Upper Thames Branch - 2018 Butterfly Sightings

BUTTERFLY SPECIES RECORDED THIS YEAR : 36

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This page shows recent butterfly sightings in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The first reported sighting
of each butterfly species is shown in bold red text. Please remember to send all your records to the UTB Records Officer.

The next field trips are:
Saturday 23rd June - Holtspur Bottom, Bucks
Wednesday 27th June - East Hagbourne, Oxon (evening walk)

Note to contributors: if possible, please include an OS grid reference with your reports.
If you are submitting photographs, a maximum of three per report please. David


~ 22nd June 2018 ~

From Peter Cuss: "22-Jun-2018: On the search for White-letter Hairstreak over the last couple of days. On the 21st June saw two on the elm on the footpath to Nuney Green, Oxon and two on the nearby elm in the lane to to Whittles Farm, Oxon (SU672784). Saw one at Whitchurch Maze, Oxon (SU693775). Saw four at Chazey Wood, Oxon (SU686760) (not to be confused with Chazey Heath!). Today, 22nd June, found four at new colony at Dead Mans Lane, Oxon (SU657792). Then in Berks, two at Dark Lane near Bradfield (SU604733) and one at Sonning (SU752754). I also received an email from Michael Reed who reports several WLH in Munces Wood, Bucks (SU847894).

From David Fuller: "22-Jun-2018: Seen along the towpath at Maidenhead, Berks SU906834() today were around 20 Meadow Browns nectaring on Blackberry flowers, 1 Small Tortoiseshell (only second sighting this year), two Red Admirals (mint), 2 Large White, 1 Speckled Wood. Seen in my garden in Maidenhead (SU900833) was a Speckled Wood - first sighting in my garden this year.

From Chris Lamsdell: "21-Jun-2018: Seen at Black Park, Bucks today were four White Admirals, two Silver-washed Fritillaries, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Ringlet.

From David Neal and Anna Marett: "20-Jun-2018: On a warm but cloudy afternoon with occasional sunshine, we visited Buttlers Hanging and Yoesden Bank, Bucks. Both reserves were teeming with Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns. Buttlers Hanging had 80+ Marbled White, 50+ Meadow Brown, 15+ Small Heath, 3 Common Blue (2m, 1f), 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small Copper (very faded) and 1 Red Admiral, but best of all was 3 male Adonis Blues on the upper slopes. We also found 2 Great Green Bush Cricket.
Moving on to Yoesden Bank, we parked at The Boot on Bledlow Ridge and walked through the field outside the reserve proper, which held 50+ Meadow Brown and 1 Small Skipper. Within the reserve we saw another 50+ Meadow Brown, 50+ Marbled White, 5 Small Heath and 1 Dark Green Fritillary, along with 2 Six-Spot Burnet moths. Returning to The Boot, we celebrated a splendid afternoon with a drink in the garden while 2 Red Admiral chased around us!

From Karen Saxl: "20-Jun-2018: First of the Wednesday evening walks happened today - I was joined by a few others, so may be doing it at 7pm gives people time to get there. We saw over 100 Marbled Whites, over a dozen Ringlets and Meadow Browns, nearly a dozen Large Skippers, three Common Blues, three Speckled Woods, a Large White, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Small Blue still perched in the grass at 8.30pm. We also managed to identify a few moths thanks to a local moth expert - including a Straw Ddot, 6-spot Burnet, Brown Plume and White Plume. The numbers of Marbled Whites are starting to creep up - a few days ago I was only seeing about 20. So hopeful that the numbers will get up into the 400s in the next few weeks. We also had a chance to look at some of the local flowers, including bee, spotted and pyramid orchids.

~ 20th June 2018 ~

From David Hastings: "20-Jun-2018: I saw two White-letter Hairstreaks at Standlake Common, Oxon (SP390020) this morning.

~ 19th June 2018 ~

From Chris Lamsdell: "19-Jun-2018: A Painted Lady at Wraysbury GP, Berks today.

From Mick & Wendy Campbell: "19-Jun-2018: Our third day out in a row looking for HIM was successful. We had only just arrived at Little Wood, Oxon when, from the footpath at the top of the wood, we saw a Purple Emperor circle round the main ash tree territory. Later on in Waterperry Wood, Oxon we managed to see another two Purple Emperors, both in known territories near the north gate. Other species were: Black Hairstreak (4), Comma (2), Meadow Brown (12), Large Skipper (15), Speckled Wood (9) plus singletons of Small White, White Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell.

From Steve Holliday: "19-Jun-2018: I visited Balscote Quarry, north Oxon today (SP391428). Overcast and breezy but the first Marbled Whites (4+) of the year here, Large Skipper 3, Ringlet 1, Meadow Brown 5+ and Common Blue 5.

From Karen Beaney: "19-Jun-2018: I've never recorded a sighting with you before but a White Admiral just visited my home near Wokingham, Berks (SU828709).

From David Neal: "19-Jun-2018: While out walking in North Oxfordshire I came across my first Painted Lady of the year in a garden in the village of Swalcliffe, near Banbury.

From John Holdbrook: "18-Jun-2018: I walked round Meadow Lane Nature Park today, which is just off Donnington Bridge Road, Oxford (SP525041). There was a very large number of Meadow Browns and I saw about 10 Marbled Whites, 3 Small Tortoiseshells and a Speckled Wood.

From David Hastings: "18-Jun-2018: I visited Otmoor, Oxon today. Species seen were Large Skipper (3), Large White (1), Black Hairstreak (5), Red Admiral (2), Meadow Brown (30+) and Speckled Wood (5). Then at Bernwood Forest, Bucks I saw Large Skipper (12), White Admiral (5), Silver-washed Fritillary (1), Meadow Brown (5), Ringlet (2) and Speckled Wood (5). Finally at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon I saw Large Skipper (20+), Green-veined White (1), Black Hairstreak (8), White Admiral (7), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Comma (2), Silver-washed Fritillary (1), Meadow Brown (16), Marbled White (2), Ringlet (2) and Speckled Wood (7).

From Peter Cuss: "18-Jun-2018: The White-letter Hairsteak season is well under way. Recorded two yesterday (17/6) at Maidenhead Thicket, Berks, (SU850808) and today (18/06/18) two at Bradfield College, Berks (SU605726) and a 'new' colony, four in Pangbourne, Berks (SU636762). So check those Elms out and please let the Species Champion know if you find any WLH!

~ 17th June 2018 ~

From Colin Williams: "17-Jun-2018: I visited BBOWT's Wildmoor Heath, Berks reserve today to start this season's timed counts of Silver-studded Blues and was delighted to find two freshly-emerged males. They should now be on the wing for a month or so.

~ 16th June 2018 ~

From Neil Holman: "15-Jun-2018: A late morning trip to Hewin's Wood, Bucks (SP703216) at Greatmoor (between Edgcott and Shipton Lea) today proved very successful. The weather was great and the following butterflies were sighted: 30+ Black Hairstreak; 6 x Large Skipper; 4 x Speckled Wood; 8 x Meadow Brown; 2 x White Admiral and a solitary Silver-Washed Fritillary which did not hang about to be photographed.
An afternoon walk through Hewin's Wood to the area running alongside the new Greatmoor Incinerator project was also very successful producing 8 x Large Skipper; 3 x Black Hairstreak; 10 x Common Blue; 2 x Brown Argus; 3 x very fresh Small Tortoiseshell; 3 x Speckled Wood; 20+ Meadow Brown; 6 x Small Heath; 8 x Marbled White and 2 x Ringlet.

From Chris & Tina Brown: "15-Jun-2018: At Crowsley Wood, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU735795) went looking for Silver-washed Fritilliary (none seen) but was rewarded with Large Skipper 2, White Admiral 3, Speckled Wood 23 (courting behaviour seen), Meadow Brown 3. At Millennium Green, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU713794): Small Skipper 1, Large Skipper 2, Common Blue 1 (male), Meadow Brown 22, Small Heath 4.

~ 15th June 2018 ~

From John Marshall: "09-Jun-2018: Travelled up from Somerset last weekend to try to see our first ever Black Hairstreak, and around noon on 9 June we found 40+ in the first part of Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon. Couldn't believe it. Checking your first sightings page just now, I see that Purple Hairstreak isn't yet recorded. Well, one flew into the car park as we were having our lunch, and kindly sat there until we had finished. We then started seeing Black Hairstreak in the car park too. It was a day to remember.

From Roy Grant: "09-Jun-2018: Saw my first Black Hairstreaks (5) of the year along the Roman Road at Otmoor, Oxon today."
"11-Jun-2018: Followed this up with more Black Hairstreaks in Bernwood Meadows, Bucks. An oak tree over Blackthorn just near the entrance from the forest held around a dozen very flighty butterflies.

~ 14th June 2018 ~

From Prem Roy: "12-Jun-2018: A little overcast but brightened up later, walked from Tingewick Mill, Bucks north through the water meadows, which look promising and over the old railway, which looks as if Black Hairstreak could be here, but no, there are lots of potential Black Hairstreak sites around Buckingham and the nearest colonies are so close, but still none. Butterflies seen were a few Meadow Brown, a few Speckled Wood, one Large Skipper, one Brown Argus. Brown Argus can be found almost anywhere here, but always in ones and twos and several times I have seen the females fluttering around geranium in cultivated fields. Two fresh Small Tortoiseshells.
Meanwhile here in Lenborough, Bucks the Tortoiseshells are emerging but there are still caterpillars of all stages from first instar. One Red Admiral, one Painted Lady, one Large Skipper, one Meadow Brown. Lots of Speckled Wood. Brimstones are fully grown and pupating. Lots of Orange-tip caterpillars on hedge mustard, I have not seen an adult for a week. All the whites have disappeared and there are caterpillars on the cabbages, definitely the best and in my mind the only use for cabbage."

From Nicholl Williams: "14-Jun-2018: I went to see a spot in Spade Oak, Bucks (SU885875) today. It has been a bit disappointing so far this year compared to last year. I saw a few Common Blues and Large Skippers, and also a single Painted Lady."

From David Hastings: "14-Jun-2018: I visited Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon this afternoon. It was fairly breezy but quite sunny. I saw one Dark Green Fritillary and one Adonis Blue on the south side, and a rather worn Dingy Skipper and four fresh Marbled Whites on the north side. Meadow Browns were quite numerous, and there were also reasonable numbers of Small Heaths and Common Blues. I also saw a couple of Cistus Forester moths."

~ 13th June 2018 ~

From Steve Woolliams: "13-Jun-2018: Caught up in the general excitement over Black Hairstreak, I went to Brasenose Wood, Oxon and counted 11 individuals centred around SP558051, including this one ovipositing. Although this is a known site for Black Hairstreak, I’ve looked here for several seasons but never seen any until now. "

From Peter Cuss: "13-Jun-2018: Three White-letter Hairstreak seen today at Chazey Heath, Oxon (SP695770). "

From Bill Parry: "13-Jun-2018: I saw about thirty Black Hairstreaks at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon this morning, and they were easy to see but a bit frisky. The best place was on the right of the ride leading from the car park, so you don't even have to walk more than a hundred yards or so. I've never seen more than three or four there before."

From Liza Phipps: "13-Jun-2018: This morning I found a beautiful Green Hairstreak butterfly, in very good condition, just sitting on my kitchen floor next to the rubbish bin! Don’t know how it got there or where it’s gone but we have a big garden with lots of bushes and flowers in Seer Green, Bucks."

From David Fuller: "13-Jun-2018: Today at Braywick Park nature reserve, Maidenhead, Berks (SU896806), warm but no sun. Looking for our local Marbled White but none were seen. 72 Meadow Browns was a minimum count as I only walked the paths and not the total habitat, no other butterflies seen. "

From Andrew Cornick: "13-Jun-2018: As others have already mentioned, it's an excellent year for the Black Hairstreak. The pattern continued at Finemere Wood, Bucks between 0900 and 1130 this morning where I saw 40-50 in 5 different locations. Most sunny patches of blackthorn I watched had one or two on. There was even one on the oilseed as you entered the wood! The biggest concentration was at SP718219. Several of the individuals were looking quite worn, but there was still plenty of pristine ones as well. Also saw 7 Large Skipper, 12 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 22 Meadow Brown. It's saying something when Black Hairstreak is the most numerous butterfly on a walk! A great morning butterflying. The field trip to Finemere this coming Saturday should be brilliant. "

~ 12th June 2018 ~

From David Fuller: "11-Jun-2018: Seen at Homefield Wood, Bucks (SU813867) today between 12.30 and 14.30 in sunny conditions (about 25°C) were Meadow Brown 22, Common Blue 10, Small Heath 2, Green Hairstreak 1 (very tatty and lost most of its green colour), Speckled Wood 8, Ringlet 1 (my first one this year), Large Skipper 2, Large White 1, Green-veined White 4, Red Admiral 1 (my first of the year. Since becoming interested in butterflies in 1984 this is the latest first sighting ever), Small Skipper 2 (first of the year)."

From Stephen Jones: "11-Jun-2018: Late morning at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon: at the carpark and along the rides I saw a total of 23 Black Hairstreaks. In the afternoon, I went to Bernwood Meadows, Bucks and just inside the meadows (coming from York’s Wood) along the right side boundary, I saw 11 Black Hairstreaks. Because I was specifically visiting to see Black Hairstreaks, I didn’t try counting other butterflies, but there were lots of Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods and Common Blues around, plus a number of Brimstones and other whites."

From Brenda Mobbs: "03-Jun-2018: Eleven members of Butterfly Conservation, one from Wiltshire, went on the walk at Bradenham. The weather looked fairly unpromising to start with but it gradually brightened up. The target species was the Small Blue. Within a few minutes the first one was spotted and the total seen eventually was over 40 across the three fields walked. However, the Common Blue was seen in greater numbers, 65+. Other species seen were Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Small White, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Green Hairstreak, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Peacock, Brimstone. The highlight of the walk was the sighting of an Adonis Blue. After much discussion and many photographs it was confirmed that it was an Adonis. This is the first Adonis seen at the site as far as we know. "

From Dave Wilton: "11-Jun-2018: If ever there was a year to try and make your first sighting of the elusive Black Hairstreak, this is it. They are around in unprecedented numbers at the moment, especially in the Bucks/Oxon border area. This afternoon I surveyed one private woodland site in Bucks and recorded 123 individuals, then at a meadow in Oxon which is part of BBOWT's River Ray Reserves found a further 17 there and in the general area. Of particular note at the latter site was finding seven individuals nectaring on Tubular Water-dropwort at 5pm."

From Mark Searle: "10-Jun-2018: Had the pleasure of seeing a Dark Green Fritillary today in the top meadow on the south side of Aston Rowant. Thought this might be a first sighting of this species in the county for 2018. A dozen Adonis Blues still on the wing on the north side of the M40."

From Nicholl Williams: "11-Jun-2018: I went to Yeosden Bank, Bucks today. I noticed that the blues have gone down after a great couple of weeks for Adonis. However, I saw my first 3 Marbled Whites of the year."

From Lisa Munns: "11-Jun-2018: I visited Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon today to see the lovely Black Hairstreak that you have in your county. They were out in great numbers and a pleasure to watch. You have done a great job in maintaining their habitat and it was a very pleasant visit. I just thought I ought to submit a sighting of 2 White Admirals (very near to the pond on the left hand side) as I hadn't expected to see these out quite so early."

From Paul Lacey: "11-Jun-2018: Today I had a White Admiral in my garden on the top of Limmerhill, off the Barkham Road just south of Wokingham, Berks this morning. It is the first such sighting in my garden in 35 years of living here, also the first I can recall ever seeing in Berkshire. It stayed for at least an hour, resting on various bushes and basking in the sun. Needless to say the purple sheen got me exited, as last year I saw a purple aberration of the Southern White Admiral in the Pyrennes, which was described in a previous edition of Hairstreak."

~ 10th June 2018 ~

From Peter Cuss: "10-Jun-2018: At Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP601144) today. Wonderful to see such good numbers of Black Hairstreak as well as my first White Admiral of the season."

From Adrian Cadman: "10-Jun-2018: As soon as the sun broke through this morning, at 10.30am, I visited my local WLH site opposite New Bradwell cemetery, Milton Keynes, Bucks (SP841418) . After a couple of minutes during sunny periods brief sightings were made of individual White-letter Hairstreaks; eventually 3 were seen jousting."

~ 9th June 2018 ~

From David Gantzel: "09-Jun-2018: I had a male Orange-tip in my garden in Hazelmere, Bucks today."

~ 8th June 2018 ~

From Paul Bowyer: "08-Jun-2018: I received a message from my son Ellis Bowyer to say that he saw a White Admiral at lunchtime today in the car park at Wellington Business Park Crowthorne, Berks (SU819650)."

From Steve Woolliams: "08-Jun-2018: Amazed to find a Grizzled Skipper in my garden in suburban Headington, Oxford, Oxon (SP547056). Wondering where it has come from. We have Wood Avens and shrubby Potentilla fruticosa in the garden and there is Agrimony on the local allotments approx 400m away. Local Lye Valley and Rock Edge nature reserves have limestone grassland too."

~ 6th June 2018 ~

From David Hastings: "06-Jun-2018: A trip to Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) this afternoon produced at least 25 Black Hairstreaks in 90 minutes. There wasn't a lot else about though - just a few Speckled Woods, Common Blues and Large Skippers, and one Meadow Brown."

From James Ford: "06-Jun-2018: Walking the transect at Buttlers Hanging, Bucks produced the following: 38 Common Blues, 5 Dingy Skippers, 24 Small Heaths, 1 Grizzled Skipper, 22 Meadow Browns, 4 Brown Argus, 3 Small Blue, 2 Green Hairstreak and 1 Large Skipper. The main news was the 21 Adonis Blues, all but 2 male, that I counted here. Last year i counted 2, the year before just the one, but to now see this many (and i believe there were more) is fantastic news for that reserve."

From Stephen Jones: "06-Jun-2018: Wicken Wood, Bucks 11.30-13.00, warm and sunny (15°C). At SP73106 I saw 3 Wood Whites, 4 Common Blues (inc. 1 female), 2 Speckled Woods, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Green-veined White and a Meadow Brown."

~ 5th June 2018 ~

From Dave Cleal: "05-Jun-2018: Butlers Hangings, Bucks: Conditions cloudy, cool & a bit breezy. 5 Adonis Blues (my first sighting of this species). 4 Common Blues , 2 Brown Argus, 2 Small Heath, 2 Meadow Brown. Some pretty impressive wide flower margins in the fields below the site. At Yoesden Bank, Bucks Adonis Blues were everywhere and mostly grounded in the not quite right conditions for flying. I saw circa 50, just along the top path to the notice board. Also 10 Brown Argus, 4 Common Blue, 1 Marbled White, 2 Small Heath, 2 Meadow Brown. "

From Don Stone: "05-Jun-2018: First sighting of a Common Blue in our garden in Lee Common, Bucks today. Also first Speckled Wood of the year. "

~ 4th June 2018 ~

From Dave Cleal: "03-Jun-2018: A walk through the Springfield, Bucks land fill site (SU927892) produced 1 Brown Argus, 5 Common Blue and a Peacock. Also 7 Cinnabars. On 4th June I walked along the footpath to the east of the site, this produced another 4 Common Blues, a Red Admiral and a Meadow Brown."

From Tony Croft: "04-Jun-2018: The cloudy conditions didn’t deter Black Hairstreaks from flying at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) this afternoon. I saw seven in total in different parts of the reserve, including the very obliging individual in the photo. Also seen were Speckled Woods and a Meadow Brown.
Visitors please note: The mowing of the walking paths along the full length of the rides was completed yesterday in preparation for the Black Hairstreak season. They have been designed to facilitate good views of the butterflies without having to walk into the flowers. May I request that visitors keep to the paths to protect the beautiful rides."

~ 3rd June 2018 ~

From David Gower: "03-Jun-2018: Visited Pitstone Church End , Bucks this afternoon (SP941146). Recorded 48 x Small Blue, 59 x Common Blue, 1 x Large White, 50 x Small Heath, 8 x Meadow Brown, 1 x Grizzled Skipper, 3 x Brimstone, 2 x Brown Argus , 2 x Dingy Skipper. Moths were 9 x Cinnabar, 11 x Silver Y, 1 x Straw Dot, 4 x Burnet Companion, 1 x Yellow Shell, 2 x Treble-bar, 33 x Grass Rivulet. "

From David Webb: "03-Jun-2018: Sunny day at Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645). I saw Large Skippers, 4 Speckled Woods, 1 Marbled White, 1 Red Admiral, 30+ Common Blues, and Small, Large and Green veined Whites. Day-flying moths seen were 6 Speckled Yellows and 2 Silver Ys. "

~ 2nd June 2018 ~

From Steve Woolliams: "02-Jun-2018: Spent the day at a very warm and sunny Yoesden Bank, Bucks, with my nephew, George. Saw a great many Adonis Blue, we lost count after seeing 100s, many mating pairs. Some landing on us and lapping up a mixture of mineral salts and sunscreen! Also many Small Blue, Common Blue, Dingy Skipper 2, Meadow Brown 2, Large White 4, Small White 3, Brimstone 7, Speckled Wood 2, Small Heath 15. Moths : Several Burnet Companion and one Mother Shipton. Wonderful!"

From Karen Saxl: "02-Jun-2018: Went out this afternoon to the Sustrans route between Didcot and Upton, Oxon to check on the local colonies of Small Blues, and was surprised to see a Ringlet (at the southern top of the ramps between East and West Hagbourne). Spotted 8 Small Blues, including at least one mating pair, and my first sighting from the colonies north of the ramps.
I haven't seen a Meadow Brown yet, but last year they were late and my first sighting was one that settled overnight on the conservatory door back home.
Today was also my first Large Skipper sighting - saw 5 in total. Also saw Brown Argus, a very tatty Small Tortoiseshell and a number of Speckled Woods. I wasn't really expecting to see the Speckled Woods as my general experience is that they sulk for a few days if we have storms. There were also a few whites around, including checking up on the progress of a number of Orange-tip larvae, most of whom have moved on from little brown streaks to magnificent green caterpillars. Spotting the garlic mustard is now getting quite difficult though as it has gone over to seed.
On the moth front there was a Drinker moth larva munching on grass, several Burnet Companions, plenty of grass moths, a Silver-ground Carpet and a few other that I just don't recognise, and a Burnet moth cocoon. "

From Michael McNeill: "02-Jun-2018: The warm sunshine today brought out my first sighting of a Painted Lady in my garden in Upper Basildon, Berks this year. It was feasting on Erysimum (Everlasting Wallflower) flowers."

~ 1st June 2018 ~

From Nick Board: "01-Jun-2018: Although the woods just north of Buckingham took a pounding from overnight storms, this morning was warm and sunny. A two hour walk around Wicken Wood, Bucks and a neighbouring private wood produced 32 Wood White. I think we're hitting the peak period for Wood Whites emergence, and reports from neighbouring south Northants have been encouraging, so there is a good chance of being able to record a sighting during the coming week or so. Little Linford Wood, South Salcey Forest and Stoke Park Wood are all worth a search. Please continue to report any sightings in north Bucks to me at woodw@talktalk.net"

From Dave Cleal: "01-Jun-2018: A walk along the causeway at Dorney Lake, Bucks today produced 7 Common Blues (1 female), 2 Large White and a Peacock. "

From Mick and Wendy Campbell: "01-Jun-2018: We visited Waterperry Wood, Oxon today and were pleased to see our first two Black Hairstreaks of the season. A couple of Speckled Woods were the only other species seen. "

~ 31st May 2018 ~

From Sue Taylor: "31-May-2018: I was pleased to join Ched and few other brave souls at Yeosden Bank, Bucks (SU789979) who dared to disbelieve the weather forecast today. We had a wonderful visit, weather was perfect, there will be a full report in Hairstreak but meanwhile noteworthy sightings were well over 50 Adonis Blues, at least 30 Small Blues, a Painted Lady and our first two Meadow Browns of the year. Moths included Mother Shipton and Lesser Treble Bar. This site is well worth a visit. "

From Maureen Cross: "26-May-2018: Lardon Chase, Berks (SU5880) Field Meeting report: The day dawned wet and muggy, not the weather for butterflies, nevertheless 9 optimistic members turned out to hunt for Adonis Blues. Optimism was rewarded as the weather improved and out came the butterflies. Common Blues 49, Brown Argus 3, Dingy Skippers 3, Brimstone 1, Small Heath 1, Small Blue 2 and our target species Adonis Blue 31, including 22 males, 5 females, and 2 mating pairs (the most first-brood Adonis I’ve ever seen on Lardon Chase). Moths also seen were Yellow Shell 4 and Burnet Companion 2. "

~ 28th May 2018 ~

From David Gower: "28-May-2018: At Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (SP958169) once sun eventually came out spotted 8 x Duke of Burgundy between 1pm and 1.35pm. Also 4 x Brimstone ( inc 1 x female), 1 x Speckled Wood, 9 x Small Heath, 1 x Large White, 9 x Dingy Skipper, 1 x Small White, 1 x Green-veined White, 14 x Common Blue(m). Moths were 3 x Burnet Companion, 4 x Common Carpet, 2 x Cinnabar, 1 x Silver Y, 1 x Birch Bell (Epinotia demarniana), 1 x Celyphana lacunana. Onto Incombe Hole, Bucks (SP959154) recording 1 x Duke of Burgundy, 1 x Large White, 4 x Brimstone (inc 1 female), 1 x Grizzled Skipper, 7 x Small Heath, 3 x Common Blue (1 female), 2 x Dingy Skipper. Moths seen 3 x Common Carpet, 2 x Burnet Companion. Lastly on walk back to Aldbury Nowers above Pitstone, Bucks chalk pit (SP950146) were 6 x Common Blue, 1 x Brown Argus, 1 x Small Heath, 1 x Common Carpet, 1 x Silver Y. "

From Stephen Jones: "28-May-2018: During a 50 min walk on the NT estate at Bradenham, Bucks (SU828974) near the church I saw 5 Common Blues, 6 Small Blues, 2 Brimstones and 2 Small Heaths. I also saw an Orange-tip caterpillar on the same garlic mustard where I had seen an egg on 11th May. I then went over to the Smalldean Lane and in the vicinity of the carpark (SU823990) I saw 12 Common Blues, 3 Dingy Skippers, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Orange-tip and 2 Small Blues. The weather was generally warm, between 20-22 °C, sunny/cloudy and quite windy. "

From Prem Roy: "28-May-2018: From 13.00 to 16.00 today, Round Wood, Bucks, through the meadows south of Tingewick Woods, through Tingewick Woods and back (SP652315). Conditions were warm and sunny. Two Small Heaths at SP654314 in the meadows. Also in the meadows 4 male Common Blues, one female Small Copper. In the woods were Speckled Woods. All the whites were out and Brimstones and Orange-tips were common. No Wood Whites in either wood. I have visited these woods many times over the past 14 years and I have never seen a Wood White, but one lives in hope. The areas around the meadows also look very good for Black Hairstreak, but again I have never seen one here. I have only found one batch of caterpillars of Small Tortoiseshell this year which is very much down on normal. "

From Kevin Booden: "28-May-2018: Went to Yoesden Bank, Bucks today hoping to see my first Adonis Blue of the season, wasn't disappointed with good numbers 20+, 5 Small Blue, 3 Orange-tip, 4 Dingy Skipper, 1 Peacock, 1 Green Hairstreak and lots of Common Blue. "

From David Webb: "28-May-2018: I found a healthy colony of Common Blues at Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645). I counted 24 flying about today, also Grizzled Skipper, 3 Orange-tips and Green-veined, Small and Large Whites. "

From Phil Tizzard: "28-May-2018: Three Wood Whites seen at Wicken Wood, Bucks this afternoon. Also 8+ Common Blues and a Speckled Wood. "

From Paul Bowyer: "28-May-2018: This afternoon dog walking at Flackwell Heath, Bucks (SU891891) I saw 2 Peacocks, 2 Brimstones, 2 Common Blues, Green-veined White and my first Large Skipper for the year. Also some day-flying moths : Silver Y, Pyrausta aurata, Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion. "

~ 27th May 2018 ~

From Phil Tizzard: "27-May-2018: A pleasant walk of about an hour in Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) mid-afternoon, but few butterflies seen. Just one Grizzled Skipper, two Common Blues, one Orange-tip, and one Large White. Also a single Silver Y. "

From Nick Board: "27-May-2018: Four members joined Nick Board at Wicken Wood, Bucks. They saw 20 Wood Whites, a good number for the wood. The downside was that the majority of these were along one ride, whereas in the past the WW was more widely distributed. Wicken is greatly overgrown and we hope that the new owners will commit to their promise of managing the wood sympathetically to protect the butterflies and other wildlife which exists there. Other butterflies seen were 20+ Common Blues, 6 Speckled Wood, Orange-tip and Green-veined White. There was also a chance sighting of a Poplar Hawk moth roosting on a leaf. "

~ 26th May 2018 ~

From Prem Roy: "26-May-2018: From Cowley Farm (near Preston Bissett, Bucks) to Tywford Mill around to Casemore Farm and back to Cowley Farm. A mix of initially sheep pasture land and then small rivers and streams with pretty buttercup-filled water meadows. Pleasantly warm at about 20 °C and mostly sunny. All the whites were out in good numbers. Brimstones also. Plenty of Orange-tips. A few Speckled Woods. One faded Red Admiral. Lots of Silver Y moths. One faded and battered Small Tortoiseshell. One Small Heath just to the North of Twyford Mill at SP656271."

From Andrew Cornick: "26-May-2018: Dog walk across the Lambourn Downs, Berks this afternoon yielded big numbers of Small Blues; 80+ minimum! Groups of them were flushed out of seemingly unpromising long grass by the dogs. At the roadside there was a further group of 30+ taking salts from the bare earth; horse urine maybe? I've seen Small Blue here before, but never in such large numbers. Also 2 Common Blue, 2 Duke of Burgundy, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 2 Brimstone."

From Michael Hunt: "26-May-2018: Sightings at Calvert Jubilee, Bucks today were 6 Common Blues, 1 Dingy Skipper and 2 Grizzled Skippers."

~ 22nd May 2018 ~

From Michael McNeill: "22-May-2018: A warm (22°C) sunny day at both Lardon Chase and The Holies, West Berks. Lardon Chase: Adonis Blue 11 (inc 2 females), Common Blue 25+, Small Blue 1, Orange-tip 5 (inc 1 female), Small Heath 2, Dingy Skipper 2, Small Copper 1, Brimstone 2, Brown Argus 1.
The Holies: Adonis Blue 10 (inc 1 female), Common Blue 10, Green Hairstreak 7, Dingy Skipper 15+, Brimstone 2, Speckled Wood 3."

From David Hastings: "22-May-2018: I visited Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon this morning. In just over an hour I saw eleven species: Green-veined White (4+), Brimstone (7), Orange-tip (2), Large White (1), Small White (1), Peacock (1), Speckled Wood (3), Small Heath (2), Small Copper (3), Common Blue (4) and Brown Argus (2)."

~ 21st May 2018 ~

From Kevin Booden: "21-May-2018: I visited Blue Lagoon, Milton Keynes, Bucks today looking for Small Blue and Green Hairstreak. I found 2 Small Blue, 5 Dingy Skipper and a couple of Mint Moths, but the amazing find was seeing a Duke of Burgundy near to the site of the Small Blues. It must be 20 miles to the nearest DOB colony."

~ 20th May 2018 ~

From Marcus Rhodes: "20-May-2018: 1 Green Hairstreak, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue and 3 Small Heath on the wing at Silwood Park, Berks (SU938693) this afternoon."

From Dave Cleal: "20-May-2018: I went to Yoesden Bank, Bucks late morning today. 3 Green Hairstreak, 12 Dingy Skippers, 7 Common Blue, 2 Small Blue. I then went to Smalldean Lane. It was quite hot by now and there was little activity, however Duke of Burgundy appeared to be the most active, 6 seen. Also 1 Red Admiral, 4 Dingy Skipper and 1 fresh Grizzled Skipper."

From Gerry Kendall: "20-May-2018: A dozen people took part in the traditional search for Spring Butterflies at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon on a lovely warm still day with light winds. We saw our four target species, Dingy and Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak and Small Blue. And there were a good number of other species: Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small Heath. Very many thanks to all participants."

From Peter Cuss: "20-May-2018: A visit to Lardon Chase, Berks (SU586808) today. Common Blue out in good numbers and a fair amount of Dingy Skippers and Small Blue, two Adonis Blue, Brimstone, Small White and a Small Copper."

From Dave Ferguson: "20-May-2018: I found 2 Grizzled Skippers at a site to the west of Bulstrode, Bucks (SU981882) this morning. I also found 4 Dingy Skippers and 6 Green Hairstreaks, so the site is of local importance. It consists of rough grass and scrub on a sandy soil. It does not seem to be used for anything. There is a public footpath running through it.
I also had 11 Grizzled Skippers on the south-east slope of Lodge Hill, Bucks (SU796999) on 13 May."

From Jean-Paul Brouard: "20-May-2018: I went for a morning walk at Lardon Chase, Berks (SU587809) today. Butterflies seen were Dingy Skipper (6), Large White (1), Brimstone (2), Small Heath (1) Green Hairstreak (2), Small Blue (only 1 female ovipositing on one of the few Kidney Vetch plants in flower), Common Blue (50+) and Adonis Blue (3 males and 2 females)."

~ 19th May 2018 ~

From Peter Clarke: "19-May-2018: Arrived at Bison Hill, Beds (TL000184) car park at 9:55 am. Almost immediately saw 4 Green Hairstreaks together on a hawthorn bush on the left at the top of the steep slope. Butterflies were more active between 10 and 11 than in the afternoon. Overall, I counted 8 Orange-tip, 12 Green Hairstreak, 20 Dingy Skipper, 30 Duke of Burgundy, 2 Large White, 2 Brown Argus, 8 Brimstone (more females than males), 1 (tatty) Small Copper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Small White, 1 Grizzled Skipper and 1 Holly Blue."

From Martin Kincaid: "19-May-2018: I visited Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes, Bucks (SP868326) today. Sad to see this once superb butterfly site now very neglected. Areas that used to be full of butterflies now heavily scrubbed over and most of the old paths through the grassland are now impassable. I was there for 2 hours and eventually managed to find a single Green Hairstreak by tapping mature hawthorn shrubs. I also saw 2 Small Blue (where there were once dozens), 4 dingy Skipper, 4 Brimstone (all female), 3 Orange-tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood and 1 Brown Argus. On the plus side, I did see 2 Latticed Heath moths which I have not seen here for many years, as well as a Mother Shipton and numerous Burnet Companions."

From Sandra Parkinson: "19-May-2018: My first sighting at Chalkhills Farm, Oxon (SU643777) of Adonis Blue (male) today. Managed to get close enough to check the fringing on the wings. Also saw a Small Heath nearby, but this was not my first sighting here.
I rarely see any of the May Adonis brood here - usually only the August one. Although Horseshoe Vetch grows in the CWS on the farm, I always see Adonis in the other pasture fields, where it doesn't grow. I have usually seen Common Blue by now, but not this year, and I have been away for a week."

From John Holdbrook: "19-May-2018: I went to the Beacon Hill side of Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon today. I saw several Whites and Brimstones, 5 or 6 Small Heaths, 10+ Brown Argus and Common Blues, a Grizzled Skipper, 2 Dingy Skippers and a Green Hairstreak. By the Ridgeway I saw a Holly Blue. By chance I got a [rather blurry] photo of the Green Hairstreak with its wings open."

From David Gantzel: "19-May-2018: Slightly surprised to see a Holly Blue in High Wycombe, Bucks town centre today."

From Jean-Paul Brouard: "19-May-2018: I spent the morning in The Holies, Berks (SU594798). The Horseshoe Vetch was flowering well, with 3 Adonis Blues present (2 males and 1 fem). Other butterflies seen were Dingy Skipper (20+), Orange Tip (1), Green-veined White (2), Brimstone (2), Small Heath (2), Green Hairstreak (4), Common Blue (5) and Small Copper (1)."

From Dave Cleal: "19-May-2018: I visited Springfield Landfill today, SE of Beaconsfield, Bucks. A bit disappointing on the butterfly front. 3 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Orange Tips & several unidentified Whites. Best of all was a Common Blue."

~ 18th May 2018 ~

From Charlie Jackson: "18-May-2018: I counted a minimum of 320 Small Blues at Pitstone Church End, Bucks this evening, roosting in the last of the sunlight in large groups of between 20 and 40. Quite a sight. Also a few Small Heaths, 3 Common Blues and several Grizzled Skippers."

From David Hastings: "18-May-2018: At Radley Lakes, Oxon (SU522972) today I saw Comma (1), Brimstone (1) and Dingy Skipper (1). At Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (SU509972) today were Orange-tip (6), Large White (4+), Green-veined White (numerous), Brimstone (1) and Peacock (2)."

From Michael Hunt: "18-May-2018: Seen at Calvert Jubilee Reserve, Bucks today were 2 Small Heath, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Grizzled Skipper."

~ 17th May 2018 ~

From David Webb: "17-May-2018: Nice sunny warm day at Crookham Common, Berks SU524645. Saw my first Grizzled Skipper basking in the sun plus Common Blues, Green-veined, Large and Small Whites, one Orange-tip and 2 Speckled Woods."

From Sue Taylor: "17-May-2018: I was out this afternoon, as it was breezy I went to Incombe Hole, Bucks as it was sheltered. I was there 3-5pm and wandered up to the gully as well. I saw at least 9 Duke of Burgundy, 23 Dingy Skipper, 11 Grizzled Skipper, 4 Green Hairstreak, 3 Small Heath plus Orange Tip, Peacock, Comma, Small Tort and Brimstone. On the moth front 2 Mother Shipton and 3 Small Purple Barred. What I shall remember best though was my first small Copper of the season, fresh and lovely."

From Derek Haynes: "17-May-2018: It was a wonderful morning up at Yoesden Bank, Bledlow Ridge, Bucks today, with the following sightings: Over 50 Dingy Skipper, 2 Grizzled Skipper, 8 Green Hairstreak (including an individual with just 1 triangular spot on the hind wings), 2 Speckled Wood, 5 male Orange-tip, 5 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 9 Brimstone (2 female; 7 male), 2 Small Heath, 1 Holly Blue, 1 very fresh male Common Blue, 1 very fresh Brown Argus and 1 very fresh Small Blue. A lovely sight."

From Nick Board: "17-May-2018: My first two Wood Whites of the year were seen today in a private wood in North Bucks. Warm and sunny although still a chill in the wind. Green-veined Whites were out in abundance, together with a number of female Orange-tips. Another week of warm weather is needed to encourage the Wood Whites to appear in greater numbers."

~ 15th May 2018 ~

From Doug Helsby: "15-May-2018: Sightings at Pitstone Church End, Bucks today were Common Blue 2 (two other observers confirm), Small Blue 10+, Large White 2, Small White 1, Grizzled Skipper 5, Dingy Skipper 3, Peacock 1, Orange-tip 1, Small Heath 4, Green Hairstreak 3, Speckled Wood 1."

From Prem Roy: "15-May-2018: Sightings from North Buckinghamshire today. From Hillesden to Kingsbridge, then Steeple Claydon and back to Hillesden. Warm, 18 degrees and sunny. The most interesting species spotted was a single Dingy Skipper at SP694288 along the gravel track leading westwards from Hillesden to Kingsbridge, this is the first Dingy Skipper that I have seen in the Buckingham area. The long warm west facing track provided an area for the butterfly to sunbathe. I am not sure if the habitat is quite right for a colony, I will try to go again. Plenty of other butterflies, all the whites were out, good numbers of male and female Orange-tips, male and female Brimstones which are still courting (eggs and young caterpillars on Buckthorn at home in Lenborough), a few Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, a Comma, three Holly Blues and a few Speckled Woods."

From Paul Busby: "15-May-2018: Some further sightings from Fairford Leys, Aylesbury, Bucks (SP8112) on a river clean-up session, seeing a Holly Blue and a Large White today."

From David Webb: "15-May-2018: Nice sunny day today at Crookham Common, West Berkshire (SU524645). I spotted 25+ common Blues, quite an impresive sight, plus Green-veined, Large and Small whites, 4 Orange-tips and 4 Holly Blues."

From Mark Griffiths: "15-May-2018: At Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon today we saw 15-20 Brown Argus (I assume they were, small and dark and chasing each other), 2 Common Blues, 2 Small Coppers, about 10 Dingy Skippers, and 6 Green Hairstreaks. Also 6 Brimstones, 4 Large Whites and one tatty Small Tortoiseshell. "

From David Hastings: "15-May-2018: I visited Lardon Chase, Berks this morning, but there wasn't much about. One Green Hairstreak, two Common Blues, one Small Blue and two Small Heaths were the only sightings of note. "

~ 14th May 2018 ~

From Neil Holman: "14-May-2018: An early afternoon trip to Pitstone Church End, Bucks today proved very successful. A leisurely walk around the site in bright sunshine produced 9 x Dingy Skipper, 3 x Grizzled Skipper, 4 x Brimstone, 3 x Orange-tip, 1 x Holly Blue, 2 x Green Hairstreaks, 30+ x Small Blue, 1 x Small Heath and 1 x Common Blue. The last two were spotted at grid ref SP943145. "

~ 13th May 2018 ~

From Robin Carr: "13-May-2018: On a mainly cloudy day, 9 people at the field meeting at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks saw the following butterflies: Duke of Burgundy 19, Dingy Skipper 2, Green-veined White 1 and Small Tortoiseshell 1. "

From Kevin Booden: "13-May-2018: I went for a walk today at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks. 5 Duke of Burgundy, 6 Dingy Skipper, 5 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Small Heath, 6 Green Hairstreak and my first Brown Argus of the year seen at Incombe Hole. "

From Clive Burrows: "13-May-2018: The following were recorded during a two-hour walk around Ivinghoe Beacon on Sunday afternoon today. I recorded my best tally for a number of years at this site for Duke of Burgundy, with a count of 33. Also a single Small Blue, which I haven't seen here for a number of years. 20 Dingy Skippers and 3 Green Hairstreaks were also noted. "

From Paul Busby: "13-May-2018: Late afternoon walk today along a stream near Fairford Leys, Aylesbury, Bucks (SP8112) and saw 2 male Brimstones and a number of whites including a male Orange-tip, a Small White and a Green-veined White."

From Sue Taylor: "13-May-2018: I unexpectedly was able to get out this afternoon and decided I wanted to see Small Blue and Dingy Skipper, so I went off to Pitstone Quarry, Bucks (SP941148) between 2.30 and 4.30pm. I saw a huge amount including at least 43 Small Blue (including 5 mating pairs), at least 48 Dingy Skipper, 12 Grizzled skipper (including a mating pair) and 4 Green Hairstreak. Also on the moth front a Mother Shipton, at least 6 Cinnabars, a Small Yellow Underwing and a few Pyrausta."

From Martin Kincaid: "13-May-2018: Helen and myself made a visit to our two favourite BBOWT reserves today to see what was about. It was rather overcast when we arrived at College Lake, Bucks but a walk along the 'Time Trail' was eventually rewarded. We saw 8 Green Hairstreak, 3 Dingy Skipper, 2 Green-veined Whites and singletons of Brimstone, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood. However, we were most happy with a tiny, perfect male Small Blue (which was in fact our first butterfly). It looked as though it had just emerged and was easily tempted to walk on my finger. We then went on to Dancersend, Bucks and when we arrived the sky had gone rather dark. We made for the Anthill area where no butterflies were flying. However, we sat patiently for the best part of an hour and when the sun eventually broke through we were delighted to see our first Duke of Burgundy of the year, together with Orange Tip (2), Brimstone (2) and Green Hairstreak (1). We also noted a Green Carpet moth and numerous Pyrausta aurata."

From Karen Saxl: "13-May-2018: Just back from a quick recce of the local butterfly population along the Sustrans Route from Didcot to Upton, and around West Hagbourne. Rewarded with my first Orange-tip larva of the year - plenty of eggs and a few adults around as well. Also, Green-veined, Large and Small Whites and a Comma. Several Holly Blues but the highlight was my first Small Blue, resplendent in charcoal upper wing. Glad I got to see the Small Blue as I had predicted from the state of the local kidney vetch that my first sighting was likely to be this weekend."

From Charlie Jackson: "13-May-2018: There were 3 Small Blues out at Pitstone, Bucks (Church End) at 10.30 this morning. I revisited the site later in the morning when it was a bit warmer, and I counted 6 Small Blues, 10 Dingy Skippers and 3 Grizzled Skippers."

~ 10th May 2018 ~

From James Ford: "10-May-2018: A rather windy day at Buttlers Hangings, Buks today, but still produced 2 Grizzled Skippers, 4 Dingy Skippers, 3 Green Hairstreaks and 2 Small Heaths. Hoping the numbers increase in the forthcoming weeks."

From John Holdbrook: "10-May-2018: I went to the Beacon Hill side of Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon today. While I was there it was rather windy and there were a lot of cloudy periods so I saw fewer species than expected. I did see several Whites, 2 Orange-tips, 2 Brimstones and a Common Carpet moth. Eventually,in the grassy area near the Ridgeway I saw 2 Grizzled Skippers."

From Tom Dunbar: "10-May-2018: I have been looking at the Duke of Burgundy emergence at landscape level this week. First sightings at Smalldean Lane on 6th, with total of 9 adults. Terrific habitat management! Just 3 Dukes on short Ivinghoe visit on 7th. Thirteen Dukes on return to Ivinghoe the following day – comprehensive search. Whipsnade Downs (Beds) late on 9th recorded 16 Dukes. Totternhoe Quarry (Beds) today produced 18, including a mating pair (and a Small Heath). Building nicely!"

~ 9th May 2018 ~

From Stephen Jones: "09-May-2018: Between the west side of Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks and the NT carpark, from about 11.00-12.45 today, I saw 6 Dukes, 3 Green Hairstreaks, 5 Green-veined Whites at rest, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 male Orange Tip and 1 Speckled Wood. There were numerous whites but I cannot distinguish one from another while they are on the wing, and there were numerous Brimstones - I stopped counting at 15."

~ 7th May 2018 ~

From Steve Johnson: "07-May-2018: Seen at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon today 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Brimstone, 8 Green Hairstreak."

From John Barnes: "07-May-2018: Seen at Rushbed Woods, Bucks (SP667156) 1 x Orange-tip, 1 x Speckled Wood and numerous white species flying too fast and never landing long enough to identify."

From Francis Gomme: "07-May-2018: Seen at Grangelands, Bucks (SP826045) today were Grizzled Skippers (5), Dingy Skippers (10+) and Green Hairstreaks (4)."

From Dominic Mackenzie: "07-May-2018: A stunning day at The Holies, Berks. Saw my first Green Hairstreaks (3), Dingy Skippers (14) and Grizzled Skippers (12) of the year together with Brimstone (8), Large White (2), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Orange-tip (6) and a single Mother Shipton moth."

From Jean-Paul Brouard: "07-May-2018: Spent the day at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (SU542833). I saw Grizzled Skipper (17+), Dingy Skipper (8), Orange Tip (7+), Large White (1), Small White (3+), Green-veined White (a few), Brimstone (10+), Peacock (5), Small Tortoiseshell (3), Comma (1), Small Copper (5), Green Hairstreak (16) and Holly Blue (1)."

From Nicholl Williams : "07-May-2018: I went out to a field on the road from Marlow to Lane End, Bucks opposite Widmere Lane. I saw a Green Hairstreak, a Brimstone, a Red Admiral, 3 Orange-tips, a Holly Blue, a couple of Large Whites."

From Charlie Jackson : "07-May-2018: Pitstone Church End, Bucks is starting to come to life. After drawing a blank yesterday I found 5 Grizzled Skippers, 3 Dingy Skippers and 3 Green Hairstreaks this afternoon. On the South West slope of Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks I saw a single Duke of Burgundy, 1 Dingy Skipper and 2 Grizzled Skippers. "

From Sue Taylor : "07-May-2018: I was on site at Bradenham, Bucks most of the day, wow it was hot!
At Smalldean Bank (11.15 to 12.30 approx.) I saw 7 Dukes. Steve Jones was there slightly earlier than me saw between 4 and 6. Another volunteer Kate Davis saw 3 today. The ones I saw were mainly towards the top half of the bank none seen low down, more were seen closer to the farm end but one was right at the far end. One Grizzled Skipper near the car park entrance. One Green Hairstreak at the far end of the site.
At Park Wood Reserve (2.30 to 3.30pm) Dukes just 2 but seen together at the top of the bank, Bradenham end of the field. 3 Green Hairstreak."

From Peter Cuss : "07-May-2018: I saw 2 Greeen Hairstreak today at Cavesham Lakes, Oxon (SU740754). "

~ 6th May 2018 ~

From Paul Bowyer : "06-May-2018: Eight members met at Homefield Wood, Bucks on a glorious spring morning for the first field event of the year. Orange Tips and Green-veined Whites were the most frequently seen species. Multiples of Brimstone, Holly Blue, Peacock and Speckled Wood were noted. Single specimens of Small White, Green Hairstreak and Green Carpet were foundI Thanks go to Harry Mathews for spotting Comma and Grizzled Skipper from his private list. An enjoyable outing but it was felt the season had some catching up to do."

From Clive Burrows : "06-May-2018: The following butterfly sightings this morning at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks : 25 Green Hairstreak, 1 Grizzled Skipper and 8 Duke of Burgundy, including 2 aberrations. "

From Charlie Jackson : "06-May-2018: I found my first Dingy Skipper this morning in Incombe Hole, Bucks. Plenty of Grizzled Skippers and good numbers of Green Hairstreaks. 3 Dukes still present. "

From Peter Cuss : "06-May-2018: I took another trip to Wytham Woods, Oxon (SP456081) today. Very pleased to see 20+ Green Hairstreak."

From Margaret Bolton : "06-May-2018: I saw this Dingy Skipper at Sands Bank LNR, Bucks (SU834934) today."

From Michael Pitt-Payne : "06-May-2018: I visited St John's Churchyard in Stone, Bucks (SP748210) and recorded the following species at around 1.00pm today - Brimstone (1 male & 1 female), Green-veined White (4), Orange-tip (4 male), Holly Blue (5), Speckled Wood (2)."

~ 5th May 2018 ~

From Jean-Paul Brouard : "05-May-2018: Today I went for a morning walk to the Holies, Streatley (SU593798). Butterflies seen were Dingy Skipper (2), Green Hairstreak (4), Small Copper (1), Brimstone (4), Green-veined White (1), Orange Tip (2) and Speckled Wood (1)."

From Sue Taylor: "05-May-2018: A walk after lunch around Incombe Hole, Bucks and Steps Hill, Bucks on the Ivinghoe complex netted 2 Duke of Burgundy, 13 Grizzled Skippers (incl. one mating pair), 4 Peacocks, numerous Orange-tips and Brimstones, but possibly my favourite moment was when a Green Hairstreak decided to land on me. Elsewhere I saw Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and Holly Blue. Eleven species, now we are getting there!"

From Charlie Jackson: "05-May-2018: I spent a couple of hours in Incombe Hole, Bucks this morning accompanied by Kevin Booden. We counted at least 15 Grizzled Skippers and 3 Duke of Burgundy. We also saw 4 Speckled Woods, several Green-veined Whites and good numbers of Green Hairstreaks. Brimstones were everywhere. I found a single Grizzled Skipper at Pitstone, Bucks (Church end) this morning."

From Charlie Jackson: "05-May-2018: I found a single Grizzled Skipper at Pitstone, Bucks (Church end) this morning."

From Stephen Jones: "05-May-2018: Today I saw my first Duke of Burgundy this year at Bradenham, Bucks (SU820988). It was at about 11.30 am. and in warm sunshine. But it was just the one - I searched the area for another 45 mins and didn’t see any others. I expect this sudden warm weather will bring out plenty more."

From Pat Clissold: "04-May-2018: I watched an Orange-tip egg being laid on Cuckooflower at 1.07pm today at Gavray Meadows, Oxon (SP597221)."

~ 1st May 2018 ~

From David Hastings: "01-May-2018: I visited Otmoor, Oxon this morning. Butterflies took a little while to get going, but eventually I saw about a dozen Green-veined Whites (including a mating pair), around seven Orange-tips (inc. one female), five Speckled Woods (inc. one female), and four Peacocks."

From Harry Appleyard: "01-May-2018: Saw my first Painted Lady of this year, on a recently-dried field near the Shakespeare Park building site in Kingsmead, Milton Keynes, Bucks. It was basking on the ground near one of the fences. Managed to get a single record shot before it flew towards the middle."

~ 27th April 2018 ~

From Christopher Brown: "19-Apr-2018: At Crowsley Wood, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU735795) Brimstone (2 male, 1 female), Orange-tip (2 male, 1 female), Peacock (3), Comma (1).
21-Apr-2018: At Millennium Green, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU713794) Brimstone (1 female), Holly Blue (1), Small Tortoiseshell (1)."

From Sue Taylor: "26-Apr-2018: At College Lake, Bucks today, sun and cloud and quite windy, but I still managed to see my first Green Hairstreak, Speckled Wood and 2 Green-Veined Whites of the season, plus Orange tip male and female."

From David Hastings: "26-Apr-2018: A couple of hours spent in Bagley Wood, Oxon (SP513015) today produced six male Orange-tips, one Large White, at least five male Green-veined Whites, one Peacock, four male Speckled Woods and three male Holly Blues."

From Dominic Mackenzie: "25-Apr-2018: A short walk through Edmund's Green in Bracknell, Berks today saw my first Spring butterflies: 4 Speckled Wood, 2 Holly Blue and a single Orange-tip."

~ 24th April 2018 ~

From David Webb: "22-Apr-2018: I was pleasantly surprised to see a Painted Lady come into my garden in Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645) today, and bask in front of me on the stone path. Other butterflies seen were Holly Blue, 5 Orange-tips, 6 Large Whites, 1 Small White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 male Brimstones. "

~ 23rd April 2018 ~

From Charlie Jackson: "21-Apr-2018: At Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks today there was a single Green Hairstreak and a Holly Blue. There was also a Green Hairstreak in Pitstone Churchyard, Bucks.
22-Apr-2018: At Ivinghoe Beacon today were were 2 Green Hairstreaks and 2 Holly Blues, as well as a Large White, a Peacock and several Brimstones."

~ 22nd April 2018 ~

From David Hastings: "22-Apr-2018: Seen at Standlake Common, Oxon this morning were at least eleven Brimstones, three Orange-tips, two Green-veined Whites, two Speckled Woods, one Small Tortoiseshell, one Peacock and two Holly Blues."

From Wendy Wilson: "22-Apr-2018: Orange-tips were out in force among the Cuckooflowers in Denham Country Park, Bucks (TQ049863) today. I saw at least 5 females laying eggs and 13 males zooming round chasing away 3 Green-veined Whites which were also trying to get at the flowers. Other species there and by the nearby railway line in Denham were 2 Small White, 3 Brimstone, 4 Holly Blue, 3 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Speckled Wood. Back home in Chalfont St Peter a Brimstone was ovipositing on my buckthorn."

From Miles Attenborough: "22-Apr-2018: I visited Incombe Hole, Bucks this morning and saw 4 Green Hairstreaks (three of which gave me nice photos), three Peacocks, 1 Comma and around 10 Brimstones. No sign of Dingy or Grizzled Skippers. Three of the hairstreaks were on the south-facing side of trees in a sheltered spot at the base of the steep climb out at the northern end (Grid ref SP959156)."

From Michael Hunt: "22-Apr-2018: Here in Buckingham, Bucks this morning my first Holly Blue for this spring."

From Peter Cuss: "22-Apr-2018: Went to Wytham Woods, Oxon (SP457082) today and can report Green Hairstreak, Orange-tip, Peacock, Brimstone, Comma, Speckled wood and White-letter Hairstreak (larva)."

From Michael Hunt: "21-Apr-2018: A single Speckled Wood (my first this spring) seen along Buckingham Railway Walk, Buckingham, Bucks (SP693334) today."

From David Gantzel: "21-Apr-2018: A Holly Blue in the garden in Hazlemere, Bucks today."

From David Hastings: "21-Apr-2018: A trip today to Aston Rowant NNR (north side) this morning produced at least eleven Brimstones, two Green Hairstreaks, one Small Tortoiseshell and one Comma."

From John Holdbrook: "20-Apr-2018: This afternoon along the cycle track from Littlemore roundabout by the Oxford ring road, I saw up to 10 Orange-tips (including a mating pair), 2 Peacocks, 2 Holly Blues, a Speckled Wood and a number of Whites which didn’t settle so I couldn’t identify them."

~ 20th April 2018 ~

From Michael Hunt: "20-Apr-2018: 4 Brimstones, 1 Peacock, 2 Orange-tips, 1 Large White seen at Padbury Wood, Bucks (SP719302) today."

From David Gantzel: "18-Apr-2018: Male Brimstones and male and female Orange-tips seen in Hazlemere, Bucks.
19-Apr-2018: Male Orange-tip and Peacock seen in Hazlemere, Bucks."

From Kevin Booden: "19-Apr-2018: I visited Ivinghoe, Bucks (SP959163) looking for spring butterflies today, saw 4 Brimstone, 5 Small White, 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a Red Admiral, and my first Green Hairstreak of the season."

From Neil Holman: "19-Apr-2018: A trip today to Incombe Hole, Ivinghoe, Bucks proved very rewarding, after a very slow start. Numerous Brimstones were flying in the bright sunshine and also spotted were 3 Peacocks and a singe Red Admiral. However, just before midday my luck turned and at the Steps Hill end of the hole I was lucky enough to see and photograph 3 Green Hairstreaks."

~ 19th April 2018 ~

From David Hastings: "19-Apr-2018: A couple of hours at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (SU550844) this morning produced at least twenty-five Brimstones (10 males, 15 females), two Peacocks, four Small Tortoiseshells, two Commas and a male Green-veined White."

From John Rust: "19-Apr-2018: Saw our first Holly Blues & lone Orange-tip, one week earlier than last year, in Benson, Oxon today."

From David Webb: "19-Apr-2018: Butterflies seen today at Crookham Common, Berks (SU523645) were 2 male Brimstone, 1 female Brimstone, 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Holly Blue, 3 Large White, 1 Small White and 1 male Orange-tip."

From Michael Pitt-Payne: "19-Apr-2018: I saw the following around 11am today in Stone churchyard, Bucks (SP748210): One Small Tortoiseshell, one male Orange Tip, and one Female Brimstone."

From Martin Kincaid: "18-Apr-2018: Gordon Redford and myself spent a couple of hours in Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, Bucks (SP 824357) this afternoon looking for Light Orange Underwing moth. We saw a few likely candidates flying high around aspens but no close views. However, we were pleased to see our first Orange-tips (2) and Speckled Wood (1) of the year. Other species were Brimstone (8), Peacock (3) and Comma (2)."

~ 18th April 2018 ~

From David Webb: "18-Apr-2018: Seen today at Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645 ) in the sunshine were 2 male and one female Brimstones, 3 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 male Large Whites. "

From David Hastings: "18-Apr-2018: I spent an hour at Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (SU467995) at lunchtime today, where I saw at least five male Orange-tips, nine male and two female Brimstones, five Peacocks, three Commas, two Small Whites and one male Large White. "

~ 17th April 2018 ~

From Marcus Rhodes: "17-Apr-2018: Seen around Silwood Park, Berks (SU944686) this lunchtime were 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Comma, 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock & 1 Small Tortoiseshell. "

~ 14th April 2018 ~

From Michael Hunt: "14-Apr-2018: Seen at Hyde Lane Pit, Buckingham, Bucks today were 1 Comma, 1 Orange Tip, 1 Brimstone and 2 Small Tortoiseshell. And in our garden in Buckingham, Bucks 1 Large White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Brimstone."

From Karen Saxl: "14-Apr-2018: Good to have had a spring day. Walked the Chilswell valley, Oxon transect with Phil Penson today and had our first sightings for Green-veined White and Orange-tip (male). Also saw some Peacocks, several Small Tortoiseshells and Brimstones (both male and female). We also spotted a small Scarlet Tiger moth caterpillar whilst walking through the fen area. Earlier in the day I'd also seen a Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Brimstone around south Didcot, Oxon."

From David Webb: "14-Apr-2018: 2 male Brimstones and one male Large White seen at Crookham Common, Berks (SU5264) today."

From Paul Bowyer: "14-Apr-2018: Seen at Flackwell Heath Cricket Club, Bucks (SU897892) were Holly Blue, male Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell."

From Nigel Partridge: "14-Apr-2018: Whilst out in our garden today in Loosley Row, Bucks (SP817007) in the welcome sunshine I saw our first Holly Blue of the year feeding on Brunnera macrophylla."

~ 11th April 2018 ~

From Chris Brown: "05-Apr-2018: The first warm sunny dry spring day of the season at Crowsley Wood Sonning Common, Oxon (SU735795) produced 4 Brimstone (male), 2 Peacock, 6 Comma."

~ 9th April 2018 ~

From Peter Law: "06-Apr-2018: Whilst gardening in the sunshine today at King's Copse Park, Garsington, Oxon I witnessed two male Large Whites emerge from underneath my park home. Both flopped onto nearby blooms, then after a few minutes flew up and away. I thought this was early and having just checked the sightings log find this may be the year's first sighting. Last autumn there was a huge brood of Large White larvae on weeds just outside the boundary fence and as one panel was down many of these pupated on the walls of my home. All of those were eaten by birds but it seems some that concealed themselves effectively have survived to adulthood."

~ 8th April 2018 ~

From John Lindley: "06-Apr-2018: Sightings from Goring-on-Thames, Oxon today were one very small male Green-veined White, 10+ Brimstones including two females, one Peacock and one Small Tortoiseshell."

~ 7th April 2018 ~

From Dave Wilton: "06-Apr-2018: There was just enough hazy sunshine to walk my first butterfly transect of the year this afternoon in some private woodland near Grendon Underwood, Bucks. 25 individuals from three species (Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell & Comma) was just about as expected, although I was disappointed not to find a Peacock. Don't tell Nick Bowles, but I committed the cardinal sin of stopping the transect for ten minutes when I saw a pair of Commas chasing each other through some quite dense low-growing vegetation. The female then settled and after a very quick "antennae massage" from the male they paired up at the base of an ash sapling and were then very tolerant of me pulling numerous grass stems out of the way to get the picture below."

From Dave Cleal: "05-Apr-2018: 1 Peacock and 1 Tortoiseshell along the Roundmoor Ditch on Dorney Common, Bucks today."

From Mark Griffiths: "05-Apr-2018: After a few Brimstones earlier this year we had a male Brimstone, two Small Tortoiseshells (one in hot pursuit of the other), a Comma and a Peacock in our garden in Garsington, Oxon (SP580023) today."

From Trish Glenn: "05-Apr-2018: One Comma seen in Bernwood Forest, Bucks today."

~ 5th April 2018 ~

From David Hastings: "05-Apr-2018: Between midday and 1pm at Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (SU467995) today I saw at least three Brimstones, two Commas and a Peacock."

From Colin Mather: "05-Apr-2018: A Brimstone in my garden in Sonning Common, Oxon this afternoon (SU708799)."

From Tom Dunbar: "05-Apr-2018: Rosaleen Dunbar had two garden sightings in Aylesbury, Bucks today, an active Small White seen twice and a resting Small Tortoiseshell on the lawn. I walked Gait Barrows and Arnside Knott at the same time and didn't see a thing!"

From Wayne Bull: "05-Apr-2018: Two Small White seen today along the cycle track between Heyford Hill and Rose Hill roundabouts on the Oxford ring road."

From George Warner: "05-Apr-2018: At least 2 male Brimstones in my garden in Upper Basildon, Berks, today; there seemed to be several about and they were later joined by my first Small White of the year."

From Michael Hunt: "05-Apr-2018: At last a Brimstone in our garden in Buckingham, Bucks in spring sunshine!"

From David Fuller: "05-Apr-2018: Seen in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) today were 2 Peacock, 2 Brimstone and 1 Comma."

From John Holdbrook: "05-Apr-2018: I walked along the cycle track by the Oxford ring road between Littlemore and Heyford Hill roundabouts this afternoon. After the recent poor weather I was very pleased to see up to 10 Brimstones, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Commas and 2 Small Whites."

From Abby Fettes: "05-Apr-2018: Spotted two Peacocks, a Small Tortoiseshell and a male and female Brimstone enjoying the sunshine in the garden in Witney, Oxon (SP 352100) this lunchtime."

From David Webb: "05-Apr-2018: A male Brimstone seen at Crookham Common, Berks (SU5264) today in the sunshine."

~ 31st March 2018 ~

From Marcus Rhodes: "26-Mar-2018: Two male Brimstones out around Silwood Park, Berks this afternoon (SU943691 & SU938694)."

~ 27th March 2018 ~

From John Ward-Smith: "26-Mar-2018: I had two garden sightings in Bracknell, Berks today, the first of the year. At lunchtime, a male Brimstone flew through. Then, mid-afternoon a Comma visited and stayed a while to soak up the sunshine."

From Dave Cleal: "26-Mar-2018: A Brimstone through our garden in north Burnham, Bucks today."

From David Gantzel: "26-Mar-2018: At last! A male Brimstone in my garden today in Hazlemere, Bucks. "

From Michael Hunt: "26-Mar-2018: Here in Buckingham, Bucks today in the sunshine were 4 Brimstones and 3 Small Tortoiseshells. "

From David Hastings: "26-Mar-2018: I saw at least three Brimstones and a Peacock in Horton-cum-Studley, Oxon (SP600122) this afternoon."

From Neil Manthorpe: "26-Mar-2018: My first butterfly of the year - flying fast across our garden in the Daws Hill area of High Wycombe, Bucks - a male Brimstone."

~ 25th March 2018 ~

From David Fuller: "25-Mar-2018: A male Brimstone today, went to roost on my greenhouse in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833)."

Michael Hunt sent this sighting: "25-Mar-2018: A Brimstone seen this afternoon in the "Heartland" area of Buckingham, Bucks. 13 °C at last!"

~ 21st March 2018 ~

Kathy Warden sent this sighting: "21-Mar-2018: One Brimstone seen in flight over ivy/scrub on the sunny, south-facing bank around the West Berks council Market Street offices car park in Newbury, Berks (SU471667) today."

Michael Hunt sent this sighting: "21-Mar-2018: One Small Tortoiseshell in the garden here in Buckingham, Bucks today."

Andy Hoskins sent this sighting: "21-Mar-2018: Today's warmth, 10°C, and sunshine brought this Small Tortoiseshell to my garden in Winslow, Bucks (SP774282)."

David Hastings sent this sighting: "21-Mar-2018: I saw a male Brimstone flying in north Abingdon, Oxon this morning (at about SU509989)."

~ 17th March 2018 ~

Andrew Clarence sent this sighting: "16-Mar-2018: One Comma and one fast-flying male Brimstone were seen in my garden at Whitchurch, Bucks today. Also, one of the hibernating Small Tortoiseshells has just woken up."

David Fuller sent these sightings:
"16-Mar-2018: A male Brimstone in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) again today".
"15-Mar-2018: Comma in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) again today".
"14-Mar-2018: A male Brimstone in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) today. Another one was seen in Cookham, Berks".
"13-Mar-2018: Comma and Peacock in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) today".

Paul Bowyer sent this sighting: "11-Mar-2018: This morning I saw a male Brimstone in our front garden at Flackwell Heath, Bucks (SU894897). The weather had been sunny and warm but clouds had come over. I doubt if we will see it again in the next few days."

Colin Mather sent this news: "10-Mar-2018: Walking just outside Sonning Common, Oxon today I saw what I think is a Peacock chrysalis."

~ 2nd March 2018 ~

Andrew Clarence sent this news: "02-Mar-2018: Nine Small Tortoiseshells hibernating in my spare room cupboard this year. Last year there were twelve, plus two Peacocks".

Small Tortoiseshells, 02-Mar-2018 (© Andrew Clarence)

~ 28th February 2018 ~

Andrew Waller sent this sighting: "16-Feb-2018: I saw a Red Admiral at the edge of woodland to the east of the North Orbital Road, Denham, Bucks (TQ042886) today."

~ 17th February 2018 ~

Tom Dunbar sent this news: "17-Feb-2018: A 90-minute Purple Hairstreak egg search this afternoon at Oakley Wood, Bucks was very productive. 10 eggs on one oak on left at first crossroads down from main car park (SP61225 11469) including one double. Great interest shown by other visitors.

Purple Hairstreak eggs, Bernwood, 17-Feb-2018 (© Tom Dunbar)

Colin Mather sent this news: "16-Feb-2018: Found today a dead Green-veined White in Henley-on-Thames, Oxon in good condition." [NB this doesn't count as a first sighting because the butterfly wasn't seen flying outdoors. David]

Paul Bowyer and Karen Roberts sent this sighting: "16-Feb-2018: We saw a Red Admiral in our back garden at Flackwell Heath, Bucks (SU894897) this morning and wondered if there were any nectar sources close by. We got the answer in the afternoon when we saw it in the front garden on winter flowering heather. It must have been with us for a few hours."

Jed Cleeter reported on oxonbirding.blogspot.co.uk that he saw a Comma at Fyfield Wick, Oxon on 16th February.

~ 15th February 2018 ~

Michael Hunt sent this sighting: "15-Feb-2018: One Small Tortoiseshell on pansies in our garden in Buckingham, Bucks today."

~ 4th February 2018 ~

Peter Cuss sent this news: "04-Feb-2018: Found my first 'new' colony of White-letter Hairstreak of 2018 in a successful egg hunt. The site is just off Muddy Lane, Whitchurch, Oxon (SU639775)."

David Fuller sent this news: "02-Feb-2018: A Peacock was seen by my partner at 11:10am today sunning itself on Lonicera on the towpath at Boulters Lock, Maidenhead, Berks (SU905828). Another Peacock is still hibernating in our conservatory."

Paul Lacey sent this sighting: "02-Feb-2018: I had an immaculate specimen of a Red Admiral flying in my garden on Woosehill in Wokingham, Berks at 1pm today. Quite a surprise, though at least one was in my shed last year over winter."

~ 1st February 2018 ~

Tony Rayner reports that he saw a Small Tortoiseshell in his garden in Cholsey, Oxon on 25th January.

Marcus Rhodes sent this sighting: "28-Jan-2018: Another Red Admiral seen flying at Silwood Park, Ascot, Berks (SU947688) this afternoon, despite rather overcast conditions."

~ 28th January 2018 ~

Tony Croft sent this sighting: "28-Jan-2018: During a work party in the sunshine at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) today a Comma was seen flying briefly before settling on a rideside brash pile."

John Lindley sent this news: "28-Jan-2018: I saw a Male Brimstone, flying in the sunshine this morning on a footpath in Little Stoke, Oxon. Also of interest, a small area with several active Buff-tailed Bumblebees - there must have been a nest nearby."

Judy and Terry Wood sent this news: "23-Jan-2018: We were surprised to see a Red Admiral flying in the garden at Little Chalfont, Bucks as it was drizzling and breezy. We assume it had been disturbed from its slumbers but it looked like it disappeared into a large dense conifer so hopefully soon found some shelter."

~ 25th January 2018 ~

George Warner sent this sighting: "25-Jan-2018: I saw a pale Brimstone, presumably a female, fluttering about in the sunshine in my garden in Upper Basildon, Berks today. My first butterfly of the year."

John Shelton sent this sighting: "25-Jan-2018: A single Red Admiral flying in the sun in my garden in north Marlow, Bucks today."

~ 24th January 2018 ~

Colin Mather sent this sighting: "21-Jan-2018: My first sighting of a Red Admiral in west Maidenhead, Berks today, warming up in the sun."

~ 21st January 2018 ~

Dave Wilton sent this news: "The Brown Hairstreak egg-searching team passed another milestone on 14th January with the discovery by Steve Woolliams of two eggs on blackthorn in the recreation ground at Kennington, south of Oxford. This was our 400th kilometre square, the sixth new one of this winter and the most southerly record to date."

Brown Hairstreak tetrad map January 2018 (© Dave Wilton)

~ 11th January 2018 ~

Marcus Rhodes sent this sighting: "10-Jan-2018: A single Red Admiral out flying at Silwood Park, Ascot, Berks (SU945687) this afternoon."

Paul Chandler sent this sighting: "10-Jan-2018: A Red Admiral was seen at Cholsey, Oxon today (via cholseywildlife.blogspot.co.uk)."

~ 1st January 2018 ~

David Hastings sent this sighting: "01-Jan-2018: I had a walk in Bagley Wood, Oxon (SP510020) this afternoon, and was amazed to see a Red Admiral flying about. It landed in a sunny spot about 20ft up a fir tree and fully opened its wings. The air temperature was about 7°C at the time."