Butterfly Sightings 2017 - BC Upper Thames Branch


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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 bold red text.


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Note to contributors: if possible, please include an OS grid reference with your reports. Photographs may be submitted too! Thanks, David

~ 23rd April 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Bagley Wood, Oxon (SP509022) on 22nd April and saw six male Orange-tips, four Green-veined Whites, one Holly Blue, two Peacocks and seven Speckled Woods (6 male, 1 female).

John Lindley sent this news : "Good numbers of butterflies this morning (22nd April) along the Thames between South Stoke and Little Stoke, Oxon. All five of the "regular" Pierids were seen - 20+ Orange-tip (mostly male), 10+ Brimstone (2 female), 4 Green-veined White, 1 Small White (female) and 1 Large White (male). Also 10+ Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood. On a more general note, I'm seeing large numbers of Bee-flies this Spring - more than I can remember for a long time."

Richard Wheeler sent this news : "Spent a lovely hour-and-a-half with my family in Finemere Wood, Bucks (SP719215) in warmish sunshine (c.15°C) on 22nd April yielded: 7 Orange-tip, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Brimstone, 4 Green-veined White, 6 Peacock, 3 Speckled Wood, 1 exquisite Holly Blue and 1 Comma – together with a startled Jay, a big Hare we initially mistook for a Muntjac, and woodland densely and gloriously carpeted with bluebells."

John Warren sent these sightings : "Seen at Park United Reformed Church, Reading, Berks (SU738728) on 22nd April were a male Orange-tip and a female Holly Blue."

David Gantzel sent these sightings : "Seen at Windsor Great Park, Berks on 19th April were a male Orange-tip and a probable female."

Nick Bowles sent these sightings : "Seen at Aston Clinton Ragpits, Bucks on 19th April were Dingy Skipper, Orange-tip, Peacock and Comma. On 22nd April Small Copper at Coombe Hill, Bucks again along with my first Large Whites and Small Whites of the year and Speckled Wood - plus the usual stuff and a Dingy Skipper at Aston Clinton Ragpits, with Brimstones (a very much colder site - so far less activity there)."

~ 19th April 2017 ~

Tom Dunbar sent these sightings : "Terrific day at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (19th April) (SP960167) in contrast with my visit in cool conditions yesterday. 11 species including 1 Duke of Burgundy (Gully); 1 Grizzled Skipper (Inchcombe Hole); 1 Dingy Skipper (Inchcombe Hole); 4 Green-veined White; 11 Orange-tip; 10 Holly Blue; 14 Brimstone; 1 Comma; 2 Green Hairstreak; 11 Peacock; 2 Speckled Wood. Temperature spot checks all in full sun with digital laser thermometer: dead grass 28°C; anthill 38.4°C; primrose leaf 28.1°C; dried cattle dung 40°; air temp 13°C (estimated)."

Duke Of Burgundy, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Tom Dunbar)
Dingy Skipper, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Tom Dunbar)
Grizzled Skipper, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Tom Dunbar)
Duke Of Burgundy
Photo © Tom Dunbar
Dingy Skipper
Photo © Tom Dunbar
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Tom Dunbar

Nicholl Williams sent this news : "I went to Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks today (19th April). I walked down to the bottom of the hollow and saw 4 Green Hairstreaks flying together above the Hawthorn bushes. Also there were several Holly Blues, Orange-tips, Peacocks, Commas and a single Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone."

Green Hairstreak, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Orange-tip, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Holly Blue, Ivinghoe Beacon, 19-Apr-2017 (© Nicholl Williams)
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Photo © Nicholl Williams
Holly Blue
Photo © Nicholl Williams

Colin Williams sent these sightings : "The butterfly transect at BBOWT’s Hartslock NR, Oxon on 19th April, in relatively calm and warm sunshine, produced 1 Dingy Skipper, 5 Green Hairstreak, 4 Orange-tip, 4 Brimstone, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 1 Comma. We also saw singles of Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion."

~ 18th April 2017 ~

Nick Bowles sent this news : "I walked my Coombe Hill, Bucks (SP847065) transect today (18th April) - despite the chill wind - in case the rest of the week is even less suitable and, to my surprise, saw Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Peacock and 2 Small Coppers. Both the Coppers were flushed from the relative warmth of the bare earth along the transect path. Despite a search of suitable nearby habitat, no early skippers could be found. It was only 11.8°C in the shade."

~ 15th April 2017 ~

David Hastings visited RSPB Otmoor, Oxon (SP569126) on 13th April and saw at least six Green-veined Whites, at least six male and one female Orange-tips and at least four Speckled Woods. "It was a pretty cloudy day so I hadn't expected to see any butterflies, but when the sun came out, butterflies appeared immediately along the old roman road". He also visited Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (SU546838) on 15th April and saw one Grizzled Skipper, three Green-veined Whites, four male Orange-tips and three Small Tortoiseshell. "This is my earliest ever Grizzled Skipper sighting."

Green-veined White, Otmoor, 13-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Orange-tip ♀, Otmoor, 13-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Grizzled Skipper, Aston Upthorpe Downs, 15-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Green-veined White
Photo © David Hastings
Orange-tip ♀
Photo © David Hastings
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © David Hastings

David Fuller sent these sightings : "Seen on 12th April at Hosehill Pit, Reading, Berks (SU646698) were my first Green-veined White of the year (a male), 10 Orange-tip, Brimstone, Speckled Wood and 3 Holly Blue."

~ 11th April 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Aston Rowant NNR (north) (SU727968) on 9th April and saw eight Green Hairstreaks, 8 male and 6 female Brimstones, three Peacock, two male Orange-tips and two Holly Blues.

Green Hairstreak, Aston Rowant, 09-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Brimstone, Aston Rowant, 09-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Orange-tip, Aston Rowant, 09-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Green Hairstreak
Photo © David Hastings
Photo © David Hastings
Photo © David Hastings

~ 9th April 2017 ~

Margaret Bolton sent this sighting : "Two Green Hairstreaks seen on 9th April at Sands Bank LNR, Bucks (SU834934). They fluttered around the reserve gate above Adams Park grassy overflow car park, and one settled on a Wayfaring Tree. ID is certain, although I didn’t get a photo this time."

Neil Holman sent this news : "A mid-morning trip to Incombe Hole, Pitstone, Bucks on 9th April proved very fruitful with the following sightings; 6 Green Hairstreak, 2 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Red Admiral, 5 Brimstone, 3 Orange-tip, 2 Comma and 4 Peacock. A later trip to Pitstone Chuch produced 3 Holly Blue and 2 Brimstone."

Green Hairstreak, Incombe Hole, 09-Apr-2017 (© Neil Holman)
Grizzled Skipper, Incombe Hole, 09-Apr-2017 (© Neil Holman)
Holly Blue, Incombe Hole, 09-Apr-2017 (© Neil Holman)
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Neil Holman
Grizzled Skipper
Photo © Neil Holman
Holly Blue
Photo © Neil Holman

Michael & Diane Hunt sent these sightings : "Seen at Buckingham, Bucks on 9th April were 4 Holly Blues, 3 Speckled Woods, 3 Brimstone, 1 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 4 Orange-tips."

John Lindley sent these sightings : "At Moor Copse, Berks on April 9th - 30+ Orange-tip, mostly male, and all too active to photograph. Also 10+ Brimstone (including 2 females), 10+ Green-veined White, 1 very tatty Comma, and 1 female Holly Blue. I was surprised not to see any Speckled Woods. Later in my garden in South Stoke, Oxon 1 male Holly Blue, 1 Small White, and 1 Peacock."

Brimstone, Moor Copse, 09-Apr-2017 (© John Lindley)
Photo © John Lindley

Louis Powell sent this news : "At the Hartslock reserve, Oxon (SU616795) on April 9th I saw a Holly Blue and two Green Hairstreaks."

David Fuller sent these sightings : "Seen on 9th April at Summerleaze fields, Berks (SU890824) were 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Comma, 3 Brimstone, 3 Holly Blue, 5 Speckled Wood and 8 male Orange-tip. In my garden in Maidenhead, Berks both female Holly Blue and female Orange-tip, the first females of these species in my garden this year. In the late afternoon I saw 4 male Orange-tips flying together en masse, I think the arrival of a female in the garden had something to do with it! Never seen four like this before."

Tony Croft sent this news : "I visited Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon on the morning of April 9th hoping for an early sighting of a Green Hairstreak and was rewarded with sightings of two in the hawthorn and bramble scrub on the lower slopes to the north-east of the motorway (SU727968)."

Green Hairstreak, Aston Rowant NNR, 09-Apr-2017 (© Tony Croft)
Green Hairstreak
Photo © Tony Croft

Steve Johnson sent these sightings : "On 8th April I saw the following in Abingdon, Oxon (in the Southern Town Park and the area beyond Abingdon Tennis Club): Holly Blue (3), Peacock (5), Brimstone (1m), Speckled Wood (1), Orange-tip (3m, 2f)."

John Lindley sent this news : "Whilst walking the dogs on the footpaths around South Stoke, Oxon on 8th April I saw 10+ Peacocks, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Comma, 10+ Brimstones (2 females, the rest males) and 1 male Green-veined White. Then later in my garden in South Stoke, 1 male and 1 female Orange-tip."

Charlie Jackson sent this news : "In Incombe Hole, Bucks on 8th April I saw a single Grizzled Skipper, 4 Peacocks and an Orange-tip, plus several Brimstones. At Pitstone Churchyard, Bucks there were 2 Holly Blues and a Speckled Wood."

David Fuller sent these sightings : "Seen on 8th April at Marsh Meadow, Bucks (SU893869) were Red Admiral, Peacock, 4 Orange-tip and 3 Brimstone."

Brian Clews sent these sightings for 7th April (via David Fuller):
"At Fifield, Berks (SU900770): 2 male Brimstone.
At Furze Platt, Berks (SU870825): 1m Orange-tip.
At Strande Lane, Cookham, Berks (SU885842): 1 Peacock, 2m Orange-tip.
At Strand Water, Cookham, Berks (SU892845): 4m Orange-tip, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Widbrook Common, Berks (SU895840): 1 Holly Blue, 1m Orange-tip."

David Pugh sent these sightings (via David Fuller): "On 7th April at woods near Cox Green, Berks (SU870783) : 7 Orange-tip, 4 Small White and a Peacock."

~ 8th April 2017 ~

Paul Busby sent these sightings: "On 6th April I had a quick half hour visit to Aston Rowant (N), Oxon and saw 2 Peacocks and a female Brimstone."

Janet Parker sent this news: "Yesterday (14th March) we had at least four, if not five, Small Tortoiseshells on heather in our garden in Wantage, Oxon."

~ 5th April 2017 ~

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen on 5th April in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks : Orange-tip, Comma, Peacock and Brimstone.
At Marsh Meadow, Cookham, Berks (SU893869) : 2 Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood."

Michael Pitt-Payne sent this news: "I saw my first Holly Blue of the season at St John's Churchyard, Stone, Bucks (SP783122) on Saturday 1st April at 4pm."

Paul Busby sent this news: "I visited Ardley Quarry, Oxon on 3rd April and saw 2 male Brimstones, a Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacocks and 3 Commas. Also a Holly Blue in Waddeson, Bucks (SP746168)."

Brian Clews sent these sightings (via David Fuller):
30th March - my garden at Broomhill, Bucks (SU832847) : 1 male Brimstone , 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
30th March - Tidmarsh, Bucks (SU635750) : 1 male Brimstone.
30th March - Upper Basildon, Berks (SU595762) : 1 male Brimstone , 1 Large White.
1st April - Hedsor Garden Centre, Bucks (SU900865) : 2 male Brimstone , 1 Red Admiral, 1 male Orange-tip.
3rd April - Thriftwood Farm, Maidenhead, Berks (SU870785) : 3 Red Admirals, 1 male Brimstone , 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock."

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen on 3rd April in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) : my first Small White of the year.
At Jubilee River, Berks (SU914804): Speckled Wood, a first for me at this site."

Paul Busby sent these sightings: "On 2nd April I saw 2 Commas and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Alderglade, Uxbridge, Bucks (TQ055855)."

~ 2nd April 2017 ~

Rikki Harrington sent this news: "I know I’m not the first, but I saw my first Orange-tip (male) at 4.30pm on 1st April in my garden in Ivinghoe Aston, Bucks. This is the earliest I’ve seen Orange-tip since 2012 (29th March). Latest was 13th May (1988). Recording since 1988."

David Hastings saw and photographed a Small White at his allotment in Abingdon, Oxon (SU488987) on April 1st. "Not a bad picture considering it was taken with a mobile phone camera."

Orange-tip, Ivinghoe Aston, 01-Apr-2017 (© Rikki Harrington)
Small White, Abingdon, 01-Apr-2017 (© David Hastings)
Photo © Rikki Harrington
Small White
Photo © David Hastings

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen on 31st March in Maidenhead, Berks :
In my garden (SU900833): male Orange-tip, Comma.
At Sheephouse Road (SU898834): Peacock.
At Cox Green (SU865793): Brimstone in my friend's garden.
At Ockwells Lane, Cox Green (SU876790): Small Tortoiseshell.
Seen on 2nd April in Maidenhead, Berks :
In my garden (SU900833): male Holly Blue, Peacock and male Orange-tip.
Summerleaze fields (SU892824): Speckled Wood, my first of the year."

John Holdbrook sent these sightings: "On March 28th I saw a Speckled Wood between Heyford Hill and Littlemore Roundabout, Oxford (SP535030), and on March 30th, a Brimstone, 3 Commas and an Orange-tip in the same area. Also on 30th I saw a Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshells in Iffley Meadows, Oxford."

~ 30th March 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Oxford University Parks, Oxon (SP513073) on 30th March and saw one male Brimstone, three Small Tortoiseshells, two Commas, a Speckled Wood and a male Orange-tip."

Speckled Wood, Oxford, 30-Mar-2017 (© David Hastings)
Speckled Wood
Photo © David Hastings

David Fuller sent this sighting: "On 30th March saw my first Orange-tip of the year on the towpath at Maidenhead, Berks (SU906834)."

Michael Hunt sent this sighting: "On 30th March my wife Diane saw her first Orange-tip of the year at Padbury, Bucks."

Jan Dunn sent this news: "On 30th March a male Green-veined White settled on Dandelion beside the footpath along the edge of Virginia Water Lake on the Berkshire side of the county boundary (SU966693)."

Martin Kincaid sent these sightings: "Sat outside the Visitor Centre and café at Howe Park Wood SSSI, Milton Keynes, Bucks this afternoon (30th March), I saw a pristine male Orange-tip go by, my first of the season. There were also lots of Brimstones and Peacocks, and a single Comma active at the edge of the wood”."

Jan Haseler sent this news: "I had a fresh-looking Red Admiral in my Tilehurst, Reading, Berks moth trap last night (29/30 March). Evidence of migration?"

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen on 28th March at Braywick Park, Maidenhead, Berks (SU896797): Small Tortoiseshell and male Holly Blue (both firsts of the year for me), also one male Brimstone."

Graham Elcombe sent this news: "28th March: At least eight Small Tortoiseshells, and three Peacocks on the Chiltern Way path, west of Latimer, Bucks."

Ian Gamble sent these sightings: "28th March at College Lake, Bucks (SP925155): During the afternoon sunshine one Green-veined White, two Comma, three Peacock, two Small Tortoiseshell and two Brimstone."

This news was received from Derek Haynes: "Seen today (28th March) up at the allotments at Bell Farm (Eton Wick, Berks) (SU950789): my first Large White and Small White of the season (as well as a Peacock). Also of interest at the same location (and somewhat unexpectedly): a rather faded-looking Painted Lady on 26th March."

David Gantzel sent these sightings: "Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell at Hazlemere, Bucks on March 27."

~ 28th March 2017 ~

John Lerpiniere sent this sighting: "A male Orange-tip was seen at Fobney, Reading, Berks (SU703709) on 26th March."

Michael Hunt sent this news: "Seen at Stowe landscape gardens, Bucks on 26th March were 1 Large White (my first for 2017) and one Brimstone."

Peter Edwards sent this sighting: "A Speckled Wood was basking on the hedges surrounding the Morrisons car park, Whitley, Reading, Berks on 27th March at 4.05pm."

Mike Flemming sent these sightings: "A visit to Dry Sandford Pit, Cothill, Oxon on 26th March found a single rather small male Orange-tip patrolling the length of the quarry face. Other species seen included Peacock, Comma, and Brimstone. I have written an account of my visit at www.ukbutterflies.co.uk".

Richard Soulsby sent this news: "Very pleased to see a Holly Blue in my garden in Benson, Oxon (SU620915) today. My first non-hibernator of the year, although I see I’ve just missed it being a ‘first sighting’ for the UTB area."

Michael McNeill sent these sightings: "Pleased to report my first sighting of the year of a male Orange-tip on 27th March in my garden in Upper Basildon, West Berkshire. Additionally, this month 4 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Comma and 2 Small Tortoiseshells."

Pete Thompson sent this news: "Very surprised last week (23rd March) to see an adult Specked Wood in my garden in Wyfold, South Oxon (SU689817); initially fluttering around in the (unheated) greenhouse; I took it outside, and allowed it to warm up the sunshine, and then despite the cold easterly wind, it flew off unaided." [NB this doesn't count as a first sighting because the butterfly was found in the greenhouse]

~ 26th March 2017 ~

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) on 26th March were male and female Brimstones, Comma, Red Admiral and Peacock. At Summerleaze fields, Maidenhead, Berks (SU888831) I saw two Commas and two Brimstones."

Steve Johnson sent this news: "On March 26th at 4.30pm I saw a Holly Blue fluttering around a yew tree in the garden of the Rose Revived pub, Newbridge, Oxon."

Michael Hunt sent these sightings: "March 25th: one Comma and one Brimstone in Winslow, Bucks at 11am."

David Gantzel sent these sightings: "March 25th: Comma in garden in Hazlemere, Bucks, and male Brimstone in Cookham churchyard, Berks."

David Fuller sent these sightings: "Seen in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) on 25th March: Male Brimstone.
On the River Thames towpath (SU906834): 3 male Brimstones, one Comma and one Red Admiral (Very tatty. My first of the year).
At Nettlebed, Oxon (SU703867): two male Brimstone together.
At Crowmarsh Gifford, Oxon (SU618893): two male Brimstone together.
At Oakley Wood, Bucks (SU635885) while driving: two male Brimstones within 100 yards of each other."

David Hastings visited Otmoor, Oxon (SP569126) on 25th March and saw three male Brimstones, two Small Tortoiseshells and a Red Admiral. He also saw a Peacock in remarkably good condition nectaring on grape hyacinth flowers in his garden in Abingdon, Oxon (SU587907)."

Peacock, Abingdon, 25-Mar-2017 (© David Hastings)
Small Tortoiseshell, Otmoor, 25-Mar-2017 (© David Hastings)
Photo © David Hastings
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © David Hastings

~ 16th March 2017 ~

Nick Hollis sent these sightings: "Seen at the University of Reading, Berks Harris Garden (SU737714) on 15th March were 4 Brimstones, 2 Peacocks and 1 Comma. They were on the flower beds and flying into the adjacent Wilderness area."

David Fuller sent this news: "Three Brimstones in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) today (15th March): 2 males and a female (my first female of the year)."

~ 14th March 2017 ~

Ian Gamble sent this news: "On 13th March at College Lake, Bucks (SP925155) at about 15:30 I found a Painted Lady sunning itself on the main pathway at the furthest most point from the visitors centre. It remained there for several minutes and I managed to get a picture on my iphone. This is the earliest date I have recorded this species in Britain."

David Hastings visited the University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (SP513073) at lunchtime on 13th March and saw at least six male Brimstones, four Commas, two Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock."

John Holdbrook sent this news: "On March 13th, on the track by the Oxford Ring Road between Littlemore roundabout and just after Heyford Hill, Oxon (about SP532029), I saw 4 Brimstones (allowing for double sightings), 5 Commas and a white (possibly a Small White). This has been a good area for butterflies in the past. I also saw a Brimstone in Iffley, Oxford."

Wendy & Mick Campbell sent the following: "Yesterday, 13th March in the warm and sunny weather we recorded 27 butterflies of 5 species: a Small Tortoiseshell in our garden in Chearsley, Bucks, then in Bernwood and Waterperry Woods, Bucks: Peacock (4), Red Admiral (1 nectaring on Sallow flowers), Brimstone (6) and Comma (15). Also a small Grass Snake and a Common Lizard sunbathing on the bank of a ditch in Bernwood."

Painted Lady, College Lake, 13-Mar-2017 (© Ian Gamble)
Small Tortoiseshell, Oxford, 13-Mar-2017 (© David Hastings)
Painted Lady
Photo © Ian Gamble
Small Tortoiseshell
Photo © David Hastings

~ 12th March 2017 ~

Richard Hicks sent this sighting: "I saw a Red Admiral flying down Marlow High St, Bucks at around lunchtime on Sunday 5th March."

Roger Newman sent this news: "My first Brimstone (male) of the year seen yesterday (9th March) at noon along a south facing hedgerow near Milton-under-Wychwood, Oxon (SP263169)."

David Fuller sent these sightings: "I saw a Comma and a male Brimstone in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) on 9th March. On the same day at Odney Island, Cookham, Berks (SU901855) I saw a male Brimstone, a Comma and a Peacock".

Brian Clews sent these sightings on 9th March:
"At Cookham Moor car park, Berks (SU895855): a male Brimstone (taken by a Magpie), and two female Brimstones.
At Marsh Meadow pond, Berks (SU892867) : one Peacock, one Comma.
At Cookham, Berks (SU880855) : two male Brimstones.
At Whyteladyes Lane, Cookham, Berks (SU880845) : four male Brimstones, one Small Tortoiseshell"

~ 9th March 2017 ~

David Hastings visited Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (SU467995) at lunchtime on 9th March and saw at least three Commas, a male Brimstone and a Peacock."

Peacock, Dry Sandford Pit, 09-Mar-2017 (© David Hastings)
Photo © David Hastings

Other sightings reported on 9th March:

    Lucy Kanachowski saw a Brimstone fluttering around her garden in Aylesbury, Bucks this morning. She also saw a pair of Commas in the afternoon.

    Phil Foxon reported Brimstones on the wing at Twyford, Bucks.

    David Gantzel saw two male Brimstones at Hazlemere, Bucks.

    Adrian Buckel saw one Brimstone, one Small Tortoiseshell and one Red Admiral in his garden at in Over Norton, Oxon (SP316284).

    Louis Powell saw one Small Tortoiseshell in his garden in Caversham, Berks .

~ 8th March 2017 ~

Louis Powell sent this sighting: "I saw a Brimstone fly across the back garden in Caversham, Berks around lunchtime on 20th February.

~ 5th March 2017 ~

David Hastings saw a Comma in his garden in Abingdon, Oxon at mid-day on 4th March."

~ 1st March 2017 ~

Chris Sayers sent this news: "A Small White came into my house in North Maidenhead, Berks on 24th February. It died later that evening so is a positive identification." [NB this doesn't count as a first sighting because the butterfly was only seen in Chris's house]

~ 26th February 2017 ~

Glenis Boxall sent this sighting: "A Small Tortoiseshell was by our front door at Farnham Royal, near Slough, Bucks, this morning (24th February). It flew off into the sunshine. My first sighting this year. "

~ 21st February 2017 ~

The mild and sunny weather on 20th February produced these sightings:

    Michael Pitt-Payne saw a Brimstone fly across his garden at 11am in Stone, Bucks.

    Diane Hunt saw a Small Tortoiseshell in Buckingham, Bucks.

    Dave Wilton saw three male Brimstones in his garden in Westcott, Bucks, Bucks before 11am: "They were patrolling an ivy hedge within which they had presumably been hibernating".

    Peter Edwards saw a Red Admiral in Savernake Forest, Bracknell, Berks: "It was flying low in amongst dead bracken and brambles along one of the forest rides".

    Nicholl Williams saw a Brimstone and a Peacock in Amersham Old Town, Bucks: "Good to see the first butterflies of the season".

    Don Stone saw Brimstones in Lee Common, Bucks and Latimer, Bucks.

~ 20th February 2017 ~

John Whitworth sent this sighting: "I saw my first Brimstone of the year in a friend's garden in Wolvercote, Oxford at 10:40am on 17th February."

~ 16th February 2017 ~

David Hastings saw his first butterflies of the year today: "Two Commas were out and about in the sunshine in the Oxford University Parks, Oxford at lunchtime on 16th February."

Comma, Oxford, 16-Feb-2017 (© David Hastings)
Photo © David Hastings

~ 14th February 2017 ~

Derek Wilkins sent this sighting: "Saw my first butterfly of the year on Monday 13th February at 12.25pm - a Red Admiral in perfect condition on the north side of Alexandra Gardens in Windsor, Berks. It stayed near where I was sitting for about 15 minutes, enjoying basking in the sunshine (as I was too!) with occasional short flights. Managed to get close a couple of times, not too surprised to see it as there was some shelter from the chilly breeze. Eventually after about 15 minutes it disappeared. "

Dave Turnbull sent this news: "I saw my first butterfly of the year today 13th Feb, a pristine-looking Red Admiral at Hockeridge woods near Ashley Green, Bucks. Conditions were sunny, windy and about 6C."

~ 11th February 2017 ~

Terry and Judy Wood sent this sighting: "We had our first butterfly of the year on Tuesday, 7th February - a Small Tortoiseshell on a sunny but very cool day in Little Chalfont, Bucks. It headed off over the woods towards the Chess Valley."

~ 3rd February 2017 ~

Peter Daltry sent this news: "Not quite the "full thing" yet but here is a photo of one of two Orange-tip pupae found in my Prestwood, Bucks garden on 1st February. One is attached to an oak sapling; the other on a gooseberry bush. Interestingly both are orientated exactly facing north, and are about 1 metre apart."

Orange-tip pupa, Prestwood, 01-Feb-2017 (© Peter Daltry)
Orange-tip pupa
Photo © Peter Daltry

Mary Payne sent this sighting: "A large, dark butterfly whizzed past me at the Weston Turville reservoir, Bucks on Tuesday Jan 24th (a very sunny day). I’m pretty sure it was a Peacock."

~ 22nd January 2017 ~

Steve Woolliams sent this sighting: "Pristine Red Admiral seen by Mary Woolliams and Douglas Finch at Larkrise Primary School, Oxford, Oxon at 3pm on 20th January. It was basking on a sunny wall."

~ 19th January 2017 ~

Peter Edwards sent this report: "This Red Admiral was sighted in Crowthorne Woods, Crowthorne, Berks, just after 1pm on Tuesday 17th January."

Red Admiral, Crowthorne Woods, 17-Jan-2017 (© Peter Edwards)
Red Admiral
Photo © Peter Edwards

~ 18th January 2017 ~

Martin Kincaid sent this sighting: "I saw my first butterfly of the year – a pristine Peacock – flying around the reed edge at Walton Lake, Milton Keynes, Bucks at 12.15 today (18th January). It was a beautiful sunny day but very cold so hopefully it soon found shelter again."

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