The beautiful weather continued today, perfect for finding butterflies. Crafty Green Boyfriend and I had both signed up for a day surveying the green hairstreak butterfly in the Bonaly area of the Pentland Hills Regional Park.
It's a beautiful area to walk round with some lovely gentle walks as well as the higher hills
The first half of our survey area, where in fact more hairstreaks were expected to be found, only held four which was disappointing.
But then we moved into the second area, where lots of blaeberry (the green hairstreak's favourite food)
grew in a valley bounded by rocky hills.
We spread out across the valley
and were delighted to see between everyone in the group at least 23 individuals (allowing for double counting) and in fact there were probably more than that as Crafty Green Boyfriend and I saw three or four more when we continued walking a short way to the reservoir after the survey was over.
After the survey we walked back into Bonaly to catch the bus and stopped off here
for Nature Notes.