On my various walks over the last couple of weeks it has been very noticeable just how many Red Admirals are still on the wing. They are a frequent sight across the whole of the UK and one of our most recognisable butterflies, but until researching this post I hadn’t realised that they are in fact a migrant species. Despite their ubiquitousness for much of the year it is our cold winters that mean that most do not survive to see another spring. This one was seen last weekend at WWT Llanelli where it was soaking up some autumn rays.
It’s not all doom and gloom however as with warming climates the south of England has been able to record individuals flying throughout January and February, leading to the declaration of a resident population. Although small this population is expected to spread to other areas of the UK if temperatures continue to rise, but for now we are largely reliant on influxes from Europe to top our numbers up.