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Transect walker(s) needed for Therfield Heath. We have five short transects routes at Therfield Heath on the edge of Royston which have been walked for many years and are especially important during July and August during the Chalkhill Blue season. Sadly, Alan Beale, who walked the routes since 2003, recently passed away and we are particularly anxious to try to recruit new walkers for the routes. If you are interested in walking one or more of these routes or know of someone who could help by being part of a team we would love to hear from you. Please contact Andrew Wood (details on the committee page) if you are interested. We can give full guidance and training in carrying out these important surveys.

April 2017
News will be sporadic for a few days

Friday 28th April 2017
A few butterflies to report for Friday 28th April 2017 - 1 male Orange-tip edge of Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:55 hrs, 2 Speckled Wood (1 field near Dew Pond, Trent Park, 1 at Vicarage Farm, Enfield) - Robert Callf & Richard Callf

Thursday 27th April 2017
1 male Orange-tip at Vicarage Farm, Enfield on Thursday 27th April 2017 at 12:04 hrs - Robert Callf

Solitary Green Veined White on banks of River Pinn, Park Wood, Ickenham on a cool morning working party with students - Paul Busby

Tuesday 25th April 2017
I can't see any records yet listed for 2017 so you might be interested to know of a Small Heath at Hexton Chalk Pit on Saturday 22nd April - Andy Symes

At least 3 Orange Tip eggs under the flowerheads of one Garlic Mustard plant at Norton Green Common by the byelaws sign near the open area. All laid by a single female?

1 Brimstone Moth at Oakwood Station (TQ 293 959) on Tuesday 25th April 2017 - my first of the year and possibly my first April record? Two moths to report for Monday 24th April 2017 - 1 Least Black Arches at Dalrymple Close, N14 (TQ 297 951) - a new species for me! 1 Garden Carpet at ASDA Southgate - my first of the year. 1 female Small Copper at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 297 983) at 11:40 hrs on Tuesday 25th April 2017 - not a species I usually see in April! 1 male Orange-tip along Leeging Beech Gutter at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:01 hrs on Tuesday 25th April 2017 - Robert Callf

Sunday 23rd April 2017
A couple more sightings for Sunday 23rd April 2017 - 2, male and female, Holly Blue at Library Green, Enfield Town (TQ 325 965) at 14:38 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip at Ivy Road Recreation Ground, N14 (TQ 295 946) at 15:55 hrs - Robert Callf

A few sightings for Sunday 23rd April 2017 - 1 male Orange-tip at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 10:54 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, male Orange-tip and 1 Speckled Wood at South Lodge Farm, Enfield 12:30 - 12:40 hrs - Robert Callf

My first of the year on Saturday 22nd. April at Waterford Heath (South) Wild strawberry just coming into flower here close to the 'cliffs' bordered by Sacombe Rd. - Chris Holtby

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A good day for butterflies with continuous sunshine despite forecasts to the contrary. The highlight was 3 more Green Hairstreak sightings, 2 on the Marshalling Yards and what I think was a first ever on the River Crane section. Despite walking very slowly in the appropriate area I saw none on the Heath but did not explore away from my normal walk on this occasion. Here are the full details: Holly Blue: 17 Peacock: 8 Speckled Wood: 7 Green-Veined White: 3 Comma: 3 Brimstone: 6 Orange-Tip: 12 Green Hairstreak: 3 Tortoiseshell: 1 . A few more unidentified Whites around and 2 or 3 glimpses of small butterflies/moths on the Marshalling Yards left me feeling that there are more emerging to join the established species - Pete Gore

Butterflies I have seen today 23/04/2017: 1 speckled wood - path by railway, Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19283044, 2 orange tip - Ransoms Recreation Ground, Hitchin TL19033019. - David Inward

Late morning sunny spell by Yeading Brook, South Ruislip and saw a pair of Speckled Woods clashing (TQ 10 86), then a further 4 Speckled Woods at Bridgewater Fields (TQ 10 85). Then early afternoon saw a Holly Blue in Northwood (TQ 09 90) - Paul Busby

Visited St James church Bushey churchyard this afternoon seeing 5 x holly blue, 3 x speckled wood, 1 x comma, 6 x orange tip ( 2 females). At Merryhill Fields, Bushey were 3 x speckled wood, 3 x male brimstone - David Gower

Saturday 22nd April 2017
Aldbury Nowers - Visited the lower compartment and Duchie's Piece where I saw 3 Peacocks, 21 Brimstone, 13 male Orange Tip, 2 GV White and 4 Comma. Also here I saw a sparkling 'Small Purple and Gold' moth. Late afternoon between 5 and 5.30 at New Mill meadow, Tring...3 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 male Orange Tip, 2 GV White and 1 Holly Blue - Chris Hilling

Butterflies I have seen today 22/04/2017: 5 Brimstone - L-shaped field west of Highfield School playing field, Letchworth TL2031 - David Inward

Denis and I went to Rickneys pit up near Bardon Clumps today in intermittent sunshine and saw only Orange tips and a Peacock, sadly no Grizzled Skippers. We then went on to Frogmore Hall pit at Aston, where Denis saw Orange tips, a Peacock and just one Grizzled Skipper before the sun went in. We also explored Panshanger Park along the footpath that goes from Poplars Green over towards Birch Green, as the Park is an historic Grizzled Skipper site, but no luck, just Orange tips, a Peacock and a Comma - Christine Shepperson

Only 1 butterfly seen on Gutteridge Wood transect this afternoon with some sunny intervals and adjacent Cutthroat Wood, but did see a number of butterflies on the Hillingdon Trail (HT) walking to transect. At Freezeland Covert by A40 saw a Holly Blue and female Orange-Tip, then at Elephant park saw a tatty male Brimstone, 2 Comma and a Peacock on then on wooded section of HT along Yeading Brook, saw 2 Speckled Wood and a Comma (all these at TQ 08 84). In square (TQ 09 84) saw another male Brimstone and a male Orange Tip on the boardwalk out of Gutteridge Wood and an active Peacock and Speckled wood by the pond/meadow area - Paul Busby

A few sightings for Saturday 22nd April 2017 - 1 Small White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:07 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm (TQ 305 975) at 12:17 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:25 hrs, 1 Peacock at Park Farm, Enfield at 13:26 hrs, 1 Peacock at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 13:47 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 13:58 hrs, 3 Speckled Wood together Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 14:05 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip along bridle path near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 14:10 hrs - Robert Callf

At Water Lane, Watford when sun disappeared again but did spot 1 x speckled wood, 1 x male orange tip and 1 x small white. Outside Wellington pub in Woodford road, Watford my first Red Admiral of year was seen (TQ111970. 1 x male orange tip in Bushey front garden this morning during brief appearance of the sun! - David Gower

3 Orange Tip in my Ware garden this afternoon, 2 females at the same time seeking out the honesty and garlic mustard. Also 1 Holly Blue - Liz Goodyear

Friday 21st April 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. No sun today so despite higher temperatures the best I could do was 2 Speckled Woods on the Marshalling Yards - Pete Gore

1 Speckled Wood at Bush Hill Park on Thursday 20th April 2017. - Robert Callf

Wednesday 19th April 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Much more sun today and butterflies responded accordingly: Holly Blue: 15 Peacock: 5 Orange-Tip: 17 Speckled Wood: 10 Green-Veined White: 1 Comma: 1 Brimstone: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1 - Pete Gore

On 19th April at Therfield Heath: two Orange Tip, one Peacock and at least four wonderful Emperor Moths (attracted by a lure) - Sharon Monahan

I noted the first Speckled Wood and Holly Blue today at Nicholls Farm, Redbourn - Peter Tallantire

One, possibly two grizzled Skipper at Waterford Heath north pit below the steep bank on the east side. A Small Copper at Stonyhills a couple of miles north. Both pictured on the branch facebook page. A very lively Red Admiral in Little Munden churchyard, could this be a migrant one? - Andrew Wood

Lovely sunny day at the TCV, Green Gym event at Hillingdon House Farm behind Uxbridge Leisure Centre (TQ 06 84) and we saw the following butterflies; 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 male Orange Tip, at least 4 Small White and 2 Holly Blues. Later on, after river sampling on the River Pinn at Robbie Bell Bridge, Philpots Farm Meadow, Cowley (TQ 06 81) I saw at least 10 Orange Tip (4 male, 5 female), a Peacock, 2 Holly Blue, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Speckled Wood. In the middle meadow section ( also TQ 06 81) saw a further 3 male Orange tip, 2 Small White, a Speckled Wood, 3 Holly Blue and at least 6 Small Tortoiseshell including a trio chasing each other - Paul Busby

This afternoon at 2 saw three grizzled skippers in Rickney Quarry, then half an hour later saw 4 in Waterford Heath south one on main bank low down and three near settling beds including a mating pair - Steve Kiln

A walk through scrub land and woods off Ragged Hall Lane, St Albans yielded 4 Speckled Woods, 2 Orange Tips (M), 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue and lastly, but the most exciting sighting, a pristine Small Copper which is the first I have seen in this area. Mandy Floyd

Today (19th April) at Hawkins Wood, several orange tips, one red admiral, a speckled wood and 2 possible peacocks - Andy Brown

Smallford, Old BT site (and bridle paths adjacent) - 2 Orange Tip (male), 2 Peacock, 4 Small Tortoiseshell - Robert Bull

1 Red-green Carpet at ASDA Southgate on Tuesday 18th April 2017. A few sightings for Wednesday 19th April 2017 - 1 female Large White at Whitewebbs Park today at 12:03 hrs. 3 male Orange-tip at Hilly Fields Park, Enfield, 1 male Brimstone at Whitewebbs Farm, Enfield (TL 327 003) at 12:29 hrs, 1 Green-veined White near Archery Wood, Forty Hall CP at 12:52 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip at Whitewebbs Road at 12:45 hrs and 1 male Orange-tip at Whitewebbs Lane, Enfield at 12:48 hrs - Robert Callf

Tuesday 18th April 2017
Today, 18th April, I saw at least four small tortoiseshells and one speckled wood in Cassiobury Park - Sharon Monahan

Sunny spell on a cooler. blustery day at Cutthroat Wood, North Hillingdon (TQ 08 84) and saw 8 Speckled Wood, 4 Green-Veined White and a Brimstone in the woodland clearing, particularly settling on Stitchwort, now flowering - Paul Busby

Denis and I were on Waterford Heath South pit late this afternoon and in a warm sheltered spot we saw one, possibly two, Grizzled skippers on the plentiful wild strawberry at TL317148. We had a quick look at the North pit but it was about 1630 and not so warm and we didn't see any - Christine Shepperson.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Intermittent sunshine and none too warm so I was a little surprised by variety and numbers of butterflies: Holly Blue: 5 Orange-Tip: 5 Speckled Wood: 6 Red Admiral: 2 Peacock: 3 Comma: 2 - Pete Gore

Decided to visit one of the 2km squares in TL41 with no recent records today. Despite a cold fresh wind, sheltered areas were warm so I took these sections slowly and the open areas more quickly. I started in Eastwick Village (TL4311) and in total saw 1 Speckled Wood (almost immediately and not one again), 3 Orange Tip, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 1 Small White. I then walked up Eastwick Hall Lane to TL4212 (my target 2km), across towards Gilston Park and Home Wood, and then north-west towards Hunsdon Airfield, stopping short as it was far too exposed and back down the delightful Cock Robin Lane and then returned down Eastwick Hall Lane. In total across the square I recorded an amazing 14 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock, 13 Orange Tip (mostly but not all males), 1 Brimstone (male), 1 Holly Blue, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Small White and the star of the day in the most unlikely barren location on the edge of arable fields although close to the edge of Home Wood near Gilston Park a pristine Small Copper. Considering how poor numbers were last year, this really was a surprise. Also the 2km square has a very high elm count, all of which is heavily seeded at the moment - Liz Goodyear

Some sightings for Tuesday 18th April 2017 - 1 Speckled Wood near Merryhills Brook at Trent Park at 13:16 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 13:26 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 13:31 hrs, 3 Orange-tip, 2 males and 1 female, at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 1 Speckled Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield. Some butterfly sightings for the Easter weekend - 1 male Orange-tip set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 12:45 hrs on Friday 14th April 2017. 1 female Orange-tip at Bramley Road, N14 at 12:40 hrs on Saturday 15th April 2017 and 1 Speckled Wood at Southgate Chase Allotments at 13:28 hrs. Sunday 16th April 2017 - 1 male Orange-tip at Oakwood Park, N14 at 12:26 hrs and 1 Speckled Wood here at 12:38 hrs, 2 male Holly Blue settled near to one another at Boxer's Lake, Enfield at 13:00 hrs and 1 Speckled Wood here at 13:00 hrs. 1 Speckled Wood at ASDA Southgate settled near outside lights on Monday 17th April 2017 at 12:36 hrs. - Robert Callf

Nice to see a male Orange Tip in my south Harpenden Harden this morning (link below). On a more belated garden-related note, two wild male Emperor Moths assembled to a captive bred female last week
Harpenden Common: 1 Comma; 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 female Orange Tip, the latter curiously attracted to nettle leaves for some reason - David Hunt

Sunday 16th April 2017
Brent Reservoir, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Peacock, 4 Speckled Wood and 5 Orange Tip - Shailesh Patel

Butterfly I have seen today 16/04/2017: 1 speckled wood - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19473037 - David Inward.

Thursday 13th April 2017
A few sightings for Thursday 13th April 2017 - 3 male Orange, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Speckled Wood along path E edge of Little Beechill Wood, Enfield Chase (TQ 289 992) between 10:58 - 11:10 hrs, also a freshly dead Tawny Owl here with beautiful rufous plumage - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Left it a little late today: cloud all the way back meant no butterflies but the outward journey was more rewarding: Holly Blue: 6 Orange-Tip: 2 Speckled Wood: 11 Comma: 1 Green-Veined White: 1 - Pete Gore

Saw a Speckled wood and a Small White on a very brief visit to the area south of Little Britain Lake, Cowley, Middlesex (TQ 04 80) - Paul Busby

Wednesday 12th April 2017
1 lonely Grizzled Skipper at Frogmore Quarry this morning - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton

2 Speckled Wood together at Oakwood Station on Tuesday 11th April 2017. Some sightings for Wednesday 12th April 2017 - 1 Speckled Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 10:59 hrs; 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Speckled Wood at Park Farm, Enfield; 3 Speckled Wood at Flash Lane, Enfield; 1 male Orange-tip at Wildwoods Lake, Enfield (TQ 321 994) and 1 Peacock at Flash Lane Aqueduct, Enfield at 13:33 hrs; 3 Comma at Whitewebbs Park; 2 male Orange-tip at Whitewebbs Park - Robert Callf

Ellenbrook Fields (Old Hatfield airfield), near Home Covert - 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock, 1 Orange Tip (male), 1 Green-Veined White. Also 2 whites mating on a high bramble leaf, difficult to see but appeared to be Small Whites. Old BT site, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock - Robert Bull

Tuesday 11th April 2017
Some sightings for Tuesday 11th April 2017 - 1 Speckled Wood at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:08 hrs; 4 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield; 1 male Orange-tip at Park Farm, Enfield; 1 Peacock edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park at 11:41 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 12:06 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 12:08 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood at Shaws Wood, Trent Park - Robert Callf

On 11th April: 1 speckled wood on Hertford Heath (Rroundings) together with an orange tip. On Waterford Heath (north) 2 speckled wood butterflies in the pine forest - Andy Brown

A ramble on a rather cool and breezy Harpenden Common produced 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 female Orange Tip - David Hunt

Butterflies I have seen today 11/04/2017: all in Buntingford NW: 2 speckled wood - 1 at TL358298, 1 at TL357298, 2 orange tip - 1 at TL355298, 1 at TL355296 - David Inward

Monday 10th April 2017
Sightings for Monday 10th April 2017 - 1 male Orange-tip at South Lodge Cres, EN2 at 11:45 hrs and 1 male Orange-tip at Parkside Farm, Enfield near Hadley Road Pumping Station (TQ 301 980) at 14:42 hrs - Robert Callf

Sunday 9th April 2017
A few more sightings for Sunday 9th April 2017 - 1 Holly Blue at Library Green, Cecil Road, Enfield Town (TQ 324 965) at 14:01 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip and 1 Speckled Wood at Town Park, Enfield - Robert Callf

The following are the first for this year in our garden in Hitchin, 08/04/17 Orange tip, 09/04/17 Holly blue. - Martin Banthorpe

Stocking Pelham: several Brimstones, a small tortoiseshell, a couple of orange tips and a holly blue - Andy Brown

On 9th April in Kings Langley two holly blues at same time in the morning; also a fast flying butterfly probably a small tortoiseshell, but not sure. In afternoon a speckled wood appeared for the first time for me this year and another holly blue. Late afternoon in Barnes Lane, Kings Langley a peacock butterfly flew at the car window. Elizabeth Debenham

Perfect conditions for walking the Roughdown transect this morning. Sighted 1 Green Hairstreak (disturbed by two Holly Blues and saw them off!), 4 Brimstone, 1 Orange Tip, 3 Holly Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Green Veined White Brendan Sheridan - Brendan Sheridan

Some sightings for Sunday 9th April 2017 between 11:45 - 12:45 hrs - 1 Holly Blue at Oakwood Park, N14 (TQ 299 951) and 1 male Brimstone at (TQ 300 952). 1 Holly Blue, 2 Comma and 2 Speckled Wood at Lonsdale Drive, EN2 (TQ 302 959), 1 male Orange-tip at Boxer's Lake, Enfield (TQ 305 962) and 1 male Orange-tip at Lakeside, EN2 (TQ 298 963) - Robert Callf

Thorley Wash transect, 11:30 this morning. Twenty five butterflies counted in the sunshine - 8 small tortoiseshells, 7 orange tips (6m,1f), 5 peacocks, 2 brimstone (both m.) and one each of small white, green veined white and red admiral. Especially pleased about the peacock count and noted a further two in slumbers mead (the other side of the railway track from the reserve) - Len Crouch

In my south Harpenden garden on this gloriously sunny day: 1 Peacock; 1 Small White; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 female Orange Tip exploring the hedge garlic; and 2 Holly Blue - David Hunt

Butterfly I have seen today 09/04/2017: 1 orange tip - St Faiths Close, Hitchin - David Inward

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Not so much concentration on Green Hairstreak today and none seen. Unsurprisingly, given the sun and the high temperatures, the highest numbers of the year to date, over a quarter of them in or near suburban gardens en route to and from the above destination: Holly Blue: 27 Orange-Tip: 17 Speckled Wood: 14 Tortoiseshell: 3 Peacock: 16 Brimstone: 3 Small White: 3 Comma: 2 - Pete Gore

At Bushey station (TQ118 953) 1 x small tortoiseshell seen while waiting for Tring train. Seen at Aldbury Nowers lower enclosures were : 9 x male brimstone, 11 x male orange tips, and 1 x speckled wood. In and around Duchie's piece : 8 x male orange tip, 6 x Brimstone (1 female), 1 x large white. Lastly at higher area : 4 x male Brimstone, 3 x male Orange tip, 2 x large white, 1 x Comma. Spent an hour in Merryhill Fields Bushey also and recorded 5 x Peacock, 6 x Speckled wood, 2 x Small tortoiseshell. 1 x male Orange tips on forget me not in Bushey garden. Was good to get out on such a pleasant day - David Gower

1 Holly Blue, 1 Orange Tip and 1 Speckled Wood, Stanmore Marsh, Harrow - Shailesh Patel

Saturday 8th April 2017
A lovely day with quite a few butterflies seen during the course of the day, including: 1 large white, 8 small tortoiseshell incl. group of 4 chasing each other skyward, 2 Peacock together, 3 Brimstone, 2 Orange tip (males) - Peter Tallantire

Seen in St Albans garden (near City Hospital) this afternoon: 2 x Orange Tip (male), 2 x Brimstone (1 male, 1 female), 1 x Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood - Robert Bull

Twitter report from Lee Browne reporting Grizzled Skipper seen at Frogmore Pit near Watton at Stone

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Green Hairstreak duly spotted today although I must say this was just about the least memorable first sighting I'm ever likely to report,a mere brief flutter from one unseen spot in some Broom ahead of me to another. I'd devoted at least an extra hour to Green Hairstreak so it didn't quite feel like full reward. For once though it was at least in the main area near the railway on the Heath. Here's today's sightings in full: Holly Blue: 10 Orange-Tip: 19 Speckled Wood: 10 Tortoiseshell: 6 Peacock: 11 Brimstone: 5 Green-Veined White: 1 Green Hairstreak: 1 Comma : 1 . There are some unidentified whites too but far fewer than I would expect in the circumstances. The walk was also notable for the first fire of the year, this one on the Marshalling Yards but everywhere looks dry and vulnerable,including notably on the Heath. - Pete Gore

4 Speckled wood at St Ippolyts churchyard, 1 Orange Tip (m) and 1 Holly Blue at Hill Rise, St Ippolyts - Michael Hooper

Butterflies I have seen today 08/04/2017: 1 brimstone, 1 holly blue - St Faiths Close, Hitchin - David Inward.

Some sightings for Saturday 8th April 2017 - 2 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 1 male Orange-tip at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 10:55 hrs, 2 male Orange -tip at Park Farm, Enfield, 2 Peacock at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 male Brimstone edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 12:00 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip near lower lake, Trent Park at 12:04 hrs, 1 Peacock by lower lake, Trent Park, 4 Speckled Wood at Trent Park, 1 Small Tortoiseshell set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 12:22 hrs, 1 male Brimstone at Trent Park Equestrian Centre at 12:40 hrs, 1 Holly Blue at South Lodge Farm, Enfield at 12:42 hrs, 1 female Large White at South Lodge Farm, Enfield at 12:44 hrs - Robert Callf

1 x peacock seen next to lavender in Bushey front garden this morning - David Gower

Friday 7th April 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Very similar to yesterday: Holly Blue: 13 Speckled Wood: 11 Brimstone: 6 Orange-Tip: 19 Comma: 10 Peacock: 9 Tortoiseshell: 1 - Pete Gore

In the garden at Kings Langley on 7th April in afternoon we saw one male Orange tip bombed by a Peacock butterfly on wildflowers and then we saw a male Holly Blue high in the bushes. - Elizabeth Debenham

Some sightings for Friday 7th April 2017 - 1 Speckled Wood near Merryhills Brook at Trent Park at 15:17 hrs, 2 Comma together edge of Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 15:25 hrs, 1 Peacock edge of Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 15:27 hrs, 1 male Orange-tip edge of Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 15:27 hrs, 1 Comma near Water Grdn, Trent Park at 15:46 hrs, 2 male Orange -tip together edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 16:25 hrs, 1 Green-veined White edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 16:25 hrs, 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield 16:31 - 16:35 hrs, 1 Peacock at Park Farm, Enfield at 16:48 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Park Farm, Enfield at 16:49 hrs, 2 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield - Robert Callf.

Butterfly I have seen today 07/04/2017: 1 orange tip - junction of Cambridge Road and St Michaels Road, Hitchin TL19592988 and now identified, 1 common plume moth Emmelina monodactyla - St Faiths Close - David Inward

Sunny afternoon sampling River Pinn by Ruislip Golf Course, Ickenham end (TQ 07 87) and saw a male Brimstone, a male Orange Tip, a Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshells - Paul Busby

Another sunny afternoon on Harpenden Common produced nearly as many Small Tortoiseshell butterflies as yesterday, including a couple pairing in one of the more extensive nettle beds. Butterflies seen were as follows: 11 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Peacock, 1 Holly Blue. - David Hunt

News from 21/03-17 - Ellenbrook Fields - 1 x Peacock - David Wheatcroft

Thursday 6th April 2017
I visited Tunnel Gardens nature reserve this morning and saw 9 speckled wood, 4 holy blue, 2 brimstones, 1 orange tip, 1 green veined white, 1 very tatty peacock, 1 comma. This afternoon I went to Coppetts Wood nature reserve and saw 2 brimstones, 3 male orange tip, 2 speckled wood, 4 peacock, 4 commas, 3 holly blues, 3 green veined white (2 sadly dead after a passer by trod on them by accident on the tarmac lane while I was photographing a comma, I assume they must have been mating or possibly could have been attracted to something on the ground?)
Orange Tip Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/33495531160/in/dateposted-public/
Miles Attenborough

Hackney - corner of Morning Lane and Link St - male Brimstone in the morning sunshine - Malcolm Hull

Exploring poorly recorded areas north of Baldock today, there were plenty of Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks, but the big surprise was a pale looking Painted Lady near Caldecote (picture on our Facebook page). – Andrew Wood

Ellenbrook Fields (Old Hatfield airfield), near Home Covert, 5 x Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell. Old BT field, 5 x Small Tortoiseshell, 1 x Brimstone (female), 2 x Orange Tip (1 male, 1 female) - Robert Bull

Some sightings for Thursday 6th April 2017 - 1 male Orange-tip and 1 Holly Blue near Oakwood entrance, Trent Park at 11:46 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood Sect 7, Trent Park at 12:11 hrs. 1 male Brimstone at Chalk Lane, Cockfosters, EN4 (TQ 278 965) at 12:24 hrs, 5 Speckled Wood including two together E end of Monken Hadley Common between Jack's Lake and Games Road (TQ 273 968), 2 male Orange-tip near Jack's Lake, Monken Hadley Common (TQ 270 969) at 14:23 hrs, 1 male Brimstone near Jack's Lake at 12:48 hrs, 1 male Brimstone W of railway line at Monken Hadley Common, 1 Peacock at Monken Hadley Common (TQ 258 971) at 14:08 hrs, 1 female Green-veined White egg laying at Monken Hadley Common (TQ 264 970) at 14:18 hrs, 1 Holly Blue near Jack's Lake, Monken Hadley Common at 14:24 hrs - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Lots of sunshine, lots of butterflies as follows: Holly Blue: 11 Speckled Wood: 16 Orange-Tip: 17 Comma: 10 Brimstone: 7 Peacock: 11 Green-Veined White: 4 Tortoiseshell: 3 - Pete Gore

In the warm sunshine this afternoon 6th April, in Kings Langley I spotted a female Holly Blue on ivy and a male Orange tip flitting about among Lady's Smock, aka. Cuckoo Flower. Both settled - Elizabeth Debenham

Today, 6th April on the Munden Estate near Bricket Wood I saw 4+ Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Holly Blue, 3 Peacock and 1 Brimstone. On Monday 3rd April in Maple Cross I saw 1 Holly Blue, 2 Commas, 2 Brimstone and 2 Small Tortoiseshells - Sharon Monahan

Harpenden Common: 13 Small Tortoiseshell; 3 Peacock; 2 Comma; 3 male Brimstone; 1 male Holly Blue. On a botanical note, it was good to see the Ophioglossum vulgatum (Adder's Tongue fern) appearing once again, although still only in a very small area and just a few individuals - the only site on the common I am aware of for this unusual species. - David Hunt

Butterflies I have seen today 06/04/2017: 1 orange tip - St Faiths Close, Hitchin, 1 orange tip, 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone plus several unidentified - Singlers Marsh LNR, Danesbury, near Old Welwyn TL2216, 2 brimstone - Link Road, Old Welwyn TL230164, 2 orange tip, 1 Brimstone - by most northern eastbound bus stop, Church Street, Old Welwyn TL23381651. - David Inward

Wednesday 5th April 2017
Two firsts for Bayfordbury this year: an orange tip and a speckled wood in the Pinetum. Also a red admiral for good measure. - Ian Flack

Pinner, Middx. One male Orange Tip in my garden today; and two Holly Blues - Graham Elcombe.

I saw this beautiful Orange Tip in my garden (in Potten End) this morning. It's my first go with Flickr - so I hope I've got the link right!!
Paul Cross

Visited Grovelands Park, Southgate today and recorded the following - 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood and an unidentified White sp. Then 1 Green-veined White along bridle path between Merryhills Brook and Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:50 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:56 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:56 hrs, 4 Peacock at Trent Park, 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Trent Park, 1 Comma at Camlet Hill, Trent Park at 14:26 hrs, 1 Small White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:35 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:40 hrs - Robert Callf

Monday 3rd April 2017
Some sightings for Monday 3rd April 2017 - 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Rectory Farm, Enfield 10:48 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Rectory Farm Road, Enfield (TQ 312 989) at 10:58 hrs, 1 Green-veined White at Whitewebbs Park near North Lodge (TQ 326 997) settled several times between 12:03 - 12:08 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Whitewebbs Farm, Enfield at 12:29 hrs, 1 male Orange Tip at Archery Wood, Forty Hall CP (TQ 334 994) at 12:56 hrs, 2+ Peacock at Forty Hall CP - Robert Callf

In Kings Langley a holly blue flew over the garden around 2.30pm. on Monday 3rd April, but didn't stop. As much of our ivy went brown this winter through some sort of disease this was a rather pleasing sighting. Forgot to mention a Comma on the house wall last week - Elizabeth Debenham

The following seen Ellenbrook Fields 03/04/17: Small Tortoiseshell 3, Brimstone 4, Orange Tip 1 -David Wheatcroft

1 Green-veined White and 1 Holly Blue seen at St. Margaret's Tennis Club this morning. 1 male Orange-tip at West Street, Hertford. Christopher Benton.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Similar to yesterday with a bit more cloud and breeze: Holly Blue: 9 Speckled Wood: 6 Comma: 7 Red Admiral: 1 Brimstone: 3 Orange-Tip: 5 Small White: 1 Peacock: 11 Green-Veined White: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1 Pete Gore

Yesterday, in St Albans garden (near City Hospital), 1 Holly Blue. News from Thursday 30th April, In St Albans Garden (near City Hospital), 3 Brimstone (2 male, 1 female), 1 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell - Robert Bull

Sunday 2nd April 2017
Sightings for Trent park on Transect today..... Trent Park transect today, Peacock section 5, Male Orange tip section 7, comma section 8. - Simon Pegg

On my first visit to Water lane, Watford this year I recorded 3 x peacock, 6 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x comma, 8 x orange tip (all male), 1 x small white, 2 x green veined white. Onto Fishers Field nature reserve spotting 2 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x peacock, 1 x comma - David Gower

Sunny intervals of Fray's River walk from Uxbridge and saw a Holly Blue near Braybourne Close (TQ 05 84) then numerous sightings in the Alderglade area (TQ 05 85) where I saw my first Speckled Wood, 4 Holly Blues, 1 male Brimstone, 2 Comma, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 4 Peacocks, including a pair. Then into Bucks before returning to Middlesex through Denham Lock Wood and saw 6 Small Tortoiseshells and another Peacock at Fray' Farm Meadow nature reserve (TQ 05 86). Also on the Lake Farm transect saw more Speckled Woods. - Paul Busby

Visited Tunnel Gardens in Bounds Green (London Borough of Haringey) this morning and saw 5 speckled wood. Visited Broxbourne Woods this afternoon and did the NNR trail through Cowheath Wood to Bencroft Wood and Broxbourne Wood NNR and saw 2 female brimstones, 2 commas and 1 speckled wood.
Photo of speckled wood: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/33405889000/in/dateposted-public/
Miles Attenborough

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Despite periods of cloud this was easily the most successful day for sightings in 2017 so far, with 2 firsts. Speckled Woods were suddenly relatively easily spotted whilst a Green-Veined White posed a slightly different challenge. I'd been trying to confirm a likely Comma on Brambles a few feet in front of me and not doing very well at it because the log I was standing on kept moving under me, when a white butterfly flew rapidly in from my left and effectively replaced the now confirmed Comma with its unidentified self. Stubbornly determined, I scrambled through Brambles and fallen Buddleja towards the 10 Feet drop into the Mill Stream and amazingly avoided the drop, didn't disturb the butterfly and did manage a clear enough view to confirm its identity. I do have a few doubts about my sanity however. Here are the full butterfly details: Holly Blue: 8 Brimstone: 8 Tortoiseshell: 1 Comma: 8 Orange-Tip: 12 Peacock: 12 Speckled Wood: 6 Red Admiral: 1 Green-Veined White: 1. A small number of unidentified whites but not nearly enough to provide Brimstones and Orange-Tips with mates, all those seen above were males - Pete Gore

Butterfly I have seen today 02/04/2017: 1 holly blue - St Faiths Close, Hitchin - David Inward

1 Speckled Wood - freshly emerged in Oakwood Park (TQ 300 952) this afternoon at 13:00 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Lakeside, EN2 (TQ 298 963) at 13:51 hrs - Robert Callf

Orange tip (male) flying in our garden today in St Ippolyts. Looked a rather small specimen - Michael Hooper

Saturday 1st April 2017
I visited Coppetts Wood and Glebelands nature reserves in London Borough of Barnet this afternoon where I saw 1 male orange tip, 1 female Brimstone, 3 Peacocks, 5 Commas and 1 white butterfly in flight, it was small so possibly a female orange tip.
Comma: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/32968272213/in/dateposted-public/
Peacock: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/33781151015/in/dateposted-public/
Miles Attenborough

1 Common Quaker at ASDA Southgate on Friday 31st March 2017. Saturday 1st April 2017 - 1 Comma near Water Garden, Trent Park at 12:01 hrs, 1 probable Orange Underwing settled briefly on ground SE edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park 12:23 hrs - birches nearby but no aspen, so unlikely to be Light Orange Underwing, 1 Peacock edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park 12:26 hrs, 2 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield along Salmons Brook and 1 Small Tortoiseshell here 13:35 hrs - Robert Callf

Pinner, Middx., one Holly Blue in my garden this afternoon - Graham Elcombe

Butterflies I have seen today 01/04/2017: 2 brimstone - Ippollitts Brook, Hitchin, 1 at TL20202861, 1 at TL20272873 - David Inward

A male Holly Blue briefly visited flowers on our rockery this afternoon, Sandridge Road, St Albans - David Utting

At Tyttenhanger GP 1 peacock, 3 orange tips and at least 7 small tortoiseshells were seen in the afternoon - Andrew Steele

1 x comma in Bushey garden today - David Gower

March 2017

Friday 31st March 2017
Cooler, cloudier windier day than yesterday, but did see 10 butterflies on the Gutteridge Wood transect, equal numbers of Comma and Peacocks. One additional Comma recorded on the boardwalk to Gutteridge Wood Meadow (TQ 09 84) - Paul Busby

1 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 14:36 hrs along Salmons Brook at TQ 298 984 - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yard/Pevensey. Not so much sun today but still a good selection of butterflies with the most notable one being my first female Orange-Tip of the year, a rather small beautiful one,nectaring on red Dead-Nettle. Here are the full details: Holly Blue: 1 Orange-Tip: 2 Comma: 7 Red Admiral: 1 Peacock: 1 and Tortoiseshell: 1 - Pete Gore

Thursday 30th March 2017
Despite the sunshine, the only butterfly I saw was a Holly Blue in Kensal Green Cemetary - Don Anderson

In bright sunshine in my Hatfield garden today 1 Peacock, 1 Comma - John Moss

Small White in my Thorley Park Garden this morning - Len Crouch

I am reliably informed by my husband that a male Orange Tip visited our Ware garden today on several occasions - Liz Goodyear

Harpenden Common: 4 Brimstone; 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma and 1 Peacock. My south Harpenden garden: 1 Brimstone; 1 Small Tortoiseshell - David Hunt

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another sunny,very warm day unsurprisingly led to more butterflies: Holly Blue: 6 Brimstone: 10 Comma: 9 Peacock: 10 Orange-Tip: 4 Small White: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1 - Pete Gore

I took the same walk around Fairlands Valley Park this afternoon as I did earlier in the month and remarkably recorded exactly the same number of butterflies - 44! However, far fewer Commas were around - only 8 in all but I saw one female trying out different young nettle leaves for possible egg-laying. This time, the Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell were stars of the show - 17 and 15 respectively. Later in the afternoon, I saw my first Small White of the year in the back garden. - Peter Clarke

Brief visit to Welsh Harp Environment Education Centre, (TQ 20 87) mid-morning, cloudy, windy but warm and saw my first female Orange Tip of the year. Then a short walk to Welsh Harp Open Space, Brent (TQ 21 87) and saw my first Holly Blue and also a Red Admiral, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell. After lunch the sun came out but still windy and walked the Lake Farm transect in Hayes and saw 6 species; Orange Tip, Brimstone, Holly Blue, Comma, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. On way home, briefly stopped at Polski Park off the A40 (TQ 10 84) and saw a Comma and 2 Peacocks fly into manicured lawn area from nearby scrubland and finally Bridgewater Fields, South Ruislip (TQ 10 85) and saw 8 Small Tortoiseshells, 3 Peacock, 3 Comma and a Holly Blue - Paul Busby

We repair footpaths in different parts of Hertfordshire. At Kimpton just south of Cottage Farm we saw 3 brimstones and two small tortoiseshell and later at edge of Harepark Spring Wood on blackthorn flowers, 4 peacocks, 3 small tortoiseshell, one comma with two brimstone flying by - Steve Kiln

Wednesday 29th March 2017
Cloudier and breezy today and only saw a Small Tortoiseshell, disturbed from undergrowth south of Little Britain Lake (TQ 04 80) - Paul Busby

Tuesday 28th March 2017
Yesterday, March 27th we had two Holly Blues in our Cowley, Uxbridge garden, which was followed today by our earliest record ever of a male Orange-tip - Roger and Sylvia Morton

Visited Fir & Pond Woods near Potters Bar today Tuesday 28th March 2017 and saw the following butterflies - 1 Peacock at 13:54 hrs (TL 278 005) and 1 Red Admiral at 14:15 hrs (TL 276 010) - Robert Callf

Friends of River Pinn saw at least 4 male Brimstone, a Peacock and a Comma along the River Pinn during a morning working party at Park Wood, Ickenham (TQ 06 85) - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Cloudier and breezier today. I walked across the Heath in both directions with nothing better than a single unidentified dark butterfly seen. Fortunately the rest of the walk was a bit more rewarding: Orange-Tip: 2 Peacock: 5 Comma: 6 Tortoiseshell: 1 - Pete Gore

Monday 27th March 2017
Waverley Road, St Albans, front garden near Bernards Heath, 1 Brimstone (male). 1 Comma near entrance to woods. Robert Bull

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another good sunny day.Although numbers were slightly lower it was pleasing to see at least 1 of each of the 8 species currently flying here: Red Admiral: 3 Comma: 9 Small White: 1 Peacock: 8 Tortoiseshell: 2 Orange-Tip: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Brimstone: 1 - Pete Gore

St Albans - Holly Blue in my garden at 2pm, showing great interest in the winter honeysuckle. At New England St recreation ground - my first Speckled Wood of the year, plus 3 Peacocks, 2 Comma and 7 Small Tortoiseshells. 6 more hibernating Tortoiseshells have left my garden shed this week. There are 17 remaining, which is about half the total number which over wintered there. - Malcolm Hull

Afternoon sunshine at the Welsh Harp Environmental Education Centre and saw 4 Peacocks and 2 Commas in a 10 minute break. (TQ 20 87). Paul Busby

Butterflies I have seen today 27/03/2017: 1 small tortoiseshell - Elmside Walk, Hitchin TL18222942. - David Inward

Some sightings for Monday 27th March 2017 at Trent Park between 13:30 - 15:00 BST - 3 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Comma - several finding the blackthorn blossom attractive. Also a probable Small Tortoiseshell seen briefly at Parkside Farm, Enfield - Robert Callf

Sunday 26th March 2017
Single Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell and numbers of Brimstone, Comma and Peacock all seen today in a walk taking in Kings Meads, Post Wood, Ware, Hertford Heath, Balls Wood, Hertingfordbury and Hertford. Highlight was a pair of Holly Blues in the footpaths near Hertford North station. Much Orange Underwing/Light Orange Underwing moth activity in Balls Wood (see our Facebook page) and a Brimstone moth, not far from the Holly Blues - Andrew Wood

At Tyttenhangers GP 2 Small Tortoiseshells and a Peacock were seen - Andrew Steele

On the 'Celandine Walk' in Eastcote/Pinner this afternoon (MR 114 892), one Brimstone - Graham Elcombe

Some urban sightings just a stones throw away from the busy North Circular Road and A1 roads, exploring and investigating the water quality of the Mutton Brook. Bit windy, but saw a ragged Peacock in Hampstead Garden Suburb (TQ 26 88) and a Comma near Henly's Corner (TQ 24 89), not forgetting the dark butterfly that whizzed past whilst having a coffee at Lyttleton Playing Fields - Paul Busby

Butterflies I have seen today 26/03/2017: 10 small tortoiseshell, 1 comma - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930. - David Inward.

Male Brimstone seen this morning (26 March) around the flowering plants at Carpenter's Nursery, Sandridge. TL163096 - David Utting

We saw Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Peacock in our South Mymms garden today - Terry Wood

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A second day of continuous sunshine so no surprise this was the best day for numbers of butterfly sightings so far. The highlight was my first Holly Blue of the year, seen at one of my favourite spots on the Pevensey loop and another later as I left the Heath to come home. I also saw the first two of a slightly less welcome category,unidentified Whites,probably Small Whites but too active for me to get close, so they can be founder members of this year's U.W.s for me. Here are the full details: Comma: 14 Brimstone: 4 Peacock: 8 Tortoiseshell: 3 Holly Blue: 2 - Pete Gore

This morning in my garden in Bengeo my first Holly Blue of the year seems early - Steve Kiln

A sunny if breezy ramble around my local haunt of Harpenden Common produced 3 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 male Brimstone, all sheltering in a more protected and warmer spot and enjoying the spring rays The nearby St John's Wood area had a solitary male Brimstone patrolling the rides - David Hunt

Saturday 25th March 2017
Stanwell Moor, a morning stroll around my local patch today. First up was my first Holly Blue of 2017, which even posed nicely for a picture. The other highlight today was to see nine Small Tortoiseshells, possibly more that I saw here during all of the summer months last year. Also seen were seven Brimstones, tirelessly patrolling, plus three Peacocks and three Commas, one of which was laying on low growing nettles.
Dave Miller

I had my first butterfly sighting of the year today, a male Brimstone at the Sunshine garden centre on Durnsford Road Bounds Green (N11 2EL). This encouraged me to visit Coppetts Wood in Barnet this afternoon where I saw 6 commas and 3 peacocks. Some pictures at the following links:
Comma: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/33604623786/in/dateposted-public/
Peacock: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/32802389014/in/dateposted-public/
Miles Attenborough

After nearly 1 week in Lister Hosp I sat in the sun in my Hatfield garden watching a Comma nectaring on Celandine flowers. Pure therapy - John Moss

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another good butterfly day at last, one which included 2 more year firsts for me, a male Orange-Tip and a Red Admiral seen more or less simultaneously as I turned from a breezy empty stretch of the Heath to a more sheltered area. More Red Admirals followed later.Here's the full list: Orange-Tip: 1 Red Admiral: 3 Brimstone: 2 Peacock: 4 Tortoiseshell: 2 Comma: 6 - Pete Gore

Two brimstone butterflies seen today. AL2 - Carol Ann Irving

Some butterfly sightings for Saturday 25th March 2017 - 1 Small White settled on blackthorn, Flash Lane, Enfield (TQ 319 988) at 10:20 hrs - my first of the year, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Brayside Farm, Enfield (TQ 320 990) at 10:23 hrs, 3 Comma at Whitewebbs Park 10:53 - 11:17 hrs - Robert Callf

Butterflies I have seen today 25/03/2017: 1 small tortoiseshell, 2 brimstone - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930, 2 brimstone - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL198303, 1 brimstone - Pondside, Graveley TL23062779, 1 brimstone - Milksey Lane, Graveley TL230281, 1 brimstone - junction of Baldock Road/Avenue One, Letchworth TL23253260 - David Inward

Friday 24th March 2017
Had 1 small tortoiseshell sunning its self late afternoon at Frogmore gravels pits near Radlett - Andrew Steele

Stanwell Moor, I nipped out after work today locally as the sun came out and managed to see a Small Tortoiseshell, five Commas and a Red Admiral.
Dave Miller

1 Comma at Oakwood Park, N14 (TQ 299 951) at 15:20 hrs today Friday 24th March 2017 - Robert Callf

Tuesday 21st March 2017
Had my first Middlesex sighting today, south of Little Britain Lake (TQ 04 80), a Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell - Paul Busby

Sunday 19th March 2017
Butterflies I have seen today 19/03/2017: 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 comma, 1 brimstone - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930. - David Inward.

Saturday 18th March 2017
Butterflies I have seen today 18/03/2017: 3 small tortoiseshell (picture on irecord) - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL1930. - David Inward

Friday 17th March 2017
St Albans - first Clothes Moth of the year - a male perched upside down on the ceiling of my sitting room. Identified and summarily dispatched at 16.10 this afternoon - Malcolm Hull

Wednesday 15th March 2017
In the westernmost reaches of Herts in my shirtsleeves in lovely sunshine. 3m from the Bucks border (near Hulcott) I saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell chasing each other. SP 8653 1646. Helen Hyre

At Ashwell Nature Reserve on the 15th 3 Brimstones and one Peacock butterfly - Andy Brown

3 Small tortoiseshells and a Brimstone in Verulamium Park late morning today - Andrew Steele

I spent ninety minutes on my local patch at Stanwell Moor this afternoon, and the warmth and sunshine had brought the butterflies out in force. The (conservative) tally at the end was: 11 Commas 6 Peacocks 4 Small Tortoiseshells 4 Brimstones 2 Red Admirals
Dave Miller

Ellenbrook Fields, (Old Hatfield Airfield) - 1 Brimstone near Home Covert; 1 Small Tortoiseshell in old BT field (although I saw several, there was only ever one at a time and it could be stalking me). - Robert Bull

Butterflies I have seen today 15/03/2017: 4 Brimstone, 1 small tortoiseshell, 1 peacock (pictures of peacock on irecord) - Mardley Heath LNR TL2418. - David Inward.

At 1.10pm...Berkhamsted workshop carpark by the canal (HP4 1EH)...while I was sunbathing (yes, really) a Brimstone flew along canal followed one minute later by a second. Both flying in Tring direction. - Chris Hilling

1 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma and several visits from Brimstone to my Stevenage garden today. Photo links attached.
Speckled Wood - https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevelane56/32611562094/in/dateposted-public/
Comma - https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevelane56/33414122956/in/dateposted-public/
Steve Lane

Harpenden Common/St John's Wood; at least three, maybe four male Brimstone and one very tatty Red Admiral - my first butterfly sightings for the year. My Harpenden garden moth trap, on the other hand, has produced in the last week: Clouded Drab, Common Quaker, Small Quaker, Hebrew Character, Pale Pinion, Early Grey, Pale Mottled Willow, March Moth, Emmelina monodactyla, Tortricodes alternella, Oak Nycteoline, Double-striped Pug, Acleris cristana and, best of all, a single Acleris literana, the latter, I believe, being somewhat scarce in Herts - David Hunt

Therfield Heath: 7 Brimstones (one female), 3+ Small Tortoiseshells, 2+ Comma, 2+ Peacock butterflies - Martin Johnson

St Albans - Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks are really getting going in the Spring sunshine -14 degrees here today. The Tortoiseshells are most numerous, I counted 9 on a short walk round my garden and local park at lunchtime, including one courting couple. I counted the Tortoiseshells hibernating in my shed and six had left since last Sunday, though 21 are still fast asleep. One had become trapped in cobwebs behind a fixed window and appeared dead. But once I'd carefully removed the cobweb it shot off, flying three times round the garden at high speed before sunbathing on the fence. Judging by the numbers of Tortoiseshells which hibernated through the winter, 2017 promises to be a very good year for this species. But don't expect numbers on the wing to increase rapidly. Tortoiseshells now vary their flight times enormously and based on recent years experience it's likely to be another two months before they have all left hibernation. A very different story for Peacocks. Just two seen on the wing today and the only one hibernating in the shed vanished during the winter. My expectation is that this species will have a poor year locally. One Red Admiral also seen today, but the Commas and Brimstones from last week were not seen at all - Malcolm Hull

Today I've seen 3 large Brimstones in Fryent Country Park north west London - Joan Hope

Brimstone and first Peacock of the year in the Harpenden garden today - Robin Pearson

Bovingdon Brickworks (15/03/2016, 2:30pm): 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma - Lucy Flower

A 2-hour walk in Fairlands Valley Park this afternoon yielded 44 butterflies (22 Comma, 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Brimstone, 4 Peacock and 1 Red Admiral). Quite a few Commas have paired up already so will there be a larger proportion of hutchinsoni specimens than usual come June? Very pleased to find the Red Admiral which I disturbed and was possibly feeding on blackthorn blossom. Only 4 Peacocks? - Peter Clarke

Today at Hexton or just south 12 brimstone and 4 comma. In Broxbourne Woods 6 commas, and 1 peacock, small tortoiseshell and brimstone - Steve Kiln

We saw 2 brimstone and 1 small tortoiseshell at Lemsford Springs today - Jenny Sherwen

A few sightings for this afternoon Wednesday 15th March 2017 - 1 male Brimstone settled edge of Triangular Wood, Trent Park 14:02 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell settled near Cockfosters entrance, Trent Park 14:24 hrs, 3 Comma edge of Church Wood, Trent Park - Robert Callf.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Continuous sunshine on today's walk and rather too many unidentified butterflies although all likely to be from the three darker species seen: Brimstone: 5 (includes first 2 females) Comma: 6 Tortoiseshell: 1 Peacock: 3 Willow, Celandines, Cowslips and, I think, at least one Elm, all flowering well - Pete Gore

Tuesday 14th March 2017
1 Red Admiral by lower lake and upper lake, Trent Park 12:53 hrs onwards - Robert Callf

Butterflies I have seen today 14/03/2017: 3 Brimstone - SE corner, Great Hayes Wood, Putteridgebury TL114247. - David Inward

Today, 14th March in very hazy sun, a Small Tortoiseshell in Ware Cemetery and 3 near Lower Bourne Gardens, Ware. 1 Orange Underwing moth in Ware Park. - Andrew Wood

Monday 13th March 2017
I saw 2 Small Tortoiseshells at Tyttenhanger gravel pits Monday morning - Terry Wood

My first butterflies of the year(latest ever) in Hertford today, a male Brimstone in Byde street, a Peacock in Wellington Street and a Small Tortoiseshell in Molewood Road. - Laurence Drummond

On a warm day with plenty of hazy sunshine, I saw three Commas and a male Brimstone on a walk around my local patch at Stanwell Moor on 11th March. One Comma obliged with a photo.
Dave Miller

3 Brimstones, 1 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell near Reed and 1 Comma. 9 Small Tortoiseshells (including several pairs, see our Facebook page), a Comma and a Brimstone around the Rifle Range area of Therfield Heath. - Andrew Wood

Comma butterfly in my Northwood garden - Carole Holton

Butterfly I have seen today: 1 Brimstone butterfly, seen three times so may be more than 1 - St Faiths Close, Hitchin - David Inward.

Sightings from Michael Hooper: 13th March Stevenage Road, St Ippolyts. Sightings from Mary Hooper: Garden in St Ippolyts. Comma 1 Brimstone 1 - Michael Hooper

1 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell, Brent Reservoir - Shailesh Patel

Kings Meads : 2 Small Tortoiseshell Hartham : 2 Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma on sallow Bengeo: Comma - Simon Knott

Some sightings for Monday 13th March 2017 - 1 Double-striped Pug at bus-shelter at Chase Road, N14 near Charter Way - my first of the year. 8 Comma at Whitewebbs Park between 12:48 - 13:45 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Whitewebbs Park at 12:54 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Whitewebbs Farm (TL 320 004) at 14:03 hrs, 1 Comma near Archery Wood at Forty Hall CP (TQ 333 992) at 14:45 hrs - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Sunshine throughout, so very good for butterflies if a little lacking in variety: Comma: 11 Tortoiseshell: 2 and one presumed Orange Underwing moth. - Pete Gore

Withey Beds LNR, Moor Lane, Rickmansworth TQ078939, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, chasing and. 1 male Brimstone. TQ078938, 1 Peacock and 1 Comma - Anna Marett and Joan Thompson

Fir and Pond Woods NR...Monday 13th...PM.. Peacocks, 4; Commas, 3; Brimstone 1 - David Gompertz

Ruislip Woods (Park Wood:) Three Commas this afternoon (each in different areas); and also one Peacock - Graham Elcombe

Spring must be here. In my Hatfield garden today, 1 bright Brimstone, 1 tatty Comma, 2 feisty Small Tortoiseshell, 1 possible Peacock, all first this year - John Moss

Waterford Heath south, brimstone and peacock on the bank, 2 commas and 1 small tortoiseshell near settling beds, in Great Molewood 5 brimstone and 2 commas - Steve Kiln

A male Brimstone was flitting round my (Harpenden) garden this morning - Robin Pearson

A few days late letting you know but there was a single Brimstone Butterfly opposite my house in the hedge around Dell Field St Ippolyts last Wednesday 8th March. Isn't it great, spring bulbs pushing through, frogs leaping about in our ponds, great tits calling constantly, blue tits sparing and our first butterflies. - Michael Hooper

Saturday 11th March 2017
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Warmer but with much less sunshine than Thursday so only: Brimstone: 2 Comma: 2 - Pete Gore

One Male Brimstone butterfly seen on Sat 11 March at Queensbury Park, Harrow - Shailesh Patel

Two more butterflies today Saturday 11th March 2017 - 1 Comma basking in clearing in Moat Wood, Trent Park (TQ 286 980) at 12:38 - 12:41 hrs, 1 Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on Sallow at Park Farm, Enfield (TQ 292 983) at 13:15 hrs - Robert Callf.

Thursday 9th March 2017
First brimstone butterfly of the year for me seen flying along hedgerow in Little Hadham 2pm in 14C temp. TL432219. - Jono Forgham

A lunchtime walk in Letchworth today produced 15+ Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshells and this Comma - Simon Crockford (picture on FB page)

First Comma and male Brimstone today in Bengeo - Simon Knott

First butterfly of the year for me - a male Brimstone seen this morning in my Pinner garden. Another (or possibly the same one on a return visit?) seen this afternoon which followed an identical route around the garden as this morning's one - Tony Porter

Two Commas in my Harpenden garden this morning, will send any more news later. Now a male Brimstone.. Robin Pearson

My first butterflies of the year: 3 Comma and 3 Brimstone (all males) in Fairlands Valley Park just before midday, and a Peacock and Comma at Norton Green in the afternoon. In between, a male Brimstone in my back garden at around 1230 pm. Peter Clarke

Thursday 9th March 2017 Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. After a good many walks in apparently favourable sunny weather without any butterflies it was particularly pleasing to get off to a good start today with 5 species firsts although even then I'd reached the Marshalling Yards before I was greeted by my first of the year at the Tunnel entrance, a male Brimstone. Here is the summary: Brimstone: 3 Comma: 2 Small White: 1 Peacock: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1. There were also 3 smaller brightly orange sightings, the first doing a believable imitation of a Small Copper, rising from the short grass in front of me and flying strongly over an Oak tree. The next two were much less convincing in that role however, circling around the top of a group of Silver Birches: Orange Underwing moths all three, I presume although I got no close up view of any of them. - Pete Gore

Today's warm sun brought a Brimstone to my Harpenden garden this morning - it was quickly followed by four more. First garden butterflies of the year - Alan Jackson

We saw 1 small tortoiseshell and 4+ commas while working at Danemead today - Jenny Sherwen

My first butterfly sighting of the year today - 1 Red Admiral at Shaws Wood, Trent Park (TQ296971) at 12:53 - 12:55 hrs - Robert Callf.

St Albans - Comma in my garden at 9.30 am, my first butterfly of the year. Male Brimstone mid morning, hurtling down the road. Red Admiral and Comma sunbathing in my garden at lunchtime. And a 10 minute stroll round the local park produced 3 more Commas and 2 Small Tortoiseshells. What a great start to the butterfly season, I hope the rest of the year goes as well - Malcolm Hull

One Small Tortoiseshell near Newgate Street and one Peacock near Brickendon today - Andrew Wood

Tuesday 7th March 2017
I saw a Small Tortoiseshell on Hertford Heath today enjoying the sunshine - Andy Brown

Saturday 4th March 2017
Just had my first butterfly of the year at Cranford Park. Red Admiral. Temp approx 10. - Wendy Marks

1 Red Admiral at Bickerdikes Garden Centre, Norton Road, Letchworth SG6 1AG outside cafe at 11.45 - Patricia Clegg

February 2017

Sunday 26th February 2017
Butterfly and moth I have seen today 26/02/2017,: 1 Peacock butterfly - Ransoms Recreation Ground, Hitchin TL19103007 and 1 unidentified adult moth - St Faiths Close, Hitchin. - David Inward.

Friday 24th February 2017
I saw 1 brimstone at Aldbury Nowers today - Jenny Sherwen

Two Brimstone out aback of Oakfield Avenue, Hitchin day before yesterday - Nigel Agar

1 Red Admiral on The Warren at Hartham Common Hertford as early as 9am, my first Herts butterfly of the year - Andrew Wood

Late news: On 2nd January and 7th February 2017 I saw one red admiral in our garden Feltham. The weather on 2 January was sunny with a cold wind and on 7th February was mild with sun and cloud. - Linda Chester

Tuesday 21st February 2017
Male Brimstone on the wing Hemel Hempstead this morning - David Hutchinson

Monday 20th February 2017
I thought you might be interested in the following observation from this morning, Monday 20th February: 4 male Brimstone butterflies plus one probable female at the Purwell Ninesprings reserve in Hitchin - Alan Garner

10.20 - 2 Brimstone seen on trees behind Roy Chapman garage, Tring High Street - Chris Hilling

Brimstone spotted in Chiswell Green Garden at midday today - Nigel Floyd

3 Male Brimstone seen in Letchworth Town Centre approx 11.00 - 11.30. One at Mrs Howard Memorial Hall Norton Way South SG6 1NX; another in grounds of Free Church directly opposite and the third outside Council Offices in Gernon Rd SG6 3JF - Patricia Clegg

Butterflies I have seen today 20/02/2017, my first of the year, on warm spring-like morning: 1 male Brimstone and 1 unidentified blackish butterfly - St Faiths Close, Hitchin - David Inward

On my travels this morning, I saw 2 brimstones and 1 red admiral in Lemsford village then 1 brimstone near Blackmore End and another 1 in Kimpton! - Jenny Sherwen

A mild day or two to tempt me out of hibernation and set the moth trap up in my Harpenden garden. Quite a good start to the year last night (19th Feb) with a March Moth, Pale Brindled Beauty and 2 Acleris cristana. Spring is sprung! - David Hunt

1100 First Brimstone seen flying strongly Berkhamsted Common /Frithsden Beeches - Mike Spittles

Brimstone and Small Tortoishell in the Hitchin garden this morning - Martin Banthorpe

Male Brimstone in the Harpenden garden just now (11:49). And now a Red Admiral (12:03), my first two butterflies of the year! - Robin Pearson

1 Brimstone here in Berkhamsted this morning - Michael Anderson

Friday 17th February 2017
Stanwell Moor: The weather was fine and sunny - probably warmer than yesterday in fact. I was lucky enough to have a day off work and decided to look around my local patch to see if an old adage was right: one fine day to wake them up and a second fine day to make them fly. It certainly seemed to be true and my season was quickly off to a cracking start with a nice Red Admiral basking on the brambles. Shortly afterwards I spotted a Comma low down on some ivy - unusual for me to see a Comma before any Peacocks. Further on again, two more butterflies: another Red Admiral on some metal piping, and behind it a female Brimstone fluttering around. The latter came to ground a little way off, just within the range of the zoom. Unusual again to see a female before a male, especially so early in the year. I carried on to the area I have dubbed Comma Corner, and appropriately at the apex of the eponymous spot sat another Comma. It didn't stay long as it soon set off after another of the species and I lost track of them both. Six butterflies: three species. The season doesn't start better than this!
Dave Miller

A Red Admiral flying through a garden in Northchurch near Berkhamsted, grid ref SP 978 091 (tetrad SP90 U) at 15:44 hours - Colin Everett

1 Brimstone seen flying strongly this morning at Alpine Meadow (SP 989103) near Berkhamsted - Michael Anderson

Thursday 16th February 2017
Enfield Island Village: Red Admiral at 11:12 basking in brief bit of sunshine on house front just off Martini Drive - Martin Shepherd

Tuesday 14th February 2017
Red Admiral today in Panshanger Park by Panshanger Oak - Simon Knott

Monday 13th February 2017
Two butterflies in Tring today. One unknown species of Nymphalid flew across the road near Tesco and the second was settled in my garden (the other side of Tring) and that was very definitely a Small Tortoiseshell - Nick Bowles

I failed to catch it on camera, but a Red Admiral fluttered against a sunny window in Kings Langley around noon on Monday - Elizabeth Debenham

Wednesday 8th February 2017
1 male Pale Brindled Beauty at ASDA Southgate on Tuesday 7th February 2017 - the first for this site and me - Robert Callf

Tuesday 7th February 2017
Red Admiral seen flying in my Freezywater, Enfield garden - Brian Dawton.

Sunday 5th February 2017
St Albans - checked out the Small Tortoiseshells hibernating in my shed. Total number visible is now 26 compared to 31 at the end of November. Quite a bit of movement over the last 2 months, with most of those relocating just a short distance to darker positions. The one exception is now outside the shed in the porch, where it is quite light, but never in direct sun. No signs of any dead butterflies and it may be the 5 which I can no longer see have just moved to darker spots where I can't record them - Malcolm Hull

January 2017

Tuesday 24th January 2017
I spotted a Red Admiral basking in the sunshine in the centre of Balls Wood on 24th Jan. Probably disturbed by the works going on near the rides - Andy Brown HMWT

Spotted a Red Admiral in the garden today, in Tring. Just as the Small Tortoiseshell had two weeks back it settled on the windowsill; and then flew to a flowering viburnum - Nick Bowles (Picture on FB Page)

Saturday 21st January 2017
Anna Hull reports a Red Admiral from Grosvenor Square W1. Another example of this species seeking refuge from cold weather in the London heat island.- Malcolm Hull

Sunday 15th January 2017
An unusual sighting today 15 January 2017 was a Red Admiral flying at terminal 3 London Heathrow Airport at 1415 hrs in the rain. I am unsure if it came from an aircraft or was disturbed from its roost - Andrew Bashford

Monday 9th January 2017
St Albans - surprised to find a Small Tortoiseshell fast asleep and clinging to the outside of my back door this morning. For some reason it must have decided to abandon its more secure hibernation position in the nearby shed - Malcolm Hull

Thursday 5th January 2017
Watching lunchtime news (05.01.17) and a Small Tortoiseshell flew across in front of window, looped about and settled on the window sill for ten minutes then flew off on its (chilly) way. Frost hasn't lifted here all day, in areas in shade in Tring - Nick Bowles

December 2016

Thursday 22nd December 2016
Saw a red admiral in bencroft wood on 22nd December - Steve Kiln

Monday 19th December 2016
One red admiral spotted today Dec 19th on the upper section of the Amwell Loop just downstream of tumbling bay weir NGR TL 36419 14162 - Phil Belfield

Wednesday 14th December 2016
One Red Admiral seen at Westway Shopping, Greenford - Shailesh Patel

A male Brimstone stood out like a beacon on some dead vegetation in the sunshine on the northern edge of Burleigh Meadow at around 1:30 pm. As I was about to take a photo it flew off but returned to the same area within a few minutes. Probably my first ever record of a butterfly on the wing in December. - Peter Clarke

I saw a Red Admiral today in my neighbour's garden here at Miswell lane, Tring. Very pleasant sun and warmth at the time - Nick Bowles

Red Admiral still present today in the sun at the car park, Panshanger Park - Simon Knott

Taken today in Letchworth GC. Can't remember ever seeing a Brimstone in December before? News via Branch FB page including photograph - Simon Crockford

Brent Reservoir: male Brimstone, Red Admiral - Roy Beddard and Steve Leeke (news via London Birders)

Friday 9th December 2016
Great news is that thanks to Surrey branch member Stephen Reisbach, we have a positive record of Brown Hairstreak in Middlesex. A small number of eggs of this nationally rare, and unrecorded for almost 20 years in our area, species have been located in the Middlesex part of Richmond borough. There have been records of it spreading northwards through South West London and it looks as if one brave female has crossed the Thames to the north side. If you are in Richmond, the southern part of Hounslow or Spelthorne please take a look at local Blackthorns (sloes) and see if you can find the bright white pin head sized eggs laid near twig or thorn junctions. Any records please let us know. There is a moth the Blue Bordered carpet that lays white oval eggs on Blackthorn and is a confusion species but if in any doubt please let us know The local council ecologist is aware of this finding and we are assured that maintenance will not be done that could damage the blackthorn and the eggs. See our Facebook page for photos - Andrew Wood

No butterflies I'm afraid, but 2 December Moth males, a Light Brown Apple Moth and a Red-green Carpet in my trap last night - David Hunt

Red Admiral in St James' Park today at 14:15 - Frank Nugent

Thursday 1st December 2016
I saw a red admiral on Patmore Heath - Jenny Sherwen

Red Admiral in sun today at Panshanger Park next to car park. - Simon Knott

November 2016

Sunday 27th November 2016
St Albans - Small White caterpillar pupating in my kitchen. It arrived on Black Kale from my nearby allotment. At that stage it was hiding underneath the Kale leaf, resting lengthways along the midrib, which appeared to have been eating. It was quite still after several frosty days and had attached itself firmly to the leaf with silk Once indoors it soon revived and has actively chewed its way through the Kale during the week, growing several mm longer. At present the head and top end have turned into a pupa, whereas the other end is still like a caterpillar, which wriggled when I touched it. Once pupation has finished I will put it outside undercover so it will be dormant until the Spring - Malcolm Hull

Friday 25th November 2016
Saw a red admiral and a peacock flying within 5 minutes of each other in a sunny corner at Bayfordbury - Ian Flack

1 Red Admiral in fields off Widbury Hill, Ware this morning - Andrew Wood

Tuesday 22nd November 2016
1 Red-green Carpet at ASDA Southgate on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 - Robert Callf.

Thursday 17th November 2016
1 Feathered Thorn at ASDA Southgate on Thursday 17th November 2016 - Robert Callf.

Wednesday 16th November 2016
I saw a Red Admiral 16/11/2016 by Carpenders Park station on S Oxhey side - Joan Thompson

Sunday 13th November 2016
Saw a large butterfly, probably a Red Admiral, although not confirmed, flying around the canopy of a Sweet Chestnut in Rough Lot, Trent Park at 13:36 hrs on Sunday 13th November 2016. - Robert Callf.

A single Red Admiral today (13.11), at midday in Tring's central (St. Peter and St. Paul) churchyard - Nick Bowles

Stanwell, Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex, Red Admiral on a window - Patricia Hearsum

Friday 11th November 2016
Marylebone Lane W1 - Surprised to see a Red Admiral fly past my third floor office window at lunchtime today. Bright sunny conditions and it flew off to the north - Malcolm Hull

Wednesday 2nd November 2016
A brimstone passed by in the Pinetum at Bayfordbury on Wednesday 2 November. Ian Flack

I saw a Red Admiral at Ellenbrook Fields on the 2nd November - Dan Cooper

1 Red Admiral in flight and settled near Dew Pond, Trent Park (TQ 293 972) this morning at 10:20 hrs - Robert Callf

Whilst I stood in the sun outside my back door about 12.30, soaking up vitamin D, a Red Admiral almost flew into me & disappeared over my head. A very pleasant surprise for November - John Moss

Tuesday 1st November 2016
One Red Admiral flying on Tuesday the 1st November near the St Albans hospital. TL143082 - David Anderson
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