Anyway, back to the transect.......
I had mapped out a butterfly transect that covered the shingle beach, varied grassland, chalk downland, mature trees and suburban gardens.
As luck would have it, however, on my very first walk I met a local chap who I knew had covered this general area for years, but whom I had never met.
He confirmed that he already does a transect that incorporates part of my planned route, so that I can reduce my treks by about half in the safe knowledge that the other half is in good hands.
The rest of the walk included holly blues, a selection of whites and two speckled woods promising a reasonable amount of interest in the coming months. [As a point of interest, 33 small blues, a small copper and a small heath were reported at the Campbells Garage site by the "local chap" on the same day].
On the botanical front, further up the beach were 16 early spider orchids, the "early" part of the name being somewhat of a misnomer this year.
Later in the weekend, a cool breeze but bright sunshine prompted a long-overdue visit to Monkton Nature Reserve, which turned out to be a little gem. Recovered from a council plan to turn a chalk quarry into a landfill site, it is a wonderful natural oasis hemmed in by busy roads. It also has an astronomical observatory and an excellent second-hand bookshop - we immediately became members, and shall return in a couple of weeks when the orchids should be out.
So dear friends, after many changes.... here's to the future!