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Latest Sightings for 2016
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Thursday 20th October 2016
1 Red Admiral at Whitewebbs Farm, Enfield (TL 330 000) this afternoon at 13:50 hrs - Robert Callf.
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Only a Speckled Wood today, flying in a relatively sunny period on the Marshalling Yards. On Tuesday 18th a Red Admiral on the Ivy in the Pevensey stretch of the River Crane and a Small Copper on the Heather again on the heath. 3 Kingfisher sightings on the river, one today (Pevensey) and one on each of my Crane sections on Tuesday - Pete Gore
Tuesday 18th October 2016
Had lunch today by the small pond in Tower hamlets Cemetery Park in the lovely autumnal sunshine and was pleasantly surprised to see a Common Blue basking on some old Knapweed and then 3 Small Whites in the meadow area flying then to the Buddleia in the pond area and back again, then finally watched a school party with butterfly nets find a tattered Red Admiral on the wood margin with much excitement - Paul Busby
1 Red Admiral flew S at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:45 hrs on Tuesday 18th October 2016 - Robert Callf.
Monday 17th October 2016
1 Red Admiral flew down a hedgerow at Vicarage Farm, Enfield this morning at 11:00 hrs - Robert Callf.
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey One of those afternoons when the best of the sunshine was in the middle of a rain-shower but butterflies were around nevertheless, all of them on the Marshalling Yards and including yet another Common Blue: Red Admiral: 1 Speckled Wood: 2 Common Blue: 1. On Saturday 15th, in much gloomier conditions, I saw a single Speckled Wood on the Pevensey loop. - Pete Gore
Saturday 15th October 2016
1 Red-green Carpet near outside light at Dalrymple Close, N14 this morning Saturday 15th October 2016. Also 1 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield this afternoon and 1 male Small White settled briefly at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm (TQ 305 974) at 12:52 hrs - Robert Callf
Friday 14th October 2016
Butterfly I have seen today 14/10/2016: 1 Red Admiral - Codicote Community Orchard TL217187 - David Inward
Painted Lady nectaring on Verbena Bonariensis in my Garden for an hour this morning N.W.Bishop's Stortford. Jim Fish
On 13 October I saw a Hummingbird hawk moth in my garden in Hoddesdon, the first I have seen this year - Jackie Clark
Wednesday 12th October 2016
Painted Lady in Royston Wednesday 12 October - Dave Cording
Panshanger Park, 2 Red Admirals and 1 Speckled Wood - Liz Goodyear and Andrew Middleton
1 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield on Wednesday 12th October 2016 at 09:18 hrs - Robert Callf.
Tuesday 11th October 2016
Lunchtime visit to Yeading Brook, Bridgewater Fields, South Ruislip and saw a Green Veined White settling on flowering plants at base of old hedgerow - Paul Busby
Butterfly I have seen today 11/10/2016: 1 Red Admiral - on ivy in hedge on north side of Lilley Cricket Club Ground, Lilley TL118263 - David Inward
Jeacocks Orchard, Cow Lane Tring - news from Sunday, the branch sales and publicity stall visited Tring Apple Day. A Small White flew through the orchard and a Red Admiral was seen in the lane. Roger Prue and Martin Hicks had both run moth traps the night before and there were many moths on display with Merveille du Jour the undoubted star attraction - Malcolm Hull and Nick Bowles
Monday 10th October 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Enough afternoon sunshine and warmth to encourage a few butterflies to fly today: Red Admiral: 2 Speckled Wood: 3 Small Copper: 1. Yesterday was less favourable: Speckled Wood: 2 Small Copper: 1 Red Admiral: 1 - Pete Gore
Red Admiral zooming round trees and spent buddleia in bright sunshine in my Hatfield garden today - John Moss
Another Speckled Wood (again faded and worn) on Sunday 9th October 2016 at Carr's Basin, Town Park, Enfield (TQ 323 963) at 14:43 hrs. 1 Red Admiral settled on sycamore at Gordon Hill Station (TQ 318 977) at 12:45 hrs. 1 Red Admiral flew S at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 15:50 hrs on Monday 10th October 2016 - Robert Callf
Sunday 9th October 2016
3 Red Admirals,and 1 Painted Lady Nectaring on ivy blossoms by farm track to Wickham Hall Bishop's Stortford. - Jim Fish
1 Speckled Wood (worn and faded) along Leeging Beech Gutter near 'Three-bridges' Trent Park (TQ 295 977) at 12:12 hrs on Sunday 9th October 2016 - Robert Callf.
Saturday 8th October 2016
1 Red Admiral near Long Garden, Trent Park at 13:57 hrs on Saturday 8th October 2016 - Robert Callf
Thursday 6th October 2016
1 x twenty-plume moth seen in Bushey home in evening - David Gower
A few sightings for Thursday 6th October 2016 - 1 Speckled Wood field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 11:25 hrs, 2 Red Admiral disturbed from flowering ivy at Water Garden, Trent Park at 11:38 hrs, also here 1 Volucella zonaria on ivy - Robert Callf.
One Painted Lady (in excellent condition) near Royston Hospital. Also two Red Admirals, a Small White and a Speckled Wood in the surrounding area - Martin Johnson
Butterfly I have seen today 06/10/2016 - 1 Red Admiral - edge of grazed field off Rectory Lane, Datchworth TL26191912 - David Inward
Small copper at Hadham Hall on 2 occasions: 1st and 4th October. TL457227, the latter date being breezy. Good record for the parish, just 4th and 5th sighting since I started recording all nature within the parish and my 1st record from this site that I visit weekly for Odonata. - Jono Forgham
Wednesday 5th October 2016
Berkhamsted at 7.50 this morning in bright sunshine. Just got off bus for work and walking over canal bridge on Billet Lane and a Red Admiral shoots over my head and heads along towpath towards town. Chris Hilling
A sunny of breezy day on Nomansland Common resulted in 4 Small Copper busying themselves around the few remaining heather flowers and 2 Red Admirals either nectaring on ivy flowers or taking the rays. This year seems to have been quite good for Red Admirals, at least in the St Albans/Harpenden area, perhaps due to a substantial migration - certainly the best for the last 4-5 years in my experience - whereas Peacock numbers seem to have taken a huge hit - David Hunt
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. With strong winds and some cloud I was rather surprised to see slightly more butterflies today than yesterday: Red Admiral: 7 Speckled Wood: 3 Small Copper: 3 plus one unidentified White and a probable but unidentified Blue. Yesterday without the wind but similar sunshine was: Small White: 3 Speckled Wood: 2 Red Admiral: 3 - Pete Gore
Tuesday 4th October 2016
Two Red Admirals and a pair of Speckled Woods seen by River Pinn near Ruislip Golf Course (TQ 07 87) during morning working party - Paul Busby
In my Hatfield garden today 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small(?) White, both blown about a bit in sunshine - John Moss
Butterfly I have seen today 04/10/2016 - 1 Red Admiral - Jersey Farm Woodland Park, St Albans TL17320982 - David Inward
9 Red Admirals on Tuesday 4th October 2016 - 1 at Vicarage Farm, 1 at Parkside Farm, 2 at Park Farm and 5 at Trent Park (4 together settled on oak edge of Ride Wood, 1 nectaring on ivy flowers at Water Garden) - Robert Callf.
Monday 3rd October 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another sunny afternoon and somewhat similar butterflies to yesterday's: Small White: 1 Small Copper: 3 Speckled Wood: 6 Red Admiral: 3 Common Blue: 1 - Pete Gore
Warm sunny lunchtime at Pinn Meadows, Ruislip (TQ 09 88) and saw a Red Admiral and a Small White outnumbered by tens of Common Darter dragonflies. Then at Highgrove Wood, Eastcote (TQ 10 88) saw a pair of Speckled Woods then another Speckled Wood on the wood margin with the Swimming Pool car park - Paul Busby
1 Orange Sallow at bus shelter at Chase Road near Charter Way, N14 this morning Monday 3rd Ocober 2016. Really pleased to find this one - a new species for me! Lime tree grows next to the bus shelter. Another moth was present, which I have not checked yet - looked like a worn Lunar Underwing. - Robert Callf
Sunday 2nd October 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Pleasant autumnal afternoon sunshine and the following butterflies still to be seen: Small White: 1 Speckled Wood: 6 Small Copper: 3 Red Admiral: 2. Good to see a Small Copper nectaring on Heather. We don't have a lot of Heather but there's also Sheep's Sorrel in the same area so perhaps some possibility of the butterfly increasing as both plant species increase due to management of Heather. - Pete Gore
Saturday 1st October 2016
2 Red Admiral (1 at Parkside Farm, 1 at Park Farm, Enfield) both migrating on Saturday 1st October 2016 - Robert Callf
We saw several Red Admirals and a Painted Lady today at an old orchard in Stanmore. Painted Lady seen yesterday nearby on Wood Farm, Stanmore, - John Hollingdale
Friday 30th September 2016
A short walk on Nomansland Common late afternoon we saw 3 Small Copper, mainly on the heather, and a Speckled Wood. Mandy Floyd
4 Red Admiral (3 at Vicarage Farm, including two flying S, 1 flew S at Park Farm, Enfield), 1 Small White at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:49 hrs. A few sightings for Trent Park - 1 Red Admiral nectaring on michaelmas daisies near Triangular Wood (TQ 289 964) at 14:36 hrs, 1 female Small Copper and 1 Speckled Wood near Sports Field (TQ 286 968) at 14:50 hrs - Robert Callf.
Butterflies I have seen today 30/09/16 - 1 Red Admiral, 1 Comma - bridleway east from Gresley Way, Chells Manor, Stevenage TL27092510 - David Inward
In my Hatfield garden today in bright sun, but windy 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small White - John Moss
Thursday 29th September 2016
A couple of butterflies to report for Thursday 29th September 2016 - 1 Red Admiral at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield at 13:03 hrs and 1 female Clouded Yellow seen in flight and settled at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 304 973) between 14:15 - 14:19 hrs, was able to approach close enough to touch it! - Robert Callf.
Wednesday 28th September 2016
1 Speckled Wood at Town Park, Enfield on Wednesday 28th September 2016 at 14:35 hrs - Robert Callf.
On probably my last visit to The Warren on a sunny afternoon I saw no butterflies or moths, several caddis fly, a couple of bees, a dragonfly, 6 cows & 2 small calves. This has been by far the worst season for butterflies in the c14 years I've been visiting. Perhaps next will be better? John Moss
In Tewin orchard 3 red admirals on apples and small white and a comma in nearby ivy patch on ivy flowers 4 red admirals - Steve Kiln
After attending a very informative Thames 21 morning conference at City Hall on Rainscapes, Sustainable Drainage including Rain Gardens, I emerged at lunchtime to find a beautiful sunny day. Crossed Tower Bridge and saw a Small White, then another 2 at St Katharines Docks (TQ33 80) and then along the river to Wapping and at a sandwich stop in Hermitage Memorial Gardens saw another 2 Small Whites (TQ34 80). Clouded over so settled for a pint at the Prospect of Whitby Secret Garden - Paul Busby
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A sunny morning start but a cloudy afternoon finish so these are all morning sightings: Speckled Wood: 11 Small Copper: 1 Red Admiral: 4 ( plus 2 or 3 unidentified Whites.) - Pete Gore
A few Red Admiral sightings for Wednesday 28th September - 2 at Vicarage Farm, 2 flew S at Park Farm, Enfield, 1 near Water Grdn, Trent Park, also today 1 female Small Copper nectaring on thistle head at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:22 hrs, 2 Speckled Wood (1 at Water Grdn, Trent Park, 1 at Vicarage Farm) - Robert Callf.
Tuesday 27th September 2016
A lone Red Admiral seen today at lunchtime (1.30) in Berko. It seemed very skittish...here, there and everywhere in one small tree by the canal for about 2 minutes then flew off towards town center. - Chris Hilling
Monday 26th September 2016
1 Speckled Wood at Trent Park on Monday 26th September 2016 at 12:26 hrs - Robert Callf.
Sunday 25th September 2016
Had three Red Admirals in my Harpenden garden on Sunday warming up on wooden fence panels. Apart from that just one small white. Robin Pearson
Nomansland Common near Sandridge - heavy showers and a stiff breeze provided an unpromising start to the final Herts and Middx Butterfly Walk of the season. Nonetheless, 8 people showed up in the hope of seeing the target species, Small Copper. Our first butterfly sighting was a large dark butterfly hurtling south at a rapid speed, which we agreed was probably an emigrating Red Admiral, a sure sign that summer has come to an end. When we reached the heather area favoured by Small Copper the heavens opened and we spent 20 minutes sheltering under a tree. But much of the heather was still flowering, which is the Small Coppers favoured nectar source. There was also much sheeps sorrel, the larval food plant which is used by the Small Copper at this site. When the sun came out we were rewarded by the site of a Small Copper sunbathing. Over the next hour we saw a total of 37 Small Coppers, mostly nectaring on heather or sunbathing. One female appeared to be looking for egg laying sites on the Sheeps Sorrell, but we did not see an egg laid. We also witnessed an attempted courtship, which unfortunately resulted in a rejection. Although this butterfly is often considered to be a bit of a loner, there were several times we encountered 3 or4 close together on a favoured patch of heather. To add to the days tally we saw a second fast flying Red Admiral, one Small White and one Large White - Malcolm Hull
Spent an hour at Merrryhill Fields, Bushey this afternoon as was very pleased to see 1 x small copper, also 1 x speckled wood - David Gower
Saturday 24th September 2016
Narrowboat trip along Grand Union Canal between Harefield and Rickmansworth on Saturday with 6th Eastcote Cubs and saw at least 3 Red Admirals, a Comma and at least 1 Small White. (TQ 0491) - Paul Busby
Some sightings for Saturday 24th September 2016 - 1 Small Copper nectaring on flowering ivy near Allotments at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 11:25 hrs, also 1 Red Admiral here and another seen flying S. 2 Speckled Wood at Vicarage Farm, 1 Red Admiral E edge of Ride Wood, Trent Park at 12:39 hrs, 1 Red Admiral near Parks Office at Trent Park - top of Snakes Lane at 13:35 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Snakes Lane, Trent Park - Robert Callf.
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Morning sunshine and more butterflies: Speckled Wood: 7 Common Blue: 3 (2m1f) Small White: 5 Small Copper: 3 Painted Lady: 2 Brown Argus: 1 Red Admiral: 3 - Pete Gore
Bricket Wood Common - a new flush of Commas feeding on blackberries at the start of my last transect walk of the year. Speckled Woods still hanging on, with an elderly couple sunbathing on golden privet, the only plant apart from grass which consistently attracts the attention of this butterfly species. Five Red Admirals, with two nectaring on Ivy, a courting couple in a nettle patch and one perched high up in ash. Folly Lane St Albans - two other species making the most of the late warm weather at this site. Small White (20) and Large White(11), have both produced new broods, much to the dismay of my fellow allotment holders - Malcolm Hull
Butterfly I have seen today 24/09/16 - 1 Red Admiral - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19263039 - David Inward
At Regent's Park 1 x red admiral (TQ285 918), 1 x small white seen at Penguin beach area, London Zoo (TQ282 834). Last night 1 x garden carpet in Bushey garden - David Gower
Friday 23rd September 2016
1 Red Admiral flew S at Roundhill Drive, EN2 (TQ 307 960) at 10:42 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Boxer's Lake, Enfield. 2 Small Copper male and female together, Sect 3 'New Fields' Trent Park ar 13:05 - 13:08 hrs. Surprised not to see at least one Small Heath, but perhaps a bit late? 1 Comma E edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park aat 13:39 hrs, 2 Red Admiral nectaring on flowering ivy near Allotments at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 309 970) at 14:12 - 14:15 hrs at least - Robert Callf.
Small White near entrance to Cutthroat Wood, Hillingdon (TQ 08 84) and then at Gutteridge Wood Meadow, Red Admiral on flowering Ivy, Comma on bramble and at least 2 Speckled Wood as well as a dozen or so Common Darter dragonflies by pond. A further Red Admiral on bramble in field near River Pinn and railway Ickenham TQ07 87 - Paul Busby
In my Hatfield garden today 1 Red Admiral, 1 Tortoiseshell, 2+ Small Whites. John Moss
Nomansland Common was basking in autumn sunshine so I had high hopes of butterfly heaven. A good haul comprised 11 Small Copper feasting on the heather; 3 Comma; 2 Red Admiral; and 3 Small White. A Yellow Shell was also seen working its way along a hedgerow and a variety of blister, blotch and serpentine leaf mines were evident on on hazel, hornbeam, bramble, wych elm and alder - David Hunt
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Pleasant late morning sunshine encouraged a mix of butterfly activity. Four actively flying small orange/brown ones, unusual behaviour on the Heath, are listed as Small Coppers;the Red Admiral total is a realistic minimum seen separately and likely attracted by flowering Ivy on the Pevensey stretch of the river; the Common Blue was a fresh-looking male: this species seems to have been doing this for weeks now,never quite disappearing but only ever present in the smallest numbers. Full list: Small White: 2 Speckled Wood: 8 Common Blue: 1 Small Copper: 5 Red Admiral: 5 - Pete Gore
Thursday 22nd September 2016
Some sightings for Thursday 22nd September 2016 - 1 Red Admiral flew S at Trent Park at 10:56 hrs, 1 Comma settled on bramble at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:10 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:40 hrs, 1 Small Heath (fresh) at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 299 982) at 12:08 hrs - Robert Callf.
Wednesday 21st September 2016
Miswell Park, Tring SP916116 at midday - Red Admiral x2 and Small White x1 Little Tring on path to Tringford Res. SP918130 at 4.30pm - Red Admiral x1, Speckled Wood x2 and two Small White - Chris Hilling
Speckled Wood and Small White near Yeading Brook, Brookside Rec, Hayes (TQ 11 81) and further 3 Speckled Wood on half hour visit to Willow Tree Pond (TQ 12 81) - Paul Busby
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Not much sun around this afternoon but still a few butterflies: Speckled Wood: 11 Small White: 3 Meadow Brown: 1(a large fresh-looking female but she'll need luck if she's still looking for a mate!) Small Heath: 1 Red Admiral: 1 - Pete Gore
Today at Thorley Wash I saw 6 small copper, 1 common blue, 1 small white and 4 red admiral - Jenny Sherwen
Some sightings for Wednesday 21st September 2016 - 8 Speckled Wood at Trent Park, 1 male Small Copper nectaring on michaelmas daisies at set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 11:49 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Ferny Hill Farm near Obelisk in Trent Park at 12:45 hrs, 1 Red Admiral at Park Farm, Enfield at 12:52 hrs, 1 female Small Copper at Parkside Farm on Res banking at 13:20 hrs, 1 male Common Blue at Parkside Farm on Res banking at 13:24 hrs, 1 Red Admiral flew S at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 13:37 hrs, 1 Speckled Wood at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 1 Red Admiral flew from flowering ivy and settled on metal gate near Allotments at Vicarage Farm at 14:54 hrs - Robert Callf.
Comma and Red Admiral in my Harpenden garden this afternoon. Alan Jackson
Holly Blue in our garden this afternoon (21/9/16), Sandridge Road, St Albans. I’ll keep an eye out for later autumn sightings. - David Utting
In my Harpenden garden yesterday (20th) 2 Red Admiral, 1 Comma all on Ivy. - Robin Pearson
Tuesday 20th September 2016
1 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ3097) at 10:42 hrs on Tuesday 20th September 2016. - Robert Callf.
Solitary Speckled Wood at this morning Yeading Brook working party in South Ruislip (TQ 1186) - Paul Busby
In cloudy conditions in my Hatfield garden today 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small White. John Moss
Monday 19th September 2016
1 Speckled Wood at Town Park, Enfield at 13:13 hrs on Sunday 18th September 2016. Robert Callf.
Butterfly I have seen today 19/09/16 - 1 Comma - bridleway off Great Ashby Way, Stevenage TL25552732 - David Inward
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