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Butterfly Sightings 2015 - BC Upper Thames Branch

First Sightings    Sightings Archive   

This page is for recent butterfly sightings in the BC Upper Thames Branch area, to show what's
on the wing now. Please also remember to send all your records to Jim Asher, UTB Records Officer.
The first reported sighting of each butterfly species is shown in red text.
Email your sightings

BUTTERFLY SPECIES RECORDED TO DATE – as at 29/06/15
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Wood Whites courting
Photo © John Lindley
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Charles James
Silver-washed Fritillary ovipositing
Photo © Steve Larkins

Latest News &
Updates - 12th June

Next events:
Saturday 4th July, Bowdown Wood - A field trip to try to see the White Admiral.
Sunday 5th July, Silchester Common - Only just in Hampshire, this is a reliable site for the Silver Studded Blue.

25/06 - The following UTB Key Species (see the "Champions" page of this website for more information), are now on the wing: White-letter Hairstreak, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Black Hairstreak, Dark Green Fritillary, Silver-studded Blue and Adonis Blue. Please send your sightings to the appropriate Species Champion. Thanks, Wendy

~ 29th June 2015 ~

This report came from Chris Hazell: "On Saturday morning 27th June I spent a few hours at Otmoor RSPB, Oxon and saw 4 Black Hairsteaks. Also several Large Skippers. Later I paid a visit to Aston Rowant, Oxon and saw 2 Dark-Green Fritillaries and 10+ Marbled White."

Tim Watts sent this update: "Today 29th June I saw 4 White-letter Hairstreak at a location new to me, they were battling and resting on a small Ash tree, next to Elms along the roadside next to Charndon playing field at the west end of Calvert sailing lake, Bucks. I clinched the id by using my telescope when they landed. I saw singles away from this Ash, in the playing field and further up the road so there may be more. 1 Dark Green Fritillary seen here and 5-6 earlier on an open area nearby. I also glimpsed two presumed White-letter Hairstreak above the small Elms in the traditional spot right next to the Calvert BBOWT reserve."

Jane Barnes reported the following: "A walk after the rain (13:15) on Sunday 28th June through Rushbeds Wood (Bucks) produced 1 Silver-washed fritillary and numerous Ringlets and a few Meadow Browns. The highlight however was the BBOWT meadow with good numbers of Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns plus a couple of Large Skippers. Finemere Wood, Bucks produced a few Large Skippers, Ringlets and Meadow Browns also but it had become cloudy by this time."

Paul Busby sent this news: "Whilst camping at Chalfont Heights Scout Camp (TQ 0090), Bucks on 28th June I was surprised to see a Marbled White settle in our woodland clearing. I also saw a Meadow Brown and a Speckled Wood."

Ian Johnston sent this report: "On a morning visit to the Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes on Saturday, 27/06/2015, I sighted: 100+ Ringlet, 100+ Meadow Brown, 78 x Marbled White, 41 x Large Skipper, 8 x Small Tortoiseshell, 6 x Common Blue, 5 x Small Heath, 2 x Small Skipper, 2 x Large White, 1 x Red Admiral, 1 x Small Blue (also dozens of Burnet Companion and Latticed Heath moths). Weather: 20 degrees, mostly sunny."

Tim Watts sent the following report: "Today, 27th June, I spotted a Purple Hairstreak in a small Ash tree on the Calvert BBOWT reserve, Bucks. It stayed perched for 15 minutes and I took some digi-scoped photos of it. 1 Black Hairstreak and 1 Red Admiral in the same spot on the east bank by the railway line (HS2 route). 1 Dark Green Fritillary bombing around the car park/main entrance area on the reserve and 3 on an open area of the Sailing lake grounds. I also spotted a 'hairstreak' above Ash at Charndon playing field at far end of sailing lake - there are a lot of Elm trees bordering the field and roadside and I suspect it may have been a White-letter Hairstreak."

Wendy Wilson sent this Field Meeting report: "The six members who came to the field meeting on 27th June at Iver in Bucks were delighted to see six freshly emerged White-letter Hairstreaks on two clumps of elm trees to the north of the village. They have been seen there in the past but not since 2011. We also saw 13 other butterfly species, Large and Small Skippers, Large and Small Whites, Small Copper, Peacock (larvae), Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Comma, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Speckled Wood and 3 moth species, Burnet Companion, Yellow Shell and Cinnabar (adult and larvae). The lovely weather made it a most enjoyable event."

Peter Cuss reported the following: "I saw two White-letter Hairstreak at the Pack Saddle Pub site today (26/6/15, Oxon - SU 695 770). I have been looking on a daily basis since mid June so think they must be freshly emerged! These two seemed to be favouring an elm slightly further down the hedgerow than previous years( the original one is looking a bit sick now). They wouldn't come down and pose for the camera so only managed to get a rather rubbish long distance shot!!"

White-letter Hairstreak
Photo © Peter Cuss

~ 25th June 2015 ~

Nick Board sent the following on 25th June: "I was enjoying the company of a few Black Hairstreaks this morning between Calvert and Finmere Wood, Bucks when the reality of the situation suddenly struck home. Within half a mile beyond the Blackthorn this steel faced, half constructed monstrosity seemed to constantly rear its ugly head and, with HS2 coming, how long will it be before this colony can no longer exist? Sobering thought!"

Black Hairstreak
Photo © Nick Board
The new Waste Incinerator at Calvert
Photo © Nick Board

Charles James reported these sightings on 25th June: "Black Hairstreaks seen at Bernwood Forest, Bucks and Whitecross Green Woods. Enthusiasts from Birmingham, Coventry and Dorset (who spotted the female laying lots of eggs). Also Marbled Whites, Painted Lady, Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Common Blues (all worn), Large Skippers, Green-veined Whites."

Black Hairstreak
Photo © Charles James
Marbled White
Photo © Charles James

Martin Townsend reports seeing a single male Silver-washed Fritillary in Moor Copse BBOWT Reserve, Berks on 24th June."

Michael McNeill sent this report on 24th June: "A stroll through the meadows at Moor Copse, West Berkshire, on a warm sunny day, produced good numbers of summer butterflies including Meadow Brown (50+), Marbled White (50+), Ringlet 8, Common Blue 8, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 1, Large Skipper 15, Small Skipper 3 and 6-spot Burnet moth 8."

Marbled Whites
Photo © Michael McNeill

Dave Cleal sent this news on 24th June: "Another Painted Lady report. Two seen on the track to Cookham from Summerlease Gravel Pit, Maidenhead, Berks."

Alan Wilkinson reported the following on 24th June: "My sightings from a visit to Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon today between 12 and 3: 12+ Black Hairstreaks in 3 locations, White Admiral 1, Marbled White 6+, Large Skipper 6+, Common Blue 4, Meadow Brown (common), Speckled Wood and a Beautiful Damselfly."

Adrian Cadman sent this report on 24th June: "I popped along to Bradwell, Bucks this afternoon (16:00) and was delighted to see at least 2 White-letter Hairstreaks chasing around the tops of the elms during the brief sunny interludes. Even though it was warm, flying was soon curtailed when the sun went in."

Tony Croft sent the following on 24th June: "Becky Woodell and I had a walk through Rushbeds Wood, Bucks today and amongst the many butterflies we saw were several Black Hairstreaks and our first Silver-Washed Fritillary of the year."

Michael McNeill reported these sightings on 23rd June: "A pleasant surprise in my garden today in Upper Basildon, West Berkshire, when just after lunch I noticed five Small Tortoiseshells on my Erisymum and on closer inspection a very fresh Dark Green Fritillary. The underwings were particularly well marked, but unfortunately, by the time I had retrieved my camera, it had moved on!"

Alan Neale sent this report: "Today, 23rd June, I saw Marbled Whites and Large Skippers at Park Howe wood, Milton Keynes, Bucks."

Dave Wilton sent the following: "While attempting the Coombe Hill, Bucks butterfly transect this afternoon (Monday 22nd June) in rather marginal conditions, I came across this fresh male Dark Green Fritillary. The lack of sunshine at the time I saw it did at least mean that it remained co-operative towards the camera for several minutes and wasn’t charging around as they usually do this early in the season!"

Dark Green Fritillary
Photo © Dave Wilton

Ched George visited Bradenham Butterfly Bank, Bucks on Friday June 19th: "I recorded my first Dark Green Fritillary of the year along with a few Common Blue, Small Blue, Marbled White and Meadow Browns, plus 1 male Brimstone and a Large Skipper."

David Fuller sent the following news: "On 17th June at Knowl Hill Common, Berks SU824795 (a new site for me) I recorded: Small Heath 13, Meadow Brown 23, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Small Copper 3, Brown Argus 1, Common Blue 2, Large Skipper 2 and moths: Silver Y 1, Burnet Companion 4, Straw Dot 1, Agapeta zoegana 1, Forester Moth 67. A good afternoon!"

~ 21st June 2015 ~

David Hastings reported the following: "Seen today (21st June) at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon were at least thirteen Large Skippers, four Common Blues, seven Black Hairstreaks, four Marbled Whites, at least fifteen Meadow Browns, one Ringlet and three Speckled Woods. I also visited Otmoor, Oxon where I saw six Large Skippers, three Green-veined Whites, five Black Hairstreaks, four Meadow Browns and six Speckled Woods."

Marbled White
Photo © David Hastings
Black Hairstreak
Photo © David Hastings

Miles Attenborough sent this sighting: "Saturday 20th June. Visited Finemere Wood, Bucks in cloudy conditions between 9.00 and 11.00 and met a fellow enthusiast who kindly showed me two Black Hairstreak pupae. I also saw 3 Meadow Browns. Then I visited Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon in cloudy conditions from 11.30 till 1.30 despite the poor weather the very short bursts of sun allowed glimpses of 2 Black Hairstreak flitting in the tree tops and 5 Black Hairstreaks in the trees above brambles. Also 1 Cinnabar Moth and 4 Meadow Browns. Then visited Bernwood Forest M40 enclosure (Bucks) between 3.00 and 4.30 in worsening weather saw 2 Black Hairsteaks, 2 Marbled White, 4 Meadow Browns, 2 Large Skippers."

Black Hairstreak pupa
Photo © Miles Attenborough

Dave Cleal reported the following: "Just a quick report - a Painted Lady feeding on clover at Dorney Lakes, Bucks on 20th June."

Painted Lady
Photo © Dave Cleal

Warren Claydon sent this report: "Had 5 Black Hairstreaks at Calvert BBOWT Reserve, Bucks on 19th June also on the sailing lake Marbled White, Small Skipper, 2 Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, 12 Large Skipper, 4 Meadow Brown, 20 Common Blue, Brimstone, Painted Lady, 10 Speckled Wood and 4 Small Heath."

Jim Asher sent this news: "I saw this Painted Lady today (19th June) at Aston Upthorpe, Oxon – part of an invasion force?"

Painted Lady
Photo © Jim Asher

Judith Barnard sent the following: "Saw Large Skipper, Large White, Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood in Kingston, Milton Keynes (Bucks) on 19th June. Also saw a Small Egret. Also Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown in Park Howe wood and Speckled Wood seen in Shenley Wood, both in Milton Keynes."

Tim Watts sent the following news: "After 3 unsuccessful attempts in previous days I got 2 Black Hairstreak on Calvert BBOWT reserve, Bucks on 18/06/15. Also saw my first Painted Lady and 2 Cinnabar moths."

~ 18th June 2015 ~

Malcolm and Valerie Brownsword visited the BBOWT reserve Aston Clinton Rag Pits near Wendover, Bucks on June 18th. "We went mainly to see the orchids and saw 2 Common Blues, 1 Meadow Brown and 3 Painted Ladies. Could this be the start of the promised ‘invasion’ of the latter species?"

David White reported the following: "On a visit to Warburg Reserve, Oxon today, 17th June, we were pleased to find Green Hairstreak, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Comma, Marbled Whites and Small Heath."

Ian Stevenson sent this news: "Just wanted to let you know that today (17/06/2015) a team from BBOWT saw our first Silver-studded Blue of the year at Wildmoor Heath, Berks. It was a lovely fresh male. This was on the first of our ‘timed counts’ for the species, which makes me think we should start a bit earlier next year. A quiet butterfly day overall despite the sun so non-butterfly sightings included a Nightjar, Adders, Grass snake, Dartford Warblers and lots of Keeled skimmers."

Andy Smith sent this report: "I visited Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon yesterday (16/06/15) and found a pair of Black Hairstreaks in the entrance bushes to the pond area."

Black Hairstreak
Photo © Andy Smith

Neil Holman sent the following report: "During a visit to Buttlers Hangings, West Wycombe, Bucks on Tuesday 16th June in late morning bright sunshine we managed to spot the following; 4 x Brimstone; 2 x Large Skipper; 2 x Small Tortoiseshell; 3 x Dark Green Fritillary; 7 x Marbled White; 15 x Meadow Brown; 3 x Small Heath and 4 x Ringlet."

Marbled White
Photo © Neil Holman
Ringlet
Photo © Neil Holman

~ 17th June 2015 ~

Ian Johnston paid an afternoon visit to the Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes on 16th June: "I sighted: 1 x Marbled White (my first of the season), 7 x Meadow Brown, 6 x Speckled Wood, 4 x Large Skipper, 2 x Red Admiral, 9 x Small Blue, dozens of Common Blue, 1 x Peacock, 1 x Large White. Also spotted were 2 x Latticed Heath moths, 1 x Common Carpet, 1 x Cinnabar, 1 x Mint moth and dozens of Burnet Companions. Weather 22 degrees, partial cloud. One of the Common Blues, a female, appears to be an aberration (see photo)."

Common Blue ab.
Photo © Ian Johnston
Meadow Brown
Photo © Ian Johnston
Small Blue
Photo © Ian Johnston

Karen Saxl sent this update for the railway embankment from Didcot to Upton, Oxon: "Managed to get out about 1700 this evening (16th June) to see what was about - some Large Skippers, some Common Blues, one Painted Lady that seems to have taken up residence near some benches and a good number of Marbled Whites (one place where there was a moment of walking through a cloud of butterflies), but the find of the day was my first Ringlet of the year - fresh out of the box again. Small Blues seem to be suffering a bit this year from the winds. Seeing more at the Upton end of the route and didn't make it that far today - but still seeing a few - hoping that the wind may drop for a while and I'll see a few more around soon. It is starting to feel a bit more summery - about time too as it's less than a week to the solstice!"

Tony & Marion Gillie saw two Black Hairstreak on the morning of 16th June in the M40 compensation area, Bucks.

Stuart Hodges, Black Hairstreak Champion, sent this update on 17th June: "The Black Hairstreak was seen at two sites on Monday 15th June - the M40 Compensation area and Whitecross Green Wood - two butterflies at each site. It was also recorded at two other sites on Tuesday 16th. We expect numbers to peak by next week".

Dennis Dell sent this news on 15th June: "My garden in Aylesbury, Bucks today: Bowles Mauve is proving a very attractive nectar source. Bees, a Hummingbird Hawk moth, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone were all feeding on this plant."

Steve Lockey recorded 10 species of butterfly and 3 species of moth in Garsington, Oxon on 15th June: Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Brimstone, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper and Brown Argus. Moths were: Yellow Shell, Straw Dot, Silver-ground Carpet.

Francis Gomme sent this report on 15th June: "We have just returned from Italy but immediately before our departure (Saturday 6th June) I saw my first Small Skipper of the year in a meadow we manage between Princes Risborough and Whiteleaf, Bucks. A typical date in a warmer spring but perhaps a little early this year!"

Jim Asher reported the following: "On an indifferent day today (14th June) with not much flying, I saw my first Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns and one Large Skipper at Cothill, Oxon. Also three nests of advanced Peacock larvae. Is summer trying to break through?"

Marbled White
Photo © Jim Asher
Large Skipper
Photo © Jim Asher
Peacock larvae
Photo © Jim Asher

Angus Mylles sent the following: "Please find attached a poor photo of a Ringlet seen this afternoon, 14th June, by my wife Judy and myself on Yoesden Bank, Bucks."

Ringlet
Photo © Angus Mylles

~ 12th June 2015 ~

Graham Elcombe sent this report: "11th June - I went to Radnage and Yoesden Bank, Bucks today and saw many Adonis Blues and also (but fewer) Common Blues, Small Blues and a Brown Argus. Other butterflies seen: Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Brimstone, Large White, Small Heath, Marbled White (only one) and a fresh looking Red Admiral in Radnage Churchyard."

Colin Mather sent this news: "Down at my local green in Sonning Common, Oxon this evening 11th June I saw six Common Blue in an area of 4 square meters and two in another area also one Peacock and one very tatty Small Tortoiseshell."

Common Blue
Photo © Colin Mather

David Gantzel reported the following: "June 11th - Bradenham, Bucks - Small Blue in good numbers, Painted Lady one, Small Tortoiseshell one, Meadow Brown one, Yellow Shell Moth. Smalldean N/R, Bucks - Several Common Blue and one Meadow Brown, Burnet Companion Moth."

Richard Wheeler sent these sightings: "I visited a hot and sunny Finemere Wood, Bucks this afternoon (11/06/15), and saw: 3 Orange Tip, 2 Brimstone, 6 Common Blue, 1 Small White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 4 Speckled Wood and 2 Grizzled Skipper (the first I’ve seen here). I also saw several moths (including 3 Burnet Companion), a Broad-bodied Chaser and a Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn beetle (Agapanthia villosoviridescens)."

Speckled Wood
Photo © Richard Wheeler
Golden-bloomed Grey Longhorn beetle
Photo © Richard Wheeler
Broad-bodied Chaser
Photo © Richard Wheeler

Nicholl Williams paid a quick visit to Burghfield Gravel pit, Berks on 9th June and saw plenty of Meadow Browns and Common Blues."

Common Blue
Photo © Nicholl Williams

John Holdbrook reported as follows: "I walked round Hackpen Hill and the Devil’s Punchbowl near Wantage, Oxon on Sunday June 7th. 5-Spot Burnets were extremely common, I’m assuming they were the Narrow-bordered species. There were large numbers of Small Heaths and Common Blues and I saw three Forester moths and a Dingy Skipper. Near the car parking area on the Ridgeway I saw a Small Blue on something a dog owner should have removed!"

Mike Flemming sent this news: "I went to 'The Holies', near Streatley, Berks to look for Adonis Blues on Friday 5th June, having failed to see any at Lough Down on the previous day. Several specimens were in well-worn condition but courtship was still actively in progress and I also watched females egg-laying on Horseshoe Vetch. Some of the males were unusual - pale colour with marginal black spots on the upperside hind-wings, looking very similar to Chalkhill Blues but with the iridescence of Adonis. From the reading I have done, it seems possible that these could be the hybrid known as 'Polonus'."
On sites where both species exist, Adonis Blue is known to hybridise with the Chalkhill Blue resulting in the hybrid 'Polonus'. The hybrid only appears in the spring brood of the Adonis. Wendy

Adonis Blue - probable hybrid 'Polonus'
Photo © Mike Flemming

Paul Bowyer sent this Field Meeting report: "Saturday June 6th - 9 people attended our trip to Bradenham, Bucks on a cool blustery day. Our target species was the Small Blue which we saw immediately we stepped into the first of 3 flower rich fields. The butterflies were roosting close to the ground because of the wind but we could see that there were very good numbers. The vegetation of the first field features the larval foodplants for a number of the blue family including Kidney Vetch, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Horseshoe Vetch and Rockrose. Other butterfly species were difficult to find. Common Blue featured strongly but only a couple of Brimstones, one Dingy Skipper and one Small Heath were seen in the first field. In the second field where wild flowers are fewer we didn't notice any but we saw 4 species of orchid. The third field has rougher vegetation and we found a Grizzled Skipper, more Small and Common Blues, two Painted Ladies and two Green Hairstreaks."

Paul Busby sent the following: "Visited North Wales this long weekend. On the way up on Thursday 4th June I visited Aston Rowant, Oxon for 2 hours late morning and saw a Dingy Skipper, 3 m Brimstones, 3 Burnet Companion moths, 5 Adonis Blue, 4 Small Heath, 25+ Common Blue and 25+ Brown Argus. Followed by an hour at Ardley Quarry, Oxon after lunch and saw a Holly Blue, m Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, 2 Peacocks, a Grizzled Skipper, 4 Small Heath, 5 m and 1f Common Blue, 5 Cinnabar moths and at least 8m and 1f Brimstones.
On the way home on Monday 8th June late afternoon I visited Grimsbury Reservoir and Woodland Nature Reserve north of Spiceball Park, Banbury, Oxon - bit disappointed as quite overgrown with brambles and nettles and saw no butterflies but did see a number of Mayflies and Damselflies."

~ 8th June 2015 ~

Steve Lockey reported the following: "A walk around Garsington, Oxon on a cool afternoon (8th June) with occasional glimpses of the sun produced Small Whites and singles of Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus (a first for me in the village), and a Painted Lady briefly on the churchyard wall."

Michael McNeill sent this report: "I visited The Holies and Lardon Chase, West Berkshire, on 7th June to attempt to find find any Adonis Blues, but, apart from one possibility in the Holies, I cannot really confirm either way. Other sightings included: The Holies - 2 Painted Lady, 15 Common Blue, 8 Small Heath, 4 Brimstone, 4 Large White, 4 Meadow Brown and 3 Silver-Y moth. Lardon Chase produced 10 Common Blue, 4 Small Blue, 4 Brimstone, 2 Large White and 4 Meadow Brown."

Small Blues pairing
Photo © Michael McNeill

Nigel Partridge had a Painted Lady in his garden in Loosley Row, Bucks on 7th June.

Nicholl Williams reported the following: "I went to Radnage, Bucks after working on Sunday 7th June to go to Yoesden Bank. On the way from Stokenchurch to Radnage I saw a Painted Lady on the roadside. Then when I went to Yoesden Bank I saw plenty of Adonis Blues, a few Common Blues and 1 Small Blue. There was also a damaged Brimstone flying around. I then went to the field opposite Widmere Lane, Bucks. This field is covered with Oxeye Daisies and a few Common Blues. About 10 days ago I went to the woods near Lane End and saw a few Orange-tips feeding on white flowers."

Painted Lady
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Orange-tip
Photo © Nicholl Williams

David Hastings sent these sightings: "On 6th June at Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon, I saw five Brimstones, one Common Blue, three Brown Argus, one Small Copper, one Red Admiral, two Small Heaths and one Speckled Wood. I also saw a Painted Lady in my garden in north Abingdon, Oxon. On 7th June near Goring railway bridge, Oxon, I saw one Large White, two Green-veined Whites, one Orange-tip, two Common Blues and one Red Admiral. Then at Lardon Chase, Berks, I saw one Large White, six Common Blues, ten Small Blues, one Small Copper and six Meadow Browns. Finally at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon, I saw two Grizzled Skippers, two Dingy Skippers, one Large White, one Green-veined White, one Small White, three Orange-tips, at least eighteen Brimstones, at least thirty Common Blues, three Small Blues, two Brown Argus, two Small Tortoiseshells, two Peacocks, two Painted Ladies, one Speckled Wood and at least sixteen Small Heaths. Finally there was a Holly Blue in my garden. That's a total of 19 species!"

Small Heath
Photo © David Hastings
Painted Lady
Photo © David Hastings

Rob Thomas sent the following report: "Late on the afternoon of 7th June I visited the Sustrans disused railway between Didcot and Upton, Oxon. It was still fairly breezy but I was hoping to see the first Marbled White of the season, albeit suspected it might be a bit early given the chilly May. However, as soon as I reached the slip ways to the Hagbournes I spotted two pristine Marbled Whites flying and nectaring. The slip ways were warmer and sheltered from the wind, although later I spotted a third specimen on the main track albeit hunkered down in the long grass. The other butterflies on the wing were Common Blue (x5), Painted Lady (x2) and a Small Blue, Large White and Small White."

John Lindley sent this news: "I went to Lardon Chase, Berks today (7th June) and despite the good conditions (sunny, little breeze) butterfly numbers were disappointing. I saw one Adonis Blue, about 10 Common Blues (mostly looking tatty), 2 Small Blues, one Speckled Wood at the Car Park, 7 Meadow Brown (all male), 2 Small Heath and my first Marbled White of the year. There was a single female Brimstone laying eggs in the hedge at the bottom of the site, but no other whites, and no Vanessids at all."

Tim Watts reported the following: "Despite very high winds I visited Yoesden bank, Bucks with Colleen on 6th June to show her the Adonis Blue. Luckily the wind didn't deter the butterflies too much and we saw 10+ Adonis males and 3-4 females. There seemed to be more females than a few days ago, all crawling around low in grass, one detected sweat salt on our hands and stopped for a drink! I wanted to show Colleen the Small Blues that were here a few days ago but none seen, maybe the wind was just too much for them and they stayed low and hidden?"

Adonis Blue f.
Photo © Tim Watts

Chris Hazell sent this report: "I paid an early afternoon visit to Yoesden Bank, Bucks this morning Saturday 6th June in sunny but very windy conditions. The wind was a real a problem and made viewing difficult. However a very enjoyable few hours produced the following: 10 Adonis Blues (8 males and 2 females), 6 Small Blues, 100's Common Blue, 4 Dingy Skipper and 4 Small Heath."

Karen Saxl sent the following: "News from the Railway Embankment Didcot to Upton, Oxon - 6th June. Seeing a good number of Common Blues – despite windy conditions – and the odd Small Blue. Saw a Painted Lady along the embankment yesterday evening – my 5th of the day having decided to get off the train at Appleford and cycle to Didcot on my way home ... and seeing 4 along a stretch by a ditch – it wasn’t until I spotted the third that I was able to make a confirmed sighting as I wasn’t expecting to see them – guess they must just be on their way in. Highlight of this morning was my first Marbled White sighting – at the ramps between East and West Hagbourne – followed by my second Marbled White heading back towards Hagbourne Cemetry. Few years ago it was a good 2 weeks before my second sighting – so not sure if the rest will be ready to come out yet – not much of the knapweed out yet but plenty of ox-eye daisies and the vetches are all doing well this year – probably why I’m seeing as many Common Blues as I am. Sort of feels like summer has arrived though the wind is still deterring most of the butterflies and it’s a bit cold when the sun goes in."

~ 5th June 2015 ~

Michael McNeill sent this report: 5th June. Whilst chasing a Holly Blue in my garden in Upper Basildon, West Berkshire this afternoon, I spotted two Painted Lady butterflies nectaring on my Erysimum. They were content to stay on or around the plant for up to three hours!"

Painted Lady
Photo © Michael McNeill
Painted Lady
Photo © Michael McNeill

Pete Thompson reports seeing a Meadow Brown at Lardon Chase, Berks while carrying out the transect, yesterday (4th June).

Ian Johnston reported the following: "On a morning visit around the Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve in Milton Keynes, Bucks I sighted 7 x Small Blue (including an egg-laying female), 23 Dingy Skipper, 40+ Common Blue, 3 x Brown Argus, 2 x Large White, 2 x Brimstone, I x male Orange-tip, 1 x Grizzled Skipper (and 14 Burnet Companion moths). Weather: Very warm and Sunny."

Tim Watts sent the following: "4th June - Myself and Warren Claydon had a fantastic visit to Yoesden Bank, Bucks today, many Adonis Blue and Small Blue on the wing. Adonis males were very active, I saw my first ever female but just failed to get a photo. A male made up for this when it landed on my finger and fed on my sweat salt! The sun was so bright most of the photos on my compact camera were overexposed and 'blowing out' the beautiful blue of the upperside, so a tip I would use again was to use the camera on shutter speed priority, set on 1,000th or 2,000th sec, lowish 200 I.S.0, macro setting and deliberately shade the butterfly with your body. Maybe not be the best way but that's how I got this photo of the male with wings open!"

Adonis Blue
Photo © Tim Watts
Adonis Blue
Photo © Tim Watts

John Holdbrook went to Swyncombe Down, Oxon on June 4th: "The hillside area was disappointing given that it was warm and sunny and despite searching I saw only a few Brimstones and Common Blues. I walked on to the eastern area where there is a grassy strip before the wood and the Ridgeway. Here I saw at least 8 Small Blues just beside the footpath along a stretch of a few hundred metres. There were more Brimstones and Common Blues so I saw in total about 20 of each as well as a male Orange Tip."

Small Blue
Photo © John Holdbrook

Richard Wheeler sent the following report: "I visited a hot and sunny Ardley Quarry, Oxon early this afternoon (04/06/15). Ten species seen: 1 Small Heath, 5 Brimstone, 9 Common Blue, 2 Green Hairstreak (the first I’ve managed to find here), 1 Small White, 1 (rather brown) Grizzled Skipper, 2 Peacock, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Orange Tip and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Also seen: 1 Silver ground carpet moth, 3 Cinnabar moth, 3 Latticed Heath moth and 1 Broad-bodied Chaser."

Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Richard Wheeler
Brown Argus
Photo © Richard Wheeler

Cliff Buckton reported the following: "There was a Painted Lady in our garden near Denham, Bucks this morning, 4th June, our first record of it."

Painted Lady
Photo © Cliff Buckton
Painted Lady
Photo © Cliff Buckton

Tony Rayner sent this news: "After a long spell with nothing new seen, today (4th June) found a newly emerged Large Skipper in our Cholsey, Oxon meadow.

Large Skipper
Photo © Tony Rayner

Bryan Williams sent this report: "I visited the Millennium Arboretum in Wokingham, Berks today (3rd June) and with a little sun finally emerging saw my first Large Skipper of the year as well as Common Blues (2), Speckled Wood (3), Small White (4) and Brimstone (2) along with a number of day flying moths; Mother Shipton (2), Burnet Companion (7), Silver Y (1) and a single Forrester."

Large Skipper
Photo © Bryan Williams
Forrester Moth
Photo © Bryan Williams

~ 1st June 2015 ~

Stuart Hodges, Black Hairstreak Species Champion, sent the following news: "I went out today, 1st June, to look for Black Hairstreak pupae and after about 45 minutes in Finemere Wood, Bucks I was successful. This is the first we have found since 2010, but little time has been spent looking for them. I will be pleased to receive reports of site visits to look for the Black Hairstreak, although I think the cool weather for the last two to three weeks will have delayed its emergence - the hot weather forecast to be with us by the weekend may well bring them out."

Black Hairstreak pupa
Photo © Stuart Hodges

Maureen Cross sent this report of the Adonis Blue Field Meeting on 30th May: "18 Members met on Lardon Chase, West Berks for the first Adonis Blue Field Meeting of 2015. Butterflies were very elusive in the cool and cloudy weather but thinning patches of cloud brought short periods of warmth and we did eventually discover 9 species of butterfly, the most plentiful of which was the Common Blue. Our search for the Adonis started at 10.30 and by 12.30 I was beginning to admit that this would be my first ever Adonis meeting when we failed to find a single Adonis! As many of the group left for home the sun suddenly came out, the temperature rose and within ten minutes the few remaining members were rewarded with just one pristine male Adonis Blue which posed beautifully for the photographers. Butterflies seen: Common Blue 19, Small Blue 3, Dingy Skipper 1, Meadow Brown 1, Small Heath 5, Small White 1, Brimstone 1, Orange-tip 1, Adonis Blue 1. Moths seen: Cinnabar 1."

David Hastings visited the north side of Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon on Saturday afternoon (30th May) and saw Dingy Skipper (1), Large White (1), Brimstone (5 males), Common Blues (20+ males, 3 females), Brown Argus (20+), Adonis Blues (7 males), Small Copper (1), Green Hairstreak (2) and Red Admiral (1).

~ 30th May 2015 ~

Karen Saxl (Small Blue Species Champion) sent the following update for the Railway embankments – Didcot to Upton, Oxon on 30th May: "I saw my first Common Blues today … and my first Red Admiral – straight out of the box – though the Red Admiral was actually on a path of the line. Suffering a bit from the continual windy conditions so not really seeing much by way of butterflies – just a few Small Blues for the most part, some Whites and Brimstones, when I do manage to make it out. Having spent a large part of the winter looking through blackthorn for Brown Hairstreak eggs I now seem to have transferred this to looking through heads of kidney vetch – which are very plentiful at some points – for Small Blue eggs ... found my first one this morning. Also saw a Small Blue exhibiting egg laying behaviour but think that the kidney vetch head wasn’t quite right and also that I disturbed her at the wrong moment as couldn’t see an egg when I checked. And I got spotted doing it by another UTB member who called down as I was inspecting some kidney vetch heads 'you aren’t Karen Saxl are you?' had seen the posting/first sighting and had correctly assumed that my odd behaviour was related to lepidoptera. Will need to take a camera with me at some point – keep spotting what I think are tiger moth caterpillars of varying sizes in the grass but can’t manage to identify them … sure they must be garden tiger but doesn’t quite fit with the pictures I can find."

Tim Watts sent this report: "Today 29th May at Calvert BBOWT reserve, Bucks there were more than usual Common Blues resting on low hawthorn sprigs in the open area, with many mating pairs seen. During the week also seen were 1 Small Heath, Dingy and Grizzled Skippers and 2-3 Green Hairstreaks."

Green Hairstreak
Photo © Tim Watts
Common Blue
Photo © Tim Watts

Martin Kincaid (Green Hairstreak Species Champion) sent the following news: "With some free time yesterday (28th May) I decided to devote some time looking for my favourite species, Green Hairstreak. I picked a good day. I started out at 10.30am at Pitstone Hill, Bucks which has always been my most reliable site for this species. Searching the foot of the hill I eventually found six of them, most still in good condition. It was great to watch them tilting their wings to make the most of the patchy sunshine. Also seen here: 8 Dingy Skipper, 1 Grizzled Skipper, 2 Common Blue, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood and 2 beautiful, fresh Brown Argus – my first of the year. Out of nowhere, a downpour brought my visit to a hasty end. Next I visited College Lake, Bucks. First butterfly I saw was a Green Hairstreak as I walked along the path beside the wildflower meadows. Common Blues were out in force with at least 40 on the wing and I soon saw my first Small Blues of the year. If you visit the Octagon Hide here, Small Blues can be seen over the Kidney Vetch just outside the hide. I saw about a dozen in total. Leaving the hide, I immediately spotted a second Green Hairstreak right outside! 3 GH in total. Other butterflies seen: 3 Small Heath, 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 female Orange-tip, 1 Small White. Finally back to Milton Keynes, Bucks and Blue Lagoon Local Nature Reserve. Once a decent site for Green Hairstreak but I hadn’t seen any for 5-6 years. Well they took some finding, but eventually I spotted 2. These were close to the edge of the lake, not a site where I traditionally saw them. Elsewhere I found 2 Small Blue, 3 Grizzled Skipper and single Peacock, Comma, Brimstone and Speckled Wood. Best of all no less than 12 Dingy Skippers, which were flying widely across the site. Dingy Skipper seems to be having a good season in Milton Keynes. As well as the Blue Lagoon population, I have seen my first DS at Howe Park Wood SSSI on Friday 15th May and Harry Appleyard saw one at Tattenhoe Park on 27th May (see photo). Hopefully the early signs of range expansion here in Milton Keynes. Please continue to send your Green Hairstreak records to me."

Dingy Skipper
Photo © Harry Appleyard

David Fuller sent this sighting: "26th May. My garden in Maidenhead, Berks: a Painted Lady - always nice to see in your own garden!"

~ 28th May 2015 ~

Wendy Wilson reported the following: "There appears to be a sudden influx of Large Whites often heading north. I saw several yesterday, 27th May, at various different places around Denham and Iver, Bucks. Three of them were nectaring by the edge of the wood at Denham Garden Village where I also spotted Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Holly Blue, Common Blue, Peacock and a Burnet Companion moth. Beside Iver Cemetery were my first Small Copper and Yellow Shell moth of the year."

Large White
Photo © Wendy Wilson
Green-veined Whites pairing
Photo © Wendy Wilson

Peter Law saw the following: "There were 3 male Adonis Blue on the wing today, 27th May, at Aston Rowant NNR (N), Oxon from 12:30pm. These were on the hillside above the far end of the sunken way trail from the car park. I was on site from just after 9am and other butterflies seen were: very many Common Blue and Brown Argus, 4 Green Hairstreak, 2 Small Heath and singles of Small Copper, Dingy Skipper, Brimstone and Peacock."

Adonis Blue
Photo © Peter Law
Adonis Blue
Photo © Peter Law

Brendan Sheridan sent this report: "I encountered this sight (see photo) on a visit to Pitstone, Bucks this morning, 27th May, looking for Small Blues. The butterflies were certainly enjoying themselves! All species shown, Small Blue, Common Blue and Dingy Skipper plus Small Heath were present in good numbers."
(Warning: You may not want to click to view the larger image of this photo if you're still eating your breakfast!! Wendy)

Small Blues, Common Blue and Dingy Skipper
Photo © Brendan Sheridan

Allen Beechey reported the following: "I took advantage of the good weather this lunchtime (27th May) to traverse the slopes of Yoesden Bank, Bucks. In breezy and, unfortunately, increasingly cloudy conditions I saw the following: 1 Orange-tip (male), 7 Brimstone (inc 1 female), 1 Peacock, 1 Large white (female), 2 Small Heath, 2 Dingy Skipper, 2 Green Hairstreak, 26 Common Blue (incl. 4 females), 2 Small Blue and the highlight was 1 fresh male Adonis Blue."

Adonis Blue
Photo © Allen Beechey

Michael McNeill sent the following: 27th May - A brief visit to Lardon Chase, West Berkshire, on a sunny and warm day. First sighted by Edmund, an enthusiastic 5 year old, we spotted a male Adonis Blue in excellent condition. My first this year."

Adonis Blue
Photo © Michael McNeill

Malcolm Brownsword sent this news: "On 26th May I planned to do my BBOWT transect at Homefield Wood provided that the weather conditions improved. This was the last day of my allotted 7 day period and the Accuweather.com forecast was for 18 degrees C to be reached by about 1.30 pm. At about 10.30 pm it was sunny but only about 14 degrees C. At this low temperature I saw only one butterfly in my garden - a female Holly Blue (see photo). At Homefield Wood, Bucks in the afternoon my transect produced just 2 Brimstones, 1 Common Blue, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small White and a pair of mating Large Whites."

Holly Blue female
Photo © Malcolm Brownsword

~ 26th May 2015 ~

Steve Lockey sent the following report: "26th May, Aston Rowant, Oxon - Breezy and warm out of the wind. Green Hairstreak, Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper - 4, Small White, Brimstone - 3. Also reasonable amounts of Common Blue and Brown Argus."

Dingy Skipper
Photo © Steve Lockey
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Steve Lockey

David Gantzel sent this news: "Monday May 25th. I paid a short visit to Prestwood (Bucks) nature reserve and saw Orange-tips, Brimstones, 2 male Common Blue and 1 Grizzled Skipper. On Friday May 22nd I had my first ever Green-veined White in my garden in Hazlemere, Bucks."

Chris Carter sent this update: "More on Holly Blues:- on Saturday 23rd May I was working in my vegetable plot when a Holly Blue flew around near me with the look of seeking an egg-laying site, and duly settled and laid an egg on the developing flowerhead of my overgrown Parsley at Alvescot, west Oxfordshire. I know that various foodplants are recorded but all are shrubs (if you include Bramble) and Umbelliferae seem well wide of the mark. They do however develop quite chunky seeds in time which might appeal to the Holly Blue's tendency to berries and seedpods. How much do we really know? Photos show the egg and the parsley row."

Holly Blue egg on Parsley
Photo © Chris Carter
The Parsley row
Photo © Chris Carter

Dave Miller reported the following: "I visited the north side of Aston Rowant, Oxon on the afternoon of 22nd May. There was weak but warm sunshine and sticking to the path along the bottom of the slope, I came across good numbers of Brown Argus and Common Blues, pretty well all newly emerged and with the former outnumbering the latter by about three to one. A highlight was a mating pair of Brown Argus. Also seen: Brimstones, Peacocks and perhaps ten Dingy Skippers in the small portion of the hill I covered. There was also a single female Orange-tip."

Brown Argus
Photo © Dave Miller
Brown Argus pairing
Photo © Dave Miller
Orange-tip f.
Photo © Dave Miller

~ 24th May 2015 ~

John Lindley sent this news: "23rd May - I'm still seeing good numbers of Orange-tips, with 10 plus mostly very fresh looking males, and a couple of females, along the river just north of South Stoke, Oxon. Also 2 male Brimstone, several Green-veined White and one Peacock. No Small Tortoiseshell, but lots of larval nests in the nettles. I had two Pine Hawkmoths around one of my security lights in the late evening."

Michael McNeill reported the following on 24th May: "A visit to Hartslock, South Oxfordshire, on 21st May produced 9 Green Hairstreak, 3 Common Blue, 2 Dingy Skipper and 2 male Brimstone. More productive was a visit to Lardon Chase, West Berkshire, on 23rd May where an hour's walk produced 32 Common Blue including 4 female, 7 Small Blue, 1 Dingy Skipper, 5 Brimstone including 2 female, 2 male Orange-tip and 3 Large White. Unfortunately no Adonis Blues were evident. Today, 24th May, I saw in my garden in West Berkshire my first Hummingbird Hawkmoth of the year. All days were somewhat overcast."

Common Blue m.
Photo © Michael McNeill
Common Blue male (left) & female (right)
Photo © Michael McNeill
Common Blues pairing
Photo © Michael McNeill

Tim Hearn made a short visit to the Holtspur Bottom reserve, Bucks on Thursday 21st May. "It was a hot, sunny afternoon with butterflies on the wing but not hanging around to be photographed! There were good numbers of Brimstone and Common Blue, 2 each of Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Small Copper and a single Small Blue on the path that runs alongside the reserve."

Chris Pickford sent this report on 23rd May: "Good to see reasonable numbers of Small Blues flying on the Chilton-Didcot (Oxon) railway embankment this week. Despite the best efforts of man, the colony survives!"

Small Blue
Photo © Chris Pickford
Small Blue
Photo © Chris Pickford

~ 22nd May 2015 ~

Chris Carter sent this report: "On the evening of 21st May I came across a pair of mated Holly Blues on an Agapanthus in our garden at Alvescot, west Oxfordshire. I have the impression that the Holly Blue is on something of a high with us this year."

Holly Blues pairing
Photo © Chris Carter

Neil Holman sent these sightings: "A late morning visit in bright sunshine to Wicken Woods on the Northants/Bucks border on 21st May yielded the following sightings in the Bucks side of the main track through the woods; 6 x lovely Wood White; 2 x Large White; 1 x Green-veined White; 4 x Orange-tip; 7 x Common Blue; 4 x Peacock and 2 x Speckled Wood. During an afternoon walk around Hillesden, just outside Buckingham, Bucks the following butterflies were spotted; 2 x Dingy Skipper; 4 x Brimstone; 2 x Large White; 6 x Orange-tip; 1x Green-veined White; 3 x Small Copper; 12 x Common Blue; 1 x Red Admiral; 1 x Small Tortoiseshell and 2 x Peacock."

Wood White
Photo © Neil Holman
Small Copper
Photo © Neil Holman

Ian Johnston reported the following: "On a brief, late afternoon trip to the Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes, Bucks on Thursday 21st May I sighted 4 x Small Blue, 12 x Dingy Skippers, 5 x Common Blue, 2 x Orange-tip, 2 x Peacock, 2 x Brimstone, 1 x Small Tortoiseshell. Weather: warm and sunny."

Small Blue
Photo © Ian Johnston

Andy Bolton sent the following on 21st May: "Some belated sightings from last week: 12/05/15 Shalford Bridge Gravel Pit, nr. Woolhampton, Berks beside permissive footpath. Grid ref SU 571655. Orange-tip 5, Brimstone 3, Grizzled Skipper 1, Green-veined White 1, Small Copper 1, Brown Argus 1, Common Blue 1, Peacock 1 and Cinnabar moth 2."

~ 19th May 2015 ~

Gerry Kendall sent the following Field Meeting report: "There was intermittent sun and some wind for the Field Trip at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon on 17th May. Nevertheless, the seventeen participants found all four of our targets: Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small Blue. There were another ten species to give a reasonably satisfactory total for the day. Perhaps the biggest surprise was a Painted Lady which paused long enough to be admired on its migration north. The full list of species was: Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Small Blue, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Painted lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Small Heath."

Robin Carr sent the following Field Meeting report: "The butterflies seen during the field trip to Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks on Saturday 16th May by 22+ people were: Duke of Burgundy 14, Brimstone 3, Orange-tip 2, Green Hairstreak 7, Dingy Skipper 14, Grizzled Skipper 4, Holly Blue 1, Peacock 1, Small Heath 2, Speckled Wood 1 and Small Tortoiseshell 1."

David Hastings reported the following: "I attended the field meeting at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks on Saturday 16th May. Species seen by me were Dingy Skipper (11), Grizzled Skipper (1), Duke of Burgundy (8), Brimstone (5), Orange-tip (1), Green-veined White (several), Large White (1), Green Hairstreak (7), Holly Blue (3), Small Tortoiseshell (2) and Small Heath (1). In the afternoon I visited Pitstone, Bucks, where I saw Dingy Skipper (15), Grizzled Skipper (1), Brimstone (4), Green Hairstreak (8), Small Blue (50+), Common Blue (4), Peacock (1) and Small Heath (5)."

Duke of Burgundy
Photo © David Hastings
Small Blue
Photo © David Hastings

Chris Carter sent this news: "On Saturday 16th May at about 3.30pm a large sandy-brown butterfly flew fast and purposefully northwards against a stiff headwind over the adjacent paddock and across our garden in Alvescot, west Oxfordshire. It exactly followed the height and course of the great Painted Lady arrival of 2009 when I counted dozens in a short period. I can't claim irrefutably that it was a Painted Lady but really it can't have been anything else. Is this a harbinger of more to come, I wonder? No more seen so far."

Derek Wilkins sent this update: "Out for about 2 hours on Saturday 16th May from 2.30pm - pleasantly warm but breezy at my usual patch on the north side of the Thames near Windsor & Eton, Berks. Saw good numbers of Peacocks, Brimstones & Small Tortoiseshells, smaller numbers of Large, Small and Green-veined Whites and Orange-tips plus several Small Coppers, 2 Commas and my first Painted Lady of 2015 - 10 species in total - not bad for a rather breezy couple of hours! By the way, I saw my first Common Blue of 2015 (a male) on Monday 4th May about 2pm - thought it was another Holly Blue at first but got close enough to identify it positively - seen in the large meadow north of the lane to the Swan Rescue Centre just west of the railway viaduct."

Chris Naish sent the following news: "A bit of a late report as I’ve been away, but I saw a Dingy Skipper on a lunchtime walk around the Harwell, Oxon site on Wednesday 13th May. It was at the back of the site where the old pre-fab estate used to be."

~ 16th May 2015 ~

Dennis Dell sent this report today: "I was at Beacon Hill and Steps Hill, Bucks on the 12th May from 3pm until 4.20; the weather was fine, sunny, breezy, 20 degrees. Dukes of Burgundy [16] were seen at most of the usual hotspots in the sheltered scrubby areas lower down on Beacon and Steps Hills. Other species: Brimstone [13], Green Hairstreak [4], Orange-tip [4], Dingy Skipper [20], Peacock [8], Holly Blue [2], Large White [3], Small White [6], Small Heath [3], Grizzled Skipper [1]."

John Holdbrook reported the following: "I went to Swyncombe Down, Oxon on Wednesday May 13th and saw a number of Brimstones and Peacocks, a Green Hairstreak, a Small Copper and 3 Dingy Skippers. There were also a number of Whites which I was unable to identify exactly."

Dave Turnbull sent this news: "An hour and a quarter visit to Pitstone, Bucks today (13th May) revealed many Dingy Skippers, Grizzled Skippers 10+, about 7/8 Green Hairstreaks, newly hatched Small Blues in double figures but one somewhat worn, a Brown Argus, 2 Small Coppers, 3 Common Blues, a Small Heath, a Holly Blue, Brimstone, Peacocks and a Cinnabar moth."

Tim Alps sent this report on 13th May: "I thought I should report seeing 2 Small Blues at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks this morning, 13th May, as I haven't seen them here before. They were at the same spot where the Dukes of Burgundy can be found near the cattle grid. I should also mention that I saw my first Small Blue of the year at Pitstone, Bucks on May 4th."

Small Blue
Photo © Tim Alps
Small Blue
Photo © Tim Alps

Karen Saxl reported the following on 13th May: "Feeling really joyful as I have just seen my first 2 Small Blues of the year – perched in grass on the embankments near the Hagbournes, Oxon. Also saw a Holly Blue at Hagbourne cemetery and a number of Orange-tips and some Green-veined Whites. The grass doesn’t really seem as tall as I remember it being at this time of year, but the kidney vetch is just starting to take off though I suspect that the two Small Blues are probably going to spend most of the next couple of days buried deep in the grass keeping dry."

~ 12th May 2015 ~

Ian Johnston sent this news: "I sighted the following at the Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes, on 11th May 2015: 5 x Dingy Skipper, 2 x Grizzled Skipper, 1 x Common Blue, 1 x Holly Blue, 7 x Orange-tip, 6 x Brimstone, 5 x Large White, 4 x Green-veined White, 3 x Peacock, 1 x Small Tortoiseshell. Weather: mostly sunny, warm, breezy."

Common Blue
Photo © Ian Johnston
Dingy Skipper
Photo © Ian Johnston
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Ian Johnston

This report came from Mark and Caroline Searle today: "On Sunday 10th May we visited Ivinghoe Beacon and Income Hole in the Chilterns, Bucks on a warm sunny day where we spotted large numbers of late spring butterflies with the particular highlight being 9 Duke of Burgundy both at Income Hole and at various sheltered spots along the fence line heading north east towards the Beacon. Dingy Skippers (50+) were in abundance, along with Grizzled Skippers (23), Brown Argus (13), particularly at the sheltered eastern end of Income Hole, Small Heath (2), Brimstone (6), Peacock (6) Green Hairstreak (2), Small Copper (1), Large White (2) and Small White (2) were also seen. Later in the afternoon around 5pm we ventured over the county border to Aldbury Nowers Nature Reserve and found more Dingy (8) and Grizzled Skippers (3), Brown Argus (2), Small Heath (2), Brimstone (5), Orange Tips (3) and one Green Veined White. A very productive day."

Brown Argus
Photo © Mark Searle
Duke of Burgundy
Photo © Mark Searle
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Mark Searle

Neil Holman reported the following sightings: "I managed to make two trips today, 11th May. The first was to Pitstone, Bucks behind the church, where in warm but changeable weather I spotted 15 x Dingy Skipper, 3 x Grizzled Skipper, 2 x Brimstone, 2 x Orange-tip, 7 x Green Hairstreak, 1 x Small Copper, 1 x Holly Blue, 1 x Peacock and 5 x lovely Small Blue.
An afternoon trip to Incombe Hole, Ivinghoe, Bucks also proved very rewarding with loads of Dingy Skipper, 3 x Grizzled Skipper, 4 x Brimstone, 2 x Orange-tip, 1 x Green Hairstreak, 2 x Brown Argus, 5 x Duke of Burgundy 2 x Peacock and 1 x Small Heath."

Brown Argus
Photo © Neil Holman
Small Blue
Photo © Neil Holman

Judith Barnard sent this news: "Two Holly Blues, a Speckled Wood, a Large White and a male Brimstone spotted in Willen, Milton Keynes, Bucks today, 11th May."

Miles Attenborough reported the following: "I spent this morning, 10th May, at Steps Hill and Incombe Hole, Bucks and saw 1 Small Heath, 7 Dingy Skippers, 5 Grizzled Skippers, 2 Duke of Burgundy, 3 Brown Argus, 5 male Brimstone. Mostly on the sheltered lower slopes of Incombe Hole as a bit breezy."

Brown Argus
Photo © Miles Attenborough
Duke of Burgundy
Photo © Miles Attenborough
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Miles Attenborough

Paul Busby sent this report on 10th May: "On a 2 mile walk around College Lake, Bucks nature reserve on a blustery Saturday afternoon (9th May), I saw one butterfly, a Green Hairstreak on a Hawthorne hedge tempted out by a brief sunny spell. Lovely circular walk this afternoon, (10th May), down Incombe Hole, Bucks and around Steps Hill, I was pleased to see at least 7 Duke of Burgundy butterflies at different locations as well as 2 Grizzled Skippers, 3 Peacocks, 1 Large White, a Burnet Companion Moth, at least 6 Dingy Skippers and at least 12 Brimstones (mostly males)."

Green Hairstreak
Photo © Paul Busby
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Paul Busby
Duke of Burgundy
Photo © Paul Busby

Keith O'Hagen sent this news: "10th May - Just had a Comma in my Milton Keynes, Bucks garden. My first this year."

Comma
Photo © Holdingmoments
Keith O'Hagen

Nick Bowles reported the following on 9th May: "A walk for new members around the two reserves in the Holtspur Valley, Bucks (outside Beaconsfield) today (09.05.15) revealed the following species: Dingy Skipper, Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange Tip, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Small Yellow Underwing and Pyrausta aurata."

~ 8th May 2015 ~

Andy Bolton sent this news today: "Seen yesterday 07/05/15 on brownfield land within a few yards of the east entrance to New Greenham Park (Berks) business area off the A339. Grid ref SU 503638. Dingy Skipper 2, Grizzled Skipper 1, Brimstone 1, Mother Shipton 1. This is a tetrad on the southerly edge of the Greenham Common area and may be a new location for these species."

Neil Holman sent this report: "I took a late morning trip on 7th May in changeable weather condtions to Calvert Jubilee Nature Reserve, Bucks where I spotted 10 x Dingy Skippers, 3 x Grizzled Skippers, 3 x Orange-tips, a Peacock, a Speckled Wood and my first two Common Blues of the year."

Common Blue
Photo © Neil Holman
Dingy Skippers pairing
Photo © Neil Holman

Dave Wilton reported the following: "A look at accessible areas close to the newly-constructed incinerator at Greatmoor, Bucks on bank holiday Monday (4th May) produced a handful of sightings of Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper & Brown Argus as well as the usual suspects."

Colin Mather sent this news today: "Hope the weather improves soon but last Monday 4th May I took these photos (below) in my garden in Sonnning Common, Oxon: Large White, Holly Blue, 2 Green-veined Whites pairing and flying joined together. Also saw in total 2 Orange-tip male & female, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Brimstones, 2 Large White, Holly Blue male & female."

Large White
Photo © Colin Mather
Holly Blue
Photo © Colin Mather
Green-veined Whites pairing
Photo © Colin Mather

~ 5th May 2015 ~

David Hastings reported the following: "On Monday (4th May) I visited Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon, where I saw I saw four Grizzled Skippers, at least four Orange-tips, at least eighteen Brimstones, at least twenty Green-veined Whites, one Green Hairstreak, two Small Coppers, one Holly Blue, five Small Tortoiseshells and at least ten Peacocks. I also visited Cholsey Marsh, Oxon, where I saw one Orange-tip, two Brimstones, four Green-veined Whites, two Small Tortoiseshells and four Peacocks."

Paul Bowyer sent these sightings: "Monday May 4th. An hour break in the cloud produced 10 species in the Bulstrode area in Bucks just to the north of the M40. Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small Copper, Small Heath, Large White, Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma."

Charles Sharp sent this update on 4th May: "Visited Aston Upthorpe, Oxon again on Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May, and found Grizzled Skipper and Small Copper. Thanks to David Hastings for showing me the way."

Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Charles Sharp
Small Copper
Photo © Charles Sharp

James Ford sent the following: "Buttlers Hangings, Bucks, 4th May. Lovely warm morning. 10 Dingy Skippers, 3 Grizzled Skippers, 2 Green Hairstreaks, 4 Orange-tips, 3 Peacocks, 12 Brimstones, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and a single Small Heath. A Mother Shipton moth too."

Dingy Skipper
Photo © James Ford

Luci Mintz sent this report on 4th May: "Here is a sighting for you for 1st May 2015. Not a rare breed but still my first one sent to you so hopefully more to come: a Holly Blue found in Winkfield Row, Berks next to Warfield Park, RG427TE."

Holly Blue
Photo © Luci Mintz

~ 1st May 2015 ~

Nicholl Williams sent this news today: "I went down to Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks on 1st May and the weather wasn't the best. I saw several Dingy Skippers and Grizzled Skippers. I also saw a few Green Hairstreaks and one Large White. A single Holly Blue flew by."

Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Nicholl Williams

Keith O'Hagen sent the following: "A couple of male Orange-tip butterflies at Caldecotte Lake, Milton Keynes, Bucks this morning, 1st May and this afternoon in my MK garden, a male Holly Blue on the ivy."

David Fuller reported these sightings: "29th April - SU850830 Pinkneys Green near Maidenhead, Berks. A new site for me; Orange-tip male 3, Small White 1, Brimstone 1 male, Peacock 1 and Green-veined White 4 new for the year for me."

John Lindley sent this report on 29th April: "I've been meaning to send the attached photos, showing the variation in markings between individual Green-veined White males. I took these at Moor Copse, Berks on 20th April. In fact, the variation is greater than shown in the pictures - some males had virtually no black at all on their upper wings. There were good numbers of Orange-tips at the same site, including this male (below), which was notable for its extremely small size, it was the same size as a Common Blue! All the others that I saw were of "normal" size. I wonder whether any of our experts have views on this? I was wondering whether an occasional larva might pupate before going through all its instars?"

Green-veined White
Photo © John Lindley
Green-veined White
Photo © John Lindley
Orange-tip
Photo © John Lindley

Charles Sharp sent the following on 28th April: "Visited Aston Upthorpe, Oxon for the first time: No Grizzled Skipper, but an obliging Green Hairstreak and Brimstones having fun!"

Green Hairstreak
Photo © Charles Sharp
Brimstones
Photo © Charles Sharp

~ 27th April 2015 ~

Tim Watts sent this news today: "It's looking very likely we will get hit by a big Painted Lady invasion! From bird sites, thousands are pouring through Scilly Isles and Portland Bill. I'm already seeing a fair few around Bucks, but it would be nice to get them in the garden again this year."

Paul Busby sent this report: "Today, 27th April, I visited Ardley Quarry, Oxon and Aston Rowant, Oxon on my way home from Wales. At Ardley Quarry during a brief sunny spell I saw 2 Grizzled Skippers, a Peacock, a male Orange-tip, a Green-veined White and a Cinnabar moth, whilst later along the Green Sunken Lane at Aston Rowant, bit breezy, cloudy and cool and I saw only 2 Peacocks."

Mary Payne reported the following: "On 25th April around Watermead, Bucks HP19 0FY: 4 Orange-tip, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, several Small Whites."

Orange-tip
Photo © Mary Payne

David Hastings sent this update: "I visited Ardley Quarry, Oxon on 25th April, where I failed to find any Grizzled Skippers! I did see three Orange-tips (2 m, 1 f), five Brimstones (3 m, 2 f), one Large White, two Green-veined Whites, one Holly Blue, one Green Hairstreak, three Peacocks and three Speckled Woods."

~ 25th April 2015 ~

Andy Hoskins reported the following on 24th April: "Today (24th April) I visited Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (1.00-2.15pm) and saw 1 Duke of Burgundy and 3 Green Hairstreak. I then visited Pitstone, Bucks and saw 3 Peacocks, 1 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Dingy Skipper and 1 Green Hairstreak."

Duke of Burgundy
Photo © Andy Hoskins
Dingy Skipper
Photo © Andy Hoskins

Derek Wilkins sent this report on 24th April: "Out every day this week and plenty of butterflies. Yesterday, Thursday 23rd April, was the best day - I saw 10 species including my first (at last!) Speckled Wood of the year - rather later than usual. Started & ended around my usual patch but in between walked upstream along the Thames to Boveney village - large numbers of Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells and Brimstones (about 50/50 male to female). There were good numbers of Orange-tips & Holly Blues, smaller numbers of Large, Small & Green-veined Whites and just 2 Commas. Finally as I neared home I saw the first (& only) Speckled Wood enjoying the dappled sunlight on the edge of some woodland just west of the Swan Rescue Centre (just north of the Thames near Windsor & Eton, Berks). Another excellent Butterfly Walk!!"

Helen Hyre sent the following on 24th April: "On 16th April I had a walk across pasture at Hulcott near Aylesbury, Bucks. The sun had gone in and there was a cold wind. In a 10cm deep depression I saw this Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell sitting close to each other."

Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock
Photo © Helen Hyre

~ 23rd April 2015 ~

Richard Wheeler sent this update today: "Further to yesterday’s visit to Ardley Quarry (see report below), I made a fleeting visit to Yoesden Bank, Bucks this morning, 23rd April. It was sunny and c.12-14°C. I saw 3 Green Hairstreak, 2 Grizzled Skipper, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Large White."

Green Hairstreak
Photo © Richard Wheeler

Bryan Williams sent these sightings: "On Tuesday 21st April I visited Greenham Common, Berks. Despite being a sunny day the cold breeze kept the butterfly count down except in the more sheltered areas, but I did see two Grizzled Skippers, taking nectar from wild strawberry flowers, as well as 5 Brimstones (3 male, 2 female), 3 Peacocks and singles of Orange-tip (male) and Red Admiral.
On Wednesday 22nd April at Aston Rowant, Oxon I saw 5 Green Hairstreaks (4 of them on one cluster of Blackthorn next to the path). There were also Brimstones (15), Peacocks (6), Small Tortoiseshells (4) plus one Red Admiral and one Orange-tip (female)."

Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Bryan Williams
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Bryan Williams

Paul Busby sent this report: "I visted the Holtspur Bottom reserve in Bucks this afternoon, 22nd April, for about an hour on a cooler, cloudier, breezier day than recently but still managed to see 7 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Peacocks and 1M + 1F Orange-tip butterflies."

Tony Rayner reported the following: "Today (22nd April) we had our first Small Copper of the year in our Cholsey, Oxon meadow. Good numbers of Holly Blue, Orange-tip, Small White and Speckled Wood too."

Richard Wheeler sent the following: "I made a quick visit to Ardley Quarry, Oxon at lunchtime today (22/04/15) in search of Grizzled Skipper. I found two, together with 3 Large White, 3 Orange-tip, 5 Peacock and 3 Brimstone."

Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Richard Wheeler
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Richard Wheeler

David Hastings reported the following on 22nd April: "Sightings 18th April: At Aston Rowant (Beacon Hill), Oxon I saw one Orange-tip, about a dozen Green Hairstreaks, three Small Tortoiseshells and seven Peacocks. Then at Aston Upthorpe (Juniper Valley), Oxon I saw three Orange-tips, nine Brimstones, three Green-veined Whites, one Holly Blue, about a dozen each of Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks and two Commas."

Green Hairstreak
Photo © David Hastings
Holly Blue
Photo © David Hastings

~ 21st April 2015 ~

David Gantzell sent these sightings today: "Bourne End, Bucks, Tuesday 21st April: Taking a short walk along the Thames at Bourne End I counted four Holly Blue, just one Peacock and a single Orange-tip."

Andy Hoskins visited Finemere Wood, Bucks for the first time this year on 21st April. "It was between 3.15 to 4.15pm and I saw 9 Peacocks, 5 Orange-tip male, 3 Orange-tip female, 1 Comma, 3 Brimstone, 2 Large White, 6 Small White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-Veined White."

Orange-tip
Photo © Andy Hoskins
Comma
Photo © Andy Hoskins

Francis Gomme sent this update on 21st April: "Two, possibly three Dukes of Burgundy at Ivinghoe, Bucks this morning, 21st April, plus Grizzled Skippers and Green Hairstreaks."

James Ford sent this report on 20th April: "A beautifully warm day at Buttler's Hangings near West Wycombe, Bucks. The initial walk to the reserve threw up 20+ Peacocks, 7 Orange-tips, 5 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Large Whites and 27 Brimstones (mainly females) around the surrounding field edges. The site itself was bathed in sunshine and the following butterflies were seen 24 Peacocks, 4 Small Tortoiseshells, 17 Brimstones, 6 Orange-tips, 2 Large Whites, 3 Green Hairstreaks and 3 Grizzled Skippers. A male Emperor Moth made an appearance also alongside a Ruby Tiger moth."

Colin Mather reported the following: "I spotted a Holly Blue in my garden in Sonning Common, Oxon this evening, Monday 20th April."

Holly Blue
Photo © Colin Mather

Neil Holman sent this report on 20th April: "I enjoyed a couple of hours at Incombe Hole, Ivinghoe, Bucks today (20th April). In glorious sunshine I was lucky enough to see the following; 1 x Comma; 20+ Peacock; 8 x Brimstone; 1 x Small Tortoiseshell; 3 x Grizzled Skippers; 1 x Green Hairstreak and one gorgeous Duke of Burgundy."

Duke of Burgundy
Photo © Neil Holman
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Neil Holman

Mary Payne reports seeing her first three Orange-tips of the year, all within close proximity of each other in Stoke Mandeville, Bucks on 20th April.

~ 18th April 2015 ~

Mick Jones sent this news today: "Working at Dancersend Nature Reserve, Bucks today (18th April) I saw Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Green-veined White, Orange-tip and Speckled Wood, but the highlight was my first Green Hairstreak of the year in a sheltered clearing. On my transect, which is more exposed, I only recorded one Peacock!"

Green Hairstreak
Photo © Mick Jones

John Lindley reported the following today: "On 18th April whilst out walking near the river at South Stoke, Oxon in strong sunshine with strong breezes, I saw this interesting behaviour next to an overgrown blackthorn hedge - a group of about 6 to 8 Peacocks (hard to count) spiralling up to a height of about 30 feet, then diving rapidly back to about head height and seeming to fly off in different directions, only to gather together again and repeat the process. I watched them do this 5 or 6 times before the dogs got bored and we moved on. I noticed large numbers of Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells flying around the large nettle beds in the area, hopefully a good sign for the next generation. Also on the wing were 10+ Brimstones, 4 male and 2 female Orange-tips, 2 Small Whites, 2 Green-veined Whites, 5-6 Commas and a courting pair of Speckled Woods. My hibernating hornets have finally vacated the shed and it was good to see a queen Hornet today busily chewing wood from one of my fence posts."

Francis Gomme sent these sightings today: "Grizzled Skippers and Dingy Skippers plus Large Whites, Small Whites and Orange-tips at Grangelands, Bucks this morning, 18th April."

~ 17th April 2015 ~

Bryan Williams sent the following report: "Walking around the gravel pit at Spade Oak, Bucks today (17th April) I saw 12 Peacocks, 4 Commas, 7 Speckled Woods, my first of the year and all very fresh, 4 Green-veined Whites, 5 Orange-tips flying through the stand of wild cherry trees by the railway line and a single Small Tortoiseshell."

Holly Blue
Photo © Bryan Williams
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Bryan Williams
Speckled Wood
Photo © Bryan Williams

Francis Gomme reports seeing Green Hairstreaks at College Lake, Bucks this morning, 17th April.

Ben and Jenny Hobbs reported the following: "We walked to Juniper Valley (Aston Upthorpe, Oxon) on 15th April. Could not find any Grizzled Skipper, but did see a “blind” Peacock aberration, with only 2 spots. Also about a dozen Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Comma, 1 Orange-tip female and plenty of normal Peacock."

~ 15th April 2015 ~

Bryan Williams reported the following: "I visited Basildon Park, Berks (NT site) today (15th April) and walked round the boundary path; a large number of Brimstones (38) – eight of them female, 18 Peacocks, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Orange-tips – all male and a single Holly Blue. There were also a lot of bee flies (Bombylius major)."

Paul Bowyer sent this news on 15th April: "April 14th - My garden in Flackwell Heath, Bucks Large White, Holly Blue, Brimstone (male and female), Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell.

Paul Busby reported these sightings on 15th April: "I saw a lot of butterflies late afternoon, although only 3 species on an hour's walk on a sunny blustery day at Steps Hill, Ivinghoe, Bucks. There were at least 27 Peacocks, 10 Small Tortoiseshells and 2 Brimstones."

Ian Johnston sent the following on 15th April: "I sighted the following at the Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes, Bucks on 15/04/2015: 20+ Peacock, 11 x Brimstone (M&F), 7 x Small Tortoiseshells, 10 x Orange-tip (M&F), 3 x Small White (including a ‘mud-puddler’), 2 x Speckled Wood, 1 x Green-veined White. Weather – very warm, with cloudless skies."

Green-veined White
Photo © Ian Johnston
Orange-tip
Photo © Ian Johnston
Small White
Photo © Ian Johnston

David Fuller sent this update: "Today, 14th April, in my garden Maidenhead, Berks: male Holly Blue, Brimstone, Orange-tip male, Peacock 3, Comma and Small white. Then at Romney Island Windsor, Berks SU972781: Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 5, Brimstone 1, Small White 1, Red Admiral 1 and Holly Blue 1 male."

David Hastings sent this report on 14th April: "I saw the following at Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon today: at least 14 Brimstones (including one ovipositing female), two Small Tortoiseshells, at least eight Peacocks, two Green-veined Whites and an Orange-tip."

Steve Lockey sent this news on 14th April: "A Large White seen in the garden at Garsington, Oxon today 14/04/15.

Large White
Photo © Steve Lockey

Dave Cleal reported the following on 14th April: "9th April Small White in the garden, also 10+ Peacocks on Dorney Common, Bucks, 4 Brimstones and 2 Small Tortoiseshells. Speckled Wood in the garden today (14th April). I also saw a Holly Blue in Kintbury, Berks on Sunday 12th April."

~ 12th April 2015 ~

Nicholl Williams reported the following: "I went down to the field opposite Widmere Lane between Marlow and Lane End (Bucks) today, (12th April). I saw a few Commas, Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks feeding on the Blackthorn blossom. I then went down to the bank near Lane End, and saw dozens of Small Tortoiseshells, a few Commas and lots of Peacocks. I took a few images, one of a Peacock being mobbed by a bee!"

Bee Fly
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Comma
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Peacock
Photo © Nicholl Williams

David Hastings sent the following: "Sightings today (12th April) at Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon: one Green-veined White, one Peacock, seven Small Tortoiseshells."

Green-veined White
Photo © David Hastings

Chris Pickford sent these sightings: "Out today (12th April), looking at beeflies (100+) when I spotted a very handsome Green Hairstreak which landed on a primrose and displaced a beefly I was trying to photograph. Location was Harwell site, near Didcot, Oxon. Other species seen: Peacock (10), Comma (2), Small Tortoiseshell (2) Speckled Wood (1), Brimstone (25) and a Small White. No Orange-tips spotted here yet."

Green Hairstreak
Photo © Chris Pickford

Tony Croft sent this report: "Although it was pretty chilly and windy this morning, (12th April), I went to Aston Rowant, Oxon to see if Green Hairstreaks were around yet. I had several sightings including two in aerial combat over the hillside but mainly in and around the sheltered bramble scrub at the base of the hill."

Green Hairstreak
Photo © Tony Croft

John Lindley reported the following: "Walking along the river Thames at South Stoke, Oxon this morning (12th April), in bright sun but a very strong southerly wind, I was surprised to see a Clouded Yellow flying northwards at great speed - probably blown over from France by the strong breezes of the last couple of days. Also 2 Comma, 2 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a Small White. Yesterday, on the Ridgeway just to the west of Goring and Streatley Golf Club (Berks/Oxon border), 3 Commas (including one very small specimen), 10+ Small Tortoiseshells including a group of 4 chasing each other around a flowering Blackthorn, 1 Peacock, 2 Small Whites and a male Brimstone."

~ 10th April 2015 ~

Ian Johnston sent this report today: "On a visit to Lodge Lake and part of the adjoining Loughton Brook in Milton Keynes on 9th April, I spotted 11 x Peacock, 7 x Small Tortoiseshell, 2 x Brimstone, 1 x Comma, 1 x Small White and 1 x male Orange-tip on the wing."

David Gantzel sent these sightings on 9th April: "A walk around the area now known as Widmer Fields between Hazlemere and Widmer End, Bucks on Thursday April 9th produced four Comma, two Small Tortoiseshell and three Peacock."

Neil Holman reported the following on 9th April: "Today, 9th April, I went over to Rushbeds Wood, Bucks and over the lunchtime period in bright sunshine I was lucky enough to spot 2 Orange-tips, 5 Brimstones, 4 Small Tortoiseshells, 5 Commas and in excess of 20 Peacocks. I then went onto Finemere Woods, Bucks and spotted another 2 Orange-tips, 7 Brimstones, 6 Small Tortoiseshells, 9 Peacocks and 6 Commas.
On Tuesday 7th April I visited College Wood, Nash (Bucks) and in the late afternoon sunshine I spotted a Red Admiral, 12 Commas, 30+ Peacocks and 4 Brimstones. I was amazed at the number of aerial confrontations between the small Commas and larger Peacocks, the Commas were so aggressive!"

Orange-tip
Photo © Neil Holman
Orange-tip
Photo © Neil Holman
Brimstone
Photo © Neil Holman

Nigel Cleere sent this news on 9th April: "I have just seen a Holly Blue in my garden at Upper Bucklebury, Berks (9th April). A few days ago (exact date not recorded) I had a Painted Lady in my garden."

Peter Law sent this report: "Myself and Ewan Urquhart found a Speckled Wood on Thursday morning, 9th April, at Standlake Common NR, Oxon. There were also many Brimstone flying here."

Speckled Wood
Photo © Peter Law

John Lerpiniere sent this sighting: "A Green-veined White at Fobney, Reading (SU703709) on 8th April."

Derek Brown reported the following on 9th April: "Finally getting some butterflies in our garden in Beenham, Berkshire. Now up to 7 species with our first Green-veined White on the morning of the 8th April."

Jeff Alderson reported the following on 9th April: "On 7th April in my garden on the edge of Oxford, OX4 4ED, I had several sightings of a Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell."

~ 9th April 2015 ~

Nigel Partridge reports seeing a Green-veined White in his garden in Loosley Row, Bucks) on 8th April.

Richard Wheeler reported the following on 8th April: "I visited Ardley Quarry, Oxon with my children this afternoon (08/04/15). The weather was sunny and warm (c.15°C) and we saw: 17 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Brimstone and 3 Comma; also, a handsome Bee Fly."

Bee Fly
Photo © Richard Wheeler

David Fuller sent these sightings on 8th April: "My garden in Maidenhead, Berks today: Comma, Peacock and Brimstone again and also at Eton school, Berks 2 Brimstones together. Then on the 8th April a Holly Blue male seen near my house."

Derek Wilkins reported the following on 7th April: "Monday 6th April out for about 4 hours this afternoon in my usual area north of the Thames near Windsor & Eton, Berks (west of the railway bridge) and saw my first 2 Small Whites of the season also the first female Brimstones of the year (2), they were outnumbered at least 10 to 1 by male Brimstones. Also 20 plus Peacocks, 10 plus Small Tortoiseshells & 3 Commas. Then on Tuesday 7th April out for about 5 hours in the same area - 2 more firsts for 2015 - 4 male Orange-tips & a brief glimpse of a Holly Blue. Also saw 2 Red Admirals, 1 Comma and similar if not slightly larger numbers of Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks & male Brimstones (no females today). A thoroughly enjoyable couple of Butterfly Walks - banishing the memories of cold and grey winter days, also had a fairly close view of a Kingfisher perched by the river on Monday - always a nice bonus!"

Colin Mather sent this news on 8th April: "Mating Brimstones in my garden at Sonning Common, Oxon and also saw one Comma, one Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock 6th April."

Brimstones pairing
Photo © Colin Mather

John Lindley sent these sightings on 7th April: "The following seen today in the warm sunshine in two large gardens in Goring on Thames, Oxon. 10+ Brimstone, including two females, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock and my first Speckled Wood of the year (the latter in a sheltered "woodland" spot near the Oxford to Reading railway line). All the hibernating butterflies have now moved out of my sheds, but the Hornets are still there."

Wendy Wilson sent this report: "Lovely warm sunny day today, 7th April and seven species were on the wing around Langley and Iver, Buckinghamshire. Six of them - Brimstone, Orange-tip, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood - were in St Mary's churchyard Langley Marish, which is an oasis in an urban area near Slough. The seventh species was a Small white. Elsewhere I found the greatest numbers nectaring on blackthorn and plum blossom; five Peacocks were on one bush on wasteland near Iver."

Peacock
Photo © Wendy Wilson
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Wendy Wilson
Speckled Wood
Photo © Wendy Wilson

Tony Rayner reported the following on 7th April: "Both today and yesterday our Cholsey (Oxon) patch seemed awash with early butterfly species in the following order of abundance - Small Tortoiseshell; Peacock, Brimstone (all male); Comma and Small White. Today on the outskirts of Hampstead Norreys, Berks my first and only Orange-tip of the year."

David Gantzel sent this report on 7th April: "Easter Monday April 6th Hazlemere, Bucks. Male Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock all in my garden."

Pam Hughes writes that she saw her first Peacock butterfly on 6th April and also 2 Brimstones enjoying the sunshine in Bicester, Oxon.

Miles Attenborough reported the following on 7th April: "Saturday the 4th April Bray Pit Nature Reserve, Berks Grid Ref: SU 906 787 - 2 Brimstones."

Brimstone
Photo © Miles Attenborough

~ 6th April 2015 ~

David Hastings sent these sightings today: "I visited Stratfield Brake, Oxon today, 6th April, where I saw three Peacocks and four Small Tortoiseshells. At Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon I saw three Brimstones, two Small Tortoiseshells and a Comma. Finally in my garden in north Abingdon, Oxon, I saw my first Small White of the year, also two Peacocks, three Small Tortoiseshells and a Comma."

Small White
Photo © David Hastings
Comma
Photo © David Hastings

Nick Board reported the following: "I came across these two (see photo) in my garden today in Chackmore, North Bucks. The Small Tortoiseshell followed the Peacock around the garden for about 5 minutes settling from time to time next to each other in the warm sunshine. A case of mistaken identity I feel!!"

Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Nick Board

This report from Cliff Grove came via Paul Bowyer: "Monday 6th April, Jubilee River Path, Dorney (Bucks): Orange-tip, Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell."

John Ward-Smith sent these sightings: "The beautiful weather today, 6th April, saw five species on the wing in our garden in Bracknell, Berkshire: Holly Blue, Peacock x 3, Comma x 2, Brimstone and Small White."

David Fuller sent this report: "Today, 6th April, in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks: Comma; Peacock at last, not one but three; male and female Brimstone and a Small White again - this time it landed for a while so I could I.D. it as a male."

John Lindley reported the following today: "Good numbers of butterflies today, 6th April, at Goring and Streatley Golf Club (Berks/Oxon border): 30+ Brimstones, including 5 females, also 20+ Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Peacock and 1 very battered looking Red Admiral."

Michael McNeill sent this news today: "Apart from the usual suspects which first appeared from 5th March in single numbers, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Peacock and Comma, a warm sunny day today, 6th April, in my garden in Upper Basildon, West Berkshire, produced my first male Orange Tip of the year as well as 6 Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock and 2 Comma, accompanied by my first Bluebell of the Spring."

Peter Cuss sent the following on 6th April: "Walking today near Holmes Farm, Oxon (OS 159, 655 785) saw my first Orange-tip of the season as well as Peacocks (8), Small White (2), Comma (2) and several Brimstones."

Tony Croft sent these sightings today, 6th April: "I've just carried out my first transect of the season at Rushbeds Wood, Bucks in the warm sunshine and had a pretty good result. Brimstone 15; Peacock 33; Comma 10; Small Tortoiseshell 6 and one beautiful male Orange-tip."

Nicholl Williams sent this report on 6th April: "I went to Spade Oak (Bourne End, Bucks) and then nearby Crowne Plaza in Marlow, Bucks today and saw plenty of Brimstones, Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks. Also 1 Comma and 1 Small White.

Comma
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Small White
Photo © Nicholl Williams

Bryan Williams reported the following today, 6th April: "A lovely sunny morning, I visited the Millennium Arboretum in Wokingham, Berks and saw six Peacocks, two Commas, a male Brimstone and a Small Tortoiseshell and returning home (in Wokingham) saw a Holly Blue in my garden."

~ 31st March 2015 ~

Steve Lockey's short walk through Rushbeds Wood, Bucks at midday on 30th March produced 2 Brimstone males flying down the walks and a Comma sunning itself.

~ 25th March 2015 ~

David Fuller sent this news: "The Comma was in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks again on Sunday afternoon, 22nd March. Then on 23/03/15 I had a male Brimstone - my first of the year - and a Small White. This is also my first of the year and is one week earlier than last year's sighting in my garden."

Jim Asher sent this report: "The final Aston Upthorpe work party of the season took place on Sunday 22nd March - it was very helpful to enable us to complete the work on ‘Section 7’ this season. We look forward to seeing if the butterflies appreciate it! Thank you all for turning out and for your work on other work parties this season too. (See photos are on our Facebook page.)
Later that afternoon on a short walk from Marcham (Oxon) to Frilford, Denise and I saw 7 Small Tortoiseshells and 2 Peacocks on a field edge sheltered by a tall hedgerow - it was warm enough (down in the Vale at least)."

Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Jim Asher
Peacock
Photo © Jim Asher

Nicholl Williams saw the following on 22nd March: "I saw a few butterflies today outside the Crowne Plaza in Marlow, Bucks: "One Peacock, several Commas and Small Tortoiseshells."

Comma
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Peacock
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © Nicholl Williams

David Gantzel sent this sighting on 22nd March: "A male Brimstone in Hazlemere, Bucks on Friday March 20th."

Neil Holman reported the following on 22nd March: "During an early afternoon walk in bright sunshine around College Wood just outside Nash in North Bucks on Friday 20th March my wife and I spotted four Commas and then when we arrived home in Buckingham we were greeted by a Small Tortoiseshell in our front garden. Let's hope it's the start of a super butterfly season!"

~ 20th March 2015 ~

Wendy Wilson sent this news: "I went to Otmoor, Oxon RSPB reserve this morning (20th March) to view the solar eclipse as we were under a thick blanket of cloud at home. I'm glad I did as a man in the car-park had set up his scope and kindly let me view and photograph it in his camera screen. While walking on the Oddington side of the reserve afterwards, I found two Brown Hairstreak eggs and spotted my first Comma and Brimstone of the year."

Comma
Photo © Wendy Wilson

Nicholl Williams reports seeing two Small Tortoiseshells at Spade Oak, Bourne End, Bucks on 20th March.

David Fuller sent the following sightings: "In my garden in Maidenhead, Berks on 18th March two Red Admiral nectaring together. I've now seen 6 different Red Admirals this spring. Also a Comma in my garden this afternoon, 20th March."

~ 17th March 2015 ~

David Hastings saw three Peacocks and one Small Tortoiseshell in the Oxford University Parks, Oxon on 12th March.

Peacock
Photo © David Hastings

Dave Cleal reports that on Saturday 7th March he had 2 Red Admirals in Woolman's Wood, Wooburn Common, Bucks.

~ 13th March 2015 ~

Keith O'Hagen sent this report: "I had a Peacock butterfly enjoying the sun and Crocus in my Milton Keynes garden this afternoon, 12th March."

David Fuller sent these sightings: "2 Red Admiral along River Thames towpath in Berks SU906836, on 11th March and a Small Tortoiseshell resting on sailing boat sunning itself at Queen Mother Reservoir nr Datchet, Berks SU016775 on 12th March .

Mary Payne reported the following: "On March 10th I spotted 2 Small Tortoiseshells - either fighting or mating - and a Peacock in Buckland Village, Bucks."

Judith Barnard sent this sighting on 10th March: "I spotted a Comma today in Willen, Milton Keynes (SP877411) at 13.00."

David Hastings sent this news on 9th March: "I saw a Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock in the Oxford University Parks, Oxon at lunchtime on 6th March, and at least four Brimstones at Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon on 7th March."

John Amatt reported the following on 9th March: "My first butterfly of the year - a male Brimstone at Hodgemoor Woods, Bucks last Thursday lunchtime, 5th March. I was surprised and cheered to see it, when everything was looking so brown. Although spring has sprung since. I see the crocus, daffs and tree blossoms all started to come out this weekend."

Derek Wilkins was out again in Saturday's fine weather (7th March): "I saw the first Brimstone at 11.30am and in the next 2 hours lost count of how many more along the lane leading to the Swan Rescue Centre and nearby meadows (just north of the Thames near Windsor & Eton, Berks). On several occasions I could see 4 or 5 at once - the ivy covered trees & shrubs on the north side of the lane must be a good area for hibernating as I've seen good numbers early in previous years. About 12.30pm saw a Red Admiral in the same spot as Friday's sighting. Then just after 2pm saw two more "firsts" for 2015 - a Comma near the railway bridge that crosses the lane. Five minutes later I spotted a Peacock basking on the warm brickwork of the same bridge! There were still a few Brimstones about but none after 2.30 - all of today's were males as were Friday's. Altogether a very enjoyable day with the added bonus of warmth too!"

~ 7th March 2015 ~

The warmer weather brought our first two butterflies of the year to our garden in Chearsley, Bucks today (7th). Mick spotted a male Brimstone in flight and then a Red Admiral sunbathing on the soil of a flower border. Time to dig out the recording book, binoculars and walking boots! Read more news on Facebook and Twitter and let us know what you see. Wendy

Jim Asher sent this news: "I received the following report from Geoff Ryder: 'I'm sure there will be lots more sightings today (7th March) but I had my first Brimstone of the year in my garden at Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire - would you believe the same day as last year!'
Jim added that he also saw his first Brimstone in his garden in Marcham, Oxon today (7th)."

John Warren sent this report: "On 7th March I saw the following: Blake's Lock Reading, Berks - 1 Small Tortoiseshell, Donegal Close Reading - 1 Brimstone, Henley Road and Almond Drive area, Reading - 2 Small Tortoiseshell courtship flight; Caversham Lakes AKA Henley Road, GP - 2 Peacocks."

David Gantzel saw a male Brimstone in Stoke Mandeville, Bucks today Saturday March 7th.

John Lindley sent these sightings on 7th March: "Three species on the wing in today's warm sunshine in South Stoke, Oxon: three Brimstomes (all male), one Small Tortoiseshell and one Red Admiral. Also a few early Mason Bees and a Queen German Wasp."

Derek Wilkins says that the last couple of days have been quite good: "On Thursday 5th March I saw my 3rd species of 2015 - at 11.45am the first Brimstone of the season appeared and as I got closer another joined it (both males) and they fluttered around together for a minute or so before flying off in different directions. Location - north of the Thames near Windsor, Berks, a sheltered spot just off the lane that leads from Eton to the Swan Rescue Centre a few yards west of the railway bridge. Then on Friday 6th March just before midday I saw the first of several Brimstones (at least 5 over the next half hour) all flying along the sunny side of the lane that leads from Eton to the Swan Rescue Centre (west of the railway bridge). About an hour later I saw a Red Admiral in the same spot as last Friday (the sheltered glade near the Swan Rescue Centre) - got really close and it was in even better condition than last week's. As I headed for home just after 2pm another Red Admiral flew swiftly past me and 15 minutes later near the Windsor Leisure Centre a Small Tortoiseshell flew by a couple of feet away. A very enjoyable butterfly walk!"

~ 3rd March 2015 ~

Mary Payne sent this sighting: "Today, March 3rd, I spotted a Brimstone on the main road through Western Turville, Bucks. Spring is coming!"

Abby Fettes reported the following: "This morning, 3rd March, I spotted a Brimstone whizzing past my window tempted out by the sunshine at West Oxfordshire District Council Offices in Witney (436141, 210801) and my colleague Phil Shaw then saw it fluttering around the car park. I don’t think it would have hung around for long though as it is only 5 degrees here this morning."

~ 28th February 2015 ~

This news came from Huw Morgan on 28th February: "On 17th January - I was astonished to see a Comma in my back garden in Kidlington, Oxon. Admittedly it is south facing and enclosed, but the thermometer was indicating 5 degrees. It spent a few minutes flying round, and then rested on the wall in the sunlight."

Derek Wilkins saw his second butterfly of the year yesterday (Friday 27th February), just before midday. "It was a Red Admiral and, apart from a couple of very small nicks to the left hind wing, it was in very good condition. Watched it for about 15 minutes basking in the strong sunshine and from time to time flying swiftly around - it even landed on me briefly! Location - a sheltered sunny glade on the north side of the Thames near Windsor, Berks close to the Swan Rescue Centre. The shelter from the mature trees and hedges makes it a good spot for early and late sightings! Popped back around 1pm and it was still there enjoying the fine day, as I was, even though it was only around 9 degrees."

Dave Wilton reported the following: "On the mild morning of 25th February a male Brimstone was tempted out of hibernation for a short while in my garden at Westcott, Bucks."

~ 25th February 2015 ~

Peter Laws sent this note: "Just to say I disturbed a rather sluggish and floppy Peacock butterfly in my garden in Garsington, Oxon on 18th February. There must have been a hibernator somewhere within the structure of my park home, as I recall a flying Peacock late into last autumn. It still looked in good condition on re-emerging if the two were indeed the same individual."

~ 18th February 2015 ~

Derek Wilkins sent the following report: "Wednesday 18th February - Saw my first butterfly of the year today, just after 11am on the northern side of Alexandra Gardens in Windsor, Berks - a Small Tortoiseshell was flying briskly around despite the cool breeze and a temperature of only about 7C. It settled briefly to bask in the sunshine and looked in good condition, then flew around again before I lost sight of it amongst the shrubs. I was already enjoying the sunshine and the first butterfly made me feel even better!!"

Tony Rayner sent this news: "My first butterfly sighting of the year - a Small Tortoiseshell in our Cholsey, Oxon meadow today, February 18th."

David Fuller saw his second Red Admiral of the year whilst visiting the snowdrops at Stubbings Churchyard near Maidenhead, Berks SU846816 on 17th February.

~ 14th February 2015 ~

The following report came via Wendy Wilson: "Deborah Elliott of Chalfont St Peter sent me this unusual picture of a Peacock spotted and photographed on 12th February by her friend Annik Coatalen Heal at her home in Knotty Green, Beaconsfield, Bucks. It caught her eye as rear sections of both wings are white apart from some black lines. I wonder if anyone has seen anything similar."

Peacock
Photo © Annik Coatalen Heal

Neil Holman sent the following: "Walking back home in bright early afternoon sunshine on 8th February I spotted my first butterfly of the year in Chandos Road, Buckingham, Bucks and it was a Small Tortoiseshell. What a delight so early in the season!"

~ 9th February 2015 ~

Paul Bowyer sent this news today: "The first sighting of the year for my 10K square on Sunday 8th February. A Red Admiral seen by Cliff Grove in his garden in Cippenham, Slough, Berkshire."

~ 12th January 2015 ~

Keith O'Hagen has seen his first butterfly of the year: "11th January - Just had a Peacock butterfly in my Milton Keynes garden, on the ivy. My first of 2015!"

The following sighting from Ann Barrett came via Nick Bowles: "I saw a Brimstone butterfly today 09 Jan 2015 at 11.30 am in a garden in the centre of Lower Brailes, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX155HS."

Dave Wilton sent this Brown Hairstreak update: "Our searches for Brown Hairstreak eggs have been continuing although activities were curtailed somewhat over the holiday period. Attempts to re-egg the seven remaining tetrads which have yet to produce any sightings this winter have unfortunately not yet met with any success. However, Wendy Wilson and I have managed to find eggs in a few kilometre squares which were last searched in 2009 so they have provided a useful update to our records. Furthermore, today (12th January) Steve Woolliams discovered a single egg in SP4612, to the west of Yarnton, Oxon, which provides us with our fifth completely new tetrad for this season.

Back on 14th December twelve of us met at Rushbeds Wood, Bucks where 61 eggs were found, a very welcome result considering that half of the wood-edge had been flailed as part of an on-going re-fencing project. An unusual find there was of five together on one blackthorn fork.

Brown Hairstreak eggs x 5
Rushbeds Wood, 14/12/14
Photo © Phil Penson

Our eleventh annual New Year's Day egg hunt at Otmoor, Oxon was attended by 18 participants, including a cameraman from BBC South Today (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bH7fauuyPKM&feature=youtu.be). Previous years have produced two counts of more than 100 eggs there but this time we could only find 42. Still, we have had lower totals (24 in 2009 and just 19 in 2012) and there is now so much more suitable blackthorn in the compounds behind our target hedge that all is not lost! Over the past few years Otmoor has actually become one of the most reliable sites for adult Brown Hairstreak sightings, in particular along the continuation of Otmoor Lane behind the car-park.

Nick Bowles being interviewed for BBC South Today
at Otmoor on 1st January
Photo © Wendy Wilson

Two further group egg searches have now been arranged, as follows:

Saturday 7th February at Long Crendon, Bucks (10am start).
Saturday 28th February at Bernwood Meadows, Bucks (the usual 10.30am start).

For further details please go to the Events page. We would very much welcome assistance at both, so please do come if you can - no previous experience necessary! Finally, this 18-minute video clip on the life history of the Brown Hairstreak is well worth watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WaVzHLn_QA."

John Lindley sent the following report:
"On Monday 5th January in a garden in Lower Basildon, Berks
whilst cutting back overgrown climbers I came across a hibernating Brimstone. We stopped clearing and left it in peace. In a large shed in the same garden, 2 hibernating Peacocks and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In my own sheds in South Stoke, Oxon I've got 2 Peacocks, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and one Hornet (the latter wedged into an angle between 3 intersecting wooden struts).
Today 9th January, in a very brief spell of sunshine and mild 13 deg C, a butterfly on the wing in my garden around Mahonia flowers - I'm 90% certain it was a Red Admiral, it didn't look dark enough to be a Peacock."

David Fuller recorded his first butterfly of the year on 8th January: "This morning,Thursday 8th January, Alexandra found a Red Admiral caught in a spider's web which I rescued and put in the conservatory to warm up in the strong sun. When I released it it flew strongly away."

~ 8th January 2015 ~

Dave Turnbull reported the first butterfly of the year: "While on a trip 'across the border into Bucks' at about 11.30am on 5th January I saw a Red Admiral struggling in a muddy puddle. I rescued it but it was unable to maintain height as it could only flap its wings slowly as it was about 5 or 6 degrees. This was in Hockeridge woods just outside Ashley Green, Bucks."


~ Wednesday 31st December 2014 ~

Phil Shaw reported the following on 23rd December: "I was attending the Christingle service in Shutford church, north Oxfordshire on 21/12/2014 and sat in a pew next to a poem that has been placed inside the church called “Church Butterfly”. Right on cue a Peacock started fluttering around the church and flew for the whole service. Possibly a contender for last sighting of the year?"

John Lerpiniere sent the following on 21st December: "At Hosehill LNR, Theale, Berks a Small Tortoiseshell flew out across the lake 11am Saturday 20th December."

~ Friday 19th December 2014 ~

Helen Hyre writes: "Today, Friday 19th December, we had a Red Admiral in our garden in Bierton, Bucks at lunchtime. We have had a record year. Our first garden butterfly was on 11th January."

~ Thursday 18th December 2014 ~

John Lindley sent this sighting today: "Yesterday morning, 17th December, in a brief sunny spell on a very mild day, a Red Admiral on the wing around a house in Goring, Oxon. Today (even milder), when the sun came out briefly, another Red Admiral basking on a south facing wall in South Stoke, Oxon. Remarkable that they're not in full hibernation given the cool weather over the previous days."

David Fuller reports a Red Admiral in his garden in Maidenhead, Berks on 9th December. David also passed on two other recent sightings:
"My friend G Studd who lives in Holmer Green, Bucks has had a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly hibernating in his spare bedroom since 12/12/14.
Also, a Small Tortoiseshell on 06/12/14 in Michael Horton's garden in Buckingham, Bucks."


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