Butterfly Conservation and the National Trust want our help recording the Common Blue Butterfly, especially if you are near the coast. This once very common Butterfly is in such decline that they want to know how numbers are doing this year and also if coastal areas, with their short turf and poorer soils, are providing a better stronghold. I had a wonderful experience with just this species this morning, back down south again. Walking in an area of rough grassland where their favourite food plant, the Birds Foot Trefoil still thrives, and around 8 a.m. I came across upwards of 40 Common Blues shining like jewels on the tall grasses, warming up in the sun in order to have the energy to fly off and feed. I couldn’t get a good photo of the dozens together, as they were scattered over a little distance but here are some close-ups to aid identification, the males and females being very different to each other. Conditions : A glorious, still, sunny day. Temperature: Max 19 -Min 12c.