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SIGHTINGS 2016

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First Sightings 2016

 Green Hairstreak 13th Apr 
 Large White 11th Apr Painted Lady 12th Apr
 Holly Blue 8th Apr Orange Tip 8th Apr
 Speckled Wood 31st Mar Green-veined White 2nd Apr
 Small White 3rd Mar Brimstone 14th Mar
 Comma 11th Feb Red Admiral 12th Feb
 Peacock 6th Jan Small Tortoiseshell 16th Jan

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April 2016
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
27thBeech Woods, Gogs (TL483545)Brimstone, Green-veined white, Holly BlueNick BallardIn the sun after lunch - 2 Brimstone, 1 male GV White and 1 male Holly Blue. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
21stWanstead FlatsCommaKathy Hartnett1 Comma, seen along the Evelyn's Avenue section of the Flats.
21stWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett6 Speckled Wood, along the Belgrave Road Wayleave.
21stHemingford Grey (TL289701)Small whiteUte MokrosFound a freshly emerged small white on the patio door which a little while later flew off into the garden. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
21stGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Speckled WoodColin Jupp6 Speckled Woods and 2 Small/G-v Whites.
20thRainham Marshes RSPB reserve (TQ5479)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteSteve Jellett3 Brimstone, 5 Small White, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 25+ Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
20thMann Wood, Great Leighs (TL7417)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Green-veined whiteGeorge BrownSingles of each,11.05-11.10a.m. Sunny with NE wind.
20thGarden, West BergholtSmall white, Holly BluePhilip SmithOne of each in my garden today
20thDuck Wood LNR, Harold Hill (TQ555924)Comma, Peacock, Green-veined white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Green-veined White, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma and 4 Peacock incl 3 along the sheltered W side of the wood.
20thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ547927)Comma, Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodColin JuppMale Orange Tip patrolling the bluebell areas in Hatter's Wood, pausing briefly to nectar. Also several Small/G-v Whites seen in the park.
20thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546921)Orange-TipColin JuppMy first Orange Tip of the year.
20thCambridge guided bus way nr. Science Park (TL463614)Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipJanet Mayes1 Brimstone, 4 small white, 1 Orange Tip, 1 Peacock. sunny (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
20thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ877977)Peacock, Small whiteGraham Smith2 Peacock and one Small White along railway embankment
19thWest HanningfieldOrange-TipKevin TaylorFirst Orange Tip for me today
19thWarren Hill, Loughton, on horse ride in Epping For (TQ412956)Brimstone, Orange-TipAnn RobeyFirst Orange-Tip seen by me this year in Epping Forest
19thWanstead Flats (TQ4087)PeacockKathy Hartnett1 Peacock seen in this section of the Flats this afternoon.
19thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Brimstone; 2 Speckled Wood; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Small White; + 1 'unspecified' White, seen in this section of the Flats this afternoon.
19thTer Valley near Cobler's Green (TL6918)Peacock, Green-veined whiteGeorge BrownSunny; NW wind. Singles of each, 10.40-11.20am.
19thMill Green CommonComma, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin TaylorVery warm and sunny Brimstone, Peacock, Comma
19thJohn Weston Reserve (EWT) (TM264246)Peacock, BrimstoneSimon & Pat Cox6-7 Peacocks in reserve + nearby. Also a single Small/G-v White
19thHolland HavenComma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteLiz Huxley
19thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipUte Mokrossaw 1 male brimstone, 1 male orange-tip, briefly nectaring on oxalis flower, and 1 peacock butterfly in the garden
19thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly BlueBob SeagoFirst Holly Blue
19thClacton-on-Sea (TM149160)BrimstoneSimon & Pat CoxSingle Brimstone over roadside verge. An uncommon species in the immediate area
19thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL8708)Peacock, Orange-Tip, Speckled WoodSimon WoodTwo Orange-tip. Also one white sp.
19thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ865975)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham SmithOne of each, having an aerial battle
19thBlack Notley (TL7620)Small Tortoiseshell, Orange-TipGeorge BrownBoth in garden. Small tortoiseshell at noon, and male Orange tip at 3.45pm. Weather sunny and warm where sheltered from wind.
17thMilton Country Park (TL481624)CommaJanet MayesSunning itself - day mostly cloudy with sunny intervals (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
17thLawford Lane Writtle (TL685070)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodPatricia Clegg3 Small Tortoiseshell - one very tatty
17thJermaines Wood/Tyler's Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob Smith4 Peacocks and a Small Tortoiseshell. Not really warm enough for anything else
17thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Peacock, Large whiteBob Seago
17thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
17thBarrington (TL4050)Orange-TipPaddy GroveMake Orange Tip, my first of the year. Also two white butterflies spiraling together briefly, probably Small Whites
14thWanstead Flats (TQ4186)Peacock, Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett1 Speckled Wood; + 1 Peacock seen on Wanstead Flats, near the Petrol Station off of Aldersbrook Road.
14thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)Speckled WoodKathy Hartnett2 Speckled Woods seen along the Belgrave Road Wayleave on Wanstead Flats. My first Speckled Woods of this season.
14thNorsey Woods Billericay EssexBrimstoneSheila Neary - Burnham-on-CrouchIn flight, sunny afternoon
14thMill Road Cemetery (TL461581)Comma, Speckled WoodNick Ballard9:00am: 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Comma
14thIngatestone: Fairfield (TQ652994)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithPeacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell 5, Comma 1
14thHolland Haven CP (TM217172)Peacock, Speckled WoodSimon Cox3 Peacocks & 1 fresh Speckled Wood
14thHeybridge GP (TL8606)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneSimon Wood
14thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp1 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock and 1 Comma.
14thCambridge guided bus way nr. Science Park (TL464614)Brimstone, Small whiteJanet Mayes2 of each all on the wing during a sunny spell at about 2pm
13thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp5 Speckled Wood, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Small White and 2 Brimstones including my first female of the year. Also nr P.Brook on the Harold Wood side of the A12 (TQ551912) another Brimstone (male) and 5 Peacock.
13thMistley (TM124318)Peacock, Brimstone, Orange-TipRichard MasonOne of each species flying along a hedgerow in our garden in warm sunshine.
13thMilton Country ParkPeacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large whiteJanet MayesBright and sunny; two Brimstones
13thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithBrimstone - 3 males seen together, Peacock 5, Comma 2+, Small Tortoiseshell 1. Possible Orange Underwing moth in flight
13thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF208015)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large whiteDavid Withringtonreturn to the walk I made of my local area at the end of March: Bluebell Land, Belvoir Way and Woodfield Millennium Park. Small White (12), Large White (1-Woodfield Park), Brimstone (4), Peacock (21),Comma (7-Belvoir Way), Small Tortoiseshell (3).
13thDevil's Dyke (TL577650)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green HairstreakNick Ballard9:00am -Midday - My first Green Hairstreak (2) in the bottom of the Dyke, plus at least 12 Peacock, 9 Brimstone, 5 Small Tortoiseshell and 4 Comma (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
13thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL8708)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodSimon WoodTwo Speckled Wood
13thCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546921)Comma, Peacock, Small white, Large white, Speckled WoodColin Jupp4 Speckled Wood, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Peacock and 1 Comma. Also a superb display of bluebells in Long Wood & Sage Wood.
13thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ8796)Peacock, Small whiteGraham Smith4 Peacock and 1 Small White
13thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Orange-TipPam Ditzel1 male Orange Tip, 5 male Brimstones and 4 Whites including at least 1 definite Small.
12thTylers Hall Farm (TQ564910)Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin Jupp2 Speckled Woods along the narrow bridleway.
12thThundersley (TQ802876)Painted Lady, BrimstoneDon DownA Painted Lady on the garden heather. Also a first female Brimstone flying through
12thHeybridge GP (TL8606)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteSimon Wood
12thHarold Hill (TQ548926)Comma, Brimstone, Small white, Large whiteColin JuppIn my garden 1 male Large White, 1 male Brimstone and 2 Comma. Also a Small White on 10th April.
12thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Small white, Large whiteColin Jupp1 male Large White nectaring on plum blossom, 1 Small White, 3-4 male Brimstones, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 3 Comma incl 2 nectaring on plum blossom.
12thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL8708)Peacock, Brimstone, Speckled WoodSimon WoodOne Speckled Wood
11thStillwells Nature Reserve (TL185959)Large whiteAlbert YorkSingle female sighted at around 11.45am. Looked like it was newly emerged in the last 24 hours. Sunbathing on the ground. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
11thOn B1046to Cambridge (TL3158)Brimstone, Small whiteNick BallardOn road back from Hayley Wood B1046 5 Brimstone and 1 White (Small or possibly male GVW)
11thHayley Wood (TL291531)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneNick BallardAt least 5 Peacock feeding on bluebells and 2 Comma on Celandine and, when the sun came out...3 Brimstone. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo photo )
11thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM101124)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodBob SeagoFresh speckled wood today.
11thAnglesey Abbey, Lode (TL529622)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneK Dawson
10thWanstead Flats (TQ4186)Small TortoiseshellKathy HartnettAlthough a blustery day, 1 Small Tortoiseshell seen.
10thSt Osyth (TM113156)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSimon Cox1 Small Tortoiseshell & 2 Peacocks along St Osyth Creek & another Peacock at Howlands Marsh
10thSt Lawrence Bay (TL9605)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham Smith4 Peacock, 1 Small Tort along seawall
10thSandbeach Outfall, Dengie Coast, Essex (TM0305)PeacockGraham Smith3 Peacock
10thRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockRob Smith3 Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock on the sea wall. No more than 11 deg, breezy
10thFront garden (TQ948965)PeacockSheila NearyOne Peacock, sunny morning, resting on the soil
10thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM0308)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockGraham SmithOne of each
10thBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM0307)PeacockGraham Smith4 Peacock
10thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp & Pam DitzelAlso visited sections of the park in TQ5291 & TQ5191. Hazy sun with increasing cloud pm and a cool breeze, butterflies restricted to sheltered spots. Totals of in 4 hours - 18 Peacock, 10 Comma and 7 Small Tortoiseshell.
8thHeybridge GP (TL8606)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Small whiteSimon Wood
8thHemingford Grey (TL289701)Holly BlueUte Mokrosfemale holly blue on camellia flower nectaring (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneBob SeagoFirst brimstone, a male. About 6 Comma and 3 Peacoick
8thGalleywood CommonCommaKevin Taylor2x Comma today
8thCambridge University FarmOrange-TipJames FowlerA male settled with wings closed. 13:30, 15oC, overcast and calm. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
8thBlue House Farm EWT Reserve, North Fambridge (TQ865975)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham Smith4 Peacock an d 1 Small Tortiseshell nectaring on Blackthorn
8thArdleigh reservoir (TM0329)Orange-TipMartin PeersSingle Orange-Tip flying in bright sunshine at 11.00 a.m. along road beside reservoir
6thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on a laurel. 12.05pm.
5thWormingford (TL9432)Comma, BrimstoneMartin Peers
5thWormingford (TL9332)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockMartin Peers
5thWat Tyler Country Park (TQ7386)PeacockKathy Hartnett & Iris Newbery1 Peacock.
5thRiver Crouch (TQ7995)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSteve Jellett2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)CommaKevin Wilson1 Comma nectaring on a laurel at 11.35am. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
5thHeybridge GP (TL8606)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSimon Wood
5thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL8708)PeacockSimon Wood
3rdSouthminster: Seasons Wood (TQ949996)Comma, PeacockRob SmithComma 1, Peacock 4
3rdRamsey Marsh (TL943060)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 6, and a rare sea wall Comma - only my second ever on transect here.
3rdLawford/Cattawade (TM0932)Small Tortoiseshell, Small whiteMartin PeersSmall Tortoiseshell 4; Small White 1
3rdIngrebourne valley (TQ5283)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockJanet Edmunds & Dave JonesWent out about 2.30pm - 4.30pm for our first hunt for butterflies this year was not dissopointed as we saw 50+ peacock, 13 comma and 9 small tortoiseshell.
3rdFen Drayton RSPB (TL3469)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockPaddy GroveOne Comma, a couple of Small Tortoiseshells and 2 or 3 Peacocks (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
3rdExchange Lands, Wanstead (TQ4287)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockKathy Hartnett2 Small Tortoiseshells, and 1 Peacock seen in the Exchange Lands (located alongside Wanstead Park).
3rdDeal Hall, Dengie (TQ0197)Peacock, Small whiteGraham SmithOne
3rdDanbury Common (TL783046)BrimstonePatricia CleggThree male Brimstone near pond
3rdDanbury (TL780050)Small Tortoiseshell, Red AdmiralPatricia CleggOne of each in meadow near church
3rdCanvey Wick Nature Reserve. Canvey Island (TQ766834)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small white, Speckled WoodAlan DayMild but hazy, first Transect of the year. Fist Small White and Speckled wood.
3rdBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)PeacockGraham SmithOne nectaring on Cherry Plum
3rdBlackley Lane gravel pits, Great Leighs (TL7319)BrimstoneGeorge BrownMale Brimstone, 12.45pm. Hazy sunshine; SE wind.
3rdAlthorne: Mansfield Farm FP (TQ916985)Comma, PeacockRob Smithsingles
2ndin flight, back garden, Burnham-on-crouch, EssexPeacockSheila NearySunny afternoon
2ndYaxleyPeacock, Red Admiral, BrimstoneDiana WatsonBeautiful sunny day and a close encounter with the Brimstone which stayed in the garden for sometime
2ndWanstead Flats (TQ4086)PeacockKathy Hartnett1 Peacock seen along the Belgrave Road wayleave.
2ndThames Chase, Harold Court (TQ559912)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp3 Peacock and 3 Comma.
2ndSpringfield (TL7207)Small TortoiseshellGraham SmithSunning itself on a table outside Costa Coffee!
2ndPaines Brook, Harold Wood (TQ551912)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Small whiteColin Jupp1 Small White (+ 1 unidentified white), 8 Comma, 3 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell incl a pair in courtship.
2ndPaines Brook, Harold HillSmall Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled WoodColin JuppAlong the stretch of Paines Brook between Petersfield Avenue and the A12, my first Speckled Woods (2) of the year, 13 Small Tortoiseshells on the nettle banks, plus 2 Peacock and 2 Comma.
2ndNr St Osyth (TM1415)Comma, Small whitePat CoxSingle Comma & Small White in our garden
2ndMonks Wood (TL1979)Comma, Peacock, Brimstone, Green-veined whiteRosalyn PayneBrimstone 10, Comma 14, Peacock 6, Green-veined White 1/ Sunny, 15 deg
2ndMill Green CommonComma, Peacock, BrimstoneKevin Taylor2+ Brimstone today Peacock 1 and Comma 1
2ndKelvedon: The Coppice (TQ572996)Comma, PeacockRob SmithPeacock 2, Comma 1
2ndKelvedon: Beacon Hill FP (TQ558988)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockRob SmithSmall Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 2, Comma 2
2ndJermaines Wood/Tylers Common (TQ571907)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob SmithBrimstone 2m, Comma 4, Peacock 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1
2ndIn flight, front garden, Burnham-on-CrouchBrimstoneSheila NearyLarge Brimstone, bright yellow, sunny morning
2ndHeybridge Basin (TL871065)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockPatricia CleggAlong seawall, south of lock
2ndGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockBob SeagoFirst Small Tortoiseshell joined several of the others.
2ndBedfords Park, HaveringComma, Peacock, BrimstoneIan Phillips6,possibly 7, male Brimstone; 12 Peacock; 9 Comma seen on a circuit of the park between 12pm & 2pm
2ndBack garden, Cambridge (TL462583)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneKeith Edkins (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
2ndBabraham Park And Ride (TL477545)PeacockKevin Wilson1 Peacock seen on the wing as stepping out of bus at 1.20pm.
2nd'Lords' golf course, Rayleigh, Essex (TQ807934)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneSteve Jellett2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Brimstone
1stNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)PeacockKevin WilsonOne Peacock seen on the wing at 12.35pm.
1stHornchurch Country Park (TQ5383)Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneKathy Hartnett & Iris Newbery3 Brimstones; 3 Peacocks; and 1 Comma, seen whilst walking around Hornchurch Country Park today.
1stGreat Holland Pits EWT (TM202192)Comma, PeacockBob SeagoMore than 2 Peacock and 2 Comma.

March 2016
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
31stback garden, Dagenham. (TQ472847)Peacock, Speckled WoodLinda Harriss1 speckled wood on a shallow dish of water, 1 peacock on a hyacinth. Fine sunny weather.
31stWanstead Park (TQ4187)CommaKathy Hartnett1 Comma seen flying along a path beside the Heronry Pond in Wanstead Park this afternoon.
31stRomford (A12) (TQ523908)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin Jupp4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock and 3 Comma on sheltered grassy banks near the A12 in late afternoon sunshine. Also 1 Peacock and 1 Comma nearby on Risebridge Golf Course (TQ523911) and 2 Comma on Romford Golf Course (TQ524902). All were in tetrad TQ59F.
31stRise Park, Romford (TQ514910)Comma, PeacockColin Jupp & Sheila Barnett3 Peacock and 1 Comma mid afternoon.
31stHolland Haven CP (TM217172)Small whiteSimon CoxSingle Small White
31stHarold Hill (TQ548926)Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Small whiteColin Jupp1 Small White, 1 male Brimstone in my garden and a Small Tortoiseshell nearby. Elsewhere on Harold Hill (TQ554917) another Small Tort nectaring on dandelions on grass verge beside the A12 at 10.45.
31stHampton (TL168950)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Brimstone, Small whiteR Orbell7 Peacock, 7 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Small White and 1 male Brimstone this morning
31stBelfairs Woods (TQ826875)Speckled WoodAshley Pinnock
31stBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Comma, BrimstonePam Ditzel2 male Brimstones and 5 Commas. The latter were nectaring on blackthorn and Cherry Laurel blossom.
31stAll Saints Church, Norton Mandeville. (TL580046)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneRosie & Bill Perkins.1, Small Tortoiseshell, 1, Brimstone.
30thThorpe Wood (TL160983)Comma, Small whiteDon Gardener
30thDogsthorpe, Peterborough (TF208015)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockDavid WithringtonComma(14), Small Tortoiseshell(7), Peacock (1)- most butterflies seen on the grassy edge of Belvoir Way next to the ring road enjoying the sunshine
27thMill Road Cemetery (TL461582)Comma, Brimstone, Small whiteNick BallardLunchtime passing-by....
25thWest canvey Marshes RSPB reserve (TQ7684)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockSteve Jellett3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
25thWat TylerPeacock, BrimstoneAndrew CoxPeacock: two from hide overlooking reedbed.
25thWanstead Flats (TQ4086)CommaKathy Hartnett1 Comma seen in the SSSI area of Wanstead Flats.
25thVillage garden (TL3844)BrimstoneJosh JoyceSpent plenty of time in the garden having a browse
25thThe Endway, Steeple BumpsteadSmall TortoiseshellAnnette HallIn good condition, warming in the sunshine.
25thSunnymead Fm, Wivenhoe (TM055227)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneSimon & Pat Coxsingle Brimstone & Small Tortoiseshell
25thStonewall Road, Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire (TL453531)PeacockCLARE MORRISsingle butterfly
25thShut Heath Wood N.R. (TL853133)Comma, PeacockRosie & Bill Perkins.2,Comma 1,Peacock.
25thOld Rail Line Comberton (TL381544)Peacock, BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1. Peacock 1.
25thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)BrimstoneKevin Wilson3 male Brimstones seen on the wing at noon today. Sunny.
25thMill Green Common (TL637013)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, BrimstoneRob Smith & Graham SmithSpent a few hours here. At least 2 male Brimstones, 2 Commas, a Small Tortoiseshell and 1+ Peacock
25thLongthorpe (TL160983)Small whiteDon GardenerI had two sightings of a small white in my garden an hour apart
25thLaindon WestBrimstoneAndrew CoxBrimstone: male along Mandeville Way. Flew across the footbridge over the railway; may have gone into the trees bordering the railway.
25thHemingford Grey (TL289701)BrimstoneUte MokrosMale Brimstone butterfly on the wing in the garden late morning.
25thGidea Park Sports Ground (TQ531904)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppSingles each of Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Peacock around 3pm.
25thExchange Lands, Wanstead (TQ4287)CommaKathy HartnettTwo Commas seen in the Exchange Lands (aka Old Sewage Works, located alongside Wanstead Park.
25thDownham Market (TF610022)Small TortoiseshellJon StubleyTechnically Norfolk I know, but not far from the border. 1 Small Tortoishell sunning itself in my father's back garden.
25thDagnam Park LNR, Harold Hill (TQ5593)Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Small whiteColin Jupp1 Small White, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Comma and 2 Peacock seen in the park early pm, plus a male Brimstone in my garden adjacent (TQ548926).
25thComberton (TL387546)Brimstone, Small whiteTony RobertsBrimstone 1. Small White 1.
25thComberton (TL383547)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1
25thComberton (TL382563)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
25thColne Point EWT (TM101124)PeacockBob Seago" Peacocks, the first butterflies this year for me
25thCollier Row (TQ496912)BrimstoneBill AmosMale Brimstone in garden at midday.
25thCaxton (TL304580)BrimstoneClive SearleBrimstone 1.
25thBurwell (TL587674)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, BrimstoneDavid WithringtonBrimstone (5),Comma (2), Small Tortoiseshell (1)
25thBedfords Park LNR (TQ5292)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, BrimstonePam Ditzel1 Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Peacock and 1 Red Admiral.
22ndTrumpington (TL450541)BrimstoneMike Foley
22ndSt Osyth Creek (TM113156)PeacockSimon CoxSingle Peacock on flowering blackthorn
22ndSt Ives - My Garden (TL311720)Comma, BrimstoneIan Johnstone2 Comma and a Brimstone flying around my garden at approx. 11:30. Weather was very sunny, light wind with air temperature around 10'C. The Comma were flying around together and one settled long enough for me to take some photos. (Photo(s) supplied: photo photo )
22ndSt Faith's, Brentwood (TQ5893)BrimstoneAndrew Stroud
22ndNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)BrimstoneKevin WilsonTwo male Brimstones in flight at 11.35am. Sunny conditions.
22ndMilton Country Park (TL479623)Peacock, BrimstoneLaura Osborne1 of each species
22ndLot meadow, Toft (TL3555)BrimstoneR WallisBrimstone flying in a sunny bramble margin
22ndIngatestone, Essex (TQ646996)Comma, PeacockGraham SmithSingles. Comma bred in garden last autumn, the caterpillars feeding on a dwarf elm (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndHemingford Grey, A14 junction (TL289693)Small TortoiseshellUte MokrosSmall tortoiseshell in pristine condition in the field along Gore Tree Rd at A14 juntion
22ndHarold Hill (TQ548926)Peacock, BrimstoneColin Jupp2 male Brimstones and 2 Peacock in my garden early pm.
22ndHardwaick (TL382594)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1
22ndDry Drayton (TL405637)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
22ndDevil's Dyke, Reach-end (TL575653)Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, BrimstoneNick BallardThis morning: at least 3 Brimstone, 4 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
22ndComberton (TL388582)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1.
22ndCentral Park, Harold Hill (TQ546921)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaColin Jupp1 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell during brief visit mid afternoon, the former nectaring on blackthorn.
22ndCanvey Wick (TQ7683)Small TortoiseshellSteve JellettWarm day single small tortoiseshell B/fly
22ndBar Hill (TL380633)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1
20thWoodwalton Farm (TL215819)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockROSALYN PAYNE1 Peacock flying by on section 4 of the transect route (Riddy Wood)and 1 Small Tortoiseshell on section 7 basking on the ground. 1.30, sunny, approx 9 deg C
17thPaines Brook, Harold Hill (TQ549914)Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, PeacockColin JuppSingles each of Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma between 2.45-3pm, my first 2016 sightings of all three species.
17thIngatestone, Essex (TQ646996)CommaGraham SmithOn Crocuses in sheltered sunny spot in garden
17thGarden in Buckden (TL197678)BrimstonePeter SharpeOne Brimstone feeding on daffodil and primula
17thGarden in Brentwood (TQ578932)CommaLesley OttewellThe comma fluttered past a tree and looked like a leaf being blown on the breeze until it landed on the upstairs windowsill 10" from me. It stayed for about five minutes basking in the sunshine, before flying off.
17thFowlmere RSPBSmall TortoiseshellDoug Radford
17thExchange Lands, nr Wanstead Park (TQ4287)Small TortoiseshellKathy HartnettOne Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself in the Exchange Lands area (aka Old Sewage Works), beside Wanstead Park, this afternoon. My first butterfly sighting of 2016.
17thComberton (TL387546)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1 Male flew through the garden
17thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL870089)CommaSimon WoodTwo
14thSt Ives Guided Bus route near River Ouse bridge (TL325703)BrimstoneIan JohnstoneSpotted 2 Brimstones flying in between some brambles around the grass verge near the footpath. The weather was sunny and felt warm although the light wind was cool.
14thJNCC car park, Peterborough, PE1 1JYPeacockNeil GoldingPeacock butterfly flying across carpark around 3pm GMT. Landed on sunny side of building.
13thsth. ockendon gardenSmall TortoiseshellTricia CSingle on flowers
13thFulbourn FenSmall TortoiseshellEli Harji & Oskar BrattstromOne specimen moving around feeding on some early flowers
12thWrittle, Chelmsford (TL673059)PeacockRichard BiggDon't know if this counts as a legitimate sighting. Clearing my garage I came across a very sleepy Peacock. Carefully moved to a dark corner I let him sleep on.
11thChelmer Village, Chelmsford (TL729074)Red AdmiralPatricia CleggOn wall of private house. Sunny, mild afternoon.
10thMatching (TL5112)PeacockBryan RussellVery lethargic in 8/9 degrees (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
10thHorsley Cross Street (TM123286)CommaJim ReedCool but sunny. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
7thChigborough Lakes NR, Maldon, Essex (TL870089)PeacockSimon WoodOne
3rdcanvey island,Small whitePeter Le Countsaw small white here today , canvey island,
sunny but cold .
3rdCoatesSmall TortoiseshellJames Hanlon

February 2016
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
24thUpminster EssexSmall TortoiseshellAngela SharpFeeding on a Pansy in our front garden (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
21stBradwell St Peter's, Essex (TM032082)PeacockGraham SmithNectaring on Cherry Plum
12thThe Perse School, CambridgeRed AdmiralAlex Petter1 Red Admiral flying in the sun, occasionally pausing to bask in the sunlight but never for long and usually high up on the side of a wall.
11thgarden (TM0522)CommaMo Jacksonflying up and down ivy covered hedgerow
11thMain Road, Gidea Park (TQ525899)Red AdmiralColin JuppA Red Admiral seen in flight only.
11thCambridge Road, Ely (TL536801)PeacockFrancis WoodroffeSunny and vaguely spring-like afternoon. Flew past me as I walked across my drive.

January 2016
DateLocationSpeciesReporterDescription
27thCaxtonPeacock, Small whiteTony RobertsSmall White 1. very early emergence - possibly pupated somewhere warm?
24thCaxton (TL304580)PeacockTony RobertsPeacock 1.
16thOrwell PitSmall TortoiseshellJames FowlerOn cliff, basking in sun. First butterfly of 2016, almost exactly a month earlier than 2015. (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
6thJohn Weston Reserve, EWT (TM264246)PeacockSimon & Pat CoxVery abraded individual but able to fly. Calm morning with intermittent sunshine


 
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