In his third Meadow Watch, Ed Partridge talks about butterflies:
Summer is here! And nothing conjures up images of sunshine and the warmth and colour of flowery meadows better than butterflies. But with a large scale loss of habitats, three-quarters of British butterflies are in decline.
Butterflies have been recognised by the government as indicators of biodiversity. Their fragility makes them quick to react to change – so their struggle to survive is a serious warning about the health of our environment. This is why the Bishop’s Meadow Trust is working so hard to restore the flower-rich hay meadow.
There are a wide variety of butterflies on the Meadow. Two are pictured above (Orange Tip and Peacock) but take a look when you are on the Meadow and see what else you can spot!