The coldest start to spring for half a century has led to many butterflies across Britain, including here in the Borders, emerging weeks later than usual, Butterfly Conservation has revealed.
March, the second coldest since records began, followed a chillier than average winter with snow on the ground in places well into April and the weather has failed to improve much so far in May.
The emergence of many spring species in eastern Scotland has been typically delayed by about a month.
The public can get closer to our region’s spring butterflies and moths this month with Butterfly Conservation.
The charity is running Save Our Butterflies Week - a series of UK-wide events highlighting conservation work that is helping to reverse the decline of our butterflies and moths.
There will be a ‘Murder Moss Mystery Tour’, at Lindean reservoir at 11am on Saturday, May 25, which is also part of the Borders Biodiversity Month and has been arranged with the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
Sarah Eno will lead a walk around this important national nature reserve to study its botanical riches, birds, insects and other wildlife.
More details are available from Malcolm Lindsay on 01896 753425 or 07563 515854.