Thursday 17 January 2013

Silver Lining

The butterfly figures are in for the Summer that Never Was, and unsurprisingly the news is not good. However, Butterfly Conservation finds the silver lining - several grassland species benefited from all that rain, at least in the short term. It was also, as I've mentioned before, a bonanza year for the Chalkhill Blue (pictured). It won't be till next year that we discover the full extent of the damage done by that endless rain - let's hope that we have a warm, dry summer this year and our butterflies get the chance to demonstrate their powers of recovery.
Meanwhile, London continues in the grip of a bitter cold snap - a beautiful sparkling frost this morning - and more snow is threatened. And yet there seem to be no Redwings or Fieldfares at all, which is very strange. I'll take it as a sign that the cold spell won't last long. And winter will soon pass into a glorious spring, which in turn will be followed by a summer of sunshine and butterflies. Well, a man can dream...


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