Two new species of butterfly have been recorded on The Hook in July 2022. Small Copper and Brown Argus are added to our growing list of 21 species. There are also greater numbers of each species. We think this is because there is a growing diversity of plant life. Once the different meadow areas become established, we hope this will allow more butterflies to breed on The Hook.
However, the drought is causing problems for the newly seeded areas. Although the spring flowers did well, later species did not germinate. Also food plants for the caterpillars are drying up. We’re noting which plants species are managing to survive and flower, despite the drought. Tansy and Yarrow are definitely tough!