More than 2,000 butterflies counted on ‘scruffy site’ near Wanstead Park

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A local naturalist has recorded over 2,000 butterflies on a patch of land adjacent to Wanstead Park.

“Scruffy sites can sometimes be overlooked for their value for nature. One such site is the area of old football pitches near Royston Gardens. I call this Royston Meadow. I did a butterfly transect there and counted an astonishing 2,330 Essex and Small Skippers, plus a smaller number of other species. And this count is just of those close to the path, the true number in the area can only be guessed at!” said Tim Harris.

Author: Editor