With its variety of habitats, including meadow, woodland, scrub, dyke and pond the Hook is rich in both day time and night time insect life.
Throughout the summer volunteers walk a weekly transect along the same route observing, identifying and recording the butterflies they see.
We have recorded 21 species altogether. Each year presents its own challenges for butterflies, whether it’s a drought that dries up their food plants, or a cold spring that stops them flying, however, it is encouraging to see the increasing number of butterflies being observed on the reserve.
Our work in creating and maintaining a varied habitat with lots more wildflowers is paying off.
There is a regular ‘Moth Watch’ on The Hook when Mike Hill and fellow moth enthusiasts set up moth attracting lights and see what flies in