Posted 18th Jun 2018 by Peter Byrne
Residents in Wiltshire are being asked to keep their eyes peeled for one of the UK's most striking butterflies this summer
In 2017, the Red Admiral had one of its best years, with its numbers rising by 75 per cent compared to 2016, with more being seen in Wiltshire last year than ever before.
Butterfly Conservation (BC) is now inviting people of all ages to discover the Red Admiral for themselves at a free butterfly day in the Orchard of Iford Manor near Bradford-on-Avon.
Running on Sunday 1 July, the event will be held from midday until 4pm, with experts on hand from BC's Wiltshire Branch to take families on guided butterfly walks.
Chair of Wiltshire's BC Branch, Hugo Brooke, said: "This year is quite different to last year when you think of the snow we experienced during the spring, so we are keen to find out how the Red Admiral is doing."
"The butterfly is really easy to spot with its distinctive red, black and white markings, so it would be brilliant if people could tell us if they see one and record their sightings on our free iRecord Butterflies app."
"The event at Iford Manor is a great chance for us to improve people’s butterfly identification skills and to get more children caring about wildlife."
Visitors will get the chance to see moth trap displays and will be able to use infra-red camera to bring a picnic to enjoy on the river bank.
Image courtesy of Tim Melling / Butterfly Conservation