Seeing a butterfly is always a little bit magical and with the sunny weather we’ve been having there seem to be a good number of those winged beauties around this spring.
We have put together a spotter sheet to help you identify the most common ones out at the moment. If you would like to find out more about each butterfly, their life cycle and preferred plants, have a look at the website of Butterfly Conservation, a charity well worth supporting (they are very active around Gloucestershire as well).
It is easy to attract butterflies to your garden – they mainly like having a source of nectar throughout the warmer months (and beyond) and some wild patches of nettles and other wildflowers (what some people would call weeds) to lay their eggs and take shelter. There is a wealth of information on gardening for butterflies and moths – again – on the Butterfly Conservation website.