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First Sightings 2018

 Comma 14th Mar 
 Small Tortoiseshell 19th Jan Brimstone 28th Jan
 Red Admiral 13th Jan Peacock 24th Jan

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Please note that we are currently NOT posting sightings received of Heath fritillary. Do send your records in but please be aware that they will not appear due to the fragility of the Essex populations of this species at present

Hummingbird Hawkmoths Please note that we DO NOT post Hummingbird hawkmoth records on this sightings page. Nationally, Butterfly Conservation collates observations of these, which are passed to each area at the year end. Please send records of Hummingbird hawkmoths (or other migrant moths such as Convolvulus hawkmoth) to the following site: http://butterfly-conservation.org/612/migrant-watch.html

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March 2018
23rdLong Running Epping Forest (TQ4399)Peacock, BrimstoneChristian MossMy first Brimstone & Peacock seen on Long Running Epping Forest. Wonderful.
23rdHyde hall (TQ788994)Peacock, BrimstoneElliot Wagstaff2 male brimstone patrolling a recently coppiced area of woodland and a peacock basking on the woodland floor. Ahhh spring :)
22ndComberton Cambs (TL387546)BrimstoneTony RobertsBrimstone 1. In the Garden
22ndCambridge (TL447579)Red AdmiralSylviane Moss1
21stParadise LNR, Cambridge (TL444571)Small Tortoiseshell, CommaRob PopleOne Comma basking in sun nr W end of LNR at 14:10; single Small Tort. subsequently also seen nearby.
21stGarden in Little EversdenSmall Tortoiseshell, PeacockJames FowlerSingles of both basking in warm sunshine at. 11:30.
20thHare Park Six Mile Bottom (TL583589)Small TortoiseshellKevin Wilson1 Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself briefly before flying away. 11.47am.
16thTrumpington (TL4454)BrimstoneDonal McCarthyMale Brimstone in the garden. First of the year.
16thSawtry Brook (TL167846)Small TortoiseshellRosalyn PayneSunny, 12 deg,no wind. 3 Small Tortoiseshell feeding and sunning themselves.
16thOrton Brimbles, PeterboroughBrimstoneAlan Owerssingle male brimstone
16thNew Shardelows Farm (TL538542)BrimstoneKevin Wilson1 male Brimstone in flight 10.45am.
16thMepal (TL444810)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneRob PartridgeMy first two species of the year, seen within minutes of each other.
16thLeez Lane, W of Leez Priory (TL6918)PeacockGeorge Brown1 basking in sunshine, 12.40p.m.
16thKelvedon Hatch (back garden) (TQ577987)BrimstoneDavid JobbinsSunny
16thGarden in Little EversdenBrimstoneJames FowlerTwo males patrolling the garden in sunshine 12:30.
16thGarden (TL970234)BrimstoneLen CornwellFirst of year for me on a sunny day before the cold blast hit
16thDoddinghurst.BrimstoneRosie & Bill Perkins, Margaret & Jim Dalgarno.2. Brimstone.
16thBlack Notley (TL7620)BrimstoneGeorge BrownSunny and warm in sunshine.
Male in garden, 10.45a.m.; another male along Bakers Lane, 11.05a.m.
16thAnglesey AbbeyBrimstoneT BoothWarm sunny spring day, the first Brimstone of the year gliding through the countryside.
14thPilgrims Hatch BrentwoodRed AdmiralPat HydeBack garden flying in the sunshine.
14thLongthorpe (TL160983)Red AdmiralDon Gardener
14thHadleigh Country ParkComma, PeacockAndrew Woodhouse1 Comma and 3 Peacock.
14thGuided busway near Cambridge StationBrimstoneJanet Simpson
14thBarton (Larkrise Farm)Small Tortoiseshell, BrimstoneVince Leaseen by CRT office staff
14thAbbotts Hall Farm, Gt Wigborough (TL962142)PeacockLiz Huxley
11thFowlmere village (TL422460)BrimstoneDOUG RADFORDMale one

February 2018
18thHyde hall (TQ7899)Small TortoiseshellElliot Wagstaff
17thLong Running Epping Forest (TQ4399)Small TortoiseshellChristian Moss (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
15thIngatestone High Street (TQ650996)Red AdmiralRob Smithfluttering along the shopfronts

January 2018
28thMill Green Common (TL637013)Red Admiral, BrimstoneRob Smith, Martin Heywood, Graham SmithA nice spell of sunshine, breezy but warm. A Red Admiral and male Brimstone
28thBradwell Bird Observatory, Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex (TM031080)Red AdmiralJohn Sutherby1 Red Admiral flying about in the sunshine, out of the wind.
28thAnglesey Abbey (TL533622)Red AdmiralNick Milne1 basking in the Winter Gardens (Photo(s) supplied: photo )
19thWrittle (TL6605)Small Tortoiseshell, PeacockGraham SmithHanging Hills Garden Centre - flying in brief spell of sunshine
16thCambidge Archaeological Unit, Storey's Way, CambriRed AdmiralLeanne Robinson Zekinewly emerged. Soaking up the sunshine on a window.
14thBradwell St Peter's (TM0308)PeacockGraham SmithFlying in midday sunshine outside Linnet's Cottage

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