Start of the 2023 butterfly season

Lovely sunny day and the bluebells are out in force. We have the native Hyacinthoides non-scripta – very dark blue, flowers on one side only. The real thing.
Quite wet underfoot in many places. Wellingtons proved the most suitable footwear. Slippery and uneven and my older brother fell over. Nothing twisted or strained or worse, fortunately.
The only butterflies I spotted were Brimstone and Orange Tip but Tom saw Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip and Holly Blue. We had more species and numbers than the rest of the transect which also runs through Sidney Wood which is managed by the Forestry Commission. He says the plugs we recently planted are doing really well, thanks to the recent rain as are the recently planted alder buckthorn along the north-south ride.