Rainy Days

The weather here in the South of England has been so miserable for the past week that my chances of seeing butterflies have been very limited. A few Meadow Browns and Gatekeepers did venture out in between the rainy spells and a Peacock braved the wind and made an appearance in our garden midweek. On [...]


July is a good month to see lovely Gatekeepers (aka Hedge Browns). They can be seen around shrub and on grassland and it is one of the butterflies where it is possible to separate the male and female, as the male has a prominent scent gland on the forewing.

Still Counting Butterflies

I am still sending my sightings to the Big Butterfly Count every day. It is only taking me 15 minutes and it really is going to help in the ongoing study of the state of Britain's butterflies. Until today I have seen lots of butterflies (mainly Meadow Browns!) on my count, but today I saw [...]

Seeing Butterflies

  Today I'm focusing on a few tips for spotting butterflies in nature. Because I'm a nature photographer, I find it hard to not (even subconsciously) do a mental check whenever I go out for what kind of wildlife I am likely to encounter. I influences the lenses I will want for a start. Sometimes I [...]

Which Blue Butterfly?

Have you seen a tiny blue butterfly on your walk and wondered which one you saw? The blue butterflies are some of the most confusing ones to identify, so I have put the above chart together to help give you a head start in finding out what you saw. It is no substitute for proper [...]

The Big Butterfly Count

Waitrose are sponsors of The Big Butterfly Count and the front page of this week's free Weekend magazine features details of this worthwhile project. The Big Butterfly Count runs from today until 6th August and by counting butterflies for 15 minutes you can help gather vital data about the state of Britain's butterfly population. Full details are [...]

Meadow Brown

Bentley Wood walk

We had a lovely walk in Bentley Wood near Salisbury at the weekend. Most people go there to spot Purple Emperors but, although they are amazing and majestic butterflies and always fantastic to see, I find that a general stroll around the wood with my little sausage dog and my camera is just as rewarding. [...]

Are Butterflies Not Amazing?

Are butterflies not amazing? It always brightens my day when I spot a butterfly, and when I am lucky enough to be in a place where there a hundreds of butterflies I feel so lucky and privileged to see that glorious sight. I know there are many of you out there that feel the same [...]