A day of warm sunshine, blue skies and barely any breeze. The daffs are starting to come out, and while walking the dog this morning we saw three red admirals, the first butterflies I've seen so far this year.
Red admirals are common in summer, but most of ours migrate here; first from north Africa and southern Europe and then, later in the year, from Spain and Portugal. It's thought that global warming is helping them to establish a resident population here in the UK.
It's a reminder of why planting pollen-rich species – and not just ornamentals like many narcissi, and flowering cherry – can be so important for wildlife; and why we need to conserve plants like ivy and nettle that may on occasion seem inconvenient to us, but on which our wildlife relies.