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Latest Sightings for 2016

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September 2016
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Sunday 25th September 2016
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

Sunday 18th September 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Very little sunshine but butterflies just made it into double figures and included a Small Copper on Tansy - the third time I've seen this particular combination. Here's the full list: Green-Veined White: 1 Small White: 5 Speckled Wood: 1 Meadow Brown: 1 Small Copper: 2 - Pete Gore

Just 1 Speckled Wood this morning on Sunday 18th September 2016 at Trent Park. - Robert Callf.

Not expecting much with only occaisional sunshine but fairly warm... New Mill, Tring...4 Red Admiral in front garden plus 2 Large White. On to Marshcroft Lane leading out of Tring and 4 more Red Admiral and also 5 Speckled Wood. Then at Aldbury Nowers...1 Green-veined White, 9 Speckled Wood, 2 Brown Argus and 4 Red Admiral. - Chris Hilling

St Albans – A cloudy day produced hundreds of crane flies and only a few butterflies. Speckled Woods were the most common, with several pairs courting and at least 3 females egg laying. I found one egg laid on couch grass. Red Admirals were feeding avidly on both buddleia and ivy. One was seen flying south to south-west rapidly in a straight line at about tree top height. This could be part of a return migration and it would be interesting to hear of any other reports of similar behaviour. The only other species seen flying today was a single Small White. Meanwhile in my outhouse, the number of hibernating Small Tortoiseshells is still creeping up with two more appearing during the week to take the total to 29, plus one Peacock – Malcolm Hull

Thursday 15th September 2016
Butterflies I have seen today 15/09/16 - all at Norton Common, Letchworth: 1 Comma at TL21943353, 3 Speckled Wood (2 at TL21753313 and 1 at TL21613299), 2 Red Admiral at TL21573320. - David Inward

A couple of sightings for Thursday 15th September 2016 - 1 Red Admiral at Bramley Road, N14 (TQ 295 961) at 14:52 hrs, 1 female Brown Argus at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 307 972) at 15:19 hrs - Robert Callf.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Extremely humid with hazy morning/early afternoon sunshine. 2 Red admirals in view at the same time was unusual but was easily explained by the Apple Tree with rotting windfalls on one side of the path and flowering Ivy on the tree opposite. One very tatty Gatekeeper was a tired remnant of the summer: Small White: 2 Speckled Wood: 9 Green-Veined White: 1 Meadow Brown: 1 Brown Argus: 1 Small Copper: 2 Gatekeeper: 1 Small Heath: 1 Red Admiral: 2 Comma: 1 - Pete Gore

Wednesday 14th September 2016
A couple of sightings for Wednesday 14th September 2016 - 1 Comma settled on Bramble at 'Barracks' Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 307 971) at 16:40 hrs and 1 Painted Lady along track at Hog Hill, Vicarage Farm (TQ 305 974) at 17:00 hrs - Robert Callf.

In my Hatfield Garden today 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, all very bright + 3 Small White also looking fresh - John Moss

Butterflies I have seen today 14/09/16: 2 Speckled Wood - Lea Valley Walk, Harpenden 1 at TL139157, 1 at TL142153; 2 Red Admiral - Batsford Springs, Harpenden 1 at TL144152, 1 at TL146150. - David Inward

At Northwood HQ Sandy Lane 1 x red admiral today - David Gower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another sunny morning,this time with a few Small Coppers. The first I saw won't be seen again however.It flew across my path straight into a spider's web where a particularly ugly large spider had it wrapped in a small tight orange bundle in a matter of a few seconds. After that I was rather pleased to see three others elsewhere,including a rather tatty and small presumed female busy searching out tiny Sorrel leaves on the edges of one of the burned areas. Here's today's full list: Speckled Wood: 7 Small White: 1 Small Heath: 2 Green-Veined White: 2 Brown Argus: 5 Small Copper: 4 Meadow Brown: 1 Common Blue: 1 Red Admiral: 3 - Pete Gore

Tuesday 13th September 2016
A few sightings for Alexandra Park (TQ 302 901) on Tuesday 13th September 2016 - 2 Red Admiral and 4 Speckled Wood. - Robert Callf

Batford, weedy field (by B653) - at least 1 CLOUDED YELLOW remains in the largish area with minimal grass on site. Assumed for its 3rd day. Very flighty & mobile. - Darin Stanley

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A sunny, very warm morning and early afternoon with the following sightings: Speckled Wood: 10 Comma: 1 Small White: 7 Red Admiral: 1 Brown Argus: 5 Common Blue: 1 Meadow Brown: 1. No Small Copper today although a small bright orange butterfly flying above the Blackthorn was probably one. A few more whites missed today, particularly along the roads where I suspect they're almost all Small Whites - Pete Gore

Butterflies I have seen today 13/09/16: 1 Small White, 1 Large White - west of Cottered Church TL31692922 - David Inward

Bright sunshine, early morning and saw 2 Small Coppers ( one on Ragwort, another on Water Mint flower), 2 Commas, a Red Admiral, a Speckled Wood and at least 1 Small White in the fields next to the Frays River near Denham Lock Wood and a single Meadow Brown at Uxbridge Golf Course both TQ 05 86. Then visited Friends of Yeading Brook in South Ruislip at TQ 10 86 and saw a Red Admiral, a couple of Speckled Woods and at least 2 Small Whites. At Willow Tree Pond, Yeading saw another 2 Speckled Woods and at Gutteridge Wood Meadow, Hillingdon near the pond saw another Small Copper, a Red Admiral and a Speckled Wood . - Paul Busby

In my Hatfield Garden today 1 Red Admiral, 1 Tortoiseshell, 2 Small White - John Moss

A few butterfly sightings from today (13 September) in my neighbourhood, which may be of interest. Also, for your records, I saw a clouded yellow on Therfield Heath on 26 August. Butterfly Sightings Between Royston and Therfield: one clouded yellow, flying rapidly south up the Icknield Way towards Therfield. Also along the Icknield Way 16 red admiral (9 on the same ivy bush), 2 comma, 2 small tortoiseshell and various whites. Few butterflies left on Therfield Heath during a brief visit, although 2 common blues were still present on Church Hill. - Martin Johnson

Monday 12th September 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. An afternoon walk in cloudy humid conditions was generally poor for butterflies but I did see my third Clouded Yellow of the year, a female on the Marshalling Yards, completing this year's full 25 species on this one site. Here are the day's full sightings: Small White: 1 Speckled Wood: 5 Brown Argus: 1 Small Copper: 2 Clouded Yellow: 1 Comma: 1 Painted Lady: 1. A swan on the river was unusual and I was pleased to see some (American) Orange Balsam in flower at the water's edge despite the colour clash with the much more abundant Indian Balsam. - Pete Gore

A few sightings for Monday 12th September 2016 - 1 Red Admiral near Triangular Wood, Trent Park at 13:44 hrs, 1 Small Heath Sect 3 'New Fields' Trent Park at 13:49 hrs, 2 Small Copper male and female Sect 3 'New Fields' Trent Park - Robert Callf.

Brief visit to the walled garden at Eastcote House Gardens and saw a Red Admiral and a Small White - Paul Busby

Sunday 11th September 2016
Batford, weedy field - 1 CLOUDED YELLOW (in low foliage area), Small Heath and Common Blues. - Darin Stanley

Counted 13 Red Admiral on Sunday 11th September 2016 (most of which were flying south) - 6 at Vicarage Farm, 1 Trent Park, 3 at Park Farm and 3 at Parkside Farm. Also 2 Speckled Wood (1 at Trent Park, 1 at Park Farm). 1 Brown Argus at Parkside Farm, Enfield (TQ 298 982) at 11:49 hrs. 2 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 Comma at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 3097). Also 1 Red Admiral at Town Park, Enfield at Carr's Basin at 14:22 hrs - Robert Callf.

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. After yesterday's rain a fresher feel to the walk with almost continuous sunshine from late morning to mid afternoon: Speckled Wood: 8 Comma: 4 Brown Argus: 5 Small Copper: 1 Small Heath: 2 Green-Veined White: 5 Meadow Brown: 2 Common Blue: 1 Small White: 2 Red Admiral: 1 Peacock: 1 - Pete Gore

Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Comma Butterfly at Brent Reservoir - Shailesh Patel

Butterfly I have seen today: 1 Small White - Woolgrove Road, Hitchin TL19253051. - David Inward

Five Speckled Woods and at least 1 Small White at Denham Lock Wood and at least 2 Commas on a brief visit to Frays Farm Meadows (TQ05 86) - Paul Busby

St Albans - Bricket Wood Common - Speckled Wood - 21, Red Admiral - 10, Comma - 6, plus 1 each of Large, Small and Green-veined White. Nomansland Common - Small Copper - 29, Common Blue -14, Small Heath - 2, Meadow Brown - 1, plus all the same species as Bricket Wood (apart from Red Admiral). JOIN ME for the last Herts and Middx BC Butterfly Walk of the year to see the Small Coppers in 2 weeks time on Sunday 25th September. By then I'm expecting Small Copper numbers will have increased significantly. Full details on the Walks and Talks section of this website - Malcolm Hull

In my Hatfield garden today, in glorious sunshine, 2 Red Admiral, 3 Small White and possible Small Tortoiseshell (too quick to ID properly). John Moss

Saturday 10th September 2016
1 Red Admiral flew S through the 'mizzle' at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield at 12:06 hrs on Saturday 10th September 2016. - Robert Callf

Friday 9th September 2016
Early morning Speckled Wood at entrance to Cutthroat Wood, Hillingdon (TQ 08 84) then midday a Small Copper and 2 Small Whites at Long Meadow, Eastcote (TQ 10 88) and finally at the boundary fence between railway and Sainsburys South Ruislip saw a Small White landing on the parked cars and a Red Admiral and another Small White around Buddleia - Paul Busby

In my Hatfield garden today, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White. Reds and Torts attracted to flowering Ivy on my garage roof. John Moss

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Mid morning/early afternoon in breezy but sunny conditions although eventually giving way to dark clouds, butterflies surprisingly good really: Speckled Wood: 8 Small White: 7 Comma: 2 Brown Argus: 1 Meadow Brown: 6 Small Copper: 3 Small Heath: 2 Green-Veined White: 3 Painted Lady: 1 Peacock: 1 - Pete Gore

Some news for Friday 9th September 2016 - 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 10:47 hrs, 1 Painted Lady along 'The Vista' at Trent Park (TQ 287 978) AT 10:56 hrs, 1 Comma edge of Rough Lot along 'The Vista' Trent Park at 11:01 hrs, 1 Red Admiral near Obelisk, Trent Park (TQ 285 980) at 11:01 hrs. Visited Bush Hill Park, Enfield (TQ 337 963) this afternoon in search of a reported Pied Flycatcher yesterday - did not see the Pied Flycatcher, but saw a Red Admiral at 14:19 hrs - Robert Callf.

Thursday 8th September 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another sunny afternoon walk but today with a breeze that was certainly better for walkers - and slightly more butterflies were identified. Meadow Browns are now clearly coming to an end but more Small Coppers today, a very welcome development: Meadow Brown: 2 Small White: 6 Small Copper: 6 Comma: 3 Large White: 1 Brown Argus: 4 Speckled Wood: 2 Small Heath: 1 Holly Blue: 1 Red Admiral: 1 Painted Lady: 2 - Pete Gore

News from Diane Andrews on the 8th September Rammey Marsh: 1 Clouded Yellow and then walking towards Enfield Lock, 2 Painted Ladies and 2 Red Admirals

A few sightings on my Warren transect, sunny, 22C, blustery - 7 Small White (some nectaring on last of Ragwort), 2 Small Heath. Don't expect much more this season as site exposed, well-grazed & trampled. Dwarf Furze & Heather, only flora currently flowering, don't seem to appeal to butterflies. Slightly peeved tht Small Whites go for Ragwort, whilst they ignore flowers in my garden, including with Sedum in glorious flower and heaving with bees & other flying insects. John Moss

Some sightings for Thursday 8th September 2016 - 1 Comma at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:04 hrs, 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:09 hrs, 2 Speckled Wood (1 at Park Farm, 1 at Vicarage Farm), 1 Small Copper at Parkside Farm on Res banking at 11:50 hrs, 1 male Common Blue at Parkside Farm on Res banking at 11:54 hrs - Robert Callf.

Bovingdon Brickworks 10:20-11:20am, warm, sunny but very gusty. No sign of last Thursday's Clouded Yellow unfortunately (the link I provided for the photos didn't work previously, apologies. For anyone still interested: https://twitter.com/WildlifeLucy/status/771332382502846464). 9 Speckled Wood; 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Red Admiral; 15+ Common Blue & half a dozen Whites. - Lucy Flower

However, Dick Ashford following Lucy's directions he found a Clouded Yellow at the Bovingdon Brickworks today and comparing photos with Lucy's it is a different individual - news from Dick Ashford and Lucy Flower

Sunny day and whilst sampling in the River Pinn, Philpots Farm, Cowley (TQ 0681) saw a Red Admiral and at least 4 Small Whites. Further upstream, I visited St Andrews Park (former RAF Uxbridge, TQ 0684) to visit the development of the site, which will include a 40 acre park, but still a building site, however along the road close to the river saw another Red Admiral and 2 Small Whites. Then at a windy Stanmore Country Park Wood Farm section (TQ 1793) saw in Pear Wood section a Red Admiral and 5 Speckled Woods; in Ten Acre Field section saw 2 Small Coppers, a Large White, at least 1 Small White and another Red Admiral, then in Wood Farm section where most of meadow has been cut short saw in marginal areas another Small Copper, a Red Admiral, at least 2 Small Whites and a female Common Blue - Paul Busby

Wednesday 7th September 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Sunny, humid, very warm. Should be ideal butterfly weather, pity it's September. Here are today's - there were a few more active Whites unidentified: Small White: 1 Painted Lady: 1 Small Copper: 3 Comma: 4 Meadow Brown: 3 Speckled Wood: 4 Brown Argus: 7 Common Blue: 1 Small Heath: 2 plus 1 Holly Blue seen in my garden on Sunday 4th September which deserves a mention as the only one of its kind in September positively identified so far. - Pete Gore

Muggy, cloudy, late morning walk around Gutteridge Wood Meadow, Hillingdon, but did see a Silver Y Moth, a female Common Blue and 2 Small Whites. By early afternoon, the sun had come out and I saw numerous Small Whites as I drove to my afternoon walk location of Willow Tree Open Space, Yeading and then saw at least 7 Small Whites and a Speckled Wood in half hour close to the Grand Union Canal - Paul Busby

2 bright Red Admirals this pm round the last of the buddleia in my Hatfield garden. A welcome addition to the 2 regular Small Whites - John Moss

1 Red Admiral at Park Farm near Duncan's Wood at 10:31 hrs, 1 Garden Carpet at Water Garden, Trent Park, 1 Clouded Yellow at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 3097) at 12:05 hrs. 1 Speckled Wood along Leeging Beech Gutter near Stables at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 09:32 hrs, 1 male Meadow Brown at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 3097) at 12:33 hrs - Robert Callf.

Tuesday 6th September 2016
2 Red Admiral nectaring on buddleia at Halewood House, Southbury Road, Enfield Town (TQ 333 965) - one at 14:27 hrs had beeen joined by a second at 14:51 hrs, also 3 Large White here. 1 Small Heath along track at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 3097) at 09:21 hrs - new for the tetrad in this 5 year recording period, 1 male Clouded Yellow seen in flight and settled at Vicarage Farm (TQ 3097) at close quarters through bins 11:17 - 11:19 hrs and 1 Silver Y here also. Monday 5th September 2016 - 1 Gold Triangle at ASDA Southgate. - Robert Callf.

Warm, muggy but cloudy day but did see at least 2 Speckled Woods at morning pond clearing event at Highgrove Woods, Eastcote then mid afternoon saw at least 3 Small Whites at Pinn Meadows, Ruislip - Paul Busby

Sunday 4th September 2016
Butterflies I have seen today 04/09/16: 2 Small White - 1 at TL19273042, 1 at TL19703013 on Walsworth Common, Hitchin David Inward

1 Painted Lady seen at North Mymms Park 4th Sept TL21490297 - Rupert Pyrah

A couple of sightings for Sunday 4th September 2016 - 1 male Common Blue at Parkside Farm, Enfield on Res banking (TQ2998) and 1 Clouded Yellow at Vicarage Farm, Enfield in different 10 km square to yesterday's one at (TQ 305 973) - Robert Callf.

Saturday 3rd September 2016
Early morning Common Blue roosting on the tall dead grass at Gutteridge Wood meadow, Hillingdon. Then at lunchtime alongside the River Pinn at Ruislip Golf Course, Ickenham TQ07 87 saw a Green Veined White and 5 Speckled woods before afternoon drizzle set in - Paul Busby

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Out in morning sunshine but returning in cloud,lower numbers as expected: Speckled Wood:7 Comma: 2 Green-Veined White: 4 Meadow Brown: 9 Small Heath: 2 Red Admiral: 2 Small White: 8 Brown Argus: 3 Common Blue: 1 Small Copper: 1. All before mid-day. - Pete Gore

A few sightings for Saturday 3rd September 2016 - 1 Painted Lady at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 306 973) at 09:47 hrs, 1 female Meadow Brown at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:44 hrs, 1 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:44 hrs, 1 Comma over bramble near Water Garden, Trent Park at 11:51 hrs, 1 male Meadow Brown at Vicarage Farm near Shaws Wood at 12:16 hrs, 1 male Clouded Yellow at Vicarage Farm near Shaws Wood (TQ 298 970) at 12:17 - 12:18 hrs - flew around rapidly and settled twice - my first of the year! 1 male Common Blue at Vicarage Farm near Shaws Wood at 12:18 hrs, 1 Small Heath at Vicarage Farm near Merryhills Brook (TQ 297 968) at 12:22 hrs - Robert Callf.

Friday 2nd September 2016
A single Painted Lady has been visiting our Redbourn garden on 1 and 2 Sept. A few Small Tortoiseshells daily - Ernie Leahy

At home in Bengeo, 2 painted ladies on the cerostigmata and jersey tiger moth settling on the cars headlights while off - Steve Kiln

Thursday 1st September 2016
My Warren transect very parched & close grazed today. Only flora now Heather, Dwarf Furze & a few Ragwort. Counted 2 Small White (on Ragwort), 6 fast moving GV/Small White (probably all SMs), 8 Small Heath (including 4 on one spot, possibly fighting over territory), 3 Meadow Brown. Temp 23C, mostly sunny, light breeze. Disappointed no Common Blues, but could be anywhere on this open site. Also 1 Small Tort fluttering against my garage window & liberated around 10.00 am - John Moss

Some sightings for Thursday 1st Septmber 2016 - 5 Small Heath at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park 10:18 - 10:45 hrs, 1 Comma edge of Moat Wood, Trent Park at 10:36 hrs, 1 Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 10:42 hrs - Robert Callf.

Batford - weedy field by B653 - Batford Mega, 1 CLOUDED YELLOW! - upper wings white with black edge markings. Located around the centre of the field, feeding on Hawkweed Oxtongue. Attempted photos but yet to confirm if any turned out. Confirmed as 1 'HELICE' CLOUDED YELLOW in weedy field - Darin Stanley

Bovingdon Brickworks, 11-11:45am, warm with sunny spells: at least 7 Speckled Woods; 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Gatekeeper; 2 Red Admiral; numerous Whites; 1 Painted Lady; 20+ Common Blues and the best of the bunch (a site first) 1 Clouded Yellow (photos: https://twitter.com/WildlifeLucy/status/771332382502846464). I didn't manage to walk the whole site so numbers/species are incomplete. - Lucy Flower

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A warm sunny afternoon with over half our local butterfly species flying into September including Clouded Yellow, my second sighting of this year,once again on the little meadow before the Cavalry Tunnel. Grass fires are getting commoner on both the Heath and the Marshalling Yards,the whole area being now very dry. Here's my full list: Meadow Brown: 8 Speckled Wood: 8 Purple Hairstreak: 1 Clouded Yellow: 1 Brown Argus: 13 Small Copper: 2 Common Blue: 5 Small White: 4 Small Heath: 3 Comma: 3 Peacock: 1 Painted Lady: 1 Red Admiral: 1. In the sunnier weather Whites were more energetic than yesterday so the low total here somewhat understates the actual number amongst which there may well be Green-Veined Whites - Pete Gore

Had a first for Bayfordbury this year: a Clouded Yellow in one of the Rough Hills meadows - Ian Flack

Visited Gutteridge Wood, Hillingdon today to help London Wildlife Trust with their Vole Patrol small mammal project and after walking the Wood Butterfly transect seeing mostly Speckled Woods, I went to the meadow and pond area ( TQ 09 84) for 10 minutes and only saw a faded Brown Argus and a male Common Blue - Paul Busby

August 2016

Wednesday 31st August 2016
Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Cloudy morning conditions leading to reduced and varied sightings: Speckled Wood: 7 Meadow Brown: 10 Green-Veined White: 3 Small White: 11 Brown Argus: 6 Holly Blue: 1 Small Copper: 1 Comma: 1. Small Tortoiseshell staying just a not very common receding summer memory here - Pete Gore

1 Meadow Brown (tatty) at 'Old Golf Course' at Trent Park on Wednesday 31st August 2016 at 09:51 hrs - Robert Callf.

Butterfly I have seen today 31/08/16: 1 Small White - south of shops, Scarborough Avenue, Stevenage TL22422525 - David Inward

Bit cloudy today, but in my Hatfield garden 1 Small Tort, 1 Painted lady, on buddleia, 1 Small White, 2 Holly Blue. Also, when counting House Martins over Ellenbrook Park, 1 very tatty & faded Meadow Brown, 1 Small/GV White - John Moss

Tuesday 30th August 2016
BATFORD - 2 Small Heath in the weedy field. first time this has been seen here for approx 6 years! - Darin Stanley

In our Hatfield garden today 3 bright Small Torts (around buddleia}, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 3+Small White, 1 GV White, 1 Large White, 1 bright Silver-washed Fritillary (seems unlikely, but our back gardens are like a long, broad stretch of open woodland with tall trees & shrubs, Green Lanes is a stretch of tall woodland & Great Braitch Lane round the corner is effectively ancient native woodland. Symonshyde Wood isn't far away & I've seen SWFs round Ellenbrook Meadows recently. So we have convinced ourselves!). John Moss.

1 x setaceous hebrew character moth in Bushey garden tonight - David Gower

Today 30 Aug, a S.T. was seen at TL163 288 Offley Bottom Farm, Carters Lane, Hitchin, flying near the lane and then across the stubble fields. Also at Pirton Village, a residential area Darefield Road, (off Priors Hill) a S.T. flew across the gardens there. - Val Fullforth

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A sunny afternoon walk producing what is, I think, a first for me in that I have sightings of Brown Argus some way ahead of all other species even allowing for unidentified Whites: Small Heath: 8 Speckled Wood: 8 Comma: 2 Brown Argus: 18 Meadow Brown: 8 Common Blue: 4 Small White: 1 Holly Blue: 2 Green-Veined White: 1 Large White: 1 - Pete Gore

Re BC asking for news of STs, I have had a week of 3 or 4 visiting my garden in Tring each day, all in good condition. There have been 1 or 2 red admirals daily over the same period. John Scafe

A rather dried-up and crispy Nomansland Common had few butterflies on show apart from 2 Meadow Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath, 2 Small White, 3 Common Blue and 1 Small Copper (my first sighting of the year!). Quite a few crambids flitting amongst the dried grass stems, all that I caught up with being Agriphila geniculea - David Hunt

1 female Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 09:35 hrs - Robert Callf.

Monday 29th August 2016
Monday 29th August 2016 - 2 Small Heath together at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:06 hrs, 1 female Common Blue at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 10:58 hrs, 1 female Small Copper at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park at 11:09 hrs, 1 Antler at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park, 1 Silver Y field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park, 1 Red Admiral at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:26 hrs. - Robert Callf

Ellensbrook Fields, Hatfield - 2 Clouded Yellows, 3 Small Heath, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Common Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell. Aldbury Nowers (North section) 1 Silver-washed Fritillary, 5 Common Blue, 11 Brown Argus, 3 Small Heath, 8 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 9 Speckled Wood. Northfield Rd, Tring - 4 Clouded Yellow, 31 Common Blue, 6 Small Heath, 43 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Painted Lady, 3 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 60 Treble Bar moths. Back home in St Albans I noticed a Holly Blue laying on ivy and 3 more Small Tortoiseshells. All the Clouded Yellows seen today were in areas with good concentrations of Birds foot trefoil. So if you want to see a Clouded Yellow, head to a good Common Blue site. Great to see over 50 Small Tortoiseshells in a day and every single one feeding on buddleia. The number of ST's hibernating in my outhouse has also gone up during the last week from 17 to 24 - Malcolm Hull

Today at Cassiobury Park nature reserve 4 x speckled wood, 1 x green veined white, 2 x small white, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x red admiral, 2 x mother of pearl, 1 x snout moth - David Gower

Sunday 28th August 2016
Butterfly I have seen today 28/08/16: 1 Large White - St Faiths Close, Hitchin TL19853029 - David Inward

Moths attracted to our bathroom light from Bushey garden in last evening were 1 x heart and dart, 1 x small dusty wave, 2 x light brown apple, 2 x carcina quercana, 1 x twenty-plume - David Gower

Saturday 27th August 2016
I note that Butterfly Conservation are asking for garden sightings of S T's - One sat on the Hitchin garden garage wall for a while on 27th Aug which I managed to photograph - quite dark colouring and the "blue" edging not very apparent. Val Fullforth

Female Brown Argus in field margin along Leeging Beech Gutter near Water Garden, Trent Park on Sunday 28th August 2016 at 10:10 hrs - Robert Callf

New England Street Recreation Ground, St Albans - several hundred horse chestnut leaf miner moths flying round a horse chestnut tree at 8am this morning. Numbers are well down this year and the tree is still predominantly green and healthy, although there are many leaf mines on the lower branches. Later at Lords Cricket Ground, St Johns Wood NW8, Small White flew over the top of the Mound stand, across the pitch and along the edge of the wicket during England's victory over Pakistan - Malcolm Hull

Friday 26th August 2016
I am somewhat unbelieving myself but I have just seen a Silver-spotted Skipper in my garden (Tring)! Quite probably the only Herts record this year. Took some OK phone images but it had gone when I got back with SLR. - Nick Bowles (pictures and more information on Branch FB page)

Butterflies I have seen today 26/08/16: 1 Small White - TL253146, 1 Gatekeeper - TL253145 both by footpath by Tewin Water Farm, near WGC. - David Inward

Clouded yellow flying south along dried river Ver at Redbourn golf club 3.00pm - Derek Pratt

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Another sunny morning and early afternoon. Several Commas seen looked bright, fresh and colourful in contrast to most of the other fading species: Green-Veined White: 1 Small Heath: 7 Meadow Brown: 22 Comma: 5 Speckled Wood: 11 Large White: 2 Red Admiral: 2 Small White: 2 Brown Argus: 17 Small Copper: 2 Common Blue: 13 Holly Blue: 2 (plus 1 in my garden yesterday) Painted Lady: 1 - Pete Gore

1 Red Admiral by Lower Lake, Trent Park at 09:41 hrs and 1 Painted Lady settled on flowers at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (TQ 304 973) at 10:20 hrs - Robert Callf.

Thursday 25th August 2016
2 Holly Blue on Thursday 25th August 2016 - 1 Town Park, Enfield and 1 Horse Shoe Lane. 1 Jersey Tiger nectaring on white buddleia at Water Garden, Trent Park (TQ 292 975) at 10:30 hrs, 1 male Common Blue set-aside field N of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 10:44 hrs. - Robert Callf.

Clouded Yellow seen in same place south of Watery Grove as on 15 August, at 3:10 pm today - Peter Clarke

Wednesday 24th August 2016
1 Painted Lady probing late Bramble blossom at 'Old Golf Course' Trent Park (TQ 288 978) at 09:31 hrs on Wednesday 24th August 2016, also 1 male Brown Argus (newly emerged) nectaring on ragwort with 1 Small Copper (faded and worn) on field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 10:15 hrs, 1 Brown Argus at Vicarage Farm on field near Shaws Wood (TQ 297 970) at 10:24 hrs and 1 Silver Y here also. 2 Small Heath on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 at Trent Park (1 at 'Old Golf Course' and 1 field near Dew Pond) - Robert Callf.

Stocking Pelham - 10 small tortoiseshells + a couple of whites enjoying the buddleia in my garden - Andy Brown

Painted Lady and Red Admiral on white buddleia in my back garden this afternoon. I also have the blue and mauve varieties of buddleia in flower as well but the white one has larger florets which may account for the attraction. - Peter Clarke

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. A hot very sunny morning walk saw increased numbers but continuing decline in species despite the reappearance of Small Heath at three locations. Two Meadow Browns seen mating. Speckled Wood: 11 Meadow Brown: 17 Small Heath: 4 Holly Blue: 5 Red Admiral: 1 Comma: 4 Common Blue: 13 Brown Argus: 15 Small White: 7 Small Copper: 2 Green-veined White: 4 - Pete Gore

Visited my Warren transect this pm in blistering heat in this open site (32C, 100% sun, little wind). Whole site pretty dried up and little standing vegetation left by cattle. Nil return on first 2 legs of usual route, so diverted round flowering Heather patches & Dwarf Furze (beautiful). Recorded 5 Common Blue, 2 Small Heath, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 GV White, 1 Small White (both on flowering Ragwort, 1 Small/GV White, 1 probable Gatekeeper (elusive and tatty). Hope it's cooler next time! John Moss

Tuesday 23rd August 2016
A few sightings for Tuesday 23rd August 2016 - 1 Red Admiral by Lower Lake, Trent Park at 10:01 hrs, 2 Small Copper (1 nectaring on ragwort set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 10:20 hrs, 1 at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook - Robert Callf.

Whilst river and pond surveying, had a couple of surprise sightings, a close-up view of a Clouded Yellow patrolling fast along flowering plants next to River Pinn near Ruislip Golf Course, Ickenham then half mile away a male Brimstone at back of gardens at Hoylake Cresent (TQ 07 87), also saw 5 Speckled Wood and 5+ Small White here, also one unlucky Small white snatched out of air by a Hawker Dragonfly. Earlier in the day visited Willow Tree Open Space, Yeading (TQ 12 81) and saw a faded Gatekeeper, a Green-Veined White, 5+ Small Whites and 4 Speckled Woods - Paul Busby

Butterfly I have seen today 23/08/16: 1 Small White - Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage TL25322467 - David Inward

Hounslow Heath/River Crane/Marshalling Yards/Pevensey. Continuous sunshine! Pleased to see quite good numbers of Brown Argus. The first brood had easy access to a lot of assorted Geraniaceae where last year's fires had removed Brambles and grasses. Around that time though there was substantial fly-tipping in places and I found a large pile of toddler-sized plastic trikes, bikes and cars particularly objectionable. A few weeks ago all of these were removed along with a little topsoil (such as it is). Today four or five Brown Argus chased around the resulting 'bare' patch and I wasn't at all surprised to see the familiar sprouting leaves of Storks-bill and Geraniums in which they were clearly interested if somewhat competitively. Here's the full list,(Gatekeepers more or less finished as usual -not a good year here for them): Speckled Wood: 8 Large White: 5 Meadow Brown: 18 Common Blue: 10 Brown Argus: 11 Green-Veined White: 3 Small Copper: 1 Comma: 3 Holly Blue: 2 Gatekeeper: 2 Painted Lady: 2 Small White: 1 - Pete Gore

Monday 22nd August 2016
Warm, humid and cloudy in Eastcote today but saw a Green Veined White and a Small White at Long Meadow, a further 3 Small Whites in the Walled Garden at Eastcote House Gardens. Onto Highgrove Wood and saw another Green Veined White and 4 Speckled Woods - Paul Busby

Coldharbour Lane, Harpenden: pristine male Clouded Yellow on my allotment at 0910 - flew off south. First sighting there in ten years! Alan Jackson

A few sightings for Monday 22nd August 2016 - 1 female Common Blue at Parkside Farm, Enfield near Res at 11:18 hrs, 1 Painted Lady settled on track at Park Farm, Enfield near Duncan's Wood (TQ 288 985) at 11:56 hrs, 2 Silver Y (1 at Park Farm, 1 at Vicarage Farm), 2 Small Copper (1 nectaring on ragwort set-aside field near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 12:52 hrs, 1 male at Vicarage Farm, Enfield near Merryhills Brook at 13:03 hrs). 1 Painted Lady nectaring on buddleia at Oakwood Station on Monday 22nd August 2016 at 15:10 hrs. - Robert Callf.

Sunday 21st August 2016
one very worn male silver-washed fritillary in woods near Hexton (approx. TL105 295) - a new species for this area?? - Martin Johnson

Whilst waiting for the library to open this morning on Sunday 21st August 2016 noticed a Jersey Tiger fly up and settle on orange banner over 61 Church Street, Enfield Town (TQ 325 965) at 11:20 hrs, it was still present when the library opened at 12:00 hrs. - Robert Callf

Butterflies I have seen today 21/08/16: 1 Small Tortoiseshell - Woolgrove Road, Hitchin TL194304; 1 Green-Veined White - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19723024; 1 Speckled Wood - Walsworth Common, Hitchin TL19493037. - David Inward

Watching wildlife is great medicine...after enduring crazy pain for two weeks with subsequent Sciatica diagnosis I finally managed to get out to Aldbury Nowers this afternoon for short walk. Usual friends there to greet me including Common Blue, Small White, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood, but also a new friend. Late to my party this year was my first Small Copper and just as I reached for my camera a Brown Argus decided to gatecrash and a wild aerial 'fight' of two rounds developed ending in a draw with the two settled just inches apart...fun to watch. Who needs Paracetamol? - Chris Hilling

Went to meet a friend in Royston and we went onto Therfield Heath for my first visit there (TL347 401). Weather was a mix of wind, sun and cloud but recorded 22 x chalkhill blue(4 females), 6 x meadow brown, 2 x gatekeeper, 37 x small heath, 7 x brown argus, 2 x small white, 1 x common blue, 1 x small tortoiseshell, 3 x yellow shell - David Gower


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