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SIGHTINGS 2015

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First Sightings 2015

 Wall 23rd 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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April 2015
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
27thWoodwalton Marsh (TL212813)Small white, Orange-Tip, Grizzled SkipperRosalyn Payne2 Small White, 3 Orange-tip (male) 2 Grizzled Skipper. 1pm sunny 10 deg c
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
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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