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October 11, 2016

This week I read about the decline in the butterfly population this year, this is despite a good winter for butterflies and a warm summer!

A mystery for the butterfly experts to fathom but I noticed a strange difference  in some of  fruit bushes that we have close by. The Hazel bushes and the slows were so laden with fruit last autumn that we had more than we could pick or use and the elderberry tree in the garden dropped so many berries that the ground was covered in places with their berries.

This year a complete change has occured, hardly a hazel berry anywhere, and we have dozens of trees in the nature woodlands close by! The sloe bushes had none at all as far as we could see and the elderflower did not develop and hardy a berry to be seen.

Plums, apples and pears all seem to have had a good year so the question is what happened to the other fruits?

I am not the one to answer the problem just ask the question! Could this be related to the disappearance of the butterflies?PAINTED LADY 2 4TH AUG E.jpg

A painted lady which must have flown all the way from Morocco to Somerset




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