Sunshine and Butterflies

The blue skies have brought out more buttterflies around the eco lodges. Peacocks are already out of hibernation, we’ve seen a comma, and those heralds of Devon’s spring, the organge tip butterflies, are on the wing again.

We still see the odd red admiral, like the one on cherry blossom at half term, but they are outnumbered now by these guys…

Orange tips need cuckoo flower or lady’s smock for their larvae, and that’s coming into flower too.

Early flowers – lady’s smock

We’re still working to get more wildflowers, and so butterflies, across Wheatland Farm. We’re looking forward to having another proper botanical survey later in the year, to follow up one a full decade ago. This time, we’ll be putting more focus on the rest of the farm, alongside Popehouse Moor.