Forecast of heavy thundery showers led to a small turnout of only 7 riders. However the morning stayed dry and was quite a pleasant temperature by 12 30 when the ride finished. One person e-mailed to say he was cancelling due to the poor forecast. My experience with weather forecasts is that it is best to keep your options open until the last minute. There is a clear tendency for forecasts to err on the pessimistic side. There is no need to worry about demand for places on a ride when the forecast is bad as people do not register.

The weather was a bit damp and grey so did not have high expectations about seeing butterflies. But, there they were, at our first stop in Peckham Rye Park. A couple of Meadow Browns flitting about. Then a small red and black day flying moth, probably a Cinnabar Moth. Subsequent sites did not reveal any more butterflies. Quite surprised towards the end as as mentioned earlier, weather was quite warm. Our last site in Burgess Park had lots of flowers and plenty of bees, but no butterflies. We did see one more butterfly as we cycled up the Canal Path back to Peckham Square. This Small White even settled and so could be photographed (see above).

Route map ( shows the varous places where butterflies can usually be found. More information about the Big Butterfly Count at

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