Many thanks to those who volunteered at the Hemblington Nature Watch week in June, especially to BADCOG who provided a very interesting presentation and conducted a moth watch one night. 31 species of moth, 21 species of bird, 4 species of bee, 3 species of dragonfly but sadly no butterflies were seen. Sincere thanks also to David Bryant who organised a Zoom session on birding sites in Norfolk in advance of the week, and a presentation in church about the Butterflies of Norfolk. School children from Hemblington enjoyed various activities in the churchyard too on Friday, so many thanks to the school staff and the people who volunteered with those sessions too.
The lack of butterflies is very concerning, presumably the result of the cold wet days in April and May. The Butterfly Conservation Big Butterfly Count is taking place between 16th July – 8th August, with a survey taking place at Hemblington churchyard on Thursday, 22nd July (10:30-11:30 am). All findings can be submitted via: https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org/