It has seen a reduction in the average number of butterflies logged per count of -34% in comparison with 2019 .
The Small Copper butterfly appears to be struggling, with numbers in Scotland falling by a third in the last ten years.
The Mabie Forest nature reserve near Dumfries is one of the richest Scottish sites for butterflies.
The public have been asked to help in monitoring and recording butterflies as lockdown has restricted movement to the scientists who would have been out and about doing it.
“Even something as simple as going to a local public park or sitting by a window to watch butterflies can be beneficial to our mental health.”
“It is wonderful when we can live alongside the beauty of nature and enjoy its many physical and mental benefits.”
Have you seen many red admirals this year?
Even when the Ring of Brodgar is hotching with visitors you can still find places away from the madding crowds.
We’d been here many times before, at all times of year, but, on this Sunday in mid-June, we timed it just right for seeing the bird-life of the cliff-face opposite
As its been a wee bit windy and rainy of late …….