After a slow start to the year, I’m getting record numbers on my two butterfly transects. I now have a second official transect at Stacumny (N997318) where Lucy and I have our allotment. There’s lovely natural meadow full of wild flowers adjacent to the allotments and I counted 161 butterflies there last week on my designated transect walk – this included 83 Meadow Browns and 41 Ringlets.
This is my original back-of-the-envelope map of the transect which I never got around to redrawing. A new Section starts when there is a significant change of habitat – each circled number is the start of a Section. On this transect there are seven Sections and four habitat types (three of the habitat types occur twice) and the total length of the transect is 1400 metres. The hatched area in the middle of the allotments is our vegetable plot!
Meanwhile my Royal Canal transect yielded an all-time high of 54 which included 29 Ringlets and 11 Meadow Browns. These two butterflies are single-brood midsummer stalwarts which have been doing well despite the recent bad summers.