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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