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SIGHTINGS 2015

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First Sightings 2015

 Brown Argus 13th May 
 Common Blue 4th may Clouded Yellow 10th May
 Grizzled Skipper 27th Apr Small Heath 2nd May
 Wall 23rd Apr Dingy Skipper 27th Apr
 Painted Lady 8th Apr Small Copper 15th Apr
 Orange Tip 8th Apr Holly Blue 7th Apr
 Green-veined White 6th Apr Green Hairstreak 7th Apr
 Speckled Wood 10th Mar Large White 5th Apr
 Brimstone 5th Mar Comma 6th Mar
 Small Tortoiseshell 17th Feb Small White 25th Feb
 Red Admiral 2nd Jan Peacock 9th Jan

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ALERT: Scarce Tortoiseshells in our area! In 2014 there was an unprecedented influx of Scarce (Yellow-legged) Tortoiseshells, which look similar to the (also rare) Large Tortoiseshell. There is speculation that they would have gone straight into hibernation, so keep and eye out for any emerging when the first warm days of Spring arrive! If you are lucky enough to see or photograph one, please try to record the leg colour and an underside shot, as this is a key distinguishing factor between the two

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May 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
27thWestfield Farm, Comberton (TL380550)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Small CopperTony RobertsTRANSECT
Small White 3, Green-veined White 2,Brimstone 9, Comma 1,Peacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2,
Small Copper 1
27thNorth dam meadows and works surrounds Hanningfield (TQ7397)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common BlueRoy Widgery13 orange tip, 7 large white, 1 small white, 1 green veined white, 12 common blue, 3 holly blue, 1 brown argus, 1 peacock, 2 speckled wood.
Also 4 burnet companion, 4 common carpet, 1 yellow shell and a Mother Shipton moths
27thCastor Hanglands NNR (TF120017)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Dingy Skipper, Common BlueDavid Withrington4 Common Blues on top meadow (Ailsworth Heath) with one Dingy Skipper. Brimstones (5 males and 1 female) were especially active in the woods. Also an early Greater Butterfly Orchid.
26thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Common BlueColin JuppMy first Large Skipper of the year at one of the best local sites for the species. Also 1 Painted Lady, 2 Peacock, 1 male Common Blue, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Speckled Wood and 4 Small Heath. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
26thThistley Green (TL697187)Orange-Tip, Small HeathRichard BiggOrange Tip(1m),Small Heath(1).
26thSt Osyth Footpath (TM111159)Painted LadyBob SeagoAfter a day on several sites with no PL, and having none yet in 2015, I saw something that behaved like a Grayling, racing about, settle wings folded, wings down, race around again. The sun came out and there proved to be at least 6 all fighting for a patch of gravel on a track corner. They were all PL faded to lesser or greater extent, fresh in I think. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
26thMill Meadows BillericayRed Admiral, Green-veined white, Holly BlueKevin Taylor
26thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperBob SeagoAlso Latticed Heath and Common White Wave
26thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small white, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Painted Lady flew N, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood. Just outside the park The Osiers/M25 area(still in TQ59L): 3 Holly Blue, 3 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Small Heath.
26thCobblers Green (TL690185)Green-veined white, Orange-TipRichard BiggSingle of each. Orange Tip was female
25thGreat Leighs: Essex Way (TL729158)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob SmithMale Orange-tip. Ova and tiny larva found on Garlic Mustard. Single Peacock and G V White
24thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Common BlueRob SmithSmall White 5, Orange-tip 1m, Small Heath 1, Common Blue 1 (a tatty female)
24thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 2, single Speckled Wood and male Orange-tip
24thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueBob SeagoAll ones apart from whites (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common BlueColin Jupp1 male Brown Argus, 1 male Common Blue, 10 Small Heath, 1 male Brimstone and 1 female Orange Tip. Moths: 1 Silver Y and 2 Burnet Companion. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
24thCanvey wickWall, Brown Argus, Common BlueJanetedmunds & Dave JonesPhoto to go with report sent in earlier! (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
24thCanvey wick (TQ7683)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperJanet Edmunds& Dave JonesBetween12-4 pm sunny with slight breeze to start with clouding over about 2pm but warm. wall Browns 7, Green veined white 2, small white 2, large white 2, mixed others whites 15, orange tip 1 male, holly blue 20+, common blue 3, brown Argus 3, green hairstreak, peacock, red admiral, small copper all singles
23rdRSPB Ouse Fen (Needingworth) (TL348729)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperUte MokrosSunny afternoon, light wind. Saw 7+ Common Blue, male and female, 2-3 Small Heath, 4+ Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 1 Green-veined White and 2 male Orange Tips. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdPaglesham - sea wall (TQ9293)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Common BlueDavid & Diana Marshall, Alan Last, Rob Smitha cool and overcast start to the field trip had us searching for Orange-tip ova on the Hoary Cress - we found 1. Some weak sunshine near the end of Clements Marsh (TQ9493) didn't bring much to life, despite the excellent habitat, recording a Common Blue, Large, Small & Green-veined White. Moths: Sm Yellow Underwing, Angle Shades. Revisit a must.
23rdMerrymeade Park, Brentwood (TQ598946)Red Admiral, Large white, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppTQ59X. Good grassland habitat over sizable area; scrub and small areas of woodland, hedgerows and pond. Sunshine broke through late on in visit. 4 Small Coppers incl female egglaying on Common Sorrel, 1 male Common Blue at roost, 1 Red Admiral and 1 male Large White. Moths: Mother Shipton, Silver Y also Crimson and Gold sp. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
23rdMartins Farm Country Park (TM117174)Peacock, Small HeathBob SeagoOnly single peacock on transect but saw first Smll Heath of the year of piste
23rdGreat Totham: Spickets Brook (TL868108)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smithsome late afternoon sunshine - 2 male Orange-tips, Small & Green-veined Whites
23rdCanvey wickSmall white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueDave Blackwell8 green hairstreak .2 wall brown. Few common blue ,few brown argus, one orange tip. All at the Morrison end of canvey wick (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
22ndWrabness EWT (TM163315)Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipBob SeagoAlso Small Yellow underwing and Cinnabar. Weather not perfect and could not confirm Green Hairstreak
22ndWood Walton Marsh (TL211812)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Common BluePaul FisherOvercast at time of visit with the following seen: Peacock x1,Small white x1,Orange-Tip x1,Brimstone x5(1xFemale),Brown Argus x1,Common Blue x13(3x Female),Small Heath x2,Grizzled Skipper x2,
22ndRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve Loughton Essex. (TQ4495)Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueSteve Jellett3nr Female Orange Tips, 1nr Peacock, 1nr Brimstone, 2nr Holly blues,1nr Painted Lady
22ndGlebe Wood (TM175257)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Orange-TipBob SeagoAlso Bloodvein and cinnabar. I am doing visits for dormouse presence in this small private managed wood.
22ndCanvey WickPeacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Wall, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperKevin Taylor7-8 Wall Browns scattered all over 1Clouded Yellow,4x Speckled Wood 2x Common Blue,2x Orange Tip,1x Small Copper,Holly Blue,Peacock,Green Veined White.
21stWrabness EWT (TM163315)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Brown ArgusBob SeagoFirst recording trip for uncovered square, a brilliant site. Green H was probably seen but I intend to return tomorrow to confirm. 2 Brown Argus my first this year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stRomford Golf Course (TQ524907)Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Brown ArgusColin JuppMy first Brown Argus of the year near the A12.
21stOver cuttingLarge white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown ArgusJames Fowler1 to 1:30 and overcast. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stNorth dam meadows Hanningfield and works surrounds (TQ7397)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRoy Widgery14 orange tip, 2 large white, 4 green veined white, 4 small white, 7 holly blue, 2 speckled wood. Day flying moths 2 latticed heath, 6 common carpet
21stMundon (TL867018)Peacock, Orange-TipRichard BiggOne of each
21stMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small CopperRob Smith2+ Brimstone, including a female ovipositing on Alder Buckthorn. singles of others
21stGreat Leighs, south of Goodmans Lane (TL727154)Painted LadyGeorge Brown1 along farm track, 4pm. Weather sunny and warm but fresh W wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stGalleywood (TL723030)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Orange-TipRichard BiggOrange Tip(1f), Small tortoiseshell(2), Large White(1), Peacock(2).
21stDevil's Dyke, Newmarket July Racecourse (TL618614)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Large white, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus, Common BlueUte MokrosWarm sunny day with little wind. Saw a Green Hairstreak near the car park. 10+ Dingy Skippers, 5+ Brimstones, some Common Blue and Brown Argus near the second step in the bottom of the dyke and one dilapidated Painted Lady. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stCanvey Wick (TQ768834)Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Holly BluePatricia CleggThree Wall, one Small Heath; two Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thOver Cutting (TL381386)Grizzled SkipperJeff Stenning & Andrew MaddocksMale
20thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Large whiteKevin WilsonOnly 1 butterfly seen today. A Large White at 11.59am.
20thHyde Hall RHSPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Brown Argus, Small CopperRoy Widgery2 brimstone, 3 orange tip, 1 small white, 7 large white, 2 small copper, 1 brown argus, 3 peacock, 2 speckled wood, 13 small heath
19thLeyton Flats (TQ395887)Green Hairstreak, Small CopperLiz Goodyear And Andrew Middleton1 probably 2 Green Hairstreak seen in an area of new growth broom where a fire had been damaged area in perhaps last two years. We believe this is a new site for the species although not far from Wanstead Flats. Also 2 Small Copper. Then rain stopped play!
17thWimbish Green (TL63C) (TL6034)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipLouise Baconone of each, tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
17thWimbish Church (TL53Y) (TL5837)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodLouise Baconone of each, tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
17thWeymarks Seawall, Bradwell Essex (TM0109)Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Small HeathGraham Smith4 Peacock, 18 G.V. White, 2 Painted Lady
17thWest Tilbury: Shrove Hill FP (TQ655784)Small white, Holly Blue, Brown ArgusRob Smithsingles
17thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small HeathColin Jupp4 Small Heath, 2 Orange Tip (m & f), 1 Large White and 3 Peacock.
17thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Holly BlueNick ChallonerOne, flying around ivy.
17thSandbeach Outfall, Dengie Coast, Essex (TM0305)Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Small HeathGraham Smith12 G.V. White, 10 Peacock, 1 Small Heath, 2 Painted Lady
17thRings End (TF4001)WallTony Bennet2 seen. Posted in Friends of rings end facebook page with photo
17thRadwinter (TL63D) (TL6037)Large white, Orange-TipLouise Baconone of each, tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
17thOrpland Managed Retreat, Bradwell Essex (TL9806)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Small Heath, Small CopperGraham Smith6 Peacock, 2 Small White, 30 G.V.White, one each others
17thNorth Stifford: churchyard & Mar Dyke (TQ6080)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Holly BlueRob SmithHolly Blue 4, Large White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
17thNorman Cross Pits (TL162907)Peacock, Brimstone, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Common BlueRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyAt least a dozen Dingy Skipper, 6 Common Blue. 3 Green Hairstreak. 1 Peacock, 2 Brimstone. We hust had a quick look around late morning. This is private land but the steward doesn't mind people interested in wildlife visiting
17thMarshhouse Outfall, Dengie Coast, Essex (TM0304)Peacock, Green-veined white, Small HeathGraham Smith12 G.V. White, 7 Peacock, 2 Small Heath
17thLangdon Hills: One Tree HillSmall white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxSpeckled Wood- 3
Holly Blue-3
Orange Tip-2 males
Small White-3
Large White-1
17thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob SmithPeacock 2, Orange-tip 3m,1f, Green-veined White 3. Orange Underwing moth
17thGrays, footpath off Long Lane (TQ628806)Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperRob SmithHolly Blue 2, singles others
17thGrangewaters (Ockendon) (TQ6082)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperRob SmithTQ68B - Small White 3, Green-veined White 5, Large White 2, Orange-tip 2m, 2f, Holly Blue 7, Brown Argus 4, Common Blue 3, Green Hairstreak 2 (sparring for 5+ minutes), Painted Lady 2, Peacock 3, Brimstone 1m, Speckled Wood 1, Comma 1, Red Admiral 1. Moths: Burnet Companion, Small Yellow Underwing, Silver-Y, Common Carpet
17thGlebe Outfall, Dengie Coast, Essex (TM0306)Peacock, Green-veined white, Small HeathGraham Smith15 G.V. White, 7 Peacock, 5 Small Heath, 2 Silver Y, 4 Latticed Heath
17thGarden in Little EversdenSmall white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Small CopperJames FowlerThe first Small Copper in the garden this year was walking around on bare soil in the sun keeping out of the wind. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thGarden in Buckden (TL197678)Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePeter Sharpeone of each in garden
17thGalleywood CommonPeacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Orange-TipKevin Taylor3 or 4 Orange Tips,1x Small White,1x Peacock,1x Red Admiral
17thFobbing Marshes (TQ739840)Painted Lady, WallRob Smith5-6pm. 4 Wall Brown by the lake near the barrier. A female in bent grasses with 2 probable males in close attendance plus another male nearby. Also a single Painted Lady (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thEastlands Farm Seawall, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex (TM0307)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Small HeathGraham Smith15 G.V.White, 4 Large White, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Heath
17thEast Tilbury: Mucking Marshes (TQ684792)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Brown ArgusRob SmithOrange-tip 2m, Small Heath 1, Brown Argus 1, Large White 1, Green-veined White taking salts from damp ground
17thDanbury Common (TL781043)BrimstoneAndrew Stroudat least 8 Brimstone on heath / clearings
17thColne Point ReservePainted Lady, Small white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperSimon & Pat Cox4 male Orange Tips (2 along access road), 4 Small Coppers in limited area covered, single Small White & Painted Lady
17thCanvey Wick NR (TQ768834)Peacock, Green-veined white, Wall, Common BlueDavid ChandlerFour Wall and one freshly emerged Common Blue along with Peacock and Green Veined Whites
17thBrentwood: M25 Junction 28 (TQ568921)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperColin JuppBetween M25 J28 (south side) and railway embankment. 1 Small Copper, 1 female Common Blue, 1 female Holly Blue (settling on Goat's Rue), 1 male Brimstone, 6 Orange Tip (4 males & 2 females - 1 rejecting a male), 6+ Green-veined White, 6+ Small White and 5 Peacock. Also Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thBlack Notley (TL771204)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathVal Blamire1 Small Heath, 2 Speckled Wood and several Orange Tip + Hummingbird Hawkmoth in garden.
17thBendysh Gt wood (TL64A) (TL6140)Comma, Peacock, Painted Lady, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperLouise Baconone of each (2 GVW), tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
17thBarrington quarry (TL387511)Painted LadyPaddy GrovePainted Lady flying powerfully around trees at head height.
17thAshdon (TL54W) (TL5842)Small Tortoiseshell, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodLouise Baconone of each, tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
17thAshdon (TL54V) (TL5841)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined whiteLouise Baconone of each, tetrad-bashing for Essex butterfly atlas
16thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Holly Blue, Small CopperRosalyn Payne , Phil Bromley & Roger Orbell5 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper
16thWillow Park, Basildon, Essex (TQ6986)Peacock, Large white, Small CopperSteve Jellettsingle Large White and single Small Copper
16thTye Green: farm meadows (TL5424)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRob Smith, Mike & Liz BrownField Trip extension, with kind permission on private farm meadows: Brimstone 1f, Large White 1, Orange-tip 1m, Holly Blue 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
16thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ559912)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin Jupp1 Small Heath, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 1 Large White and 3 male Orange Tip (+ 1m Ivy Lodge Lane). Moths: Latticed Heath, Silver Y & 3 Burnet Companion. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thSawtry Brook (TL169853)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small HeathRosalyn Payne & Phil BromleyFrom the industrial estate, Brookside, along the brook toward A1. Small Heath 1
16thRayne (TL714221)Large white, Orange-TipRichard BiggWalk on part of the Flitch Way for 15 mins. sun most of the time but cool wind. Orange Tip(2), both female, Large White(1).
16thOne Tree Hill, Johnsons MeadowPeacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperKarl Price2 Common Blues, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Grizzled Skipper female egglaying. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thMolehill Green (TL715208)Speckled WoodRichard BiggSunny and warm but with a stiff cool breeze. Two UID whites and a single Speckled Wood
16thLangdon Hills: Lincewood & Dunton PlotlandsPeacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone- 1-2 males
Orange tip- 3+
Holly Blue- 2+
Speckled Wood- 2+
Large White- several
Peacock- 1
16thLangdon Hills, Wiilow ParkGreen-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperKarl Price3 Orangetips, 2 male, 1 female. 2 GVW, 1 Green Hairstreak, 3 Small Heath, 1 Small Copper and a Holly Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
16thHome Field Willow Park Langdon Hills (TQ689876)Painted LadyColin HumphreyPainted Lady - Flying from plant to plant, not settling for more than a few seconds. Weather sunny and warm with occasional clouds casting shadows. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thHarold Wood Park (TQ554902)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp13 Small Heath in the meadow (old pitch 'n' putt site), mainly along one side where sheltered from the cool brisk breeze and often bedding down in the grass when flushed. 4 male Orange Tip, 2+ Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood. Also several Mother Shipton moths, plus always nice to see my first Banded Demoiselles of the year (2m & 3f). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thHarold Park, RomfordT (TQ554915)Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood, 1 Holly Blue and 2 Small White.
16thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Holly Blues in my garden.
16thGreat Leighs, South of Goodmans Lane (TL727154)Small Tortoiseshell, Painted LadyGeorge Brown3 Painted Ladies & 4 Small tortoiseshells resting along farm track in sunny spots sheltered from wind, 4.45-5.15pm. Tortoiseshells looked rather worn. Also a Painted lady flew past NE. Weather sunny with W wind.
16thFleam Dyke northern endSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePeter Biggs4 green hairstreak, 3 large whites, 3 small whites,2 peacocks, 1 small tortoiseshell, 3 holly blues, 20+orange tips, 40+brimstones.
16thFarnham Green (TL467254)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Common BlueRob Smith5pm: 4 Orange-tip, including mating pair. 1 Common Blue and a Green-veined White (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
16thEWT Thurrock Thameside Nature Park (TQ698805)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small HeathDavid ChandlerFour freshly emerged WALL flying at the EWT's Thames Gateway site near Mucking. Found very near to the birdwatching hide nearest the creek which is not far from the visitors centre
16thDevil's Dyke, July racecourse end (TL615617)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Brown ArgusPaddy GroveAround 5 Dingies and quite a few Brown Argus, mostly near the second set of steps on the dyke. Good numbers of Orange-Tip and Brimstone too, and several Peacocks. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp6 Small Heath, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Holly Blue, 2 Orange Tip, 1+ Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock.
16thCanvey Wick SSSI (TQ765835)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Wall, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueAlan DayTransect today, sunny and warm. Highlights were 2 x Green Hairstreak,5 x Wall Brown and Small Heath. (photos) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)Brown ArgusGeorge Brown2 or 3 fresh Brown Argus, 4pm. Weather sunny with W wind.
16thAubrey Buxton EWT (TL521263)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smith, Mike & Liz BrownField Trip: 7 Orange-tips, including 1 female on bugle. Also 4 Large White, 3+ Green-veined White, 1 Peacock. Silver Ground Carpet moth
15thThames Chase, Pages Farm (TQ561901)Painted LadyColin JuppA Painted Lady settled on ground in NE corner of the site near Hall Lane. Cloudy at the time. Also Mother Shipton moth.
15thIngrave: FP nr Hall Wood (TQ633930)Orange-TipRob Smiththis evening, 4 ova on Garlic Mustard by brook, and a female roosting on Cow Parsley under Willows (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
15thGreat Leighs, South of Goodmans Lane (TL727154)Painted LadyGeorge Brown2 Painted ladies flying around together then sitting together in sunshine on ground, 5.35pm.
Both fresh looking and in an area of relatively high ground where Painted ladies regularly occur when migrants arrive. Weather quite warm in sunshine. SW wind.
15thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small CopperBob SeagoFirst 2 Red Admirals of season. 2 sm Copper. At last a lot of orange Tips. 1 Egg laying on Hoary Cress. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thclatterford End (TL616134)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRichard Bigg20 mins. walk in full sun temp 16 deg. Peacock(5),Orange Tip(3),Green Veined White(1),Brimstone(4m)(1f),Small Tortoiseshell(1)and Small White(1).
13thSt Osyth Priory EstatePeacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperSimon & Pat Cox4 Peacocks,3 Large Whites, c10 Green-veined Whites, 2 Small Whites, 6 Speckled Woods, 2 Orange Tips, 1 Small Copper, 1 Holly Blue
13thRoundbush Green (TL605155)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRichard BiggOrange Tip(4), Speckled Wood(2), Brimstone(1f).
13thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ4495)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipSteve JellettSunny and warm. 1nr Small Tortoiseshell, 2nr Peacock, 6nr Male Orange tips, 1nr Brimstone, 12nr Small Whites
13thMotts Green (TL613134)Peacock, Green-veined whiteRichard BiggOne of each
13thMeadow near Stansted airport (TL522215)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small CopperCarl Blamire1 Small Copper, 1 Brimstone and several Orange Tip
13thM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ573913)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Common BlueColin Jupp3.45-6.15pm. At least 20 Green Hairstreaks. Good numbers of males on territory along the top of the embankment, as with last year mainly on oaks (4 on 1 tree). Flight activity subsided after 5.45. Also 1 female low level in grassland. Total over site could have been higher but increasingly more areas inaccessible with scrub encroachment (raising issues of future habitat management for the species here). Also 7 Orange Tip (6m & 1f), 2 Large White, 2 Small White, 3 Holly Blue, 1m Common Blue, 6 Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood. Moths: Latticed Heath, several Burnet Companions and 3 Cinnabar. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
13thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543843)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueDavid McGough5 Peacock, 3 Brimstone, 6 Small White, 8 Orange Tip, 1 Clouded Yellow, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Holly Blue (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thHigh Roding (TL612175)Peacock, BrimstoneRichard BiggPeacock(1),Brimstone(1m).
13thHigh Easter (TL628152)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRichard BiggPeacock(5),Speckled Wood(2),Orange Tip(2),Small Tortoiseshell(1),Brimstone(1).
13thHanningfield North Dam Meadows (TQ7397)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Brown ArgusRoy Widgery2 brimstone, 21 orange tip,5 small white, 4 large white, 3 green veined white, 1 green hairstreak, 1 holly blue,1 brown argus, 1 small tortoiseshell, 5 peacock, 3 painted lady, 3 speckled wood.Also 2 cinnabar, 2 common carpet, 1 green carpet moths. The painted ladys' were all flying strongly north.
13thBrentwood: M25 Junction 28 (TQ568922)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipColin JuppVerge south side of J28. 5 Orange Tip (3m & 2f), 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock. Also 3 Burnet Companion moths. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM0308)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Clouded YellowGraham Smith10 Orange Tip, 4 Peacock, 4 Large White, singles of others
13thBishops Stortford borders (TL504207)WallAnon. Via Herts & Middx Branchpossible female Wall Brown sighting on Herts border - arable margin/hedgerow in front of golf course. Last year's unprecedented full third brood may be throwing up unexpected results
13thBishop's Green (TL616181)Peacock, Large white, Orange-TipRichard BiggPeacock(1),Orange Tip(1),Large White(1).
12thWeymarks Seawall, Bradwell Essex (TM0109)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Small CopperGraham Smith9 G.V. White, 2 female Orange Tip, 1 Small Heath
12thSouthminster Railway Station, Essex (TQ963996)Orange-TipGraham SmithPair
12thMonks WoodPeacock, Brimstone, Large white, Grizzled SkipperR Orbell2 X Grizzled Skipper
12thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 1, Brimstone 2m
12thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue in private garden.
12thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakBob SeagoUp to 3 male Brimstone, several speckled woods sparring,just one Green Hairstreak
12thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Small CopperGraham Smith2 Brimstone, 4 Orange Tip. Buckthorn recently planted in this area.
11thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled Skipper, Common BlueRosalyn Payne & Phil Bromley2 Grizzled Skipper and 1 Common Blue
11thWood Walton Marsh (TL211812)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperPaul Fisher4 possibly 5 Grizzled Skippers seen together with a Large White,Orange-Tip,1x Unident' White and 2x Peacocks
11thWillow Park EWT: Knightsfield (TQ689876)Painted Lady, Brimstone, Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperJonathan WisbeyGrizzled Skipper 2+, one believed to be same individual seen yesterday. A pair seen in possible courtship behaviour. Several small coppers, a brimstone and painted lady. Also 3 small heaths in adjacent Home Field
11thWicken Fen (TL555705)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueKevin WilsonSpent a pleasant afternoon walking around the fen during which several species of butterflies seen but not all counted. 1 Green Hairstreak. 1Holly Blue,2 Small Tortoiseshell,3 Speckled Wood, Large Whites, Green-veined Whites, Orange Tips, Small Whites, Brimstones and Peacocks.
11thWest Hanningield garden (TQ7389)Red AdmiralRoy Widgery
11thWeald Brook near Maylands GC (TQ562925)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 Small Heath, 3 male Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 1 Holly Blue and 5 Peacock. Also 2 Small/G-v Whites.
11thWeald Brook (M25) (TQ552938)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small HeathColin JuppGrassland and scrub just outside Dagnam Park boundary (but similarly heavily deer grazed) between Weald Brook and the M25, near Osiers Wood. 1 male Brimstone, c10 Orange Tip (6m & 4f), 3 Large White, 2+ Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 4 Peacock, 2 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Small Heath.
11thWanstead Flats, NE London's (TQ406866)Green HairstreakKathy Hartnett15+ Green Hairstreak seen on same Oak Tree on the Long Wood path where I saw even more GHs yesterday.(
11thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4186)PeacockKathy Hartnett1 Peacock seen on the Flats in the copse area near the Esso Petrol Station.'
11thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 male Orange Tip; 2 Speckled Woods on Belgrave Road Wayleave. Plus 1 Peacock; 5 Holly Blue; 5 Speckled Wood on Long Wood path.
11thNoak Hill (TQ544941)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 1 Large White, 3 Small White, 1 female Orange Tip, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Peacock and 1 Speckled Wood. Also Silver Y moth.
11thHyde Hall RHSPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Small CopperRoy Widgery6 brimstone, 3 green veined white, 7 small white, 9 large white, 3 holly blue, 1 common blue, 3 small copper, 3 peacock, 5 speckled wood, 4 small heath.
1 silver Y moth
11thColne Point EWT (TM100125)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperBob SeagoThe male brimstone might be first ever for reserve and the orange tip was unusual. Several Small Copper and Peacock and distant whites
11thBrampton Wood (TL181701)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-TipPeter SharpeNumerous Peacock, 2 Large White, 4 Small White, 8 Orange Tip (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8796)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Small CopperGraham Smith8 G.V. White (one egg laying on Hoary Cress), one each of others. Male Brimstone was well outside its comfort zone
11thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877977)Small Tortoiseshell, Small whiteGraham Smith
11thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8596)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperGraham Smith4 males and a female in lane leading to Blue House Farm
11thAlthorne, Essex (TQ9098)Small Tortoiseshell, Small whiteGraham SmithOne of each
10thWillow Park EWT: Knightsfield (TQ689876)Grizzled SkipperJonathan Wisbeya single Grizzled Skipper reported by the site manager (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood along the path beside Lakehouse Road; 1 Speckled Wood and 4 Holly Blue along Long Wood Path.
10thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ406866)Green HairstreakKathy HartnettI walked across the Flats late this afternoon (after 4pm), and as I approached the Long Wood path, I spotted Frank Nugent looking at an oak tree. He called me over, and pointed out that there were several Green Hairstreaks flying at the top and all around the tree. It was difficult to count exactly how many, but we agreed that a conservative estimate was 30+, just in this one tree! I've not seen so many GHs in one spot on the Flats before. Frank had also seen a few more separate GHs nearby, including one down on the grass; and I later spotted a couple of individuals further along the path, on some Hawthorn bushes.
10thUpminsterBrimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueAndrew Cox
10thSouthminster: North End (TL962000)Small Tortoiseshell, Large white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob Smithsingles
10thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperRob SmithGreen-veined White 7, small White 2, Large White 2, single Small Copper and Peacock
10thOne Tree Hill, Johnson's Meadow (TQ698861)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Small CopperPatricia CleggOne Grizzled Skipper seen briefly. Three Green Hairstreak.
10thMonks Wood (TL202800)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-TipPeter Sharpe6+ Orange Tip, 6+ Green Veined White, 4 Brimstone and numerous Peacock.
10thLangdon HillsComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueAndrew CoxBrimstone- 2 males, possibly 1 female
Large White- many
Small White- many
Orange Tip- at least 5 males
Holly Blue- at least 3
Peacock- 1
Comma- 1
Speckled Wood- 6
10thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543843)Green HairstreakDavid McGough40 Green Hairstreaks, I have never seen so many Green Hairstreaks, this is a conservative number from a couple of locations along the valley, a dozen or so were tussling between a small Oak and a Hawthorn, they are spreading.
10thHemingford Grey (TL290701)Orange-TipUte MokrosThere were a male and a female orange-tip butterfly in the garden today, feeding on honesty. The male had been there most of yesterday as well as over night.
10thHarold Park, Romford (TQ554915)Small white, Large white, Orange-TipColin Jupp1 male Orange Tip, 1 Large White and 1 Small White in private garden.
10thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueBob SeagoFirst 3 GH and first single HBlue. Several Peacock, Male OT 1 female OT, 3 Comma
10thFulbourn Fen (TL528558)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueOskar Brattstrom
10thFleam Dyke (TL5454)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueVince Lea, Louise Bacontransect plus sightings from a day working on Mutlow hill. Green Hairstreak 7 on transect plus an extra 3 or 4, including on Mutlow hill and down by the A11 bridge. Holly blue 2 plus extras on hill, Brimstone well over 30. 1 Small Heath not on transect (LB)
10thFen Drayton Lakes (TL339695)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul FisherA walk around this reserve in breezy conditions produced the following: Large White x5,Small White x2,Green-Veined White x9,Orange-Tip x28,Unident White x14,Brimstone x21,Speckled Wood x8,Peacock x9,Small Tortoiseshell x2,Holly Blue x2.
10thDevil's DykePeacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakDavid NewlandFine, sunny morning. Green Hairstreaks and Dingy Skippers along bottom of Dyke. My impression is numbers slightly down on a "good" year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Heath, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Small Heath (my first of the year), 3 Large White, 5 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 4 Orange Tip (2m & 2f), 1 Holly Blue, 2 Peacock, 3 Comma and 2 Speckled Wood. Also 1 Silver Y moth.
10thBurnham:sea wall east to Holiwell Point (TR0195)Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Wall, Small CopperRob Smith2 male Wall Browns were a pleasant surprise, also a Small Copper, Orange-tip 2, Green-veined White 10+, Peacock 6 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBurnham: sea wall Holiwell Fm to Redward (TQ9995)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, WallRob Smithanother 2 male Wall Brown, Peacock 20, Small White 1, Orange-tip 3m, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Green-veined White 10+
10thBurnham: Deal Hall & Holiwell Fm (TR011971)Peacock, Red Admiral, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smithpossible migrant Red Admiral, Green-veined 7, singles others (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBlack Notley (TL7620)Brimstone, Holly BlueGeorge BrownBrimstone laying eggs on Alder buckthorn in garden,1.35-1.45pm. 1 Holly blue in garden, 1.55pm. Weather sunny and warm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperColin JuppMy first Small Coppers of the year, with 2 in this 1km square - 1 absolutely pristine (plus see below). Also 6 Green-veined White, 3 Large White, 2 Small White, 5 Orange Tip (3m & 2f), 2 Holly Blue, 5 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Speckled Wood. A probable painted lady flew through rapidly near the Visitor Centre. In TQ5191 Lake and Foxes Hill area of the park: 4 more fresh Small Coppers, 2m Orange Tip and 2 Holly Blue.
9thWoodwalton MarshGrizzled SkipperDonal McCarthy & Ellie Burke2 Grizzled Skippers late afternoon.
9thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob Smithtransect: just singles of each and no Grizzled Skiper
9thRoyal Docks Road, Beckton (TQ439818)Orange-Tip, Clouded Yellow, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 4, Speckled Wood 1 and a surprise Clouded Yellow on the embankment opposite the Tescos car park (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thOver CuttingLarge white, Small CopperLouise Bacon, Val Perrin, Vince Lea Et Al.very dull and windy expedition, one of each of 2 species plus a silver Y moth
9thOne Tree Hill, Johnsons MeadowGrizzled SkipperKarl PriceSingle Skipper seen again (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
9thBow Creek Ecology Park, Canning Town (TQ391811)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRob SmithThe bottom end of 'Lee Valley'. singles of each. The Holly Blue was seen just to the north in Bidder Street (TQ390818)
9thBecton District Park (TQ418816)Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SmithSmall White 3, singles others
8thThe Naze, Walton, Essex (TM2623)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Small CopperGraham Smith3 Peacock, 3 Small White, 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Copper (mating), 1 G.V. and Large White
8thOld Railway Track Coberton (TL379544)Green-veined white, Orange-TipTony RobertsOrange Tip 2, Green-veined White 1
8thIngrebourne Valley (TQ543843)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakDavid McGough1 Green-veined white, 2 Small white, 2 Orange-Tip, 3 Speckled Wood, 12 Green Hairstreak, 6 Green Hairstreak were on one Green Alkanet plant at the same time (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thHemingford Grey, HuntingdonOrange-TipUte MokrosOne male orange-tip butterfly staying in the garden for several hours, flying in the sunshine and resting closed in the shade on forget-me-not. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ408865)Green HairstreakKathy HartnettI saw 1 Green Hairstreak on a tuft of grass in this section of Wanstead Flats. It took me by surprise, being so low down on the ground, as I've previously seen them up in Hawthorn bushes or on Broom. I disturbed this one as I walked past, as it flew up in front of me. Tim Harris texted me earlier this morning to say he'd seen a GH in the Long Wood area of the Flats, but I don't know the exact location. We're quite proud of the GHs which have been noted on the Flats these last couple of years!
7thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue seen along the Belgrave Road Wayleave; and 3 Speckled Wood + 1 Holly Blue along the Long Wood path.
7thRunwell: Gorse Wood (TQ762965)Orange-TipRob Smitha male seen from A130
7thRawreth Barns & balancing pond (TQ777921)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smith2 of each
7thHyands Park Chelmsford (TL678040)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueRichard BiggBranch Field Trip 11.10am - 12.45pm. sunny intervals temp.13 - 14 deg. Peacock(2),Orange Tip(7),Large White(4),Holly Blue(1),Green Veined White(1),Small Tortoiseshell(1)
7thHanningfield reservoir North Dam meadows (TQ7397)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakRoy Widgery8 Orange tips, 5 large white, 2 small white,1 green hairstreak, 9 peacock, 4 speckled wood. Also 1 latticed heath moth and 2 common carpet.
7thGalleywood CommonPeacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipKevin TaylorMany Peacocks,1x Green Veined White,1x Orange Tip
7thBlack Notley (TL7620)Holly BlueGeorge Brown1 in garden, flying around holly, 4pm. Weather sunny and warm.
7thA130, Hanningfield (TQ755989)Orange-TipRob Smitha male seen from A130. They're not here for long, but at least you can identify them at 60mph
5thBelfairs Woodland Centre (TQ831874)Painted LadyAshley Pinnocka Painted Lady outside the EWT Woodland Centre
4thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)Brimstone, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue seen along Bushwood (a road) beside the Flats; 1 Brimstone flying along Evelyn's Avenue on the Flats.
4thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ3986)Holly BlueKathy Hartnett2 Holly Blue seen on the grassplain on the Flats, near Ferndale Road and Davies Lane.
4thTillingham: Grange Road footpath (TL999031)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteRob Smithsingles. An unexpected Brimstone in this mainly arable area
4thTillingham Church (TL993038)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob Smithsingles
4thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Holly BlueNick Challoner4 holly blue flying in the garden, with plenty of ivy and a little holly nearby. Sunny, light wind, temp approx 17deg.C.
4thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperRob SmithGreen-veined White 2, singles others. Possible Common Blue on beach side of sea wall but could not ID.
4thPaxton PitsPeacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueKevin TaylorMany Orange Tips,1Large White,1 Green Veined White,2 Peacock 2 Brimstone,2 Holly Blue
4thNoak Hill (TQ544941)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined whiteColin JuppSome tetrad records near the M25 and along the narrow strip of bluebell woodland/brook to Pentowan Farm. 1 male Brimstone, 2 Small White, 2 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 8 Peacock and 1 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL637013)Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteGraham Smith3 male and 1 female Brimstone,2 Peacock, 1 Small White
4thLeyton Flats (TQ3988)Small white, Holly Blue, Common BlueKathy Hartnett & Paul FerrisSeen along the Whipps Cross Road area of Leyton Flats: 1 Small White; 1 Holly Blue; and 1 male Common Blue. First Common Blue we'd seen this year.
4thLeyton Flats (TQ3987)Large whiteKathy Hartnett & Paul FerrisI Large White seen in the Green Man underpass area of Leyton Flats. There were several other 'whites' to be seen around today, but were either flying too fast, or too distant to definitely ID.
4thHigh Roding Churchyard (TL5916)Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteGraham SmithOne of each
4thFryerning Churchyard (TL638001)Orange-TipGraham SmithMale
4thDevils Dyke, Newmarket (TL618614)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakOskar Brattstrom & Eli HarjiDingy Skippers were quite active at the south west facing slope of the Dyke, but easy to approach for photos when basking. Couldn't count numbers accurately as we walked along the same route repeated times. At least three Orange-tips and lots of Brimstones. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
4thDevil's DykeSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueUte MokrosHazy sunshine, fairly windy, 10:30 till 2pm. Most butterflies were in the railway cutting near the B1102 car park and in the bottom of the ditch
4thDengie Coast: Howe Outfall (TM027026)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob Smithsingle male Orange-tips at Howe Outfall (as grid ref) and Marsh House Outfall (TM030045) - only present at end of ditches where scrub present. No others seen along open sea wall. Green-veined White 50+, No Small Whites. Peacocks - 20+ including couples in courtship behaviour. 1 Small Tortoiseshell
4thDagnam Park LNR (TQ5593)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueColin Jupp3 Holly Blue, 2 female Orange Tip, 2 Comma, 2 Peacock, 1 Small White and 2 unidentified whites.
4thAythorpe Roding Churchyard (TL6815)Peacock, Green-veined whiteGraham Smithone of each
3rdWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Peacock, Large white, Orange-TipRob SmithOrange-tip 5 (3m,2f), Large White 1, Peacock 3. No Grizzled
3rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4186)Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Holly Blue seen near the Esso petrol station on the Flats.
3rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)BrimstoneKathy Hartnett1 Brimstone seen flying along Evelyn's Avenue section of the Flats.
3rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Large white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Large White and 1 Holly Blue seen along the Belgrave Road Wayleave section of the Flats; 2 Speckled Wood and 2 'Whites' (too distant to ID) seen on the Long Wood path section of the Flats; 1 Holly Blue and 1 Speckled Wood seen on the path above the Dell Brickfields section of the Flats.
3rdOne Tree Hill, Johnsons MeadowGrizzled SkipperKarl PriceSingle Grizzled Skipper seen on two occasions (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
3rdJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 2, singles others
3rdHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Small whiteKevin Wilson1 Small White (male)sunning itself on vegetation 6.10pm.
3rdGamlingay Wood (TL2453)Comma, Peacock, Orange-TipPaddy GroveShowery weather so not many butterflies, but the bluebells are looking good.
3rdBarrington (TL4050)Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BluePaddy GroveThe first Holly Blue I've seen in my garden this year.
2ndWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood seen along the Belgrave Road Wayleave; and two Speckled Wood seen along the Long Wood path, adjacent to the football pitch.
2ndWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ406866)Green HairstreakKathy HartnettWhilst I was walking along the Long Wood path, I bumped into Frank Nugent - he had just seen a Green Hairstreak before we met, on a Hawthorn Bush. He had come to visit the Flats especially to try and see GHs, as he knew they had been seen here - so his visit was not in vain. So, Frank saw this particular GH, not me on this occasion.
2ndOver Guided Busroute (TL381687)Small Heath, Grizzled Skipper, Small CopperTrevor SawyerBeen checking the site for the past couple of weeks hoping that the Grizzled Skippers have hung on for another year. Late on parade this year, but the first one seen today (single male). Also 3 x Small Coppers and a single Small Heath. Also 3 Common Heath moths.
The vegetation has been cut back much better this year after a bit of a blip last year when the sward was in danger of swamping out the foodplants. Hope Little Griz bounces back and I'll pop back to see if the numbers increase over the next couple of weeks.
2ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodBob SeagoVery late for my first two OT a male and a female. Others small numbers
2ndBarnes Spinney EWT (TM257227)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueBob SeagoA short visit to collect stuff. A sheltered spot.
1stPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 male Orange Tip, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Small White and 2 Speckled Wood. One of the OT males was larger than a typical individual - small males are quite frequent.
1stDevils Dyke, Newmarket (TL618614)Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy SkipperNick BallardCloudy morning but warming-up later to c. 11C but warmer in sheltered ditch. Dingy Skipper 5, Brimstone 4 (1 f), Orange-tip 6 (1 f) plus singles of Peacock and GV White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
1stBushwood, Wanstead (TQ4087)Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperTom Casey2 speckled wood, 1 each of holly blue,orange tip(male) and small copper.

April 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWicken Fen (TL556704)Peacock, Green-veined whiteKevin WilsonNot an ideal day to see butterflies but I did see 2 Green-veined Whites and 1 worn Peacock during an afternoon walk around the fen.
30thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood; 1 Holly Blue; 2 'Whites'.
30thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ407866)Green HairstreakKathy Hartnett1 Green Hairstreak, at the top of a Hawthorn - my first sighting of one this year, although sightings on the Flats had recently been reported.
30thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ4495)Peacock, Small white, Orange-TipSteve Jellettsunny bright day but strong chill breeze. 3nr Small White, 2nr Peacock, 1 male Orange tip
30thMargaretting: River Wid bridleway (TL688022)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-TipRob Smithfemale Orange-tip and a Small Tortoiseshell
30thLangdon HillsComma, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodAndrew Cox
30thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp10 Speckled Wood along the north and east sections of the site. Also at least singles each of Orange Tip (male), Large, Small and Green-veined White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
30thBush Wood, Wanstead (TQ4087)Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Small CopperTom Casey1 small copper,3 holly blue,4 large white,5 speckled wood,1 orange-tip
30thBedfords Park LNR (TQ521918)Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppDamselfly Pond area of the park up to 10.30am. 3 male Orange Tip incl 1 nectaring on bugle flowers, 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White and 6 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
28thMill Green Common (TL637013)Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithPeacock 4, singles others
27thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Small white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperRosalyn Payne2 Small White, 3 Orange-tip (male) 2 Grizzled Skipper. 1pm sunny 10 deg c
27thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Peacock, Orange-TipColin Jupp1 male Orange Tip and Peacock seen just before clouding over.
27thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood; 1 male Orange Tip, in this section of the Flats. My first male OT sighting this year, and had previously recently seen one female OT.
27thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood in this section of the Park.
27thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett3 Speckled Wood; + 1 'White'.
27thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueNick BallardA 1/2 hour walk at lunchtime revealed 10+ Speckled Wood, 9 Holly Blue, 1 Large White and 1 Orange-tip (m)
27thDevils Dyke TransectSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Dingy Skipper, Green HairstreakSharon Hearle4 Dingy Skipper in the bottom of the Dyke where it is quite a bit warmer
27thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8797)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined whiteGraham Smith8 G.v. White, 2 Small White, 2 Large White, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortiseshell.
27thBarnack Hills and Hollows (TF074038)Green HairstreakPeter SharpeGreen Hairstreak x2, on Hawthorn blossom (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thWillow Park EWT (TQ6887)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithComma 3, Large White 2, singles others
25thWickford: River Crouch (TQ735937)Comma, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithSpeckled Wood 3, Green-veined White 2, singles others
25thWarley Country Park (TQ584928)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 male Orange Tip, 2 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 6 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma and 2 Speckled Wood.
25thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett & Paul Ferris & Tim Harris10 Speckled Wood on the Belgrave Road Wayleave section of Wanstead Flats.
25thPaxton PitsComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPeter BiggsOrange tip x10, brimstone x 6, comma x1, peacock x4, small white x4
25thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 3 (2m, 1 female rejecting one of the males), Speckled Wood 4, Green-veined White 1
25thGreat Warley (TQ587914)Red AdmiralColin Jupp1 Red Admiral on footpath near Headley Common Pond at 5pm when cloudy.
25thFulbourn Fen (TL528558)Comma, BrimstoneKevin WilsonWhilst walking the dog for about half an hour around the reserve I saw 2 Commas,1 male Brimstone and flight views of 2 unidentified whites. 4.15pm-4.45pm.
25thDownham: bridleways (TQ721954)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodRob SmithOrange-tip 3m, Green-veined White 2, singles other. Orange-tip photos taken 4.30-5pm when less active. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
25thDevils Dyke (TL577650)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakPeter SharpeSpeckled Wood, 3x Orange Tip, Brimstones, 4x Small Tortoiseshell and 4x Green Hairstreak this afternoon towards Swaffham village (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thBasildon: Northlands Park (TQ730892)Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueRob SmithLarge White 2, singles others
25thBasildon: Gloucester Park (TQ706895)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRob SmithSpeckled Wood 4, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Green-veined White 1
24thWillingale (TL591071)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRichard BiggSmall Tort.(3),Peacock(2).
24thWhaypules Mill (TL593105)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRichard BiggSmall Tort.(3), Brimstone(1), Orange Tip(3) peacock(1).
24thRSPB Fowlmere (TL406456)Brimstone, Orange-TipSue Price4-5 male orange-tips, 3 male brimstones plus several other unidentified whites.
24thNorton Heath (TL601043)Peacock, Brimstone, Large whiteRob Smithsingles. heathland restoration
24thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL6501)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodGraham Smith3 Peacock, singles of other species
24thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL6401)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteGraham Smith5 Peacock, 2 Small White, 1 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortiseshell
24thIngatestone, Essex (TL6400)PeacockGraham Smith3 individuals
24thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin Jupp1 Holly Blue, 1m Orange Tip, 1 Large White, 7 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma and 6 Peacock.
24thCanvey WickSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Large white, Speckled WoodKevin TaylorMany Peacocks today,1 Small Tortoiseshell,Large White,Speckled Wood
24thBlackmore: Fingrith Hall Lane (TL6003)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Large whiteRob Smithsingles
24thBirds Green (TL590093)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Orange-TipRichard BiggAn hours walk round fishing lakes but very few butterflies. Peacock(1), Small Tort.(2),Orange Tip(1).
23rdWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett & Paul Ferris1 Speckled Wood in the TQ4087 section of the Flats; + 1 Speckled Wood in the TQ4187 section of the Flats.
23rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett & Paul Ferris1 Speckled Wood; + 1 'White'.
23rdWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett & Paul FerrisLovely, sunny and warm day. 1 Peacock; 10+ Speckled Wood; 5 Holly Blue; 1 Orange Tip (female).
23rdTemple Grove ParkPeacock, Orange-TipKevin Taylor
23rdRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppWest side of GC early evening: 10 Speckled Wood mainly along Bob's Lane footpath, 1 male Orange Tip, 2+ Small White, 6 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell.
23rdMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueNick Ballard12+ Holly Blue, 3 GV White, 1 Small White, 3 Speckled Wood and 2 Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
23rdHullbridge nr. seawall (TQ819951)WallDavid GomerReliable report of a Wall in this area. Butterfly was still for some time, observer very familiar with usual local species.
23rdGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male & 1 probable female Brimstone, 3 Large White, 2 male Orange Tip, 2 Small/G-v White, 2 Peacock and 6 Speckled Wood.
23rdGidea Park (TQ522904)Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueColin Jupp2 male Orange Tip, 1 Large White and 1 Holly Blue along Heath Drive. Another Holly Blue in TQ58: Links Avenue private garden (TQ527899)
22ndWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy Hartnett11 Speckled Woods + 1 Holly Blue. All seen on the Belgrave Road wayleave.
22ndWanstead Flats (TQ402866)Peacock, Green HairstreakLiz Goodyear And Andrew MiddletonTwo Green Hairstreak this morning also five Peacocks.
22ndRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ4495)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteSteve Jellettcloudy and cool. 2nr Peacocks, 4nr Small Tortoiseshells, 2nr Small Whites
22ndRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ4495)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipSteve Jellettsunny warm day at around Noon. 2nr Brimstone,6nr Small White,15nr Small Tortoiseshell, 9 Peacock, First Male Orange tip of year.
22ndGalleywood CommonCommaKebin Taylor1,Comma
21stWormingford (TL9331)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipMartin PeersLarge White 2, Small White 6, Green-veined White 1,Orange Tip 2 males, Small Tortoiseshell 8,
Peacock 10+, Comma 1
21stWillingale (TL615071)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRichard BiggPeacock (4), Small Tortoiseshell (2)
21stWillingale (TL602078)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteRichard BiggOne of each
21stWestfield Farm, Comberton (TL380550)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 7, Small White 2, Orange Tip 7, Peacock 6,
Small Tortoiseshell 1, Holly Blue 1
21stStockbridge Meadows Nature Reserve, Melbourn (TL378444)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined whiteSue Price1 peacock, 1 small tortoiseshell, about 5 whites (at least 1 green-veined white). (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)Holly BlueNick ChallonerTwo males, brief aerial combat then one flew off, the other settling on plants. Weather sunny with light wind, quite warm.
21stRoxwell (TL630078)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRichard BiggSmall Tortoiseshell (8), Peacock (1). One S. Tort. seemed to be trying hard to mate with the Peacock
21stOld Railway Track Coberton (TL388545)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Holly BlueTony RobertsBrimstone 9, Small White 3, Large White 1,
Orange Tip 1,Peacock 4, Comma 1,
Small Tortoiseshell 1, Holly Blue 1
21stM25 Embankment, Brentwood (TQ572914)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakColin Jupp2 Green Hairstreaks: 1 recently emerged flew up from ground into hawthorn bush, also a male already on territory flitting at top of another hawthorn. Also 3 male Brimstone, 3 male Orange Tip, 4 Whites incl definite Small, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and at least 13 Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stHighwood: Horsfrith Park Farm (TL619046)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 5 & Small Tortoiseshell 3 along field margins and a male Brimstone at the A414 junction.
21stHighwood/Love's Green: Wyse's Rd (TL640048)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneRob Smithgood Brimstone activity at the moment, even along hedgerows/arable margins. Male & female seen on road verge, plus a small tortoiseshell
21stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, Small white, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppSingles each in garden. Holly Blue was a male.
21stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Large white, Speckled Wood, Small CopperBob SeagoSingle Small Copper very early for this site. At least 4 Speckled Wood
21stEnd of Springfield Lyons Approach, Chelmsford (TL735083)Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePatricia Clegg2 Holly Blue. Beautiful fresh Brimstone
21stCherry Hinton NR (TL485560)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaddy Grove7 species in a quick 15min zip round the nature reserve. 3x Holly Blue, 2x Orange Tip
20thLangdon EWTComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodKevin TaylorMany Peacocks,and Large Whites,4 Speckled Wood,1 Comma,Green Veined White,Brimstone
20thHyde Hall R.H.SSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodRoy Widgery9 brimstone, 1 large white, 1 green veined white, 21 peacock, 6 small tortoiseshell, 1 speckled wood
20thGarden,Black Notley. Essex (TL771204)Holly BlueVal Blamire10.05am. Just seen the 1st Holly Blue of the year in the garden - Male.
20thFingringhoe EWT reserve (TM0419)BrimstoneGraham Upton
20thEllis Wood, Writtle Forest (TL638028)Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 5, Brimstone 1m and an Orange Underwing moth (Photo supplied: photo)
20thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ555924)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male Orange Tip, 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 3 male Large Whites patrolling along the W side of the wood, 3 Peacock, 3 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood and finally a male Brimstone, which decided to settle and nectar on bluebells for a long spell just as my camera battery went dead.
20thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 female Brimstone, 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Large White incl female nectaring on bluebells in Hatter's Wood, 1 male Orange Tip, 7 Small Tortoiseshell, 10 Peacock, 5 Comma and 5 Speckled Wood.
20thBarnack Hills and Holes (TF076044)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Green HairstreakPaul FisherVisited here Twice today.First visit produced 3x Green Hairstreaks while a later visit produced 5x Green Hairstreaks. Also seen were 2x Orange-Tips (1x Male and 1x Female). 1x Comma, 7x Peacock,3x Small Tortoiseshells.
20thAlthorne, Essex (TQ895973)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham SmithNectaring on Blackthorn bushes along sea wall
18thPentlow (TL8145)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Large whiteRob SmithSingles
18thMill Road Cemetery (TL460582)Peacock, Large white, Speckled Wood, Holly BluePaul Fisher10x Holly Blues counted of which 4 noted as males and 2 females
18thHatfield Forest NT (TL5320)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipChris GleesonOn a walk around Hatfield Forest this afternoon, I saw 5 Peacocks, 1 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Orange Tips, 2 Small Whites and probably a Speckled Wood
18thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Comma, Peacock, Small whiteBob SeagoSeveral Comma. White could have been GV
18thFoxearth (TL8344)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob SmithPeacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell 6, and 2 of each by river marshes (TL8346)
18thFleam Dyke, Fulbourn to A11 (TL5454)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green Hairstreak, Holly BluePaddy GroveLots of peacocks and brimstones, a couple of orange tips, single Holly Blue and a good number of Green Hairstreaks near the A11 end. Speckled Wood in Fulbourn Fen (TL526557) (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thFishers Green (TL375035)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Orange-TipMike Dent2 male Orange Tips; 3 or 4 Commas
18thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF192010)Peacock, Large white, Holly BlueDavid Withringtonin my garden - my first Holly Blue of the year.
18thDevil's Dyke from Swaffham Prior Village (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakTrevor SawyerShort walk from Swaffham Prior village to Dyke and back again produced no fewer than 10 different species... 2 Green Hairstreaks near village end of bushes, a single female Orange Tip, two mating pairs of Green-Veined Whites, 1 Large White, 1 Small Whites, 2 Commas, 3 Small Tortioseshells, 1 Speckled Wood in the small wooded section near Dyke, as well as numerous Peacocks and Brimstones. Glad I went! (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thColne Point EWT (TM100125)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small CopperBob SeagoAs usual the Small Copper was early here (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
18thChest Wood (TL9622)Comma, PeacockLen Cornwell7 Peacock and 1 Comma seen. Clear and sunny and warm when out of the wind.
18thBurwell Cutting (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Large white, Speckled Wood, Green HairstreakPaul FisherAt least 13x Peacocks;2x Small Tortoiseshell;1x Large White;3x Brimstone;1x Speckled Wood and 4 or 5x Green Hairstreaks.
18thA1306 Rainham (TQ521826)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodJanet EdmundsOn the edge of the a1306 main road grass verge between 3.30pm- 4.30pm sunny but windy I saw 7 green vein whites, 3 speckled wood, 1 orange tip, 1 peacock & 1 comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
17thMill Green Common (TL637013)Speckled WoodRob Smithfirst of the year I've seen
17thHavering Country Park (TQ504927)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodColin JuppA north-east breeze and increasing light cloud cover during the afternoon. 3 Large White, 2 Small White, 9 Peacock, 3 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Speckled Wood.
16thNewmarket racecourse to Ely (TL618614)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Green Hairstreak, Holly BlueBob SeagoIt was like a transect by bike. These were first green hairstreak(3) orange tip (2 m) and holly blue(1) for me 2015
16thMountnessing: St Giles (TQ648966)Orange-TipRob Smitha male
16thHook's Mill Guilden morden (TL274457)Speckled WoodDavid MckeeOne seen in Small Ash wood.
16thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp6 Speckled Wood including 1 nectaring on daisy, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 Comma and 2 Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
16thGalleywood CommonSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipKevin TaylorMany Peacocks,2 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Orange Tip,Comma,Green Veined White
16thColchester garden (TL9723)Small whiteLen Cornwell2 Small Whites seen in the afternoon.
15thcastor hanglandsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined white, Orange-TipAndrew Maddocks1 male orange tip
15thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)PeacockKathy Hartnett2 Peacocks; + 2 'Whites'.
15thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett2 Speckled Wood; + 1 'White'.
15thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueKathy HartnettIn TQ4086 section: 7 Peacocks; 4 Speckled Wood; 1 Holly Blue (my first HB this year). In TQ4087 section: 1 'White' (too distant for me to ID).
15thVange MarshesSmall Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Orange-TipKarl Price
15thTollesbury to GoldhangerSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-Tip, Small CopperRosie And Bill PerkinsThe following were seen on the costal path. 56,Peacocks, 32,Small Tortoiseshell, 12,Small Whites, 2,Large Whites, 1,Male Orange Tip and 1, Small Copper at Joyces Marsh.
15thStock: Goatsmoor Lane (TQ697968)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRob Smith1 of each
15thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Small whiteKathy Hartnett2 Small Whites.
15thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Large whiteKevin Wilson5 species seen today but not able to count properly. Brimstone males and females.1 female observed nectaring on a White Deadnettle. Small Tortoiseshells. Peacocks. 1 Red Admiral and 1 Large White.
15thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Large white, Holly BlueColin JuppIn my garden late morning a female Holly Blue and 1 Large White.
15thGarden,Black Notley. Essex (TL771204)Peacock, Small white, Large white, Orange-TipVal BlamireSunny and warm. 1 Peacock 1 Female Large White 1 Small White and 1 Female Orange Tip nectaring on Honesty (Lunaria annua)
15thEmpress Avenue, London E12 (TQ4186)Small whiteKathy Hartnett1 Small White flying through the gardens in this avenue.
15thColchester garden (TL9723)Peacock, Small white, Holly BlueLen CornwellWarm and sunny. 5 peacock, 1 each of Small White and Holly Blue.
15thCRT Barton (TL408545)Small TortoiseshellTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 2
15thCRT Barton (TL407548)PeacockTony RobertsPeacock 1.
15thCRT Barton (TL403544)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 5, Peacock 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1
15thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Green-veined white, Orange-Tip, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueColin JuppTen species in four hours up to 4.30pm. 2 male Orange Tip, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 6 Large White, 2 male Brimstone, 2 Holly Blue, 28 Peacock, 14 Small Tortoiseshell (10+ lake area), 8 Comma and 5 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
14thWivenhoe GardenOrange-TipGraham Upton1 Male in my garden
14thWheatley Wood, Rayleigh (TQ785912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodGraham BaileyWarm and sunny early pm walk. Site still very wet in places, but recent management by Woodland Trust should help the paths to dry out. Up to 75 butterflies seen as follows: peacock 38, comma 16, small tortoiseshell 5, brimstone 8-10 (male & female), speckled wood 1, small white 1, unidentified whites 4.
14thWanstead Flats, NE LondonPeacock, Small whiteKathy Hartnett2 Peacocks; and 2 Small Whites - the SWs were mating.
14thTylers Hall Farm (TQ565909)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 male Brimstone, 1 Speckled Wood, 9 Peacock and several whites including definite Small.
14thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ559912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Orange-TipColin JuppWest side of site and near the River Ingrebourne. 1 male Orange Tip, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Small White, 1 male Brimstone, 11 Peacock incl 1 nectaring on cherry blossom, 2 Comma and 3 Small Tortoiseshell (R. Ingrebourne). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
14thTemple Grove ParkSmall white, Orange-TipKevin TaylorVery warm and sunny
14thStockbridge Meadows Nature Reserve, Melbourn (TL378444)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneSue PriceA number of peacocks, commas and brimstones (mostly male, at least one female). One blue but unable to pinpoint species.
14thRayleigh gardenBrimstoneGraham BaileyFemale brimstone noted laying at least 15+ ova on the two alder buckthorns in my garden.
14thNorth Fambridge Railway Station (TQ855978)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneGraham SmithOne of each
14thLittle Paxton PitSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BlueR OrbellPeacock 14, Brimstone 10 (1 female), Comma 1, Holly Blue 1, Tortoiseshell 1 on quick walk round this morning
14thHarold Park (TQ554915)PeacockColin Jupp3 Peacock in private gardens with 1 nectaring on Skimmia flowers.
14thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Brimstone, Small whiteColin JuppIn my garden 1 male Brimstone and 1 Small White late am.
14thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Large whiteBob Seago1 to 3 male brimstone, 1 lge white, ~6 Small Tort and Comma and about 20 Peacock
14thGalleywood Common (TL701028)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob Smith3 of each
14thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877968)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined whiteGraham SmithSmall westerly movement of Peacocks (40) into westerly breeze 10.30 - 13.30, crossing Bridgemarsh Creek from Bridgemarsh 1sland. One Small Tofrtiseshell and 2 G.V. White also in area/
14thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ875975)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham Smith6 Peacock and 2 Small Tortiseshell nectaring on Blackthorn along track
14thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ857968)BrimstoneGraham Smith2 males in lane leading to Farm. Buckthorn planted in hedge in last 5 years.
14thBlack Notley (TL7620)Orange-TipGeorge BrownSunny and warm. SW wind.
Male in garden, 3.20pm.
13thManor Farm Fowlmere (TL415448)OtherDoug RadfordScarce/large tortoiseshell? at 13.30.
Hit office window 1m away with audible thump, then flew through belt of trees; not relocated. Big; orange-brown with black spots.
13thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockKevin Wilson2 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Peacock seen mid morning.
13thGunthorpe, Peterborough (TF185036)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large whiteDavid Withringtonopen space on edge of housing estates next to A15 Paston Parkway - and up to Cuckoo's Hollow: Small Tortoiseshell (11), Comma (5), Peacock (16), Small White (8), Large White (5).
13thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ865975)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithOn Round Marsh
13thAudley End estate (TL526382)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneK Dawson
13thAudley End Garden (TL525381)Small TortoiseshellK Dawson
12thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4087)PeacockKathy HartnettTwo Peacock butterflies seen in the SSSI area of Wanstead Flats.
12thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood seen along the Belgrave Road wayleave path - my first local Speckled Wood sighting of 2015.
12thTillingham: churchyard (TL993038)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteRob SmithPeacock 6, Small Tortoiseshell 7, Small White 1 in and around the churchyard
12thLee Valley Park (TL3702)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteMark Braun1 Brimstone, 3 Peacock, 1 Comma, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small White (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thLangdon HillsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxPeacock-15
Comma-9
Small Tortoiseshell-1
Speckled Wood-2
Brimstone-1 (male, at least one)
Large White-1
Small White-1
12thIngrebourne valley (TQ523832)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Large white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodJanet EdmundsShort walk same location as 6/4 very windy but sunny & warm in sheltered places we had 30+ peacocks, 2 small tortoiseshell, 3 commas, 2 greenveined white, 2 large white & 1 fresh speckled wood. Have sent photo but only had my phone with me. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thHockley Woods (TQ8391)Comma, PeacockKevin Taylor
12thDengie: St James (TL989016)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithPeacock 1, Small Tortoiseshell 2 in courtship, and a Comma ovipositing. in and around the churchyard
12thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodColin JuppSunny but very windy, still some good counts in sheltered areas. 3 male Brimstone, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 32 Peacock, 15 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
12thAbberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (TL965180)PeacockLen Cornwell1 near visitor centre. Sunny but breezy morning.
11thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4186)Small TortoiseshellKathy HartnettTwo Small Tortoiseshells seen on Wanstead Flats this afternoon.
11thLangdon HillsSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled WoodAndrew CoxPeacock-7
Small Tortoiseshell-4
Comma-2
Red Admiral-1
Speckled Wood-1
11thJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Orange-TipRob SmithOrange-tip 1m, Green-veined White 1, Peacock 13, Comma 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1
11thIngrave: St Nicholas church to Highfield Wood (TQ6292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithA Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock in the churchyard, 2 Comma along the woodland edge.
11thCanvey Wick (TQ768834)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small white, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodPatricia CleggLovely fresh Orange Tip on Orchid Trail; two Speckled Wood in the same area plus a tatty Red Admiral. Several Peacock around the reserve and single Small White on verge near entrance. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
11thBenfleet Downs (TQ782858)Comma, PeacockPatricia CleggThree Peacock and two Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thAbberton Reservoir Nature Reserve (TL965180)PeacockLen Cornwell2 seen on a fairly sunny afternoon.
10thWaterworks nature reserve (TQ362869)BrimstonePaul Atkin2 male. (Possibly a third but didn't see all 3 at the same time)
10thWalthamstow Marshes/Waterworks Nature ReserveSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small white, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodPaul Atkina 7 hour circular walk starting and ending at the Coppermill Lane car park: approx 20 Peacock, approx 10 Small tortoiseshell, 7 Comma, at least 7 Small white (all males), 1 female Green Veined White, 1 tatty Red Admiral, 1 male Speckled Wood
10thRaimham Marshes RSPBSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large whitePete JacksonNumerous Peacock,several Small Tort,1 Brimstone,2 Small White,2 Comma and my first Large White of the year (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small white, Holly BlueNick Ballard2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White and 3 Holly Blue this morning (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL637013)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneGraham Smith3 Peacocks, single Comma and Brimstone
10thLittle Haven NR (TQ809890)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaRichard BiggWarm and sunny. One of each species
10thIngatestone, Essex (TQ646996)BrimstoneGraham SmithMale in garden
10thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin JuppIn my garden late am 2 Peacocks and 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on plum tree blossom.
10thHadleigh Great Wood (TQ816877)BrimstoneRichard BiggOne Brimstone flying also two other butterflies flying which I was not able to ID - Peacock or Small Torts.
10thFowlmere RSPB reserve (TL407455)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockSue Price (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thDodds Grove NR (TQ816879)Peacock, BrimstoneRichard BiggTwo Peacock sunning themselves and a Brimstone flying.
10thCherry Hinton NR (TL485560)Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePaddy GroveSeveral commas, peacocks and brimstones, and a probable Holly blue from a distance
10thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Small White and 1 Speckled Wood. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thCatworth (TL087732)Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small WhitePamela Paynesunny still day. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thBlackmore: footpath (TL599018)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smithone of each
9thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ4395)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteSteve Jellettsunny but still a chill in air even at lunch time. 7 Peacocks, 9 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 comma, 3 small Whites.
9thMistley (TM124327)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red AdmiralRichard MasonAnother warm afternoon. Today 3 Small Tortoiseshells chased each other through our garden. A little later, a Peacock also flew through and a Red Admiral warmed itself for quite a while on a covered garden table.
9thEpping forestSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePaul Atkina 5 hour walk starting from Chingford turned up 2 Small Tortoiseshell, approx 20 Peacock, approx 6 Comma and 1 Brimstone. Peacocks & Commas were mostly males holding territories along the rides
9thChelmsford (TL721081)CommaPatricia CleggOff Springfield Green
9thBedfords Park LNR (TQ518918)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodColin JuppLake grid ref. Most counts lake area and Foxes Hill this afternoon including all the small torts: 22 Small Tortoisehell, 40+ Peacock, 11 Comma, 1 Large White (my first of the year), 1 Small White + 2 small unid'd whites, 1 male Brimstone and 3 Speckled Wood (Damselfly Pond, Round Pond & Foxes Hill).
8thYaxley, road from Traffic lights at west end of BrOrange-TipMark Joy1 Male Orange Tip flying around above the roadside verge Left side of the road heading from Norman Cross towards Yxley, about 200 yards before the Traffic Lights at the end of Broadway
8thStockbridge Meadows Nature Reserve, Melbourn (TL378444)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockSue Price (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
8thRoding Valley Meadows EWT reserve (TQ440955)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteSteve Jellettsunny early afternoon walk along River Roding. Numerous Small Tortoiseshells & Peacocks, a couple of Comma's, Brimstones and Small Whites
8thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ552912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodColin JuppOn this side of the A12 a fresh Speckled Wood, my first of the year; plus 7 Peacock, 6 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Small White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ548916)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteColin JuppMinimum of 28 Small Tortoiseshells. A few areas had 'clusters' of males sparring over the extensive nettle patches; also a pair in courtship. As in 2014 looks like another good spring here, one of the best local sites for the species. Also 3 Comma, 2 Peacock and 2 Small White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Holly BlueNick Ballard10+ Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma and my first Holly Blue of the season
8thMaldonSmall Tortoiseshell, PeacockRussell Neavesingles along the canal by Tesco's
8thLawford (TL997313)Painted LadyRichard MasonOn a warm sunny day a Painted Lady landed on my wife's shoulder as she worked in the garden. We think it had probably over-wintered in one of the two sheds we had opened. Sadly I did not have a camera with me or my phone.
8thHeybridge Gravel Pits (TL863073)PeacockRussell Neavesingle along the canal side, around 09.30,as the sun finally cleared the mist
8thHeybridge (TL874084)PeacockRussell Neavesingle mid afternoon
8thGreat Edney Wood (meadow) (TL660039)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 7, Comma 4, Brimstone 2m. Some courtship/rejection behaviour high in the Sallows (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thChelmsford (TL735083)Peacock, Red AdmiralPatricia CleggOne Peacock in thicket near drainage ditch; one Red Admiral flew over hedge near offices approx 100m up from the end of the road.
8thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546922)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp13 Peacock incl 7 on blackthorn blossom with 2 Small Tortoiseshells at the edge of Sage Wood. Also 4 Commas (1 on blackthorn). (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
8thCanvey WickSmall Tortoiseshell, PeacockKevin Taylor
8thBillericay (TQ681954)BrimstoneJudy Ashtonsunny on primroses
7thWhittleseyBrimstoneMatthew WebbSingle seen right in the town centre inspecting a flowerbed.
7thWarley Place EWLT (TQ582910)BrimstoneDave CornwellSingle male along ride North of North pond. Warm, sunny, 3pm.
7thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)Peacock, Small whiteKathy HartnettIn Wanstead Park today: 2 Peacocks in TQ4087 section; 5 Peacocks and 4 Small Whites in TQ4187 section; and 1 Peacock and 1 Small White in TQ4287 section.
7thWanstead Flats, NE London (TQ4086)PeacockKathy HartnettOn Wanstead Flats today: 2 Peacocks in TQ4086 section; + 1 Peacock in TQ4087 section.
7thTylers Common (TQ565906)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteColin Jupp22 Peacock including c10 on blackthorn blossom near Tylers Hall Farm; frequent aerial clashes of males above the bushes as well as nectaring. Also 5 Small Tortoiseshell (2 on blackthorn), 2 Comma and 2 Small White. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
7thThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ561911)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppOn the eastern side of the site pm 21 Peacock (mainly territorial males, also courting pair), 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Commas.
7thNewShardelows Farm (TL538542)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin Wilson4 Male Brimstones. 2 Peacock. 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma seen today.
7thMistley (TM124327)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRichard Mason2 Peacocks and 1 Small Tortoiseshell flying in the warm sunshine.
7thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneNick Ballard3 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Peacock, nectaring on the flowering cherry this morning (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithPeacock 7, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Brimstone 2m
7thMaldon garden (TL861054)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined whiteRussell Neaveat least two Peacock, single Green-veined White and my first Comma of the year through the garden
7thMaldon (TL870055)PeacockRussell Neavesingle along seawall
7thMaldon (TL845072)PeacockRussell Neavesingle
7thLark Rise Farm, Barton, Cambs (TL417552)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small whiteTony RobertsTRANSECT:

Brimstone 5, Small White 1, Small Tortoiseshell 1.
7thHedgerows Business Park, Chelmsford (TL733086)BrimstonePatricia CleggOne male on grass near roundabout
7thGarden,Black Notley. Essex (TL771204)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteVal Blamire2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 1 Small White and 1Comma
7thFoxton garden & environs (TL414480)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Holly BlueGuy R. MannersBrimstone, 1+ male(s); Holly Blue, 1; Small Tortoiseshell, 2+; Peacock, 2 (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ554924)Peacock, BrimstoneColin JuppMale Brimstone and 2 Peacock in brief visit.
7thDevils Dyke/Burwell Cutting (TL575652)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green HairstreakNick BallardMy first Green Hairstreak of the season, plus 8 Brimstone, 10+ Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thCoe Fen, Cambridge (TL448578)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneK Dawson6 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 female Brimstone & 1 Peacock - all on the wing in very warm sunshine
7thCambridge University FarmSmall Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneJames Fowler1:30 still and sunny. 5 peacocks basking and feeding on blackthorn. 5 Tortoishell flying and sparring in pairs. 2 male Brimstones on patrol.
7thBoreham Church (TL755095)Small TortoiseshellPatricia CleggOne in brambles in churchyard
7thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877977)PeacockGraham Smith6 nectaring on Blackthorn bushes at eastern end of reserve
7thBackwardness nature reserve & danbury common (TL783041)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneJohn Long2 Brimstones plus 6 Peacocks in their aerial dance in afternoon sunshine at Backwarden Nature reserve and another Brimstone plus 4 Peacocks in Danbury common.
6thhazeleigh wood (TL834042)BrimstoneMaureen Bissell1 male
6thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin JuppMuch increased cloud mid afternoon. 7 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell.
6thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4187)Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small whiteKathy Hartnett & Tim Harris1 Brimstone; 4 Peacocks; 1 Red Admiral; 1 Small White.
6thWanstead Park, London E12 (TQ4087)PeacockKathy Hartnett2 Peacocks flying along the path beside the Shoulder of Mutton Pond in Wanstead Park.
6thUpware (TL538698)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneKevin Wilson1male Brimstone seen not long after the sun emerged from what had been a rather dull afternoon. 4.00 pm.
6thThe Backwarden EWT Reserve, Danbury, Essex (TL780030)Peacock, BrimstoneGraham SmithFemale out for an hour midday
6thThe Backwarden EWT Reserve, Danbury, Essex (TL780030)PeacockGraham Smith
6thSouth Woodford, garden (TQ397900)PeacockNick ChallonerOne, basking on sunlit bare earth.
6thSouth Benfleet garden (TQ776884)Peacock, BrimstonePete Smith2 x Peacock (in and around garden for about an hour) and 1 x Brimstone (flying over garden only)
6thOld Sewage Works, London E12 (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteKathy Hartnett & Tim HarrisOld Sewage Works area, alongside Wanstead Park: 17 Peacock; 3 Comma; 9 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Small White. We did see several other butterflies in this location, but they were either too far away, or flying too fast to definitely ID. Most likely more Peacocks/Commas/Small Tortoiseshells.
6thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)BrimstoneNick BallardAM: At least 5 Brimstone, before the cloud rolled-in.
6thMaldon garden (TL861054)Green-veined whiteRussell Neavesingle noted around midday
6thLangdon hills, Willow park.Comma, Peacock, Small whiteKarl Price1 Brimstone, 4 Comma numerous Peacock
6thLangdon HillsPeacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxPeacock- at least 4
Brimstone- at least 2 (males)
6thIngrebourne valley country park (TQ523832)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small whiteJanet EdmundsWent out for an hour at 3pm was sunny spell hoping to see a few butterflies. Went to a spot that is Good for peacock was not disappointed! Saw 50+ they was flying in groups or 4 & 5 up in the sky some was basking in the sun other mating, it's the most peacock I have ever seen at 1 time. Only had 1 small white, 1 red admiral, 1 comma and 2 small tortoise shell. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
6thFulbourn (TL517556)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell seen at flying along a hedge at 10.00 am.
6thFishers Green (TL375035)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneMike Dent2 Brimstones; 3 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell
6thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteColin JuppIn two and a half hours from mid morning, totals of: 21 Peacock including 8 in Hatter's Wood, 5 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 male Brimstones and my first Small White of the year. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thComberton Garden (TL388543)Comma, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteTony RobertsBrimstone 1, Comma 1, Green-veined White 1
6thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstonePam Ditzel11 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 male Brimstones seen during the afternoon.
5thMaldon garden (TL861054)PeacockRussell Neaveat least one through the garden this afternoon
5thMaldon (TL866050)Small TortoiseshellRussell Neavesingle disturbed from cover in filed edge, dropped back into cover;cloudy conditions
5thIngatestone, Essex (TQ646996)PeacockGraham Smith
5thHare Park Six Mile BottomPeacock, BrimstoneKevin WilsonDuring a period of sunshine late morning I saw 2 male Brimstones and 1 Peacock butterfly. 11.25-11.47am.
5thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Peacock, BrimstoneBob SeagoUp to 8 Peacock today and the first Brimstone, a male.
5thComberton Garden (TL388543)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
5thAllotment, Clacton (TM167150)Small Tortoiseshell, Large whiteBob SeagoLarge white was just emerging in my greenhouse. Gone when I went to get camera. At least 3 ST sparring.
2ndIngatestone: Fairfield (TQ652994)Small Tortoiseshell, Small whiteRob Smithquite warm in the sheltered spots - 2 Small Tortoiseshells and a Small White
2ndGarden Guilden Morden (TL278440)BrimstoneDavid MckeeOne seen flying around garden.
2ndColdham's Common, Cambridge (TL4758)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob Pople4 Comma, 1+ Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock plus one unID'ed /Pieris/ sp. (poss. Large White?) during 14:35–15:30.

March 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
30thWelland Rd Rec Ground, Peterborough (TF193017)Small whiteDavid Withrington12.20 pm - one Small White flying; my first spring butterfly of the year.
30thMill Green Common (TL637013)PeacockRob Smitha single Peacock at lunchtime, before clouding over
30thBack garden Hadleigh, Essex (TQ807876)CommaGraham GodfreyWeather sunny, with slight wind
27thEnd of Springfield Lyons Approach (TL735083)PeacockPatricia CleggOne sunning itself on the bank near stream. Flew off into birch tree.
23rdMaldon (TL862062)PeacockRussell Neaveone
23rdMaldon (TL861054)Small TortoiseshellRussell Neaveone about the garden
21stFowlmere RSPB Reserve (TL405457)Scarce TortoiseshellDave CurnowSunny conditions, butterfly settling for long periods. Very worn, clearly emerged from hibernation. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)CommaColin Jupp1 Comma late afternoon.
20thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Comma, PeacockNick Ballard1 Peacock and 3 Comma this afternoon
20thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)CommaColin Jupp1 Comma mid afternoon.
20thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstoneJames FowlerAt least two males enjoying the first sunshine for a few days. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
20thComberton Garden (TL388543)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneTony RobertsSmall Tortoiseshell 1. Brimstone 1
20thColdhams Common (TL474584)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaNick Ballard1 Comma and 4 Small Tortoiseshell. Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on early flowering Blackthorn (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thBillericay Norsey WoodRed AdmiralJudy Ashton
13thTollesbuy WickRed AdmiralKevin TaylorCold windy but one Red Admiral
13thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small TortoiseshellKevin WilsonOne Small Tortoiseshell seen. 10.09am.
12thRise Park, Romford (TQ515911)PeacockColin Juppsingle Peacock mid afternoon.
12thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Jupp4 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Peacock early pm.
11thWitchford (TL4880)Small TortoiseshellStella Wolfe1
11thCoe Fen Cambridge (TL448578)Small TortoiseshellTrevor SawyerSmall Tortoiseshell patrolling the Southern face of the white wall near the back of Peterhouse College. A real sun-trap and often the first place I look for the species each year.
11thBack Garden - CM3 8EL (TQ767982)Small TortoiseshellKen UlrichNectaring on Erysimum Bowles Mauve
10thcambridge botanic gardens (TL455571)Comma, BrimstoneAnn PiperVisited the botanic gardens on a bright warm day.One brimstone seen flying over the gardens and one comma basking in the sun.My first butterflies this year.
10thWeald Brook (TQ562925)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockColin Jupp1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock during 90 minute bird survey in full sunshine, not quite warm enough for more butterflies to emerge.
10thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockNick Ballard1 Peacock nectaring and a Small Tortoiseshell pair; they don't waste any time... (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thMill Green Common (TL637013)CommaRob Smithsunny. just warm enough to open its wings slightly
10thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaBob SeagoBoth came through winter quite well (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
10thCambourne (TL3159)Speckled WoodSian Williamsfirst one of the year
8thWanstead Park, London E11 (TQ4287)Red AdmiralKathy HartnettOne Red Admiral seen, flying along beside the Ornamental Waters in Wanstead Park. Mild, sunny afternoon.
8thSandbeach Outfall, Dengie, Essex (TM029053)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithIn small thicket along seawall
8thOrpland Managed Retreat, Bradwell, Essex (TL988069)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithOn seawall
8thMy garden in Gosfield (TL783295)Small TortoiseshellColin DavisThree Small Tortoiseshells on my heather bank today at 12.15pm. Sunny, breezy 17deg.
8thLangdon HillsRed AdmiralAndrew Cox
8thHorsley Cross Street (TM123287)Small Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralJim ReedSingle specimen of each species. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thHeybridge Gravel Pits (TL858077)Small TortoiseshellRussell Neaveone along seawall path
8thDowns Road, Maldon (TL855070)Small TortoiseshellPatricia CleggOne Small Tortoiseshell flying around near park benches. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thBradwell Wick, Essex (TQ975080)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithOn seawall
8thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithNectaring on Cherry Plum
8thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)Red AdmiralGraham SmithNectaring on Cherry Plum
8thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red AdmiralColin Jupp And Pam DitzelSingles of each, all different individuals to yesterday. Increasing cloud cover during afternoon.
7thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Small TortoiseshellRosalyn Payne1 Small Tortoiseshell basking in a sheltered sunny spot
7thWarley Country Park (TQ584921)CommaColin Jupp1 Comma in the late afternoon sunshine.
7thThe Backwarden EWT Reserve, Danbury, Essex (TL780030)BrimstoneGraham SmithMale flying around fr much of the day. What may well have been the same individual was also seen on 4th.
7thRisebridge Golf Course, Romford (TQ518908)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp13.00-13.45. On sheltered banks near the A12, 2 Comma and 1 Peacock; on the eastern side of the golf course (TQ524911) 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)CommaColin Jupp2 Commas mid afternoon.
7thNear Brampton Church (TL205705)BrimstoneCharles NicolFirst butterfly of the season. Active male Brimstone at the edge of the hedgerow.
7thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneNick Ballard3 Brimstone (1 female), 4 Comma, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock at lunchtime (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thLinton (TL5547)BrimstoneAlex Petter2 male brimstones seen in garden
7thJermaines Wood, Great Warley (TQ571909)PeacockRob SmithAt the top of the ride
7thIngrebourne ValleySmall Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralAndrew Cox
7thHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)Small TortoiseshellJim ReedFirst butterfly seen this year in my garden. Sunny 15degC. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thGirton hedgerowBrimstoneAlison WebbTwo luminous yellow brimstones flying from hedgerow in warm noon sunshine
7thGarden in Waltham Abbey, Essex (TL383013)BrimstoneAnn SmithSingle male seen in garden at 11.45am
7thEast Fen Road, Soham (TL604734)BrimstoneFrancis WoodroffeMy first brimstone of the year on a mild and sunny Saturday morning.
7thDoggetts Lake (TQ8791)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockPaul Scott6 x Small Tortoiseshell, 3 x Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneColin JuppBetween 10.30-12.45: 3 male Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
7thBarrington (TL3950)BrimstonePaddy Grove3 males along hedge on Chapel Hill. Spring at last!
6thPaines Brook, Harold Wood (near A12) (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red AdmiralColin Jupp1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell (+ 1 Small Tort on the Harold Hill side of the A12) (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
6thMill Green, Ingatestone, Essex (TL637013)BrimstoneGraham SmithA male appeared for about an hour midday.
6thLinton (TL5547)BrimstoneAlex Petter1 male seen in garden
6thLangham (TM033334)BrimstoneMartin Peersmale Brimstone at end of track to church.
6thGarden in Little EversdenCommaJames FowlerBasking on a grass tussock in sun, 12oC. At 13:00.
5thMaldon (TL861054)Small TortoiseshellRussell Neave1 came down to sun itself on white refuse sack in the garden at 15.10.A sunny and sheltered area, temperature in the shade 8 degrees. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thHavering Country Park (TQ505926)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneColin Jupp2 male Brimstones fluttering around low ivy early pm, just out of hibernation. Also Small Tortoiseshell southern area of CP. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
5thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstoneMartha WinterMale flying in afternoon sun by ivy covered wall
5thFleam Dyke (TL541549)BrimstoneNick BallardSingle male Brimstone this lunchtime - my first butterfly of the year!
5thCambridge Botanic Garden (TL458571)Small TortoiseshellRob Pople2+ on heather in Winter Garden, at 13:10.
3rdTemple Grove Park, Essex (TL7101)Red AdmiralKevin TaylorFirst Butterfly of the year
3rdMistley (TM124327)Small TortoiseshellRichard MasonOne seen flying around our garden.
3rdHitchcock Meadows EWT Reserve, Danbury (TL787653)Small TortoiseshellGraham Smith
3rdBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877977)PeacockGraham Smith

February 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
25thSt Ives (TL313712)Small TortoiseshellRob PartridgeA single flew high over the river bridge during a late morning spell of sunshine.
25thFort Road Tilbury (TQ646753)Small whiteAlan DayBright and mild afternoon approx 4pm. Settled on office 2nd floor window. Sorry about the poor quality picture, taken with i-phone at max zoom (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thBack garden in Little EversdenSmall TortoiseshellMartha WinterSettled on patio.
18thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)PeacockBob SeagoSingle individual
18thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Red AdmiralColin Jupp And Pam Ditzel2 Red Admirals in flight together over the EWT car park at 12.30. Our first butterflies of the year.
17thHedgerows Business Park, Chelmsford (near Sainsbur (TL733086)Small TortoiseshellPatricia CleggFlying on grassed area outside offices and near access road.
17thEpping Forest - Long RunningRed AdmiralChristian MossMy first butterfly of the year, Red Admiral sunning itself at Long Running.
17thChurch Yard, Coalhouse Fort, Tilbury (TQ689769)Red AdmiralAlan Day
17thCanvey Island Back Garden (TQ799825)PeacockDiane Day
9thFowlmere Nature Reserve (TL408459)PeacockDoug RadfordIn flight at 14.30 in the sun
9thColne Point EWT (TM102124)PeacockBob Seago1 Flitting around in bright sun 6C
4thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202191)PeacockBob SeagoOnly ~ 4C but sunny. 1 Peacock probably wishing it hadn't woken.

January 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
18thHare Park (TL583589)PeacockKevin WilsonI was pleasantly surprised to see a Peacock butterfly sunning itself on the edge of a log pile. My first butterfly of this year. Tried sending a photo but would not submit.
11thCollier Row Lane, RomfordPeacockCarol & Ian PhillipsSunning itself on the pavement at 1pm
9thMeldreth (TL378458)PeacockJim Reid1 Peacock butterfly sunning itself on rockery
2ndBarrington (TL401499)Red AdmiralPaddy GroveRather surprising to see a Red Admiral flying at around 1.30pm, sunny but only 8degC


 
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