10 Mar 2017
First Butterflies of Spring 2017
The higher temperatures and calm conditions over the past few days has tempted the first butterflies of spring to take to the air. We bring you news of the first Small Tortoiseshell of spring, recorded on 8 March by Pat Bell in the Irish Wheelchair Association Biodiversity Garden in Clane, County Kildare. Pat, his daughter Lucy of Growing Gardens and David Collins, head gardener at IWA, were putting in a wildlife pond as part of the project when the butterfly was seen.
Another first, recorded by Pat Wyse, was a beautiful Brimstone butterfly, in lovely condition on 9 March on the Crabtree Reserve, Lullybeg, also in Kildare. Spring, it seems, is here. Get out in the garden, park, country lane, canal or river bank, woodland or wherever you enjoy a stroll, soak up the sunshine and remember to send us word of your butterfly sightings. We really want to learn more about how our butterfly populations are surviving, so see our Records tab for details of how to record your sightings with us.