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Matt Carter's 2.6 Challenge

SUCCESS!

Matt Carter’s ’2.6 charity challenge’ has finally come home to roost! His 2020 butterfly challenge is over.

His ambition this summer was to find and photograph twenty-six butterfly species close to where he lives in Oxfordshire, but he quickly smashed it, having to re-set his sights on a much more challenging goal to see and photograph all the different species living in Oxfordshire, totalling forty-two. But in the end he even smashed that, by seeing a total of forty-four! Read on.

Matt tells us “Oxfordshire is probably the best county to see butterflies, we have such a wide variety of habitats, including woodland, chalk downs, flower meadows, and lots of nature reserves, which are homes to an impressive forty-two species of the UK’s fifty-nine. I’m very pleased to have seen and photographed all forty-two, plus managed to see two other species on walks just outside of the county.”

His challenge finished in a fluttering flurry of sightings, with the stunning Chalkhill Blue (41), an amazing encounter with the rare and beautiful Brown Hairstreak (42), a penultimate and very well camouflaged Grayling (43) and last but not least, one of his firm favourites, the Silver Spotted Skipper (44).

Matt adds “A HUGE AND HEARTFLET THANK YOU, to all my sponsors. Over the next week or two I will use these photographs to prepare a quick-guide to butterflies in a PDF format that can be used on your smart phone, laptop or simply printed, so hopefully next year you can get out there and enjoy finding all these wonderful butterflies – watch this page for the link”

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