Identification Workshop produces more recorders

Our butterfly identification workshop on 8 June was fully booked, and the potential butterfly recorders who attended rated the day highly.

Comments included: “I learned so much and thoroughly enjoyed it”; “Really interesting day” and “Brilliant workshop”.

The morning was spent learning how to identify various species, then in the afternoon the group went on a field trip to practice the skills learned, finding (among other species) newly emerged Brown Argus, mating Marsh Fritillaries, Green Hairstreaks and a Large Skipper which was the first of this species to be seen in Dorset this year as far as we know.

Course attendees spread out across Black Hill near Cerne Abbas

Course attendees spread out across Black Hill near Cerne Abbas. Photo: Colin Burningham

The purpose of the day was for us to find more recorders who will join our various recording schemes, and we are delighted we now have more people to help us with Transect Walks, Wider Countryside Recording and Garden Recording (all of these are explained on the How to Record page).

Course attendees round tables working hard at identification

Course attendees working hard at identification. Photo: Colin Burningham.

Our next ID workshop will be next year, but if you might be interested, you can send you e-mail to Bill Shreeves now, and we will contact you when plans are made for the day.

If you feel you could help anyway, please go to our How to Record page and choose your method(s), which range from reporting the butterflies you happen to see, to very specific schemes like Transect Walking.

Butterflies can only be conserved if we know how they are doing, so please help if you can – it’s fun!

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