Butterfly hunt causes a flutter

Big Butterfly Count organised by the Friends of North Blackpool Trail
Big Butterfly Count organised by the Friends of North Blackpool Trail
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These youngsters all had that fluttering feeling when they went on a nature walk – but it had nothing to do with nerves.

The volunteers and children were taking part in the Big Butterfly Count, a national event coordinated across the country by the charity Butterfly Conservation.

Big Butterfly Count organised by the Friends of North Blackpool Trail.  Pictured are Kathryn Fletcher and Andy Fletcher with son James.

Big Butterfly Count organised by the Friends of North Blackpool Trail. Pictured are Kathryn Fletcher and Andy Fletcher with son James.

And with nets at the ready, the group counted six difference species and 55 individual butterflies during the day.

This local event, at Kincraig Lake in Bispham, was staged by the North Blackpool Pond Trail Group, volunteers who help members of the public enjoy the natural environment around Bispham and North Shore.

The party of intrepid butterfly hunters made a detailed count of what they found, including butterflies such as the speckled wood, the common blue, the holly blue and the meadow brown.

Pauline Taylor, a member of the pond trail group, said: “It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for butterfly hunting.

Big Butterfly Count organised by the Friends of North Blackpool Trail

Big Butterfly Count organised by the Friends of North Blackpool Trail

“We handed everyone nets and the children loved taking a close look at what they found in them.

“Our aim is just to help people enjoy nature and the lovely thing is that, in places like Kincraig Lake, it is right on our doorstep.

“We also like to take part in conservation events so we can do our bit for national surveys and help the environment.”

There were 15 people at the event, adults and children,

Big Butterfly Count organised by the Friends of North Blackpool Trail.  L-R are Isabelle Cooke, Emily Drew, Mischa Foster and Daniel Drew, all aged 9.

Big Butterfly Count organised by the Friends of North Blackpool Trail. L-R are Isabelle Cooke, Emily Drew, Mischa Foster and Daniel Drew, all aged 9.

The group have already planned their next event but it’s a very different one –an evening bat hunt on Saturday August 26 at Kingcraig Lake, beginning at 8pm. It will incorporate a moth hunt.

Big Butterfly Count organised by the Friends of North Blackpool Trail.  Pictured is Lexie Holt, aged 4.

Big Butterfly Count organised by the Friends of North Blackpool Trail. Pictured is Lexie Holt, aged 4.