 2014

Red Admiral tops 2014 butterfly count

2014 was a good summer for Red Admiral Butterflies in the UK, with the highest numbers of them being seen in Britain’s gardens for over four years. It started to be seen in gardens three weeks earlier than in 2013, and by the end of August 42.5 percent of those registered with BTO’s Garden BirdWatch scheme had reported seeing them, up a quarter from 2013 and the highest numbers for over four years.

Despite being migratory, Red Admirals are increasingly being reported well into the winter thanks to the mild weather, and unprecedented numbers were still being reported right up until early October. 

The butterfly was the clear winner in a year that was good for butterflies with many emerging early and appearing in high numbers thanks to the mild spring temperatures. 

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