Sunday, 25 September 2011

STERF Butterfly Atlas - the final survey for 2011

It seems like only yesterday that we set off to take the first look at the area we had been allocated to survey for STERF, the French Butterfly Atlas project. Today we completed the final survey for this year, which seems quite sad, really!

The garden is still full of butterflies so I'd expected to see lots of them out in the field. However, what I'd not taken into account is that whilst we have plenty of flowering plants in the garden, the season is somewhat advanced for wild flowers. No flowers, no butterflies! After the first three transects things began to look up and we were able to record the presence of Speckled Wood, Small Copper and Large White as well as Red Admiral and a single Brimstone, some of which are shown below.





And while Colin takes the butterfly photos my mind strays to take in other things...

 

I was also reflecting back to the scene a few months earlier... Back in July we showed the following photo


Today it looked almost autumnal.....


We (very nearly) went out with a bang. Yesterday we blogged about it; today we were almost the subject of it... La Chasse, that is! We were heading back to the car when we heard the horns and the shots being fired.... And then we spotted the dogs and the men and the guns.... We didn't hang around other than to say "Bonjour"!

So that's it for this year. We look forward to taking part in 2012..

4 comments:

Jean said...

I must admit to being slightly nervous anywhere near La Chasse, especially if we have Lulu with us - just in case she gets mistaken by the dogs for a fluffy dear or oversized rabbit.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Glad you made it home intact!!! It was very quiet around her today????? Diane

Colin and Elizabeth said...

Jean, I don't know what Lulu would think about possibly being mistaken for an over sized rabbit!! Rabbits don't run at 100 miles per hour round the garden and bring pears for playing throw catch!

Susan said...

I decided to wear a hi-viz vest for my survey today, after encountering a bloke with shotgun and dog on my 3rd transect. Not many butterflies, but I was amazed at how overgrown several of the transects have become in a month.