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Pierrepont Farm
wildlife monitoring report, July 2013

Butterfly survey in Wey Meadow SSSI

by Bill Young

A standard UKBMS (UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme) butterfly transect was carried out in July 2013, but was confined to the Wey Meadow SSSI (site of special scientific interest). Butterflies were identified either in flight, at rest, or were netted and released.

The following species and numbers were found:-

Small Skipper x 3
Essex Skipper x 2
Small White x 3
Small tortoiseshell x 6
Gatekeeper x 10
Meadow Brown x 92
Ringlet x 60
Also recorded was Six-Spot Burnet Moth x 6

It is recommended that butterfly surveys should be carried out, particularly in the Wey Meadow, at least once per year.