Upper Thames Branch - 2018 Butterfly Sightings
BUTTERFLY SPECIES RECORDED THIS YEAR : 43
This page shows recent butterfly sightings in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. The first reported sighting
If you are submitting photographs, a maximum of three per report please.
~ 16th September 2018 ~
From Paul Busby: "16-Sep-2018: A late lunch visit to Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon today, where I saw a solitary ragged Meadow Brown, a couple of Common Blues, two Large Whites, a Small White, a Green-Veined White and at least 5 Speckled Woods."
From Michael Hunt: "16-Sep-2018: Seen at Stowe landscape gardens, Bucks today were three Small Coppers."
From John Holdbrook: "15-Sep-2018: Today I went to Aston's Eyot, Oxford, a nature reserve beside the Thames (SP523050). I saw 3 Speckled Woods, a Small White and 4 Red Admirals on a Buddleia. In an adjoining Nature Park was a very faded Brown Argus."
From Tony Croft: "05-Sep-2018: At Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) today this Burnet Companion moth was sighted. We normally see these single-brooded day flying moths in May and June, so it seems that this unusual summer continues to provide surprises in the form of this probable second-brood individual."
~ 14th September 2018 ~
From Chris Brown:
"13-Sep-2018: Seen at Millennium Green, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU713794) were
Large White 1, Small Copper 6, Brown Argus 1, Small Heath 1, Red Admiral 1.
From Andy Bolton: "13-Sep-2018: I saw 2 Brown Argus at the Englefield Estate nature area adjacent to the A340/A4 roundabout nr Theale, Berks (SU631707)."
~ 11th September 2018 ~
From Tony Croft: "09-Sep-2018: During a work party at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) a female Brown Hairstreak alighted on the grassy ride and stayed for a minute or so before flying up into the blackthorn hedge. Also seen in a lovely patch of Devil’s-bit Scabious were Painted Lady, Small Copper, Common Blue, Large White and Speckled Wood."
From Patrick Austin: "06-Sep-2018: Around half a dozen Grayling were observed at Surrey Hills Reservoir in Swinley Forest, Berks today."
From Martin Townsend: "09-Sep-2018: Seen at Chimney Meadows, Oxon today were 4 Clouded Yellows - 2 males, 2 females, one of which was f. helice."
~ 9th September 2018 ~
From Prem Roy:
"09-Sep-2018: Seen today at Hillesden, Bucks
between 14.00 and 16.00, 21°C, mostly sunny were 20+ Small Coppers, mostly fresh, males and females mostly feeding from ragwort.
Six Brown Argus. One male Common Blue. One Small Heath. A few Small Whites. One fully grown Small Tortoiseshell caterpillar which is rather
late in the season (I could not find the main batch). One fully grown Hummingbird Hawk-moth caterpillar on a path, near Bedtraw, it had turned
mauve and is ready to pupate.
From Andy Bolton: "06-Sep-2018: Seen today at SU555646 on footpath behind Brimpton church, Berks were Common Blue (female) 1, Small Copper 1, Small White 2."
~ 4th September 2018 ~
From Diane Hunt: "04-Sep-2018: A nice Brimstone seen today at Bourton Park, Buckingham (SP708334)."
From Nick Board: "03-Sep-2018: There seems to have been a welcome surge recently of Small Copper sightings in the North Bucks area, a species that I haven't seen a great deal of here in recent years. In my garden in Chackmore, Bucks today there were five on a patch of daisies, all in pristine condition, both male and female and I'm guessing these are third brood."
From Stephen Jones: "03-Sep-2018: I visited Buttlers Hanging, Bucks (SU818961) this afternoon and for one hour strolled around this nature reserve in the warm light sunshine. I noted 17 Common Blue, 19 Small Heath, 13 Brown Argus, 13 Adonis Blue, 6 Meadow Brown, 4 Small Copper and 3 Chalk Hill Blue. The Small Coppers in particular looked fresh and striking."
From Janine Dunn: "02-Sep-2018: Seen at Aston Rowant, Oxon (north) 2 Silver-spotted Skippers (SU726970) and a male and female pair (SU726968); lots of Brown Argus, scattered Adonis Blues, and a few Chalk Hill Blues, Common Blues, Meadow Browns, Small Coppers, Large Whites, and Speckled Woods."
From John Holdbrook: "02-Sep-2018: I walked around Brasenose Wood, Oxon and the surrounding fields today. I saw 4 Speckled Woods, 2 Small Coppers, a Meadow Brown and several male Common Blues pursuing a female. On a Buddleia there were 4 Large Whites and a Red Admiral."
From Ian Watts:
"02-Sep-2018: Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP598148).
Around midday my daughter and I watched a single female Brown Hairstreak low down in the first ride. We also saw 1 Small Copper, 2 Brown Argus,
1 Common Blue, a dozen or more Speckled Woods and a similar number of whites – mainly Small and Green-veined.
From John Lindley: "02-Sep-2018: At Lardon Chase, Berks I saw 10+ Common Blues (mostly female and all pretty worn), 10+ Brown Argus, 3 late Chalk Hill Blues (1 male and 2 females), 2 Adonis Blues (both females), and 2 Small Coppers. Also 2 Small Whites and around 20 Meadow Browns. I watched the female Brown Argus photographed for around 20 minutes - it alternated between periods of egg laying and short spells of feeding before finally flying off."
~ 1st September 2018 ~
From Gerry & Penny Kendall: "01-Sep-2018: We were walking on the footpath from Noke to Oddington, Oxon when we saw a female Brown Hairstreak at SP54541349. Other butterflies were Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue, Small Copper, Comma, Speckled Wood. The Common Blues were very old and tatty, almost as bad as Gerry!"
From Michael & Diane Hunt: "31-Aug-2018: Seen at Beacon Hill, Ellesborough, Bucks (SP840060) today were 10 Small Heath, 2 Ringlets, 1 Brown Argus. And on Coombe Hill, Bucks (SP848068) 12 Speckled Wood."
From Daniel Moden: "31-Aug-2018: A sunny morning revealed 2 Commas, 1 Small Copper, several Speckled Woods and 3 Brown Hairstreak along the Roman Road at Otmoor, Oxon. The latter weren’t too obliging, staying towards the tree tops but in clear sight."
From Chris Brown:
"23-Aug-2018: Seen at Millennium Green, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU713794) were
Small White 2, Small Copper 3, Brown Argus 3, Common Blue 2, Speckled Wood 1, Small Heath 11.
~ 30th August 2018 ~
From Stephen Jones:
"29-Aug-2018: During the afternoon I spent 1½ hrs walking around Grangelands, adjacent to Pulpit Hill, Bucks. The weather was
not really very good for butterflies - it was resolutely overcast, windy and about 14°C, and there were very few butterflies on the wing. Nevertheless
I recorded 7 Meadow Browns, 15 Common blues, 7 Small heaths, 6 Brown Argus, 1 Gatekeeper and only 2 Chalk Hill Blues.
From Tony Croft: "28-Aug-2018: At Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) this afternoon as the sun finally emerged from dark grey clouds I briefly saw a female Brown Hairstreak flit from a bramble bush into a willow tree where she crawled around for a short while before settling out of sight. A really lucky sighting. Other butterflies seen were Large White, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Common Blue and Brown Argus."
~ 29th August 2018 ~
From Andy Bolton: "17-Aug-2018: The following were seen in the pub garden at the Dundas Arms, Kintbury, Berks (SU386671) today: Comma 2, Red Admiral 1, Small White 2, Large White 2."
~ 25th August 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "25-Aug-2018: This morning at Standlake Common, Oxon (SP391017) I saw 11+ Green-veined Whites, 1 Large White, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 15+ Speckled Wood and 1 Meadow Brown."
~ 24th August 2018 ~
From Graham Smith: "24-Aug-2018: Seen at Lodge Hill, Bucks (SP796000) today was one Chalk Hill Blue."
From Dave Cleal:
"21-Aug-2018: Seen at Little Marlow Gravel Pit, Bucks today were 20+ Common Blues on the Spit area.
~ 22nd August 2018 ~
From John Holdbrook: "21-Aug-2018: I went to the Beacon Hill part of Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon today. On the south-facing slope overlooking the M40 there were more Adonis Blues than I have ever seen in the same area at the same time. They were by far the commonest butterfly in this part of the Reserve, occurring most of the way up the hill. Also on the Reserve I saw Common Blues, Brown Argus and 2 Chalk Hill Blues, Large and Small Whites, Small Heaths, Meadow Browns and a Speckled Wood. I saw only 4 or 5 Silver-spotted Skippers and didn’t manage to get a worthwhile photo of one."
~ 19th August 2018 ~
From Jan Haseler: "18-Aug-2018: Dark clouds and the occasional hint of drizzle this morning failed to deter the 7 members who walked through the conifer plantations on the Hampshire/Berkshire border near Mortimer in search of the Grayling at one of its local hotspots. In total, 53 were seen, mostly round the edge of a fairly recent gravel pit, where Heather is regenerating well and there are fine grasses and plenty of bare soil. They were instantly recognisable by their behaviour – flying up from the ground, staying low and quickly landing again, tucking the forewings behind the cryptically patterned hindwings, shuffling round, leaning and vanishing. Also seen were 2 Small Heath, 2 Small Copper, 5 Common Blue and 5 Speckled Wood."
From Michael Hunt: "18-Aug-2018: Sightings today at Hyde Lane Canal, Bucks (SP727353) were 12 Speckled Wood, 2 Common Blue, 2 Comma, 1 Red Admiral."
~ 17th August 2018 ~
From Stephen Jones: "16-Aug-2018: I led a butterfly walk at Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (south side) for 6 members of my local U3A this afternoon, 15.00-16.30 hrs. Walking clockwise from SU723958 to SU724960, I recorded 9 Silver-spotted Skippers, 1 Brown Argus, 9 Meadow Browns, 9 Small Heaths, 24 Common Blues (of which 5 were female) and 1 Speckled Wood. The weather was not ideal - it had been raining all morning and during the walk we had a fresh breeze, it was mainly cloudy and the temperature was 15-17°C."
~ 14th August 2018 ~
From Maureen Cross: "11-Aug-2018: After heavy rain the previous day, this morning dawned bright and sunny for the second brood Adonis Blue Field Meeting on Lardon Chase, Berks. Four of us set out to see and photograph this lovely butterfly. This has been a good year for blue butterflies, though the number of Chalk hill Blues (13) we saw is diminishing, Common Blues (50) are still abundant, but the star of the day was the Adonis Blue (59), their brilliant blue brightening the hillside at every turn making it very difficult to get an accurate number. Other butterflies seen were Meadow Brown (52), Small Copper (3), Small Heath (4), Brown Argus (2), Large White (4), Small White (1)."
~ 12th August 2018 ~
From Phil Tizzard: "11-Aug-2018: There were few butterflies at Greenham Common, Berks this morning, but at least I found 5 Grayling, all in one relatively small area. Despite a fairly extensive search I found none elsewhere on the Common - perhaps because I didn't come across any other areas which exactly resembled the habitat where I found them. 10 Common Blues (with females outnumbering males), a single Small Heath (destined to become a meal for a spider), a Gatekeeper and a White sp. were the only other species recorded. There were a couple of Lesser Treble-bars, and of avian interest, a Woodlark and a Nightjar."
~ 11th August 2018 ~
From Sue Taylor:
"09-Aug-2018: It was raining (phew what a relief), so more in hope than expectation of seeing butterflies I joined Nick
Bowles and the National Trust Ranger Matt Bond on Watlington Hill, Oxon (SU705936). Matt and his volunteers have been
working hard to bring back areas of scrub into good chalk grassland, I am pleased to say they have some great results, brilliant job.
~ 9th August 2018 ~
From David Ferguson: "08-Aug-2018: A visit to Lodge Hill, Bucks today produced 5 (4m, 1f) Chalk Hill Blues, 20 Common Blues, 3 Brown Argus, 1 Small Copper, 19 Meadow Browns, 11 Small Heaths, 14 Speckled Woods, 2 Large Whites, 3 Small Whites and 3 Green-veined Whites. The Chalk Hill Blues were the first I have seen at this site."
~ 8th August 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "07-Aug-2018: I visited Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon this morning. The south-facing slope was teeming with butterflies, mainly Meadow Browns, Common Blues, Chalk Hill Blues and Silver-spotted Skippers. I found a Chalkie aberration, a female with no spots on its hindwing, which I think is ab. postobsoletissima. There were some Adonis Blues about, mainly down by the sunken path and further west along the track. There were hardly any nymphalids, though - just one Small Tortoiseshell. "
From Michael McNeill: "07-Aug-2018: Blue butterflies everywhere on the south facing slopes at Lardon Chase, West Berks today (SU 588 809) in hot and sunny conditions. Chalk Hill Blue numbers well down at 15 whilst Common Blue numbers were at 50+. Adonis Blues were everywhere, both male and female, with over 40 counted. Other butterflies included Meadow Brown, Small Heath and a Brown Argus, but nothing much else. There were a lot of Tussock Moths flying around low lying bushes. I think they may have been Vapourers (not my speciality)."
From Peter Law: "06-Aug-2018: I encountered a Clouded Yellow this afternoon ranging over BBOWT's Kimble Rifle Range reserve, Bucks (SP82984 05270). Also found were clusters of Silver-spotted Skipper there, at neighbouring Grangelands BBOWT (SP82803 04918) and nearby Chequers Knap (SP82986 05418). There were plenty of Common and Chalk Hill Blues on the wing, and as at Aston Rowant a day earlier I was struck by the numbers of active females of both species. Brown Argus were also frequent and I passed two Silver-washed Fritillary along the bridle path back around Pulpit Wood to the car park at SP832046."
~ 6th August 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "06-Aug-2018: At Otmoor, Oxon today I saw five Brown Hairstreaks (four males, one female), numerous Common Blues and a Clouded Yellow."
From Peter Law: "05-Aug-2018: Encouraged by reports from Lardon Chase, I searched Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (N) today for Adonis Blue, finding several individuals. There were two clusters, one on the hillside through the gate at the end of the sunken way trail, and another on the bank above where that track emerges from tree cover. Also a possible female high up on the slope. In strong sunshine the whole hillside above the M40 was teeming with Common Blue, Brown Argus, Silver-spotted Skipper and Gatekeeper. There were more modest numbers of Chalk Hill Blue, Meadow Brown and whites; and some Small Heath, Small Copper and Small Tortoiseshell. I was particularly struck by the number of female Blues everywhere."
From Maureen Cross: "05-Aug-2018: On my transect on Lardon Chase, Berks today I was surrounded by blue butterflies, mostly Common Blues with some Chalk Hill Blues, but best of all 45 Adonis Blues. Like many species this year they are early and in good numbers, so before they disappear I would like to lead an Adonis Field Meeting on Lardon Chase at 10:30am on Saturday 11th August. Meet in the National trust car park off the B4009 at the top of Streatley Hill [OS map 174, grid ref SU583806]. Leader and contact: Maureen Cross 01491 871239"
~ 5th August 2018 ~
From Steve Woolliams: "05-Aug-2018: I’ve had 4 sightings of female Brown Hairstreaks this week in Headington, Oxford. One in a garden on Highfield Avenue, one in the Lye Valley, and two in my garden on Dene Road on 3rd August. I’ve also found 6 eggs in my garden so far - 4 on Blackthorn, and 2 on Plum. Also notable are numbers of Common Blue (3) and Holly Blue (4) in the garden, seen today."
From Jon Mercer: "31-Jul-2018: An hour's walk at Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (area immediately NE of the M40) today, in less hot conditions with sunny intervals - at least 30 Silver-spotted Skippers seen, also good numbers of Chalk Hill Blues."
From Michael Hunt: "05-Aug-2018: This morning in our garden in Buckingham, Bucks were 2 Holly Blues and 1 Painted Lady."
From Malcolm Brownsword: "04-Aug-2018: Along with seven other members of West Oxfordshire Field Club I visited Lardon Chase, Berks today. Once we were half way down the hill, it was obvious that there was plenty of butterfly activity. On our route we saw 36 Common Blues, 22 Meadow Browns, 21 Adonis Blues (all male), 40 Chalk Hill Blues, 3 Small Whites, 4 Brown Argus, 2 Small Heath and a single Small Copper. Surprisingly, I did not spot a single Ringlet - perhaps the hot summer has cut short their season by a week or two? [It's probably not been cut short - the Ringlet season started early this year. David ]"
From Paul Bowyer: "02-Aug-2018: 17 members gathered in increasing heat for the field trip at Greenham Common, Berks (SU725955). The common was parched and there was little shade where we could shelter. With so many people looking it would have been a surprise if we hadn't seen our target species, the Grayling. I recorded 7 but we couldn't decide if the flight season was coming to its end or building for later weeks [I suspect the former. David]. The most numerous species seen was the Common Blue (25). Other butterflies found were Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Comma, Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Small White, Large White and Green-veined White."
~ 3rd August 2018 ~
From Stephen Jones: "02-Aug-2018: I walked around Bald Hill at Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon between 14.45 and 16.00, and walking clockwise from SU723958 to SU724960, I saw about 50 Silver-spotted Skippers, 8 Brown Argus, numerous Meadow Browns, Gatekeepers, Small Heaths and huge numbers of Common Blues. The weather was hot (28-30°C), mainly sunny with a light breeze."
From Rikki Harrington:
"02-Aug-2018: I went to Otmoor, Oxon today and, after many years with minimal success, finally found a perfect Brown Hairstreak
at eye level along the Roman Road. There was a crowd around it as I arrived. They gradually dispersed and I had it to myself for an hour and a half. It was still on the same plant
when I left. I thought it was a female while I was there but, having got it on the computer, it appears to be an almost pristine male. It did occasionally flap onto another flower
but I never got a good look inside, although had it been a female I think I’d have glimpsed the orange. This must be one of the few British butterflies where the female is brighter
than the male. Also there were Brown Argus, Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and probably loads of others, but I was focussed on one individual.
~ 2nd August 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "02-Aug-2018: I visited Lardon Chase, Berks (SU586808) this morning. There were good numbers of Common Blues (100+), Chalk Hill Blues (60+) and Meadow Browns (80+). Also a dozen male Adonis Blues, two Painted Ladies, two Small Coppers and plenty of whites. I also had a look at Lids Down, Oxon (SU548850), where there were lots of Common Blues, Brown Argus and Small Whites, one Small Tortoiseshell, and some Meadow Browns and Small Heaths."
From David Webb: "02-Aug-2018: A hot sunny day at Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645). Saw 2 Purple Hairstreaks above the oak trees, plenty of Small and Large Whites, 2 Green-veined Whites, 2 Small Coppers, 2 Common Blues, 4 Holly Blues, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Silver-washed Fritillary, 3 Meadow Brown, 12 Gatekeepers, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Marbled Whites. Quite an assortment for one day."
From John Edwards: "02-Aug-2018: A visit to Beaconsfield, Bucks landfill site this morning produced a Silver-washed Fritillary along the footpath near the copse just north of the motorway. It struck me as an unusual location for this species."
From Dave Cleal: "02-Aug-2018: Over the last week in our grounds north of Burnham, Bucks, I've noted the following. Common Blue ( 4 males concentrated around a large clump of Oxford Ragwort growing in our new butterfly strip, first for the site.) 1 Holly Blue, 4 Gatekeeper, 2 Peacocks, Meadow Browns in the low 10s, all 3 Whites present. Best of all on 30th July 1 Small Copper, briefly visiting a flower bed before flying off south, another first."
From Chris Pickford: "01-Aug-2018: As well as the huge numbers of Common Blues this year around around Chilton, Oxon I spotted this lunchtime a group of Chalk Hill Blues (5 males) which I have never seen before in this location in 30 years observing. Presumably they have done well with the hot dry summer."
~ 31st July 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "31-Jul-2018: I visited Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) today, where I saw twenty Common Blues, seven Purple Hairstreaks, one Brown Hairstreak (male), four Small Coppers and five Silver-washed Fritillaries, as well as lots of whites. Then at Otmoor, Oxon (SP569126) I saw another male Brown Hairstreak, four Commas and a Small Tortoiseshell."
From Michael McNeill: "31-Jul-2018: Another visit to Lardon Chase, Berks to look for Chalk Hill Blue. Cooler than last time with a breeze and 50% sun. Numbers well down with only 45 Chalk Hill Blue (mainly settled), but with very good numbers of Common Blue 100+ and Meadow Brown. Also singles of Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Small Copper and Brown Argus. Much to my surprise I saw 2 early Adonis Blues, one at either end of the south facing slope."
From Sue Taylor: "25-Jul-2018: Jill Allen and myself went to Watlington Hill, Oxon (SU705936) to see Silver-spotted Skippers - a great success. We took a leisurely walk through what we hoped were the best areas and totted up 263! Also saw good numbers of Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper some Small, Large and Green-veined Whites, two pristine Brimstones and a single Red Admiral. We were also able to confirm more Striped Lychnis caterpillars, though more by nibbled plants than caterpillars seen as majority now pupated. As elsewhere all very parched but at least the skippers enjoy the heat. It was 33C on the car thermometer. Thank goodness we have had a little rain now to keep foodplants going."
~ 29th July 2018 ~
From David Rawlinson: "22-Jul-2018: Myself and Mark Naylor visited Warburg Reserve, near Henley, Oxon this morning for about 2 hours. Seen were 5 fritillaries (not yet ID'd), whites fairly abundant, 5 small orange skippers, 1 Marbled White, 5 Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, 1 Ringlet, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Purple Hairstreak."
From Tony Croft: "27-Jul-2018: Seen at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) today was this male Brown Hairstreak."
From Wendy Wilson: "25-Jul-2018: Today I decided to target some little visited squares near Longwick, Oxon, not expecting to see much of note. However I struck lucky in SP765032 where I happened upon a lovely hay meadow near Pitch Green. There were numerous Common Blue, Brown Argus and Meadow Brown, 6 small Copper, several Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Large and Green-veined White, Small and Essex Skipper, singles of Peacock and Red Admiral. Best of all was a Clouded Yellow. It flew around the field for half an hour but every time it settled, it got chased away by the resident species before it finally disappeared in a northerly direction."
From Francis Gomme: "20-Jul-2018: With Ian and Sue Kelloway I watched Purple Hairstreaks in oaks at top of Brush Hill, Bucks (SP823035) and White Letter Hairstreaks nectaring on thistles below together with Silver-washed Fritillaries. Later, Ian and Sue found more White-letter Hairstreaks along start of path from Whiteleaf car park to the Cross."
~ 27th July 2018 ~
From Peter Law: "25-Jul-2018: I walked the lower path at Watlington Hill, Oxon today, that runs from the NT car park down the southern edge of the hill. This sheltered and wild flower-rich slope was teeming with butterflies as it does in a good year. There were huge numbers of second brood Common Blue and Brown Argus along the length of the track, and good numbers of Chalk Hill Blue and Silver-spotted Skipper in the middle section (SU70411 93337). A few Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Copper and Brimstone were also seen, as well as the usual Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and whites."
From Pat Clissold: "26-Jul-2018: I photographed this Brown Hairstreak in my garden in Bicester, Oxon today."
From John Lindley: "26-Jul-2018: I visited RSPB Otmoor, Oxon, today to look for Brown Hairstreaks on the Roman Road. I saw three, including a male which was in the grass in the car park about a yard away from my truck! Also 1 Small/Essex Skipper, 10+ Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 4 Large White, 1 Comma, 2 Speckled Wood, and 20+ Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. Another spotter had also seen a male Purple Hairstreak."
From Nick Patel: "19-Jul-2018: Seen at Homefield Wood, Bucks today: 6 White-letter Hairstreak, Chalk Hill Blue (in the meadow reserve), 50+ Silver-washed Fritillaries (1 valesina), 18 Brown Argus, 3 Marbled White, 32 Purple Hairstreak."
From Nicholl Williams: "24-Jul-2018: I went for a walk at Spade Oak, Bucks after work today. There were not many butterflies, but I saw single White-letter Hairstreak. Also several Speckled Woods, Large Whites and Commas."
From Peter Cuss: "23-Jul-2018: I was Wytham Woods, Oxon (SP456081) today and can report the following: White-letter Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Clouded Yellow, Dark Green Fritillary, Silver washed Fritillary, Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper, Red Admiral, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Blue and Brimstone."
From Michael McNeill: "23-Jul-2018: Yet another hot and sunny day prompted a walk to Hartslock, Oxon. Chalk Hill Blues had been reported a few years ago on this site, so I was hopeful to find some. Alas none. Other butterflies included large numbers of Common Blue, Meadow Brown and small numbers of Brimstone, Brown Argus, Marbled White and a Silver-washed Fritillary. 6-spot Burnet were present in good numbers."
From Peter Law: "23-Jul-2018: I came across a Clouded Yellow today at SU960891 on a public right of way than runs south from the A40 by Beaconsfield household recycling centre. There were also good numbers of fresh Brown Argus and Common Blue along this track, as well as Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and a few Marbled White."
~ 26th July 2018 ~
From Terry Lewis: "22-Jul-2018: A White-letter Hairstreak on yellow buddleia next to the cafe at College Lake Nature Reserve, Bucks today at around 2.30pm."
From Michael Pierce: "22-Jul-2018: I was walking around Brasenose Wood, Oxford today photographing butterflies as I do most days and on the southwest of the woods in a small field I came across a single Silver-spotted Skipper, I have never seen one in these woods ever so I wondered if it was of interest. I have also seen Silver-washed Fritillary form valesina and Purple Emperor in these woods this year."
From John Lindley:
"21-Jul-2018: I headed to the wildflower meadow just north of the bridleway between Mapledurham and Whitchurch, Oxon to look for Dark Green
Fritillaries. There were none to be seen at this spot that has been a good site for several years. I did see 10+ Small/Essex Skippers, 20+ Common Blue, 12 Brown Argus,
1 Small Copper and 1 Chalk Hill Blue. Also 1 Comma, 50+ Meadow Brown, 10+ Small Heath and 10+ Gatekeeper. On the bridleway back to Mapledurham there were literally
hundreds of Gatekeepers - clouds of them on every clump of Marjoram. I've never seen so many in one place before. Also 2 Red Admiral, 1 Comma, 10+ Green-veined White,
10+ Large White, 20+ Small White and 2 Brimstone (both male).
From Andy Bolton: "22-Jul-2018: Seen at The Holies, Streatley, Berks (SU594798) today were Chalk Hill Blue 45, Common Blue 17, Brown Argus 7, Small Heath 5, Small Copper 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 1, Clouded Yellow 3, Brimstone 2, Small White 3, Gatekeeper 3, Peacock 2, Red Admiral 1."
From Michael McNeill: "22-Jul-2018: On an hour's walk on Lardon Chase, Berks this morning two of us counted 349 Chalk Hill Blue butterflies, with good numbers of females (around 10%). Also there were large numbers of Common Blue, again with small numbers of females estimated at 100+ in total. Other sightings included Meadow Brown 25 and very small numbers of Marbled White, Brimstone, Red Admiral (1) and Small Heath."
From Paul Rice: "22-Jul-2018: A White-letter Hairstreak feeding on thistle flowers at Cookham Dean Common, near Maidenhead, Berks today."
From Karen Saxl:
"22-Jul-2018: Just back from a morning jog/butterfly hunt along the local Sustrans route from Didcot to Upton, Oxon.
Still a few Marbled Whites around. The blues just seem to have exploded this year - best I've seen since the last bumper common blue year. Brown Argus also doing very
well. Seeing Small Copper regularly as well. Also saw a Small Blue at the Upton ramp where we did the work in the winter. There has been a small amount of kidney vetch on the site.
The big and unexpected sighting though was a Clouded Yellow, heading south toward Upton when I was on my way back.
From Francis Gomme: "19-Jul-2018: A walk from Whiteleaf to Ellesborough, Bucks today encountered very good numbers of Chalk Hill Blues, probably more flying than in the previous week, at Grangelands, Rifle Range Bank, Rifle Range, the south facing slope of Great Kimble Warren, the south facing slope of Ellesborough Warren and Beacon Hill. A high ratio of males except for the Rifle Range where more females were evident! Silver-spotted Skippers at Grangelands and the Rifle Range, all very fresh specimens with their rich chestnut and orange colouring that fades too quickly. Silver-washed Fritillaries at each of those locations plus 2 Clouded Yellows at Grangelands and a male Purple Emperor disturbed along the Ridgeway path under trees above Great Kimble."
From Martyn Butt: "15-Jul-2018: Seen at Stratfield Brake, Oxon (SP493121) a female Brown Hairstreak."
From Mark Jones: "21-Jul-2018: Very good numbers of Silver-spotted Skippers at the south side of Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon. From the gate upwards every skipper, bar one or 2 worn Small Skippers, was a Silver-spotted. I’d estimate 1 in 4 was a female with some seen egg laying. Good numbers of Common Blue, 3 Dark Green Fritillary but very worn. No Brown Argus or Small Copper."
From Bethan Howard: "21-Jul-2018: I saw a Silver-washed Fritillary feeding on buddleia flowers in my garden in Emmer Green, north Reading, Berks (SU718771) today."
From Peter Kendall: "20-Jul-2018: I went to Maidenhead Thicket, Berks (SU853812) today and saw 5 White-letter Hairstreaks (all on the ground or low vegetation, most rather worn), 1 Grayling, 3+ Purple Hairstreaks, many Silver-washed Fritillaries, etc."
From Steve Holliday: "19-Jul-2018: A female Purple Hairstreak in our garden in Shutford, Oxon today. A first in our garden and my first sighting in SP34. Holly blue also."
From Daniel Moden: "19-Jul-2018: An hour on Swyncombe Downs, Oxon (SU671915) this afternoon revealed 1 very tatty Dark Green Fritillary, at least 5 male Chalk Hill Blues and 2 Silver-spotted Skippers."
From Sue Taylor: "19-Jul-2018: Despite being so dry there were good numbers of Butterflies at Watlington Hill, Oxon (SU705936) today. I was there with the NT Ranger to see Silver-spotted Skippers and we most certainly did, without searching we saw at least 68 as we walked, also 12 Dark Green Fritillary, we didn’t count the other species but good numbers of Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Small Heath, Brimstone, Small, Large and Green-veined Whites and just a few Gatekeepers and Small Skippers. Finally a nice surprise - a single Striped Lychnis caterpillar, which means there must be more."
From Geoff Ryder and Sue Hanscombe: "19-Jul-2018: At least 4 Purple Hairstreaks seen at Strawberry Wood, Bucks today, whilst dog walking. Garden Tiger moth seen near Gold Hill Common, Chalfont St Peter."
~ 18th July 2018 ~
From Phil Tizzard: "18-Jul-2018: Fourteen species seen at Finemere Wood, Bucks this afternoon, but not in large numbers. A single female Purple Emperor flew low along the main track and landed at my feet. There were ten Silver-washed Fritillaries in total included one Valezina and one egg-laying on the trunk of an oak. Also all three skippers, a couple of Purple Hairstreaks, three Common Blues and the usual whites and browns."
From James Ford: "18-Jul-2018: In my back garden which is nearly adjacent to Buttlers Hanging, Bucks I often have many of the chalk habitat specific butterflies on my wild Marjoram. These, however, were more surprising visitors. Two weeks ago I had a White-letter Hairstreak, my 30th species in the garden. Today I had four on the grass and on the marjoram."
From David Ferguson: "18-Jul-2018: This morning I saw 8 Purple Hairstreaks at Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, Bucks. One was round an oak, one was on brambles while the rest were by a small pond coming down from willows to drink, usually sitting on New Zealand Pygmyweed to do so."
~ 17th July 2018 ~
From Simon Fenner: "15-Jul-2018: I had the opportunity to spend an hour at Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon south side (Bald Hill), between 9 and 10 today. I saw plenty of Chalk Hill Blue males (30+), a couple of Silver-spotted Skippers, along with a couple of rather worn Dark Green Fritillaries as well as many Essex/Small Skippers, a few Common Blues and a Marbled White."
From Michael McNeill:
"17-Jul-2018: A disappointing day at Moor Copse, west Berks. The meadows had been cut and the almost total
absence of wild flowers was shared by the almost total absence of any butterflies. Only a few days ago these meadows were populated by very large numbers of
butterflies, but today I saw only a handful of Meadow Browns, 2 Common Blue and 3 Skippers.
From Phil Tizzard: "17-Jul-2018: Three Purple Emperors this morning at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150), two of which were females sitting low down on sallows. Five or more Purple Hairstreaks seemed to be favouring ash rather than oak. Singles of Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Large Skipper, Brimstone and Common Blue, with good numbers of Gatekeeper and Ringlet, a few Meadow Browns and Large Whites and three Speckled Woods."
From Dave Cleal:
"15-Jul-2018: East side of Dorney Common, Bucks (SU935785). Circa 70 Green-veined and Small Whites concentrated along the Roundmoor Ditch.
2 male Brimstone, 4 Peacock , 4 Comma, 3 Gatekeeper, just one Meadow Brown and a Common Blue.
~ 16th July 2018 ~
From John Lindley: "16-Jul-2018: This very battered Dark Green Fritillary joined the usual suspects in a large garden at Aldworth, Berks today. It had no problems flying and gliding, despite missing almost half of its left fore wing and nearly all of its left rear wing."
From Toby Holmes: "15-Jul-2018: At Ardley Quarry Nature Reserve, Oxon today I saw a Dark Green Fritillary feeding on thistles and buddleia by the railway line. I wasn't aware there were any there - the only colonies I know of are south or east of here. Also quite a few other other butterflies including Red Admiral, Peacock, Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Speckled Wood, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Comma, Small Skipper, and moths included Carcina quercana and Pyrausta aurata."
From Andy Bolton:
"14-Jul-2018: Seen at at Elm Copse, south of Hungerford, Berks (SU335653) today were
Gatekeeper 9, Meadow Brown 18, Ringlet 27, Speckled Wood 1, Marbled White 6, Large White 2, Small White 19,
Green-veined white 12, Small Skipper 3, Large Skipper 5, Essex Skipper 1, Comma 4, Peacock 3, Painted Lady 1,
Purple Hairstreak 7, Silver-washed Fritillary 3, Small Copper 1.
~ 15th July 2018 ~
From John Lindley: "15-Jul-2018: I visited Moor Copse, Berks this afternoon - temperatures of 29°C meant that the butterflies were very active and hard to photograph, but also very plentiful. Silver-washed Fritillaries were everywhere, I counted at least 40 - sometimes 7 or 8 in view at one time. Also 5 Comma, 1 Red Admiral, 10+ Small/Essex Skipper, 50+ Green-veined White, 20+ Large White, 3 Small White, 5 Speckled Wood, and 20+ of Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. The surprise of the day was the abundance of Brown Argus - many in flight in even the smallest clearing, and close inspection showed many more roosting to avoid the heat. I counted at least 100 and then gave up."
From Mick Campbell: "14-Jul-2018: While looking for Purple Emperor from the footpath around Sheephouse Wood, Bucks today (SP7023), I noticed a hairstreak flying around the top of a small ash tree. A quick check with the binoculars when it settled confirmed it was a male Brown Hairstreak. Others species seen included Purple Emperor 3, Silver-washed Fritillary 20 (including a fresh Valezina), White Admiral 3, good numbers of Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Marbled White and Ringlet, a single Red Admiral and a few Large & Small Whites."
From Michael Pitt-Payne: "05-Jul-2018: My neighbour in Stone, Bucks (SP783122) has planted a bed of lavender some 20 yards long by the side of an old barn, and it is attracting Small Tortoiseshells, Meadow Browns, Skippers, Whites, Brimstones and Hummingbird-Hawkmoth."
~ 14th July 2018 ~
From John Peck: "14-Jul-2018: A pristine Holly Blue in my garden in Hook Norton, Oxon this afternoon."
From Peter Cuss: "13-Jul-2018: I visited Park Wood, Mapledurham, Oxon (SU677766) today, and recorded Purple Emperor 1, Silver washed Fritillary 1, Peacock 8, Gatekeeper 10, Red Admiral 1, Comma 1."
From Jill Saunders: "14-Jul-2018: At College Lake, Bucks this morning, nectaring on spear thistle, a very fresh-looking Painted Lady."
From Charlie Jackson: "14-Jul-2018: I counted approximately 16 Small Blues at Pitstone Church End, Bucks this morning. This is the first time I have seen second brood Small Blues on the site. Also of interest a a few Chalk Hilll Blues and large numbers of Gatekeepers."
From David Hastings: "14-Jul-2018: I visited the south side of Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (SU722961) this morning. Over a couple of hours I saw seven Silver-spotted Skippers (five males and two females). Also seen were Dark Green Fritillary (18), Silver-washed Fritillary (1), Purple Hairstreak (2) and Chalk Hill Blue (21). There were lots of Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Marbled Whites and Large Whites. Six-spot Burnets and Silver Y moths were also abundant. At Watlington Hill, Oxon (SU701937) I saw three Silver-spotted Skippers, a Holly Blue, a Small Copper, two Silver-washed Fritillaries and at least 11 Dark Green Fritillaries."
~ 13th July 2018 ~
From Nick Board: "13-Jul-2018: There seems to have been an explosion of white butterflies in North Bucks but I was delighted to see this second brood Wood White 'bobbing' along in amongst all the Large, Small and Green-veined Whites this morning in a private wood near Buckingham, Bucks. Please keep a look out for any others and let me know of any sightings at firstname.lastname@example.org"
From Chris Coppock: "12-Jul-2018: Two Silver-washed Fritillaries on the main ride at Linford Wood, Milton Keynes, Bucks (SP847404). Also many Commas plus Purple Hairstreak and commoner species."
From Michael McNeill: "12-Jul-2018: A warm (25°C) and sunny day and a 45-minute walk on Lardon Chase, Berks produced good numbers of meadow butterflies. Chalk Hill Blue (mainly male) 290, Common Blue around 75, Meadow Brown 20, Marbled White 3, Brimstone 1, Gatekeeper 6, Large White 10, Small Copper 1, Brown Argus 1, Peacock 1, and Silver Y 1. The exercise was concentrated on Chalk Hill Blue, so I may have missed a few others in the count."
From Andrew Cornick: "11-Jul-2018: I have walked the dog in Ashdown Woods, Berks (SU280824) most morning for 20 years and always felt the open rides and plentiful oaks make it ideal territory for Purple Hairstreaks. Until last week I had never seen one. So far this summer I have seen groups in the treetops in 7 different locations and today I found one resting on the bracken along the main avenue. Fantastic! Also a Dark Green Fritillary at nearby Alfred's Castle (SU277822), another first for my Ashdown list! Also present: Marbled White, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White and Silver-washed Fritillary."
~ 12th July 2018 ~
From Dave Miller:
"11-Jul-2018: I spent the morning on the north side of Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon today, seeing a host of butterflies:
Chalkhill Blues, Common Blues, Brown Argus, Small Coppers, Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Small Heaths,
Small Skippers, Essex Skippers, Small Whites, Large Whites, Green-veined Whites, Gatekeepers, Speckled Woods, Brimstones,
Peacocks, Commas,Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells, Dark Green Fritillaries.
I couldn't possibly estimate numbers for some of these!
From Andrew Cornick: "11-Jul-2018: I have walked the dog in Ashdown Woods, Berks (SU280824) most morning for 20 years and always felt the open rides and plentiful oaks make it ideal territory for Purple Hairstreaks. Until last week I had never seen one. So far this summer I have seen groups in the treetops in 7 different locations and today I found one resting on the bracken along the main avenue. Fantastic! Also a Dark Green Fritillary at nearby Alfred's Castle (SU277822), another first for my Ashdown list! Also present: Marbled White, Small Skipper, Large Skipper, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock, Large White, Small White, Green-veined White and Silver-washed Fritillary."
From Chris Lamsdell: "11-Jul-2018: Seen at Wraysbury GP, Berks today were Holly Blue 2, Brown Argus 3, Common Blue and Small Copper."
From David Gantzel: "10-Jul-2018: Seen in my garden in Hazlemere, Bucks today were Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshell and Large Whites on Buddleia. Also a single Ringlet and a single Gatekeeper. A Holly Blue on Hazlemere recreation ground."
From John Holdbrook: "10-Jul-2018: I went to the Bald Hill side of Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon today. I saw a very large number of Chalk Hill Blues, and there were a lot of Large Whites, Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Marbled Whites. I also saw a few Common Blues, Gatekeepers and Brimstones, 2 Dark Green Fritillaries, 2 Small Skippers and a Comma."
From Tony Garner: "09-Jul-2018: I saw this different form of Silver-washed Fritillary yesterday which I think is of the type valesina in Stokepark Wood, near Stoke Goldington, Bucks (SP825492)."
~ 10th July 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "10-Jul-2018: At Greenham Common, Berks (SU495648) this morning I found seven Grayling in ninety minutes. There were also many Gatekeepers, some second-brood Common Blues and Small Coppers, and a Dark Green Fritillary. Then at Fence Wood, Berks (SU515715) I saw four White Admirals, eight Silver-washed Fritillaries and three Purple Hairstreaks."
From Phil Tizzard: "09-Jul-2018: Only a single Silver-studded Blue seen this morning at Wildmoor Heath, Berks (SU838630). Little else except a few Gatekeepers and a couple of Speckled Woods."
From Dave Cleal: "09-Jul-2018: Not a great deal of activity at Woolmans Wood, Hedsor, Bucks (SU912865) today. 1 Speckled Wood, several Whites & Meadow Browns, but the west side held 3 Silver Washed Fritillaries."
From Keith Cohen: "09-Jul-2018: This morning I found a damaged but alive Purple Emperor at Wytham Woods, Oxon (approx SP457085). Its left wing was mostly gone."
~ 9th July 2018 ~
From Peter Kendall: "09-Jul-2018: In Swinley Forest, Berks, this morning there were 6+ Grayling around the track junction about 200m SW of Lower Star Post (SU876638). Disappointingly, only one seen at other usually reliable sites in the area."
From Jan Haseler: "08-Jul-2018: Paul Black reports that in his moth trap on the night 7/8 July at the nature reserve on the track between Hill Green and Leckhampstead, Berks as well as over 100 macro moths and several Meadow Browns, he had a White-letter Hairstreak. I'm guessing about SU449769 for the location."
From Michael McNeill: "06-Jul-2018: Another hot and sunny day in the delightful meadows and woodland at Moor Copse/Park Wood, nr Englefield, West Berks (SU637742). Very good numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Marbled White. Also Peacock 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Red Admiral 1, Speckled Wood 3, Brimstone 1, Comma 2, Gatekeeper 3 and several Whites. In four sunny glades in the wooded areas I counted 19 Silver-washed Fritillary overall."
From Chris Brown:
"03-Jul-2018: Seen at Crowsley Wood, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU735795) were Large Skipper 6,
Green-veined White 1, White Admiral 1, Peacock 2, Comma 6, Silver-washed Fritilliary 17 (includes 2 mating pairs), Marbled White 1, Meadow Brown 20
Ringlet 19 (includes 1 mating pair).
From Michael Hunt: "08-Jul-2018: A Silver-washed Fritillary through our garden in Buckingham, Bucks today."
~ 7th July 2018 ~
From Andrew Clarence: "07-Jul-2018: Same cupboard as previous years in Whitchurch-on-Thames, Oxon! Four Small Tortoiseshells arrived last week, and three this week."
From John Lindley: "07-Jul-2018: I headed to Chazey Heath, Oxon (the Packsaddle pub) to look for White-letter Hairstreaks - it was already in the high 20's Celcius by mid-morning, but I did see one on thistles right by the main road. Also 1 Small Skipper, 3 Essex Skipper, 5 Large White, 10+ Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Brimstone (both female), 1 Brown Argus, 1 Holly Blue (male), 2 Painted Lady, 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, and numerous Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Gatekeeper. Other than the Hairstreak, the highlight was a brief view of my first Clouded Yellow of the year. 18 Species at one small site in just over an hour was a great result."
From Michael Hunt: "07-Jul-2018: One Holly Blue on our front lawn in Buckingham, Bucks at 08:30 today."
~ 6th July 2018 ~
From Chris Lamsdell: "06-Jul-2018: Seen at Black Park, Bucks today were Silver-washed Fritillary (5), Purple Hairstreak (19) and Marbled White (2). This is the first year I have seen Marbled Whites here (a single was seen going through on 3rd July)."
From Will Watts: "06-Jul-2018: I saw a female Purple Emperor flutter across our garden in Upper Basildon, Berks (SU602760) and land on a Whitebeam hedge. It stayed for about 3 minutes before fluttering off south. I have never seen one here before and wonder where it might have come from."
From Malcolm Brownsword: "04-Jul-2018: During Week 14 of my BBOWT transect at Homefield Wood, Bucks I saw the expected large number of Silver-washed Fritillaries, as I had seen good numbers at Oakley Wood a few days earlier. I saw a total of 41, of which 29 were on the main ride outside the BBOWT reserve. There were 4 mating pairs observed, three of these in flight. Not expected on the main ride was the sighting of 3 White-letter Hairstreaks at the first right turn of the main ride, and several Lychnis moth caterpillars on the numerous mulleins at the side of the ride. Also seen were 11 Large Skippers, 23 Large Whites, 3 newly-emerged Common Blues, 22 Marbled Whites, 3 Gatekeepers, 66 Meadow Browns, 30 Ringlets, as well as singleton Small Skipper, Brimstone, Small White and Comma."
From Nicholl Williams: "05-Jul-2018: I went out to Yeosden Bank, Bucks today. I saw plenty of Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Six-spot Burnets and a few Large Whites. On the way back across the meadow I found a single Dark Green Fritillary."
From Paul Bowyer: "05-Jul-2018: Field trip to Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (SP957161. 7 members started the walk in very hot weather the target species being the Dark Green Fritillary. In fact we saw one in the car park before we started the walk. We counted 37 in all but we we did not cover the whole of the Ivinghoe complex by any means. They were very energetic and widely distributed. We never seemed to be more than 30m away from one. Plenty of other butterfly and moth species were seen including Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Brimstone, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Ringlet, Small Heath, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper, Large Skipper and quite a large colony of fresh looking Chalk Hill Blues. Amongst the moths were Cinnabar larvae, Six-spot Burnet, Silver-Y, Chimney Sweeper, Brimstone moth and Blackneck."
From Rob Solomon: "05-Jul-2018: This morning we had a fresh Grayling that had spent the night in our works tractor at The Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell, Berks (SU876661)."
~ 4th July 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "04-Jul-2018: I visited Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon this morning. On the south side there were many Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Small Heath and Small Skippers. I counted at least 26 Dark Green Fritillaries (two-thirds were females) in two hours. I also saw two Purple Hairstreaks. On the north side the species were more or less the same, but were less numerous. Additions were six Brimstones, a couple of Small Tortoiseshells and ten Chalk Hill Blues."
From Dave Cleal: "03-Jul-2018: An hour's walk at Springfield Landfill, near Beaconsfield, Bucks produced the following: Comma 2, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Peacock 2, Large Skipper 5, Small Skipper 1 (several more unidentified Skippers), Marbled White 20, Ringlet 7, Meadow Brown (uncounted), Gatekeeper 2, Purple Hairstreak 2 (at top of Oak in Lilyfee Lane), Painted Lady 1."
From Nicholl Williams: "03-Jul-2018: Recently I have been walking through the woods around Lane End, Bucks after work. Last Tuesday I saw a Purple Emperor fluttering around my feet for about 30 seconds, and in the last few days I have also seen several Silver-washed Fritillaries. Many Marbled Whites, Meadow Browns, Large Skippers."
From Peter Cuss: "03-Jul-2018: Twenty-three people enjoyed a sunny day for this field trip. The target species, White-letter Hairstreak, didn't disappoint with most people getting a good close up view or photo opportunity. The gauntlet was thrown down at the start with the challenge of seeing as many species as people on the walk. We didn't quite achieve that but did see 19 species. Several people had a brief but definate view of a Purple Emperor. Other species were Brimstone, Meadow Brown, Small, Large and Green-veined white, Silver-washed Fritillary, Ringlet, Red Admiral, Holly Blue, Marbled White, Comma, Large and Small Skippers, Speckled wood, Gatekeeper, Small Heath and good numbers of Purple Hairstreak."
From Chris Lamsdell: "03-Jul-2018: Seen at Black Park, Bucks today were White Admiral 1, Silver-washed Fritillary 5, Purple Hairstreak 20+."
~ 3rd July 2018 ~
From Michael McNeill : "03-Jul-2018: Lardon Chase, Berks this morning was hot and sunny with a breeze. First sighting for me this year of Chalk Hill Blue, all male, 20-25 in number. Very active and refusing to show upper wing when settled so difficult to photograph well. Other sightings included 50+ both Marbled White and Meadow Brown, 5 Common Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone and half-a-dozen large White. "
From Michael McNeill : "30-Jun-2018: After the field meeting at Silchester Common, Hants today, four of the group moved on to the adjacent site at Inghams Copse, also just in North Hampshire. We spotted around 8 Silver-washed Fritillaries as well as 2 White Admirals and 1 Purple Hairstreak . "
From Melanie Pond : "02-Jul-2018: At the Packsaddle Pub, Mapledurham, Oxon today we saw more than 10 White-letter Hairstreaks. Some rather worn but coming down to the brambles to feed, so nice views. And a great pub lunch to boot! "
From Chris Lamsdell: "02-Jul-2018: Marbled Whites seen at Homefield Wood, Bucks today seem to be being affected by the weather. One c.50% of normal size, and another around 75%."
From Phil Tizzard: "02-Jul-2018: Tilehouse Wood, Bucks (SP685395) was alive with butterflies in the sun this afternoon, with Ringlet, Meadow Brown and white spp. the most numerous. Also 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries, 5 Purple Hairstreaks, 3 Marbled Whites, 8 Large Skippers, 6 Commas and my first Gatekeeper of the year. Also a possible Purple Emperor - not a species I am familiar with, but while searching for Purple Hairstreaks at the top of an oak a large dark brown butterfly suddenly appeared and then just as suddenly disappeared in the canopy, never to be seen again."
From Prem Roy: "02-Jul-2018: Seen at Poodle Gorse, Oxon (SP624259), one kilometre east of Stratton Audley between 09.00 and 12.00. Clear skies, 20 to 24 degrees. One Black Hairstreak, perhaps more but the others may have been White Letter Hairstreaks (not confirmed as either). Purple Hairstreak, common. All the whites common. Ringlet, Meadow Brown very common. Gatekeepers males fairly common. Marbled White common. Small Heath one. Small Tortoiseshells common. Comma a few. Small and Large Skippers common."
~ 2nd July 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "01-Jul-2018: I visited a very hot Fence Wood, Berks (SU507716) in the early afternoon today. The main ride in the wood is usually quite damp, but it was bone dry today. However, there were many butterflies to be seen, with Ringlets being the most numerous. There were also quite a few Meadow Browns and Large and Small Skippers, and some Marbled Whites. Male Silver-washed Fritillaries were very active, only occasionally stopping to take nectar from thistles. I saw at least sixteen of them, plus four White Admirals and my first summer-brood Brimstone."
From Ewan Urquhart: "30-Jun-2018: At Bernwood Forest, Bucks between 10:00 and 12:00 today, along and around the main track from the car park to the meadow I counted the following: Purple Emperor 8 (with most seeming to prefer remaining perched in the trees), Silver-washed Fritillary 24, Purple Hairstreak 7, White Admiral 4, Large Skipper 15, Large White 5, Marbled White 2, Ringlets 36, White species not counted but plentiful."
From Francis Gomme: "01-Jul-2018: A male Purple Emperor along a woodland ride and then up into a huge oak at Green Hailey near Princes Risborough, Bucks this morning. Many Silver-washed Fritillaries too."
From Bryan Williams:
"01-Jul-2018: Eleven people joined the field meeting just over the Hampshire border at Silchester Common on a very hot day.
We found twenty-three Silver-studded Blues in three small colonies, slightly more females than males. Also on the Common were a male Brimstone, small numbers of Large and Small skippers,
Meadow Brown, Small Heath (2) and a single Common Blue.
From Phil Tizzard: "01-Jul-2018: Good numbers of Silver-washed Fritillaries (c.20) and Marbled Whites (30+) in Whitecross Green Wood, Bucks today. Also 10+ Large Skippers, a couple of Essex Skippers, 3 Purple Hairstreaks, a White Admiral and three Brimstones, along with large numbers of Meadow Browns and Ringlets. One Large White, one Small White and several unidentified whites completed the line-up. Also recorded were Emperor Dragonfly, Brown Hawker, Common Darter and Large Red Damselfly."
From Chris Lamsdell: "01-Jul-2018: Seen at Black Park, Bucks today were White Admiral (1), Silver-washed Fritillary (5), Purple Hairstreak (6), Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Large Skipper, Essex Skipper, Large and Small White."
From Rob Solomon: "01-Jul-2018: Today whilst working at Englemere Pond nature reserve, Ascot, Berks I witnessed a low flying Purple Emperor on the edge of the pond at SU9053068711, as well as one female and two male Silver-Washed Fritillaries nectaring on bramble along the main track."
~ 1st July 2018 ~
From Karen Saxl: "29-Jun-2018: On the way back from the moth trapping along the Sustrans Route from Didcot to Upton, Oxon I stopped to try and get a picture of a Marbled White by moonlight - not the best focus but I did at least get a shot. The moth trapping was interesting - quite a good variety and different species coming up in different locations - but most of the names meant absolutely nothing to me - the ones I remember (I think) were Swallowtail, a full set of Coachman, Elephant Hawkmoth, and Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Light Emerald, Yellow-tail. Marc Botham compiled a very long list for his records. Saw another Small Heath the next morning close to the position where this photograph was taken. Also starting to see Small Skippers."
From Robert Norris: "30-Jun-2018: I was lucky enough to have a brief visit to my garden in Hardmead, Bucks from this White-letter Hairstreak this afternoon."
From David Fuller: "30-Jun-2018: At Maidenhead Thicket, Berks (SU852806), 11.00 to 13.50, very sunny and warm. Green-veined White 5, Silver-washed Fritillary 32, Ringlet 31, Meadow Brown 54, Comma 10, Large White 7, Brimstone 4, Small Skipper 1, Marbled White 7, Red Admiral 1, Essex Skipper 1, Large Skipper 1, White-letter Hairstreak 4, Small White 5, Speckled Wood 3, Holly Blue 1, Purple Hairstreak 13."
From Mark Griffiths: "30-Jun-2018: Amongst the new emergence of Small Tortoiseshells flying around my garden in Garsington, Oxon, one appeared in flight to be almost black. I think it might qualify as ab. nigrita (or maybe ab. nigra)."
From David Webb: "30-Jun-2018: Seen at Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645) today first of the summer's Small Tortoiseshells, 15 in total, plus 6 Marbled Whites, numerous Large and Small Skippers, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 4 Ringlets, numerous Meadow Browns, 6 Large Whites, 10 Small Whites and 2 Green-veined Whites, 2 Common Blues, 2 Speckled Woods and 1 Red Admiral."
~ 30th June 2018 ~
From Steve Wheatley: "29-Jun-2018: A Grayling was spotted by Grahame Hawker and myself at Broadmoor Bottom, Berks during a Silver-studded Blue survey today. 110 Silver-studded Blues counted."
From Ian Alston: "23-Jun-2018: First trip to Bernwood Forest, Bucks this year, and I saw the usual common summer butterflies as well as some lovely Silver-washed Fritillaries. Purple Emperors were very elusive but just as we were about to leave two came down and posed for photos. I was lucky to get the purple colour showing on all four wings at the same time."
From Alan Willison: "25-Jun-2018: As I was going out into the garden at Amersham, Bucks a White Admiral briefly landed on me then flew up to the roof of the house. This is only the second time I have seen one in my life."
From David Neal: "28-Jun-2018: I spent two hours at Maidenhead Thicket, Berks (SU853807) this afternoon and counted 14 Purple Hairstreak, 12 Silver-washed Fritillary, 10 Small White, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Marbled White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Holly Blue and 1 Comma, plus large numbers of Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Speckled Wood. I also looked for White-letter Hairstreak around the few elms I came across but didn’t see any."
From Pete Stevens: "28-Jun-2018: A male Purple Emperor was flushed from a public footpath on the north side of Moor Wood, Bucks (SU816906). Fortunately it came back down and I was able to get really good views and a few photos."
From Ewan Urquhart: "28-Jun-2018: Bernwood Forest, Bucks 1030-1330 hrs. All sightings from the main track which we followed all the way to the turning circle Purple Emperor - at least 13 separate individuals (12 males and 1 female), including two separate males spending an extended period on the ground. 17 Silver-washed Fritillary. 4 White Admiral. 1 Red Admiral. 3 Purple Hairstreak. 1 Comma. 9 Marbled White. 7 Large Skipper. Ringlets and Meadow Browns in small numbers but not counted."
From John Shelton: "28-Jun-2018: Sightings at Homefield Wood, Bucks (SU813868) this morning. After an overcast start, the sun came out around 10.15am and it rapidly warmed up. Silver-Washed Fritillary, Comma, Large Skipper, Small Skipper Small Heath, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Purple Emperor (two along the main dusty path, frequently settling briefly, over about 5 minutes before disappearing), White-Letter Hairstreak, Six-Spot Burnet."
From Chris Brown:
"24-Jun-2018: Seen at Crowsley Wood, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU735795):
Large Skipper 4, White Admiral 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Comma 1, Silver-washed Fritilliary 3, Speckled Wood 3, Meadow Brown 14, Ringlet 23, Small Heath 1.
~ 28th June 2018 ~
From Peter Law: "27-Jun-2018: This male Purple Emperor flew around my head then settled in front of me on the main track through Oakley Wood, Bucks unusually late in the afternoon at 16:12. It then remained on the ground for a few minutes in bright sunshine, flying up and back once, before heading back to the tree tops between the open meadow and the cross roads. Later I watched a colony of Purple Hairstreak in the usual tree near the Forestry Commission car park. Other butterflies seen were good numbers of Silver-washed Fritillary, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Marbled White and Large Skipper; and one White Admiral beneath the Hairstreak tree. "
From Dominic Mackenzie: "27-Jun-2018: On a visit to Caesar's Camp in Swinley Forest, Bracknell, Berks today I was delighted to find a total of four male Silver-studded Blues heather and occasionally thistle beside the main path."
From Lorraine Dunkley: "27-Jun-2018: I photographed this Essex Skipper in the Waterside area of Chesham, Bucks (SP972001). I believe the species is of interest and somewhat underrecorded. "
From Margaret Bolton: "27-Jun-2018: Seen at Moorend Common, Bucks (SU802904), Bucks, this Purple Hairstreak with two badly damaged wings found resting on a grassy path helped to confirm a believed sighting of several others flitting high up in the oak trees above it in sunshine at 7.20 pm."
~ 27th June 2018 ~
From David Webb: "27-Jun-2018: Great to see a Silver-washed Fritillary settle in front of me sipping nectar from the bramble blossom at Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645) today. Also seen Large, Small and Green-veined Whites, numerous Small and Large skippers, one Red Admiral, numerous Meadow Browns,a few Ringlets and 2 Common Blues. Moths seen were one magnificent Scarlet Tiger and 2 Silver Ys."
From David Fuller:
"26-Jun-2018: Seen at Maidenhead, Berks (SU897807) today:
Meadow Brown 63, Small Skipper 2, Red Admiral 1, Large White 2, Ringlet 3,
Brimstone 1, Marbled White 3, Gatekeeper (female) 1.
From Dave Cleal: "26-Jun-2018: In our grounds today in North Burnham, Bucks were 2 Marbled Whites, 2 Large Skippers, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell & 30 Meadow Browns all in our new 300 x 20 yd butterfly strip. Best of all, was circa 20 Purple Hairstreaks, flying around the tops of the Oak copse at the back of the house. By far the most I’ve seen at one time in the 3 summers we’ve been here."
From Prem Roy: "26-Jun-2018: Sightings from Lenborough, near Buckingham, Bucks. 11:00 to 13:00. Lovely sunny warm day. At last, after 14 years, I have two spotted White-letter Hairstreaks on the elms just outside our house here in Lenborough, they were also feeding on Privet flowers. Other butterflies flying now are, Small Tortoiseshells fairly common on thyme and verbena and sunning themselves on the footpaths. It has always been common here, but this year numbers are lower than usual and we only had one batch of caterpillars in the garden, but more in the surrounding fields. Red Admiral one, Painted Lady one, Ringlet and Meadow Brown a few. Speckled Wood also a few, but more last week. Brimstones are emerging now. Small White also. A few Large Skippers."
From Adrian Cadman: "26-Jun-2018: With brilliant sun and temperatures soaring into the upper 20s, it's a great time to see White-letter Hairstreaks fizzing around in the tops of elms, occasionally ash, and also nectaring on lime. Binoculars essential as they do like to stay aloft. Today in north Milton Keynes, Bucks I visited 9 sites in and around Great Linford seeing 15, the entrance track to the new Floodplain Forest Nature Reserve, Old Wolverton Road (SP809416) 37, and near Old Wolverton church (SP804411) 11."
~ 26th June 2018 ~
From Richard Hicks: "23-Jun-2018: Spotted on 23rd June, six sightings of Purple Emperors including 2 sparring over the course of 20 mins on Moorend Common, Lane End, Bucks."
From Peter Kendall: "26-Jun-2018: This morning at Englemere Pond, Bracknell, Berks, I saw a Purple Emperor by the viewpoint (SU905685). A first at this site for me. Few other butterflies: a few Meadow Browns, Ringlets, Skippers and Whites, and one Red Admiral."
From Peter Law: "25-Jun-2018: There were 5, possibly 6 Dark Green Fritillaries flying at Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon on the north side of the motorway this afternoon, flying out and back from the area at the end of the sunken way track where there are plenty of large Thistles. Other butterflies seen were plentiful Marbled White and Meadow Brown, some Small Skipper and Small Tortoiseshell, one Brimstone, a few Ringlet and Speckled Wood along the way down from the car park, and occasional lingering first brood Common Blue and Brown Argus. "
From Brenda Mobbs: "23-Jun-2018: Twenty-two people came to Holtspur Bottom Reserve, Bucks for the walk to look for Summer butterflies. It looked its best with the meadows full of flowers and awash with Meadow Browns, Ringlets and Marbled Whites. Also seen were Small and Common Blues, Large, Small and Essex Skippers, Speckled Woods, Brimstones, Large Whites, Purple Hairstreaks, Small Tortoiseshells, Small Coppers, Commas and a Red Admiral. There was even a fleeting glimpse of a Dark Green Fritillary which has not been seen on the reserve for a few years. However, at the end of the walk, when over half of the participants had left, Nick noticed something fluttering around the elm trees that had been planted several years ago. After 10-15 minutes of watching and attempts at taking photos it was confirmed that there were at least four White-letter Hairstreaks flying around the elms. Great excitement as it is a first for Holtspur Bottom Reserve. It is a very positive result for the hard work put in there. "
From Peter Cuss: "25-Jun-2018: Recorded 2 White-letter Hairstreak today at Widmore Pond, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU712805), and 3 at Milestone Wood, Berks (SU7337673). "
From Nick Board: "24-Jun-2018: At 10.00am in warm and sunny conditions today, a solitary Purple Emperor was seen along a bridleway adjacent to a private wood in North Bucks today which is about a week earlier than expected. It was lively, gliding along the bridleway at low level stopping to feed briefly on horse droppings and then swooping off up into the shrubbery to feed on dew."
From David Fuller: "25-Jun-2018: Seen at Maidenhead Thicket, Berks (SU853807), very sunny and warm 11.20-12.50: Silver-washed Fritillaries 18 (all males), Marbled White 1, Red Admiral 1, Comma 1, Green-veined White 1, Large White 1, Speckled Wood 1, Ringlet 6, Purple Hairstreak male getting salt and minerals from muddy path (first of the year for me), Meadow Brown 62."
From Chris Coppock: "24-Jun-2018: Seen in College Wood, Bucks today (SP791334) were three White Admirals, 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Meadow Brown (many), Ringlet (scarce), Speckled wood (many), Green-veined White, Large White, Small White, Large Skipper, Red Admiral. But no Wood white (too late, possibly), Gatekeeper or Marbled White (abundant elsewhere that morning). Avoid this Woodland Trust wood on Sundays unless you enjoy the din of moto-cross on adjoining farmland."
From Michael McNeill: "25-Jun-2018: Another very warm and sunny day called for a walk on the footpath connecting Whitchurch-on-Thames and Mapledurham in South Oxfordshire (SU667775). The south facing slopes have supported a colony of Dark Green Fritillary in recent years and I was not disappointed, seeing at least 15 flying fast over the slopes, only one pausing for a photograph. Other species included Marbled White 100+, Meadow Brown 50+, Small Heath 20, Ringlet 25, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Speckled Wood 2, Comma 1 and Scarlet Tiger Moth 2."
~ 25th June 2018 ~
From Michael McNeill: "24-Jun-2018: A warm (23°C) generally sunny day prompted a walk round the meadows and wooded areas of Moor Copse/Park Wood nr Englefield, West Berks (SU637742). The meadow butterflies were plentiful with over 100 Meadow Brown, also Marbled White 75+, Ringlet 50+, Large Skipper 10, Small Skipper 10, Common Blue 10, Large White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, 6-spot Burnet 3. The wooded areas produced Speckled Wood 3 and a fresh, fast moving, Silver-washed Fritillary."
From Tim and Colleen Watts:
"21-Jun-2018: 3 Black Hairstreak along entrance path to hides at
Gallows Bridge, Bucks BBOWT reserve and 2-3 White-letter Hairstreak in small
Elms next to car park at Calvert, Bucks BBOWT reserve. For anyone with
walking difficulties both species seen 1-10 meters from car parks.
From Dominic Mackenzie: "24-Jun-2018: A short walk through the flower meadow at Edmund’s Green, Bracknell, Berks was brightened by my first ever Purple Emperor which landed on the path beside me. Then a walk through the fields around Binfield, Berks was rewarded finding a healthy population of Purple Hairstreaks- I counted 12 at one point."
From Karen Saxl:
"24-Jun-2018: On Friday I didn’t manage to get out in daylight but did manage to
get out in moonlight, and found a couple of Marbled Whites (along the cycle track at Upton, Oxon). Managed
to coax one onto a finger and admire it
in the moonlight – would have made a fantastic photograph but as ever I hadn’t thought to take my camera.
Also saw at least one bat – a Pipistrelle – circling round a nearby copse – a spot where I also see
Long-eared Brown bats if I hit the right time.
~ 24th June 2018 ~
From Margaret Bolton: "24-Jun-2018: First time I personally have seen White Admiral in Moor Wood, Bucks (SU817899). At Strawberry Bank, Bucks (SU819900) I saw 3x Small Heath, only one each male & female Common Blue, a few Large Skipper, one Small Skipper, several Ringlet & many Marbled White & Meadow Brown."
From Paul Bowyer:
"23-Jun-2018: Near to Bloom Wood, Little Marlow, Bucks (SU878893).
Good numbers of butterflies including Silver-washed Fritillary, Painted Lady, Small
Tortoiseshells, Meadow Browns, Marbled Whites, Small Heath, Ringlet, Speckled Wood,
Small Skipper and Large Skipper.
From Wendy Wilson: "23-Jun-2018: On a short visit to Black Park, Bucks (TQ013844) today, I saw my first Silver-washed Fritillaries (4), White Admirals (2) and Purple Hairstreaks (2) of the season. Also there were numerous meadow browns and ringlets and several large skippers and commas. The female purple hairstreak in this photo, spotted by Dave Ferguson, posed nicely for several minutes. The two views of a female silver-washed fritillary show her nectaring on bramble after seeing off a male which was pestering her."
~ 23rd June 2018 ~
From Lina Lanka: "21-Jun-2018: While I was in Little Linford Wood, Milton Keynes, Bucks today, I met Phil Sarre, the BBOWT volunteer Warden for the reserve. He has been Warden for many years now and has seen Wood Whites there but not so far this year. About 5 minutes after we parted company, I saw a Wood White, but couldn't find him to tell him! The MK Natural History Society have also been looking for the butterfly but without success, so I feel rather fortunate to have seen one today. I was also thrilled to see White Admiral there today but missed the photo opportunity. It's the first one I've ever seen."
From Steve Lockey: "23-Jun-2018: A short walk along the River Thame at Wheatley, Oxon (SP612047) today produced 2 Meadow Brown, 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Speckled Wood."
From Michael and Diane Hunt: "23-Jun-2018: Seen at Romer Wood, Middle Claydon, Bucks (SP711236) today were up to 10 White Admirals, 1 Comma, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Large Skipper, 1 Brimstone, 4 Speckled Wood, 8 Silver-washed Fritillaries, good numbers of Meadow Brown and Ringlet, 2 Large Whites."
From Dave Wilton: "23-Jun-2018: Adding to the sightings from Peter Cuss in yesterday's report, after a week of patiently staring at our garden elms, this morning I was finally rewarded with plenty of activity from two White-letter Hairstreaks here at Westcott, Bucks. However, as usual they remained very high up in the trees, virtually out of reach of my camera!"
From John Holdbrook: "22-Jun-2018: I went to Brasenose Wood, Oxon today. I saw a number of Meadow Browns and Ringlets, a few Speckled Woods, 2 Green-veined Whites, 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries and 2 White Admirals."
From Prem Roy: "22-Jun-2018: Seen in the meadows north of Round Wood and south of Tingewick Woods, Bucks. 14.00 to 16.00. Pleasantly warm and sunny. Marbled White, Meadow Brown (mostly male), Ringlet all very common. Speckled Wood, a few in shady spots. Large Skipper, very common. A few Small Skippers. Comma one male, 4 Small Tortoiseshells. One small batch of almost fully grown Peacock caterpillars. 4 Common Blue, including one female. One pair of Large White. No Black Hairstreak."
From Michael McNeill: "22-Jun-2018: We spotted a White-letter Hairstreak sunning itself on our lawn in Upper Basildon, Berks today (SU590767). I have never seen one at this location in the 12 years I have lived here."
From Sue Taylor: "22-Jun-2018: Briefly at Bradenham, Bucks (SU825976) to check out the White-letter Hairstreak. In addition to seeing the WLH I was delighted to see Purple Hairstreak, Large, Small and my first Essex Skipper of the year. Plenty of Marbled Whites, Ringlets, Small Heath and Meadow Browns about, just a few Common Blues and a solitary Small Blue. Two wonderfully flamboyant fritillaries zoomed past, I was reliably informed by others who had been watching them that they were Dark Green Fritillary though the speed they went I couldn’t tell. Just one each of Brimstone, Small White, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral. 17 species in 2 hours not bad! I forgot the dear old Speckled Wood, that’s 18 then!"
~ 22nd June 2018 ~
From Peter Cuss: "22-Jun-2018: On the search for White-letter Hairstreak over the last couple of days. On the 21st June saw two on the elm on the footpath to Nuney Green, Oxon and two on the nearby elm in the lane to to Whittles Farm, Oxon (SU672784). Saw one at Whitchurch Maze, Oxon (SU693775). Saw four at Chazey Wood, Oxon (SU686760) (not to be confused with Chazey Heath!). Today, 22nd June, found four at new colony at Dead Mans Lane, Oxon (SU657792). Then in Berks, two at Dark Lane near Bradfield (SU604733) and one at Sonning (SU752754). I also received an email from Michael Reed who reports several WLH in Munces Wood, Bucks (SU847894)."
From David Fuller: "22-Jun-2018: Seen along the towpath at Maidenhead, Berks SU906834() today were around 20 Meadow Browns nectaring on Blackberry flowers, 1 Small Tortoiseshell (only second sighting this year), two Red Admirals (mint), 2 Large White, 1 Speckled Wood. Seen in my garden in Maidenhead (SU900833) was a Speckled Wood - first sighting in my garden this year."
From Chris Lamsdell: "21-Jun-2018: Seen at Black Park, Bucks today were four White Admirals, two Silver-washed Fritillaries, Large Skipper, Meadow Brown and Ringlet."
From David Neal and Anna Marett:
"20-Jun-2018: On a warm but cloudy afternoon with occasional sunshine, we visited Buttlers Hanging
and Yoesden Bank, Bucks. Both reserves were teeming with Marbled Whites and Meadow Browns. Buttlers Hanging had 80+ Marbled White,
50+ Meadow Brown, 15+ Small Heath, 3 Common Blue (2m, 1f), 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small Copper (very faded) and 1 Red Admiral, but best of all was 3 male Adonis
Blues on the upper slopes. We also found 2 Great Green Bush Cricket.
From Karen Saxl: "20-Jun-2018: First of the Wednesday evening walks happened today - I was joined by a few others, so may be doing it at 7pm gives people time to get there. We saw over 100 Marbled Whites, over a dozen Ringlets and Meadow Browns, nearly a dozen Large Skippers, three Common Blues, three Speckled Woods, a Large White, a Small Tortoiseshell and a Small Blue still perched in the grass at 8.30pm. We also managed to identify a few moths thanks to a local moth expert - including a Straw Ddot, 6-spot Burnet, Brown Plume and White Plume. The numbers of Marbled Whites are starting to creep up - a few days ago I was only seeing about 20. So hopeful that the numbers will get up into the 400s in the next few weeks. We also had a chance to look at some of the local flowers, including bee, spotted and pyramid orchids."
~ 20th June 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "20-Jun-2018: I saw two White-letter Hairstreaks at Standlake Common, Oxon (SP390020) this morning."
~ 19th June 2018 ~
From Chris Lamsdell: "19-Jun-2018: A Painted Lady at Wraysbury GP, Berks today."
From Mick & Wendy Campbell: "19-Jun-2018: Our third day out in a row looking for HIM was successful. We had only just arrived at Little Wood, Oxon when, from the footpath at the top of the wood, we saw a Purple Emperor circle round the main ash tree territory. Later on in Waterperry Wood, Oxon we managed to see another two Purple Emperors, both in known territories near the north gate. Other species were: Black Hairstreak (4), Comma (2), Meadow Brown (12), Large Skipper (15), Speckled Wood (9) plus singletons of Small White, White Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell."
From Steve Holliday: "19-Jun-2018: I visited Balscote Quarry, north Oxon today (SP391428). Overcast and breezy but the first Marbled Whites (4+) of the year here, Large Skipper 3, Ringlet 1, Meadow Brown 5+ and Common Blue 5."
From Karen Beaney: "19-Jun-2018: I've never recorded a sighting with you before but a White Admiral just visited my home near Wokingham, Berks (SU828709)."
From David Neal: "19-Jun-2018: While out walking in North Oxfordshire I came across my first Painted Lady of the year in a garden in the village of Swalcliffe, near Banbury."
From John Holdbrook: "18-Jun-2018: I walked round Meadow Lane Nature Park today, which is just off Donnington Bridge Road, Oxford (SP525041). There was a very large number of Meadow Browns and I saw about 10 Marbled Whites, 3 Small Tortoiseshells and a Speckled Wood."
From David Hastings: "18-Jun-2018: I visited Otmoor, Oxon today. Species seen were Large Skipper (3), Large White (1), Black Hairstreak (5), Red Admiral (2), Meadow Brown (30+) and Speckled Wood (5). Then at Bernwood Forest, Bucks I saw Large Skipper (12), White Admiral (5), Silver-washed Fritillary (1), Meadow Brown (5), Ringlet (2) and Speckled Wood (5). Finally at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon I saw Large Skipper (20+), Green-veined White (1), Black Hairstreak (8), White Admiral (7), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Comma (2), Silver-washed Fritillary (1), Meadow Brown (16), Marbled White (2), Ringlet (2) and Speckled Wood (7)."
From Peter Cuss: "18-Jun-2018: The White-letter Hairsteak season is well under way. Recorded two yesterday (17/6) at Maidenhead Thicket, Berks, (SU850808) and today (18/06/18) two at Bradfield College, Berks (SU605726) and a 'new' colony, four in Pangbourne, Berks (SU636762). So check those Elms out and please let the Species Champion know if you find any WLH!"
~ 17th June 2018 ~
From Colin Williams: "17-Jun-2018: I visited BBOWT's Wildmoor Heath, Berks reserve today to start this season's timed counts of Silver-studded Blues and was delighted to find two freshly-emerged males. They should now be on the wing for a month or so" .
~ 16th June 2018 ~
From Neil Holman:
"15-Jun-2018: A late morning trip to Hewin's Wood, Bucks (SP703216) at Greatmoor (between Edgcott and Shipton Lea) today
proved very successful. The weather was great and the following butterflies were sighted: 30+ Black Hairstreak; 6 x Large Skipper;
4 x Speckled Wood; 8 x Meadow Brown; 2 x White Admiral and a solitary Silver-Washed Fritillary which
did not hang about to be photographed.
From Chris Brown: "15-Jun-2018: At Crowsley Wood, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU735795) went looking for Silver-washed Fritilliary (none seen) but was rewarded with Large Skipper 2, White Admiral 3, Speckled Wood 23 (courting behaviour seen), Meadow Brown 3. At Millennium Green, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU713794): Small Skipper 1, Large Skipper 2, Common Blue 1 (male), Meadow Brown 22, Small Heath 4."
~ 15th June 2018 ~
From John Marshall: "09-Jun-2018: Travelled up from Somerset last weekend to try to see our first ever Black Hairstreak, and around noon on 9 June we found 40+ in the first part of Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon. Couldn't believe it. Checking your first sightings page just now, I see that Purple Hairstreak isn't yet recorded. Well, one flew into the car park as we were having our lunch, and kindly sat there until we had finished. We then started seeing Black Hairstreak in the car park too. It was a day to remember."
From Roy Grant:
"09-Jun-2018: Saw my first Black Hairstreaks (5) of the year along the Roman Road at Otmoor, Oxon today."
~ 14th June 2018 ~
From Prem Roy:
"12-Jun-2018: A little overcast but brightened up later, walked from Tingewick Mill, Bucks north through the water meadows,
which look promising and over the old railway, which looks as if Black Hairstreak could be here, but no, there are lots of potential Black Hairstreak sites around Buckingham
and the nearest colonies are so close, but still none. Butterflies seen were a few Meadow Brown, a few Speckled Wood, one Large Skipper, one Brown Argus. Brown Argus can be
found almost anywhere here, but always in ones and twos and several times I have seen the females fluttering around geranium in cultivated fields. Two fresh Small Tortoiseshells.
From Nicholl Williams: "14-Jun-2018: I went to see a spot in Spade Oak, Bucks (SU885875) today. It has been a bit disappointing so far this year compared to last year. I saw a few Common Blues and Large Skippers, and also a single Painted Lady."
From David Hastings: "14-Jun-2018: I visited Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon this afternoon. It was fairly breezy but quite sunny. I saw one Dark Green Fritillary and one Adonis Blue on the south side, and a rather worn Dingy Skipper and four fresh Marbled Whites on the north side. Meadow Browns were quite numerous, and there were also reasonable numbers of Small Heaths and Common Blues. I also saw a couple of Cistus Forester moths."
~ 13th June 2018 ~
From Steve Woolliams: "13-Jun-2018: Caught up in the general excitement over Black Hairstreak, I went to Brasenose Wood, Oxon and counted 11 individuals centred around SP558051, including this one ovipositing. Although this is a known site for Black Hairstreak, I’ve looked here for several seasons but never seen any until now. "
From Peter Cuss: "13-Jun-2018: Three White-letter Hairstreak seen today at Chazey Heath, Oxon (SP695770). "
From Bill Parry: "13-Jun-2018: I saw about thirty Black Hairstreaks at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon this morning, and they were easy to see but a bit frisky. The best place was on the right of the ride leading from the car park, so you don't even have to walk more than a hundred yards or so. I've never seen more than three or four there before."
From Liza Phipps: "13-Jun-2018: This morning I found a beautiful Green Hairstreak butterfly, in very good condition, just sitting on my kitchen floor next to the rubbish bin! Don’t know how it got there or where it’s gone but we have a big garden with lots of bushes and flowers in Seer Green, Bucks."
From David Fuller: "13-Jun-2018: Today at Braywick Park nature reserve, Maidenhead, Berks (SU896806), warm but no sun. Looking for our local Marbled White but none were seen. 72 Meadow Browns was a minimum count as I only walked the paths and not the total habitat, no other butterflies seen. "
From Andrew Cornick: "13-Jun-2018: As others have already mentioned, it's an excellent year for the Black Hairstreak. The pattern continued at Finemere Wood, Bucks between 0900 and 1130 this morning where I saw 40-50 in 5 different locations. Most sunny patches of blackthorn I watched had one or two on. There was even one on the oilseed as you entered the wood! The biggest concentration was at SP718219. Several of the individuals were looking quite worn, but there was still plenty of pristine ones as well. Also saw 7 Large Skipper, 12 Speckled Wood, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 22 Meadow Brown. It's saying something when Black Hairstreak is the most numerous butterfly on a walk! A great morning butterflying. The field trip to Finemere this coming Saturday should be brilliant. "
~ 12th June 2018 ~
From David Fuller: "11-Jun-2018: Seen at Homefield Wood, Bucks (SU813867) today between 12.30 and 14.30 in sunny conditions (about 25°C) were Meadow Brown 22, Common Blue 10, Small Heath 2, Green Hairstreak 1 (very tatty and lost most of its green colour), Speckled Wood 8, Ringlet 1 (my first one this year), Large Skipper 2, Large White 1, Green-veined White 4, Red Admiral 1 (my first of the year. Since becoming interested in butterflies in 1984 this is the latest first sighting ever), Small Skipper 2 (first of the year)."
From Stephen Jones: "11-Jun-2018: Late morning at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon: at the carpark and along the rides I saw a total of 23 Black Hairstreaks. In the afternoon, I went to Bernwood Meadows, Bucks and just inside the meadows (coming from York’s Wood) along the right side boundary, I saw 11 Black Hairstreaks. Because I was specifically visiting to see Black Hairstreaks, I didn’t try counting other butterflies, but there were lots of Meadow Browns, Speckled Woods and Common Blues around, plus a number of Brimstones and other whites."
From Brenda Mobbs: "03-Jun-2018: Eleven members of Butterfly Conservation, one from Wiltshire, went on the walk at Bradenham. The weather looked fairly unpromising to start with but it gradually brightened up. The target species was the Small Blue. Within a few minutes the first one was spotted and the total seen eventually was over 40 across the three fields walked. However, the Common Blue was seen in greater numbers, 65+. Other species seen were Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Small White, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Green Hairstreak, Grizzled Skipper, Brown Argus, Peacock, Brimstone. The highlight of the walk was the sighting of an Adonis Blue. After much discussion and many photographs it was confirmed that it was an Adonis. This is the first Adonis seen at the site as far as we know. "
From Dave Wilton: "11-Jun-2018: If ever there was a year to try and make your first sighting of the elusive Black Hairstreak, this is it. They are around in unprecedented numbers at the moment, especially in the Bucks/Oxon border area. This afternoon I surveyed one private woodland site in Bucks and recorded 123 individuals, then at a meadow in Oxon which is part of BBOWT's River Ray Reserves found a further 17 there and in the general area. Of particular note at the latter site was finding seven individuals nectaring on Tubular Water-dropwort at 5pm."
From Mark Searle: "10-Jun-2018: Had the pleasure of seeing a Dark Green Fritillary today in the top meadow on the south side of Aston Rowant. Thought this might be a first sighting of this species in the county for 2018. A dozen Adonis Blues still on the wing on the north side of the M40."
From Nicholl Williams: "11-Jun-2018: I went to Yeosden Bank, Bucks today. I noticed that the blues have gone down after a great couple of weeks for Adonis. However, I saw my first 3 Marbled Whites of the year."
From Lisa Munns: "11-Jun-2018: I visited Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon today to see the lovely Black Hairstreak that you have in your county. They were out in great numbers and a pleasure to watch. You have done a great job in maintaining their habitat and it was a very pleasant visit. I just thought I ought to submit a sighting of 2 White Admirals (very near to the pond on the left hand side) as I hadn't expected to see these out quite so early."
From Paul Lacey: "11-Jun-2018: Today I had a White Admiral in my garden on the top of Limmerhill, off the Barkham Road just south of Wokingham, Berks this morning. It is the first such sighting in my garden in 35 years of living here, also the first I can recall ever seeing in Berkshire. It stayed for at least an hour, resting on various bushes and basking in the sun. Needless to say the purple sheen got me exited, as last year I saw a purple aberration of the Southern White Admiral in the Pyrennes, which was described in a previous edition of Hairstreak."
~ 10th June 2018 ~
From Peter Cuss: "10-Jun-2018: At Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP601144) today. Wonderful to see such good numbers of Black Hairstreak as well as my first White Admiral of the season."
From Adrian Cadman: "10-Jun-2018: As soon as the sun broke through this morning, at 10.30am, I visited my local WLH site opposite New Bradwell cemetery, Milton Keynes, Bucks (SP841418) . After a couple of minutes during sunny periods brief sightings were made of individual White-letter Hairstreaks; eventually 3 were seen jousting."
~ 9th June 2018 ~
From David Gantzel: "09-Jun-2018: I had a male Orange-tip in my garden in Hazelmere, Bucks today."
~ 8th June 2018 ~
From Paul Bowyer: "08-Jun-2018: I received a message from my son Ellis Bowyer to say that he saw a White Admiral at lunchtime today in the car park at Wellington Business Park Crowthorne, Berks (SU819650)."
From Steve Woolliams: "08-Jun-2018: Amazed to find a Grizzled Skipper in my garden in suburban Headington, Oxford, Oxon (SP547056). Wondering where it has come from. We have Wood Avens and shrubby Potentilla fruticosa in the garden and there is Agrimony on the local allotments approx 400m away. Local Lye Valley and Rock Edge nature reserves have limestone grassland too."
~ 6th June 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "06-Jun-2018: A trip to Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) this afternoon produced at least 25 Black Hairstreaks in 90 minutes. There wasn't a lot else about though - just a few Speckled Woods, Common Blues and Large Skippers, and one Meadow Brown."
From James Ford: "06-Jun-2018: Walking the transect at Buttlers Hanging, Bucks produced the following: 38 Common Blues, 5 Dingy Skippers, 24 Small Heaths, 1 Grizzled Skipper, 22 Meadow Browns, 4 Brown Argus, 3 Small Blue, 2 Green Hairstreak and 1 Large Skipper. The main news was the 21 Adonis Blues, all but 2 male, that I counted here. Last year i counted 2, the year before just the one, but to now see this many (and i believe there were more) is fantastic news for that reserve."
From Stephen Jones: "06-Jun-2018: Wicken Wood, Bucks 11.30-13.00, warm and sunny (15°C). At SP73106 I saw 3 Wood Whites, 4 Common Blues (inc. 1 female), 2 Speckled Woods, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Green-veined White and a Meadow Brown."
~ 5th June 2018 ~
From Dave Cleal: "05-Jun-2018: Butlers Hangings, Bucks: Conditions cloudy, cool & a bit breezy. 5 Adonis Blues (my first sighting of this species). 4 Common Blues , 2 Brown Argus, 2 Small Heath, 2 Meadow Brown. Some pretty impressive wide flower margins in the fields below the site. At Yoesden Bank, Bucks Adonis Blues were everywhere and mostly grounded in the not quite right conditions for flying. I saw circa 50, just along the top path to the notice board. Also 10 Brown Argus, 4 Common Blue, 1 Marbled White, 2 Small Heath, 2 Meadow Brown. "
From Don Stone: "05-Jun-2018: First sighting of a Common Blue in our garden in Lee Common, Bucks today. Also first Speckled Wood of the year. "
~ 4th June 2018 ~
From Dave Cleal: "03-Jun-2018: A walk through the Springfield, Bucks land fill site (SU927892) produced 1 Brown Argus, 5 Common Blue and a Peacock. Also 7 Cinnabars. On 4th June I walked along the footpath to the east of the site, this produced another 4 Common Blues, a Red Admiral and a Meadow Brown."
From Tony Croft:
"04-Jun-2018: The cloudy conditions didn’t deter Black Hairstreaks from flying at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon
(SP600150) this afternoon. I saw seven in total in different parts of the reserve, including the very obliging individual in the photo. Also seen were Speckled Woods and a Meadow Brown.
~ 3rd June 2018 ~
From David Gower: "03-Jun-2018: Visited Pitstone Church End , Bucks this afternoon (SP941146). Recorded 48 x Small Blue, 59 x Common Blue, 1 x Large White, 50 x Small Heath, 8 x Meadow Brown, 1 x Grizzled Skipper, 3 x Brimstone, 2 x Brown Argus , 2 x Dingy Skipper. Moths were 9 x Cinnabar, 11 x Silver Y, 1 x Straw Dot, 4 x Burnet Companion, 1 x Yellow Shell, 2 x Treble-bar, 33 x Grass Rivulet. "
From David Webb: "03-Jun-2018: Sunny day at Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645). I saw Large Skippers, 4 Speckled Woods, 1 Marbled White, 1 Red Admiral, 30+ Common Blues, and Small, Large and Green veined Whites. Day-flying moths seen were 6 Speckled Yellows and 2 Silver Ys. "
~ 2nd June 2018 ~
From Steve Woolliams: "02-Jun-2018: Spent the day at a very warm and sunny Yoesden Bank, Bucks, with my nephew, George. Saw a great many Adonis Blue, we lost count after seeing 100s, many mating pairs. Some landing on us and lapping up a mixture of mineral salts and sunscreen! Also many Small Blue, Common Blue, Dingy Skipper 2, Meadow Brown 2, Large White 4, Small White 3, Brimstone 7, Speckled Wood 2, Small Heath 15. Moths : Several Burnet Companion and one Mother Shipton. Wonderful!"
From Karen Saxl:
"02-Jun-2018: Went out this afternoon to the Sustrans route between Didcot and Upton, Oxon to check on the local colonies of Small Blues,
and was surprised to see a Ringlet (at the southern top of the ramps between East and West Hagbourne). Spotted 8 Small Blues,
including at least one mating pair, and my first sighting from the colonies north of the ramps.
From Michael McNeill: "02-Jun-2018: The warm sunshine today brought out my first sighting of a Painted Lady in my garden in Upper Basildon, Berks this year. It was feasting on Erysimum (Everlasting Wallflower) flowers."
~ 1st June 2018 ~
From Nick Board: "01-Jun-2018: Although the woods just north of Buckingham took a pounding from overnight storms, this morning was warm and sunny. A two hour walk around Wicken Wood, Bucks and a neighbouring private wood produced 32 Wood White. I think we're hitting the peak period for Wood Whites emergence, and reports from neighbouring south Northants have been encouraging, so there is a good chance of being able to record a sighting during the coming week or so. Little Linford Wood, South Salcey Forest and Stoke Park Wood are all worth a search. Please continue to report any sightings in north Bucks to me at email@example.com"
From Dave Cleal: "01-Jun-2018: A walk along the causeway at Dorney Lake, Bucks today produced 7 Common Blues (1 female), 2 Large White and a Peacock. "
From Mick and Wendy Campbell: "01-Jun-2018: We visited Waterperry Wood, Oxon today and were pleased to see our first two Black Hairstreaks of the season. A couple of Speckled Woods were the only other species seen. "
~ 31st May 2018 ~
From Sue Taylor: "31-May-2018: I was pleased to join Ched and few other brave souls at Yeosden Bank, Bucks (SU789979) who dared to disbelieve the weather forecast today. We had a wonderful visit, weather was perfect, there will be a full report in Hairstreak but meanwhile noteworthy sightings were well over 50 Adonis Blues, at least 30 Small Blues, a Painted Lady and our first two Meadow Browns of the year. Moths included Mother Shipton and Lesser Treble Bar. This site is well worth a visit. "
From Maureen Cross: "26-May-2018: Lardon Chase, Berks (SU5880) Field Meeting report: The day dawned wet and muggy, not the weather for butterflies, nevertheless 9 optimistic members turned out to hunt for Adonis Blues. Optimism was rewarded as the weather improved and out came the butterflies. Common Blues 49, Brown Argus 3, Dingy Skippers 3, Brimstone 1, Small Heath 1, Small Blue 2 and our target species Adonis Blue 31, including 22 males, 5 females, and 2 mating pairs (the most first-brood Adonis I’ve ever seen on Lardon Chase). Moths also seen were Yellow Shell 4 and Burnet Companion 2. "
~ 28th May 2018 ~
From David Gower: "28-May-2018: At Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks (SP958169) once sun eventually came out spotted 8 x Duke of Burgundy between 1pm and 1.35pm. Also 4 x Brimstone ( inc 1 x female), 1 x Speckled Wood, 9 x Small Heath, 1 x Large White, 9 x Dingy Skipper, 1 x Small White, 1 x Green-veined White, 14 x Common Blue(m). Moths were 3 x Burnet Companion, 4 x Common Carpet, 2 x Cinnabar, 1 x Silver Y, 1 x Birch Bell (Epinotia demarniana), 1 x Celyphana lacunana. Onto Incombe Hole, Bucks (SP959154) recording 1 x Duke of Burgundy, 1 x Large White, 4 x Brimstone (inc 1 female), 1 x Grizzled Skipper, 7 x Small Heath, 3 x Common Blue (1 female), 2 x Dingy Skipper. Moths seen 3 x Common Carpet, 2 x Burnet Companion. Lastly on walk back to Aldbury Nowers above Pitstone, Bucks chalk pit (SP950146) were 6 x Common Blue, 1 x Brown Argus, 1 x Small Heath, 1 x Common Carpet, 1 x Silver Y. "
From Stephen Jones: "28-May-2018: During a 50 min walk on the NT estate at Bradenham, Bucks (SU828974) near the church I saw 5 Common Blues, 6 Small Blues, 2 Brimstones and 2 Small Heaths. I also saw an Orange-tip caterpillar on the same garlic mustard where I had seen an egg on 11th May. I then went over to the Smalldean Lane and in the vicinity of the carpark (SU823990) I saw 12 Common Blues, 3 Dingy Skippers, 1 Brown Argus, 1 Orange-tip and 2 Small Blues. The weather was generally warm, between 20-22 °C, sunny/cloudy and quite windy. "
From Prem Roy: "28-May-2018: From 13.00 to 16.00 today, Round Wood, Bucks, through the meadows south of Tingewick Woods, through Tingewick Woods and back (SP652315). Conditions were warm and sunny. Two Small Heaths at SP654314 in the meadows. Also in the meadows 4 male Common Blues, one female Small Copper. In the woods were Speckled Woods. All the whites were out and Brimstones and Orange-tips were common. No Wood Whites in either wood. I have visited these woods many times over the past 14 years and I have never seen a Wood White, but one lives in hope. The areas around the meadows also look very good for Black Hairstreak, but again I have never seen one here. I have only found one batch of caterpillars of Small Tortoiseshell this year which is very much down on normal. "
From Kevin Booden: "28-May-2018: Went to Yoesden Bank, Bucks today hoping to see my first Adonis Blue of the season, wasn't disappointed with good numbers 20+, 5 Small Blue, 3 Orange-tip, 4 Dingy Skipper, 1 Peacock, 1 Green Hairstreak and lots of Common Blue. "
From David Webb: "28-May-2018: I found a healthy colony of Common Blues at Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645). I counted 24 flying about today, also Grizzled Skipper, 3 Orange-tips and Green-veined, Small and Large Whites. "
From Phil Tizzard: "28-May-2018: Three Wood Whites seen at Wicken Wood, Bucks this afternoon. Also 8+ Common Blues and a Speckled Wood. "
From Paul Bowyer: "28-May-2018: This afternoon dog walking at Flackwell Heath, Bucks (SU891891) I saw 2 Peacocks, 2 Brimstones, 2 Common Blues, Green-veined White and my first Large Skipper for the year. Also some day-flying moths : Silver Y, Pyrausta aurata, Mother Shipton and Burnet Companion. "
~ 27th May 2018 ~
From Phil Tizzard: "27-May-2018: A pleasant walk of about an hour in Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) mid-afternoon, but few butterflies seen. Just one Grizzled Skipper, two Common Blues, one Orange-tip, and one Large White. Also a single Silver Y. "
From Nick Board: "27-May-2018: Four members joined Nick Board at Wicken Wood, Bucks. They saw 20 Wood Whites, a good number for the wood. The downside was that the majority of these were along one ride, whereas in the past the WW was more widely distributed. Wicken is greatly overgrown and we hope that the new owners will commit to their promise of managing the wood sympathetically to protect the butterflies and other wildlife which exists there. Other butterflies seen were 20+ Common Blues, 6 Speckled Wood, Orange-tip and Green-veined White. There was also a chance sighting of a Poplar Hawk moth roosting on a leaf. "
~ 26th May 2018 ~
From Prem Roy: "26-May-2018: From Cowley Farm (near Preston Bissett, Bucks) to Tywford Mill around to Casemore Farm and back to Cowley Farm. A mix of initially sheep pasture land and then small rivers and streams with pretty buttercup-filled water meadows. Pleasantly warm at about 20 °C and mostly sunny. All the whites were out in good numbers. Brimstones also. Plenty of Orange-tips. A few Speckled Woods. One faded Red Admiral. Lots of Silver Y moths. One faded and battered Small Tortoiseshell. One Small Heath just to the North of Twyford Mill at SP656271."
From Andrew Cornick: "26-May-2018: Dog walk across the Lambourn Downs, Berks this afternoon yielded big numbers of Small Blues; 80+ minimum! Groups of them were flushed out of seemingly unpromising long grass by the dogs. At the roadside there was a further group of 30+ taking salts from the bare earth; horse urine maybe? I've seen Small Blue here before, but never in such large numbers. Also 2 Common Blue, 2 Duke of Burgundy, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 2 Brimstone."
From Michael Hunt: "26-May-2018: Sightings at Calvert Jubilee, Bucks today were 6 Common Blues, 1 Dingy Skipper and 2 Grizzled Skippers."
~ 22nd May 2018 ~
From Michael McNeill:
"22-May-2018: A warm (22°C) sunny day at both Lardon Chase and The Holies, West Berks.
Lardon Chase: Adonis Blue 11 (inc 2 females), Common Blue 25+, Small Blue 1, Orange-tip 5 (inc 1 female), Small Heath 2, Dingy Skipper 2, Small Copper 1, Brimstone 2, Brown Argus 1.
From David Hastings: "22-May-2018: I visited Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon this morning. In just over an hour I saw eleven species: Green-veined White (4+), Brimstone (7), Orange-tip (2), Large White (1), Small White (1), Peacock (1), Speckled Wood (3), Small Heath (2), Small Copper (3), Common Blue (4) and Brown Argus (2)."
~ 21st May 2018 ~
From Kevin Booden: "21-May-2018: I visited Blue Lagoon, Milton Keynes, Bucks today looking for Small Blue and Green Hairstreak. I found 2 Small Blue, 5 Dingy Skipper and a couple of Mint Moths, but the amazing find was seeing a Duke of Burgundy near to the site of the Small Blues. It must be 20 miles to the nearest DOB colony."
~ 20th May 2018 ~
From Marcus Rhodes: "20-May-2018: 1 Green Hairstreak, 2 Brown Argus, 1 Common Blue and 3 Small Heath on the wing at Silwood Park, Berks (SU938693) this afternoon."
From Dave Cleal: "20-May-2018: I went to Yoesden Bank, Bucks late morning today. 3 Green Hairstreak, 12 Dingy Skippers, 7 Common Blue, 2 Small Blue. I then went to Smalldean Lane. It was quite hot by now and there was little activity, however Duke of Burgundy appeared to be the most active, 6 seen. Also 1 Red Admiral, 4 Dingy Skipper and 1 fresh Grizzled Skipper."
From Gerry Kendall: "20-May-2018: A dozen people took part in the traditional search for Spring Butterflies at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon on a lovely warm still day with light winds. We saw our four target species, Dingy and Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak and Small Blue. And there were a good number of other species: Brimstone, Small White, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Small Copper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small Heath. Very many thanks to all participants."
From Peter Cuss: "20-May-2018: A visit to Lardon Chase, Berks (SU586808) today. Common Blue out in good numbers and a fair amount of Dingy Skippers and Small Blue, two Adonis Blue, Brimstone, Small White and a Small Copper."
From Dave Ferguson:
"20-May-2018: I found 2 Grizzled Skippers at a site to the west of Bulstrode, Bucks (SU981882) this morning.
I also found 4 Dingy Skippers and 6 Green Hairstreaks, so the site is of local importance. It consists of rough grass and scrub on a sandy soil. It does not
seem to be used for anything. There is a public footpath running through it.
From Jean-Paul Brouard: "20-May-2018: I went for a morning walk at Lardon Chase, Berks (SU587809) today. Butterflies seen were Dingy Skipper (6), Large White (1), Brimstone (2), Small Heath (1) Green Hairstreak (2), Small Blue (only 1 female ovipositing on one of the few Kidney Vetch plants in flower), Common Blue (50+) and Adonis Blue (3 males and 2 females)."
~ 19th May 2018 ~
From Peter Clarke: "19-May-2018: Arrived at Bison Hill, Beds (TL000184) car park at 9:55 am. Almost immediately saw 4 Green Hairstreaks together on a hawthorn bush on the left at the top of the steep slope. Butterflies were more active between 10 and 11 than in the afternoon. Overall, I counted 8 Orange-tip, 12 Green Hairstreak, 20 Dingy Skipper, 30 Duke of Burgundy, 2 Large White, 2 Brown Argus, 8 Brimstone (more females than males), 1 (tatty) Small Copper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Small White, 1 Grizzled Skipper and 1 Holly Blue."
From Martin Kincaid: "19-May-2018: I visited Blue Lagoon Nature Reserve, Milton Keynes, Bucks (SP868326) today. Sad to see this once superb butterfly site now very neglected. Areas that used to be full of butterflies now heavily scrubbed over and most of the old paths through the grassland are now impassable. I was there for 2 hours and eventually managed to find a single Green Hairstreak by tapping mature hawthorn shrubs. I also saw 2 Small Blue (where there were once dozens), 4 dingy Skipper, 4 Brimstone (all female), 3 Orange-tip, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood and 1 Brown Argus. On the plus side, I did see 2 Latticed Heath moths which I have not seen here for many years, as well as a Mother Shipton and numerous Burnet Companions."
From Sandra Parkinson:
"19-May-2018: My first sighting at Chalkhills Farm, Oxon (SU643777) of Adonis Blue (male) today.
Managed to get close enough to check the fringing on the wings. Also saw a Small Heath nearby, but this was not my first sighting here.
From John Holdbrook: "19-May-2018: I went to the Beacon Hill side of Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon today. I saw several Whites and Brimstones, 5 or 6 Small Heaths, 10+ Brown Argus and Common Blues, a Grizzled Skipper, 2 Dingy Skippers and a Green Hairstreak. By the Ridgeway I saw a Holly Blue. By chance I got a [rather blurry] photo of the Green Hairstreak with its wings open."
From David Gantzel: "19-May-2018: Slightly surprised to see a Holly Blue in High Wycombe, Bucks town centre today."
From Jean-Paul Brouard: "19-May-2018: I spent the morning in The Holies, Berks (SU594798). The Horseshoe Vetch was flowering well, with 3 Adonis Blues present (2 males and 1 fem). Other butterflies seen were Dingy Skipper (20+), Orange Tip (1), Green-veined White (2), Brimstone (2), Small Heath (2), Green Hairstreak (4), Common Blue (5) and Small Copper (1)."
From Dave Cleal: "19-May-2018: I visited Springfield Landfill today, SE of Beaconsfield, Bucks. A bit disappointing on the butterfly front. 3 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Orange Tips & several unidentified Whites. Best of all was a Common Blue."
~ 18th May 2018 ~
From Charlie Jackson: "18-May-2018: I counted a minimum of 320 Small Blues at Pitstone Church End, Bucks this evening, roosting in the last of the sunlight in large groups of between 20 and 40. Quite a sight. Also a few Small Heaths, 3 Common Blues and several Grizzled Skippers."
From David Hastings: "18-May-2018: At Radley Lakes, Oxon (SU522972) today I saw Comma (1), Brimstone (1) and Dingy Skipper (1). At Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (SU509972) today were Orange-tip (6), Large White (4+), Green-veined White (numerous), Brimstone (1) and Peacock (2)."
From Michael Hunt: "18-May-2018: Seen at Calvert Jubilee Reserve, Bucks today were 2 Small Heath, 1 Green Hairstreak, 1 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Grizzled Skipper."
~ 17th May 2018 ~
From David Webb: "17-May-2018: Nice sunny warm day at Crookham Common, Berks SU524645. Saw my first Grizzled Skipper basking in the sun plus Common Blues, Green-veined, Large and Small Whites, one Orange-tip and 2 Speckled Woods."
From Sue Taylor: "17-May-2018: I was out this afternoon, as it was breezy I went to Incombe Hole, Bucks as it was sheltered. I was there 3-5pm and wandered up to the gully as well. I saw at least 9 Duke of Burgundy, 23 Dingy Skipper, 11 Grizzled Skipper, 4 Green Hairstreak, 3 Small Heath plus Orange Tip, Peacock, Comma, Small Tort and Brimstone. On the moth front 2 Mother Shipton and 3 Small Purple Barred. What I shall remember best though was my first small Copper of the season, fresh and lovely."
From Derek Haynes: "17-May-2018: It was a wonderful morning up at Yoesden Bank, Bledlow Ridge, Bucks today, with the following sightings: Over 50 Dingy Skipper, 2 Grizzled Skipper, 8 Green Hairstreak (including an individual with just 1 triangular spot on the hind wings), 2 Speckled Wood, 5 male Orange-tip, 5 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 9 Brimstone (2 female; 7 male), 2 Small Heath, 1 Holly Blue, 1 very fresh male Common Blue, 1 very fresh Brown Argus and 1 very fresh Small Blue. A lovely sight."
From Nick Board: "17-May-2018: My first two Wood Whites of the year were seen today in a private wood in North Bucks. Warm and sunny although still a chill in the wind. Green-veined Whites were out in abundance, together with a number of female Orange-tips. Another week of warm weather is needed to encourage the Wood Whites to appear in greater numbers."
~ 15th May 2018 ~
From Doug Helsby: "15-May-2018: Sightings at Pitstone Church End, Bucks today were Common Blue 2 (two other observers confirm), Small Blue 10+, Large White 2, Small White 1, Grizzled Skipper 5, Dingy Skipper 3, Peacock 1, Orange-tip 1, Small Heath 4, Green Hairstreak 3, Speckled Wood 1."
From Prem Roy: "15-May-2018: Sightings from North Buckinghamshire today. From Hillesden to Kingsbridge, then Steeple Claydon and back to Hillesden. Warm, 18 degrees and sunny. The most interesting species spotted was a single Dingy Skipper at SP694288 along the gravel track leading westwards from Hillesden to Kingsbridge, this is the first Dingy Skipper that I have seen in the Buckingham area. The long warm west facing track provided an area for the butterfly to sunbathe. I am not sure if the habitat is quite right for a colony, I will try to go again. Plenty of other butterflies, all the whites were out, good numbers of male and female Orange-tips, male and female Brimstones which are still courting (eggs and young caterpillars on Buckthorn at home in Lenborough), a few Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks, a Comma, three Holly Blues and a few Speckled Woods."
From Paul Busby: "15-May-2018: Some further sightings from Fairford Leys, Aylesbury, Bucks (SP8112) on a river clean-up session, seeing a Holly Blue and a Large White today."
From David Webb: "15-May-2018: Nice sunny day today at Crookham Common, West Berkshire (SU524645). I spotted 25+ common Blues, quite an impresive sight, plus Green-veined, Large and Small whites, 4 Orange-tips and 4 Holly Blues."
From Mark Griffiths: "15-May-2018: At Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon today we saw 15-20 Brown Argus (I assume they were, small and dark and chasing each other), 2 Common Blues, 2 Small Coppers, about 10 Dingy Skippers, and 6 Green Hairstreaks. Also 6 Brimstones, 4 Large Whites and one tatty Small Tortoiseshell. "
From David Hastings: "15-May-2018: I visited Lardon Chase, Berks this morning, but there wasn't much about. One Green Hairstreak, two Common Blues, one Small Blue and two Small Heaths were the only sightings of note. "
~ 14th May 2018 ~
From Neil Holman: "14-May-2018: An early afternoon trip to Pitstone Church End, Bucks today proved very successful. A leisurely walk around the site in bright sunshine produced 9 x Dingy Skipper, 3 x Grizzled Skipper, 4 x Brimstone, 3 x Orange-tip, 1 x Holly Blue, 2 x Green Hairstreaks, 30+ x Small Blue, 1 x Small Heath and 1 x Common Blue. The last two were spotted at grid ref SP943145. "
~ 13th May 2018 ~
From Robin Carr: "13-May-2018: On a mainly cloudy day, 9 people at the field meeting at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks saw the following butterflies: Duke of Burgundy 19, Dingy Skipper 2, Green-veined White 1 and Small Tortoiseshell 1. "
From Kevin Booden: "13-May-2018: I went for a walk today at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks. 5 Duke of Burgundy, 6 Dingy Skipper, 5 Grizzled Skipper, 1 Small Heath, 6 Green Hairstreak and my first Brown Argus of the year seen at Incombe Hole. "
From Clive Burrows: "13-May-2018: The following were recorded during a two-hour walk around Ivinghoe Beacon on Sunday afternoon today. I recorded my best tally for a number of years at this site for Duke of Burgundy, with a count of 33. Also a single Small Blue, which I haven't seen here for a number of years. 20 Dingy Skippers and 3 Green Hairstreaks were also noted. "
From Paul Busby: "13-May-2018: Late afternoon walk today along a stream near Fairford Leys, Aylesbury, Bucks (SP8112) and saw 2 male Brimstones and a number of whites including a male Orange-tip, a Small White and a Green-veined White."
From Sue Taylor: "13-May-2018: I unexpectedly was able to get out this afternoon and decided I wanted to see Small Blue and Dingy Skipper, so I went off to Pitstone Quarry, Bucks (SP941148) between 2.30 and 4.30pm. I saw a huge amount including at least 43 Small Blue (including 5 mating pairs), at least 48 Dingy Skipper, 12 Grizzled skipper (including a mating pair) and 4 Green Hairstreak. Also on the moth front a Mother Shipton, at least 6 Cinnabars, a Small Yellow Underwing and a few Pyrausta."
From Martin Kincaid: "13-May-2018: Helen and myself made a visit to our two favourite BBOWT reserves today to see what was about. It was rather overcast when we arrived at College Lake, Bucks but a walk along the 'Time Trail' was eventually rewarded. We saw 8 Green Hairstreak, 3 Dingy Skipper, 2 Green-veined Whites and singletons of Brimstone, Orange Tip and Speckled Wood. However, we were most happy with a tiny, perfect male Small Blue (which was in fact our first butterfly). It looked as though it had just emerged and was easily tempted to walk on my finger. We then went on to Dancersend, Bucks and when we arrived the sky had gone rather dark. We made for the Anthill area where no butterflies were flying. However, we sat patiently for the best part of an hour and when the sun eventually broke through we were delighted to see our first Duke of Burgundy of the year, together with Orange Tip (2), Brimstone (2) and Green Hairstreak (1). We also noted a Green Carpet moth and numerous Pyrausta aurata."
From Karen Saxl: "13-May-2018: Just back from a quick recce of the local butterfly population along the Sustrans Route from Didcot to Upton, and around West Hagbourne. Rewarded with my first Orange-tip larva of the year - plenty of eggs and a few adults around as well. Also, Green-veined, Large and Small Whites and a Comma. Several Holly Blues but the highlight was my first Small Blue, resplendent in charcoal upper wing. Glad I got to see the Small Blue as I had predicted from the state of the local kidney vetch that my first sighting was likely to be this weekend."
From Charlie Jackson: "13-May-2018: There were 3 Small Blues out at Pitstone, Bucks (Church End) at 10.30 this morning. I revisited the site later in the morning when it was a bit warmer, and I counted 6 Small Blues, 10 Dingy Skippers and 3 Grizzled Skippers."
~ 10th May 2018 ~
From James Ford: "10-May-2018: A rather windy day at Buttlers Hangings, Buks today, but still produced 2 Grizzled Skippers, 4 Dingy Skippers, 3 Green Hairstreaks and 2 Small Heaths. Hoping the numbers increase in the forthcoming weeks."
From John Holdbrook: "10-May-2018: I went to the Beacon Hill side of Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon today. While I was there it was rather windy and there were a lot of cloudy periods so I saw fewer species than expected. I did see several Whites, 2 Orange-tips, 2 Brimstones and a Common Carpet moth. Eventually,in the grassy area near the Ridgeway I saw 2 Grizzled Skippers."
From Tom Dunbar: "10-May-2018: I have been looking at the Duke of Burgundy emergence at landscape level this week. First sightings at Smalldean Lane on 6th, with total of 9 adults. Terrific habitat management! Just 3 Dukes on short Ivinghoe visit on 7th. Thirteen Dukes on return to Ivinghoe the following day – comprehensive search. Whipsnade Downs (Beds) late on 9th recorded 16 Dukes. Totternhoe Quarry (Beds) today produced 18, including a mating pair (and a Small Heath). Building nicely!"
~ 9th May 2018 ~
From Stephen Jones: "09-May-2018: Between the west side of Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks and the NT carpark, from about 11.00-12.45 today, I saw 6 Dukes, 3 Green Hairstreaks, 5 Green-veined Whites at rest, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 male Orange Tip and 1 Speckled Wood. There were numerous whites but I cannot distinguish one from another while they are on the wing, and there were numerous Brimstones - I stopped counting at 15."
~ 7th May 2018 ~
From Steve Johnson: "07-May-2018: Seen at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon today 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Brimstone, 8 Green Hairstreak."
From John Barnes: "07-May-2018: Seen at Rushbed Woods, Bucks (SP667156) 1 x Orange-tip, 1 x Speckled Wood and numerous white species flying too fast and never landing long enough to identify."
From Francis Gomme: "07-May-2018: Seen at Grangelands, Bucks (SP826045) today were Grizzled Skippers (5), Dingy Skippers (10+) and Green Hairstreaks (4)."
From Dominic Mackenzie: "07-May-2018: A stunning day at The Holies, Berks. Saw my first Green Hairstreaks (3), Dingy Skippers (14) and Grizzled Skippers (12) of the year together with Brimstone (8), Large White (2), Small Tortoiseshell (1), Orange-tip (6) and a single Mother Shipton moth."
From Jean-Paul Brouard: "07-May-2018: Spent the day at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (SU542833). I saw Grizzled Skipper (17+), Dingy Skipper (8), Orange Tip (7+), Large White (1), Small White (3+), Green-veined White (a few), Brimstone (10+), Peacock (5), Small Tortoiseshell (3), Comma (1), Small Copper (5), Green Hairstreak (16) and Holly Blue (1)."
From Nicholl Williams : "07-May-2018: I went out to a field on the road from Marlow to Lane End, Bucks opposite Widmere Lane. I saw a Green Hairstreak, a Brimstone, a Red Admiral, 3 Orange-tips, a Holly Blue, a couple of Large Whites."
From Charlie Jackson : "07-May-2018: Pitstone Church End, Bucks is starting to come to life. After drawing a blank yesterday I found 5 Grizzled Skippers, 3 Dingy Skippers and 3 Green Hairstreaks this afternoon. On the South West slope of Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks I saw a single Duke of Burgundy, 1 Dingy Skipper and 2 Grizzled Skippers. "
From Sue Taylor :
"07-May-2018: I was on site at Bradenham, Bucks most of the day, wow it was hot!
From Peter Cuss : "07-May-2018: I saw 2 Greeen Hairstreak today at Cavesham Lakes, Oxon (SU740754). "
~ 6th May 2018 ~
From Paul Bowyer : "06-May-2018: Eight members met at Homefield Wood, Bucks on a glorious spring morning for the first field event of the year. Orange Tips and Green-veined Whites were the most frequently seen species. Multiples of Brimstone, Holly Blue, Peacock and Speckled Wood were noted. Single specimens of Small White, Green Hairstreak and Green Carpet were foundI Thanks go to Harry Mathews for spotting Comma and Grizzled Skipper from his private list. An enjoyable outing but it was felt the season had some catching up to do."
From Clive Burrows : "06-May-2018: The following butterfly sightings this morning at Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks : 25 Green Hairstreak, 1 Grizzled Skipper and 8 Duke of Burgundy, including 2 aberrations. "
From Charlie Jackson : "06-May-2018: I found my first Dingy Skipper this morning in Incombe Hole, Bucks. Plenty of Grizzled Skippers and good numbers of Green Hairstreaks. 3 Dukes still present. "
From Peter Cuss : "06-May-2018: I took another trip to Wytham Woods, Oxon (SP456081) today. Very pleased to see 20+ Green Hairstreak."
From Margaret Bolton : "06-May-2018: I saw this Dingy Skipper at Sands Bank LNR, Bucks (SU834934) today."
From Michael Pitt-Payne : "06-May-2018: I visited St John's Churchyard in Stone, Bucks (SP748210) and recorded the following species at around 1.00pm today - Brimstone (1 male & 1 female), Green-veined White (4), Orange-tip (4 male), Holly Blue (5), Speckled Wood (2)."
~ 5th May 2018 ~
From Jean-Paul Brouard : "05-May-2018: Today I went for a morning walk to the Holies, Streatley (SU593798). Butterflies seen were Dingy Skipper (2), Green Hairstreak (4), Small Copper (1), Brimstone (4), Green-veined White (1), Orange Tip (2) and Speckled Wood (1)."
From Sue Taylor: "05-May-2018: A walk after lunch around Incombe Hole, Bucks and Steps Hill, Bucks on the Ivinghoe complex netted 2 Duke of Burgundy, 13 Grizzled Skippers (incl. one mating pair), 4 Peacocks, numerous Orange-tips and Brimstones, but possibly my favourite moment was when a Green Hairstreak decided to land on me. Elsewhere I saw Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and Holly Blue. Eleven species, now we are getting there!"
From Charlie Jackson: "05-May-2018: I spent a couple of hours in Incombe Hole, Bucks this morning accompanied by Kevin Booden. We counted at least 15 Grizzled Skippers and 3 Duke of Burgundy. We also saw 4 Speckled Woods, several Green-veined Whites and good numbers of Green Hairstreaks. Brimstones were everywhere. I found a single Grizzled Skipper at Pitstone, Bucks (Church end) this morning."
From Charlie Jackson: "05-May-2018: I found a single Grizzled Skipper at Pitstone, Bucks (Church end) this morning."
From Stephen Jones: "05-May-2018: Today I saw my first Duke of Burgundy this year at Bradenham, Bucks (SU820988). It was at about 11.30 am. and in warm sunshine. But it was just the one - I searched the area for another 45 mins and didn’t see any others. I expect this sudden warm weather will bring out plenty more."
From Pat Clissold: "04-May-2018: I watched an Orange-tip egg being laid on Cuckooflower at 1.07pm today at Gavray Meadows, Oxon (SP597221)."
~ 1st May 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "01-May-2018: I visited Otmoor, Oxon this morning. Butterflies took a little while to get going, but eventually I saw about a dozen Green-veined Whites (including a mating pair), around seven Orange-tips (inc. one female), five Speckled Woods (inc. one female), and four Peacocks."
From Harry Appleyard: "01-May-2018: Saw my first Painted Lady of this year, on a recently-dried field near the Shakespeare Park building site in Kingsmead, Milton Keynes, Bucks. It was basking on the ground near one of the fences. Managed to get a single record shot before it flew towards the middle."
~ 27th April 2018 ~
From Christopher Brown:
"19-Apr-2018: At Crowsley Wood, Sonning Common, Oxon (SU735795) Brimstone (2 male, 1 female),
Orange-tip (2 male, 1 female), Peacock (3), Comma (1).
From Sue Taylor: "26-Apr-2018: At College Lake, Bucks today, sun and cloud and quite windy, but I still managed to see my first Green Hairstreak, Speckled Wood and 2 Green-Veined Whites of the season, plus Orange tip male and female."
From David Hastings: "26-Apr-2018: A couple of hours spent in Bagley Wood, Oxon (SP513015) today produced six male Orange-tips, one Large White, at least five male Green-veined Whites, one Peacock, four male Speckled Woods and three male Holly Blues."
From Dominic Mackenzie: "25-Apr-2018: A short walk through Edmund's Green in Bracknell, Berks today saw my first Spring butterflies: 4 Speckled Wood, 2 Holly Blue and a single Orange-tip."
~ 24th April 2018 ~
From David Webb: "22-Apr-2018: I was pleasantly surprised to see a Painted Lady come into my garden in Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645) today, and bask in front of me on the stone path. Other butterflies seen were Holly Blue, 5 Orange-tips, 6 Large Whites, 1 Small White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 male Brimstones. "
~ 23rd April 2018 ~
From Charlie Jackson:
"21-Apr-2018: At Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks today there was a single Green Hairstreak and a Holly Blue.
There was also a Green Hairstreak in Pitstone Churchyard, Bucks.
~ 22nd April 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "22-Apr-2018: Seen at Standlake Common, Oxon this morning were at least eleven Brimstones, three Orange-tips, two Green-veined Whites, two Speckled Woods, one Small Tortoiseshell, one Peacock and two Holly Blues."
From Wendy Wilson: "22-Apr-2018: Orange-tips were out in force among the Cuckooflowers in Denham Country Park, Bucks (TQ049863) today. I saw at least 5 females laying eggs and 13 males zooming round chasing away 3 Green-veined Whites which were also trying to get at the flowers. Other species there and by the nearby railway line in Denham were 2 Small White, 3 Brimstone, 4 Holly Blue, 3 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Speckled Wood. Back home in Chalfont St Peter a Brimstone was ovipositing on my buckthorn."
From Miles Attenborough: "22-Apr-2018: I visited Incombe Hole, Bucks this morning and saw 4 Green Hairstreaks (three of which gave me nice photos), three Peacocks, 1 Comma and around 10 Brimstones. No sign of Dingy or Grizzled Skippers. Three of the hairstreaks were on the south-facing side of trees in a sheltered spot at the base of the steep climb out at the northern end (Grid ref SP959156)."
From Michael Hunt: "22-Apr-2018: Here in Buckingham, Bucks this morning my first Holly Blue for this spring."
From Peter Cuss: "22-Apr-2018: Went to Wytham Woods, Oxon (SP457082) today and can report Green Hairstreak, Orange-tip, Peacock, Brimstone, Comma, Speckled wood and White-letter Hairstreak (larva)."
From Michael Hunt: "21-Apr-2018: A single Speckled Wood (my first this spring) seen along Buckingham Railway Walk, Buckingham, Bucks (SP693334) today."
From David Gantzel: "21-Apr-2018: A Holly Blue in the garden in Hazlemere, Bucks today."
From David Hastings: "21-Apr-2018: A trip today to Aston Rowant NNR (north side) this morning produced at least eleven Brimstones, two Green Hairstreaks, one Small Tortoiseshell and one Comma."
From John Holdbrook: "20-Apr-2018: This afternoon along the cycle track from Littlemore roundabout by the Oxford ring road, I saw up to 10 Orange-tips (including a mating pair), 2 Peacocks, 2 Holly Blues, a Speckled Wood and a number of Whites which didn’t settle so I couldn’t identify them."
~ 20th April 2018 ~
From Michael Hunt: "20-Apr-2018: 4 Brimstones, 1 Peacock, 2 Orange-tips, 1 Large White seen at Padbury Wood, Bucks (SP719302) today."
From David Gantzel:
"18-Apr-2018: Male Brimstones and male and female Orange-tips seen in Hazlemere, Bucks.
From Kevin Booden: "19-Apr-2018: I visited Ivinghoe, Bucks (SP959163) looking for spring butterflies today, saw 4 Brimstone, 5 Small White, 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a Red Admiral, and my first Green Hairstreak of the season."
From Neil Holman: "19-Apr-2018: A trip today to Incombe Hole, Ivinghoe, Bucks proved very rewarding, after a very slow start. Numerous Brimstones were flying in the bright sunshine and also spotted were 3 Peacocks and a singe Red Admiral. However, just before midday my luck turned and at the Steps Hill end of the hole I was lucky enough to see and photograph 3 Green Hairstreaks."
~ 19th April 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "19-Apr-2018: A couple of hours at Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (SU550844) this morning produced at least twenty-five Brimstones (10 males, 15 females), two Peacocks, four Small Tortoiseshells, two Commas and a male Green-veined White."
From John Rust: "19-Apr-2018: Saw our first Holly Blues & lone Orange-tip, one week earlier than last year, in Benson, Oxon today."
From David Webb: "19-Apr-2018: Butterflies seen today at Crookham Common, Berks (SU523645) were 2 male Brimstone, 1 female Brimstone, 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Holly Blue, 3 Large White, 1 Small White and 1 male Orange-tip."
From Michael Pitt-Payne: "19-Apr-2018: I saw the following around 11am today in Stone churchyard, Bucks (SP748210): One Small Tortoiseshell, one male Orange Tip, and one Female Brimstone."
From Martin Kincaid: "18-Apr-2018: Gordon Redford and myself spent a couple of hours in Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes, Bucks (SP 824357) this afternoon looking for Light Orange Underwing moth. We saw a few likely candidates flying high around aspens but no close views. However, we were pleased to see our first Orange-tips (2) and Speckled Wood (1) of the year. Other species were Brimstone (8), Peacock (3) and Comma (2)."
~ 18th April 2018 ~
From David Webb: "18-Apr-2018: Seen today at Crookham Common, Berks (SU524645 ) in the sunshine were 2 male and one female Brimstones, 3 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 male Large Whites. "
From David Hastings: "18-Apr-2018: I spent an hour at Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (SU467995) at lunchtime today, where I saw at least five male Orange-tips, nine male and two female Brimstones, five Peacocks, three Commas, two Small Whites and one male Large White. "
~ 17th April 2018 ~
From Marcus Rhodes: "17-Apr-2018: Seen around Silwood Park, Berks (SU944686) this lunchtime were 1 Speckled Wood, 2 Comma, 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock & 1 Small Tortoiseshell. "
~ 14th April 2018 ~
From Michael Hunt: "14-Apr-2018: Seen at Hyde Lane Pit, Buckingham, Bucks today were 1 Comma, 1 Orange Tip, 1 Brimstone and 2 Small Tortoiseshell. And in our garden in Buckingham, Bucks 1 Large White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Brimstone."
From Karen Saxl: "14-Apr-2018: Good to have had a spring day. Walked the Chilswell valley, Oxon transect with Phil Penson today and had our first sightings for Green-veined White and Orange-tip (male). Also saw some Peacocks, several Small Tortoiseshells and Brimstones (both male and female). We also spotted a small Scarlet Tiger moth caterpillar whilst walking through the fen area. Earlier in the day I'd also seen a Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Brimstone around south Didcot, Oxon."
From David Webb: "14-Apr-2018: 2 male Brimstones and one male Large White seen at Crookham Common, Berks (SU5264) today."
From Paul Bowyer: "14-Apr-2018: Seen at Flackwell Heath Cricket Club, Bucks (SU897892) were Holly Blue, male Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell."
From Nigel Partridge: "14-Apr-2018: Whilst out in our garden today in Loosley Row, Bucks (SP817007) in the welcome sunshine I saw our first Holly Blue of the year feeding on Brunnera macrophylla."
~ 11th April 2018 ~
From Chris Brown: "05-Apr-2018: The first warm sunny dry spring day of the season at Crowsley Wood Sonning Common, Oxon (SU735795) produced 4 Brimstone (male), 2 Peacock, 6 Comma."
~ 9th April 2018 ~
From Peter Law: "06-Apr-2018: Whilst gardening in the sunshine today at King's Copse Park, Garsington, Oxon I witnessed two male Large Whites emerge from underneath my park home. Both flopped onto nearby blooms, then after a few minutes flew up and away. I thought this was early and having just checked the sightings log find this may be the year's first sighting. Last autumn there was a huge brood of Large White larvae on weeds just outside the boundary fence and as one panel was down many of these pupated on the walls of my home. All of those were eaten by birds but it seems some that concealed themselves effectively have survived to adulthood."
~ 8th April 2018 ~
From John Lindley: "06-Apr-2018: Sightings from Goring-on-Thames, Oxon today were one very small male Green-veined White, 10+ Brimstones including two females, one Peacock and one Small Tortoiseshell."
~ 7th April 2018 ~
From Dave Wilton: "06-Apr-2018: There was just enough hazy sunshine to walk my first butterfly transect of the year this afternoon in some private woodland near Grendon Underwood, Bucks. 25 individuals from three species (Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell & Comma) was just about as expected, although I was disappointed not to find a Peacock. Don't tell Nick Bowles, but I committed the cardinal sin of stopping the transect for ten minutes when I saw a pair of Commas chasing each other through some quite dense low-growing vegetation. The female then settled and after a very quick "antennae massage" from the male they paired up at the base of an ash sapling and were then very tolerant of me pulling numerous grass stems out of the way to get the picture below."
From Dave Cleal: "05-Apr-2018: 1 Peacock and 1 Tortoiseshell along the Roundmoor Ditch on Dorney Common, Bucks today."
From Mark Griffiths: "05-Apr-2018: After a few Brimstones earlier this year we had a male Brimstone, two Small Tortoiseshells (one in hot pursuit of the other), a Comma and a Peacock in our garden in Garsington, Oxon (SP580023) today."
From Trish Glenn: "05-Apr-2018: One Comma seen in Bernwood Forest, Bucks today."
~ 5th April 2018 ~
From David Hastings: "05-Apr-2018: Between midday and 1pm at Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (SU467995) today I saw at least three Brimstones, two Commas and a Peacock."
From Colin Mather: "05-Apr-2018: A Brimstone in my garden in Sonning Common, Oxon this afternoon (SU708799)."
From Tom Dunbar: "05-Apr-2018: Rosaleen Dunbar had two garden sightings in Aylesbury, Bucks today, an active Small White seen twice and a resting Small Tortoiseshell on the lawn. I walked Gait Barrows and Arnside Knott at the same time and didn't see a thing!"
From Wayne Bull: "05-Apr-2018: Two Small White seen today along the cycle track between Heyford Hill and Rose Hill roundabouts on the Oxford ring road."
From George Warner: "05-Apr-2018: At least 2 male Brimstones in my garden in Upper Basildon, Berks, today; there seemed to be several about and they were later joined by my first Small White of the year."
From Michael Hunt: "05-Apr-2018: At last a Brimstone in our garden in Buckingham, Bucks in spring sunshine!"
From David Fuller: "05-Apr-2018: Seen in my garden in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833) today were 2 Peacock, 2 Brimstone and 1 Comma."
From John Holdbrook: "05-Apr-2018: I walked along the cycle track by the Oxford ring road between Littlemore and Heyford Hill roundabouts this afternoon. After the recent poor weather I was very pleased to see up to 10 Brimstones, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Commas and 2 Small Whites."
From Abby Fettes: "05-Apr-2018: Spotted two Peacocks, a Small Tortoiseshell and a male and female Brimstone enjoying the sunshine in the garden in Witney, Oxon (SP 352100) this lunchtime."
From David Webb: "05-Apr-2018: A male Brimstone seen at Crookham Common, Berks (SU5264) today in the sunshine."
~ 31st March 2018 ~
From Marcus Rhodes: "26-Mar-2018: Two male Brimstones out around Silwood Park, Berks this afternoon (SU943691 & SU938694)."
~ 27th March 2018 ~
From John Ward-Smith: "26-Mar-2018: I had two garden sightings in Bracknell, Berks today, the first of the year. At lunchtime, a male Brimstone flew through. Then, mid-afternoon a Comma visited and stayed a while to soak up the sunshine."
From Dave Cleal: "26-Mar-2018: A Brimstone through our garden in north Burnham, Bucks today."
From David Gantzel: "26-Mar-2018: At last! A male Brimstone in my garden today in Hazlemere, Bucks. "
From Michael Hunt: "26-Mar-2018: Here in Buckingham, Bucks today in the sunshine were 4 Brimstones and 3 Small Tortoiseshells. "
From David Hastings: "26-Mar-2018: I saw at least three Brimstones and a Peacock in Horton-cum-Studley, Oxon (SP600122) this afternoon."
From Neil Manthorpe: "26-Mar-2018: My first butterfly of the year - flying fast across our garden in the Daws Hill area of High Wycombe, Bucks - a male Brimstone."
~ 25th March 2018 ~
From David Fuller: "25-Mar-2018: A male Brimstone today, went to roost on my greenhouse in Maidenhead, Berks (SU900833)."
Michael Hunt sent this sighting: "25-Mar-2018: A Brimstone seen this afternoon in the "Heartland" area of Buckingham, Bucks. 13 °C at last!"
~ 21st March 2018 ~
Kathy Warden sent this sighting: "21-Mar-2018: One Brimstone seen in flight over ivy/scrub on the sunny, south-facing bank around the West Berks council Market Street offices car park in Newbury, Berks (SU471667) today."
Michael Hunt sent this sighting: "21-Mar-2018: One Small Tortoiseshell in the garden here in Buckingham, Bucks today."
Andy Hoskins sent this sighting: "21-Mar-2018: Today's warmth, 10°C, and sunshine brought this Small Tortoiseshell to my garden in Winslow, Bucks (SP774282)."
David Hastings sent this sighting: "21-Mar-2018: I saw a male Brimstone flying in north Abingdon, Oxon this morning (at about SU509989)."
~ 17th March 2018 ~
Andrew Clarence sent this sighting: "16-Mar-2018: One Comma and one fast-flying male Brimstone were seen in my garden at Whitchurch, Bucks today. Also, one of the hibernating Small Tortoiseshells has just woken up."
David Fuller sent these sightings:
Paul Bowyer sent this sighting: "11-Mar-2018: This morning I saw a male Brimstone in our front garden at Flackwell Heath, Bucks (SU894897). The weather had been sunny and warm but clouds had come over. I doubt if we will see it again in the next few days."
Colin Mather sent this news: "10-Mar-2018: Walking just outside Sonning Common, Oxon today I saw what I think is a Peacock chrysalis."
~ 2nd March 2018 ~
Andrew Clarence sent this news: "02-Mar-2018: Nine Small Tortoiseshells hibernating in my spare room cupboard this year. Last year there were twelve, plus two Peacocks".
~ 28th February 2018 ~
Andrew Waller sent this sighting: "16-Feb-2018: I saw a Red Admiral at the edge of woodland to the east of the North Orbital Road, Denham, Bucks (TQ042886) today."
~ 17th February 2018 ~
Tom Dunbar sent this news: "17-Feb-2018: A 90-minute Purple Hairstreak egg search this afternoon at Oakley Wood, Bucks was very productive. 10 eggs on one oak on left at first crossroads down from main car park (SP61225 11469) including one double. Great interest shown by other visitors.
Colin Mather sent this news: "16-Feb-2018: Found today a dead Green-veined White in Henley-on-Thames, Oxon in good condition." [NB this doesn't count as a first sighting because the butterfly wasn't seen flying outdoors. David]
Paul Bowyer and Karen Roberts sent this sighting: "16-Feb-2018: We saw a Red Admiral in our back garden at Flackwell Heath, Bucks (SU894897) this morning and wondered if there were any nectar sources close by. We got the answer in the afternoon when we saw it in the front garden on winter flowering heather. It must have been with us for a few hours."
Jed Cleeter reported on oxonbirding.blogspot.co.uk that he saw a Comma at Fyfield Wick, Oxon on 16th February.
~ 15th February 2018 ~
Michael Hunt sent this sighting: "15-Feb-2018: One Small Tortoiseshell on pansies in our garden in Buckingham, Bucks today."
~ 4th February 2018 ~
Peter Cuss sent this news: "04-Feb-2018: Found my first 'new' colony of White-letter Hairstreak of 2018 in a successful egg hunt. The site is just off Muddy Lane, Whitchurch, Oxon (SU639775)."
David Fuller sent this news: "02-Feb-2018: A Peacock was seen by my partner at 11:10am today sunning itself on Lonicera on the towpath at Boulters Lock, Maidenhead, Berks (SU905828). Another Peacock is still hibernating in our conservatory."
Paul Lacey sent this sighting: "02-Feb-2018: I had an immaculate specimen of a Red Admiral flying in my garden on Woosehill in Wokingham, Berks at 1pm today. Quite a surprise, though at least one was in my shed last year over winter."
~ 1st February 2018 ~
Tony Rayner reports that he saw a Small Tortoiseshell in his garden in Cholsey, Oxon on 25th January.
Marcus Rhodes sent this sighting: "28-Jan-2018: Another Red Admiral seen flying at Silwood Park, Ascot, Berks (SU947688) this afternoon, despite rather overcast conditions."
~ 28th January 2018 ~
Tony Croft sent this sighting: "28-Jan-2018: During a work party in the sunshine at Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (SP600150) today a Comma was seen flying briefly before settling on a rideside brash pile."
John Lindley sent this news: "28-Jan-2018: I saw a Male Brimstone, flying in the sunshine this morning on a footpath in Little Stoke, Oxon. Also of interest, a small area with several active Buff-tailed Bumblebees - there must have been a nest nearby."
Judy and Terry Wood sent this news: "23-Jan-2018: We were surprised to see a Red Admiral flying in the garden at Little Chalfont, Bucks as it was drizzling and breezy. We assume it had been disturbed from its slumbers but it looked like it disappeared into a large dense conifer so hopefully soon found some shelter."
~ 25th January 2018 ~
George Warner sent this sighting: "25-Jan-2018: I saw a pale Brimstone, presumably a female, fluttering about in the sunshine in my garden in Upper Basildon, Berks today. My first butterfly of the year."
John Shelton sent this sighting: "25-Jan-2018: A single Red Admiral flying in the sun in my garden in north Marlow, Bucks today."
~ 24th January 2018 ~
Colin Mather sent this sighting: "21-Jan-2018: My first sighting of a Red Admiral in west Maidenhead, Berks today, warming up in the sun."
~ 21st January 2018 ~
Dave Wilton sent this news: "The Brown Hairstreak egg-searching team passed another milestone on 14th January with the discovery by Steve Woolliams of two eggs on blackthorn in the recreation ground at Kennington, south of Oxford. This was our 400th kilometre square, the sixth new one of this winter and the most southerly record to date."
~ 11th January 2018 ~
Marcus Rhodes sent this sighting: "10-Jan-2018: A single Red Admiral out flying at Silwood Park, Ascot, Berks (SU945687) this afternoon."
Paul Chandler sent this sighting: "10-Jan-2018: A Red Admiral was seen at Cholsey, Oxon today (via cholseywildlife.blogspot.co.uk)."
~ 1st January 2018 ~
David Hastings sent this sighting: "01-Jan-2018: I had a walk in Bagley Wood, Oxon (SP510020) this afternoon, and was amazed to see a Red Admiral flying about. It landed in a sunny spot about 20ft up a fir tree and fully opened its wings. The air temperature was about 7°C at the time."