inc. Helenfield LNR
Recorders: Alistair Taylor, Angela Taylor, Stella Craven, Teresa Warbrick walk Time 1hour 15mins
The transect includes Helenfield Nature Reserve a wet woodland planted about 20 years ago and includes the village lane S1 and farm tracks S2-4 with S3 headland yielding quite well then into intensive agriculture of S5-8 to reach S9 the edge of the reserve and then back through a woodland ride of S10.
Most of the action is in Helenfield NR woodland of section S9 the west edge and S10 through the wide ride with Whites and Browns being particularly numerous along with Comma Peacock and Red Admiral . The commoner garden and hedgerow species are also seen in 1-3. Common Blue and Holy Blue have been seen in S1-2. The white letter Hairstreak was seen in S9 woodland edge.
2020 saw small skipper creeping in in numbers into Helenfield and te near disappearence of Large Skipper. Small White had a good year and Orange Tip were in good numbers again along the lanes and on the woodland edge. Small Copper had a good 2nd brood. Tortoiseshell and Peacock saw a good rise in the maturing woodland and the Browns maintained rising numbers The migrant Painted Lady and Red Admiral had a poor year