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April 2014

Sunday 20th April 2014
Sorry no updates for a few days!

Friday 18th April 2014
Disappointingly cloudy at Aldbury Nowers this afternoon. I found two Grizzled Skippers roosting on dead flowerheads of Gentian, close to the bottom of the slope. Later the sun came out & I saw two Grizzled Skippers flying elsewhere on the reserve. The only other butterflies flying were several Peacocks, an Orange Tip & a few distant whites. Two Small Tortoiseshells were basking on a bank of nettles. Absolutely masses of Cowslips on the reserve this year - more than I've seen here before - could this be the year that Duke of Burgundy returns to this site? Also good numbers of violets both in the meadows and the woods look promising for the two resident fritillaries - Malcolm Hull

April 17th in Barnes Lane, Kings Langley quite a few small tortoiseshells and one peacock on nettles and verges wildflowers, seen for a few days now. Orange tip male in Kings Langley garden, my first of the season. On April 18th a female Holly blue on ivy in the garden - Elizabeth Debenham

Cloudy conditions and a surprisingly chilly breeze meant there were relatively few butterflies on Hounslow Heath or the Marshalling Yards today.Here are the details: Speckled Wood: 11 Comma: 2 Tortoiseshell: 1 Peacock: 2 Holly Blue: 1 Orange Tip:1 A Speckled Wood In my garden on 16th and 17th April. This was a complete walk.As the afternoon wore on it got cloudier and colder and there were no further butterflies after the outer loop on the Marshalling Yards - Pete Gore

Thursday 17th April 2014
Saw the following species this morning Thursday 17th April 2014 around Boxer's Lake, Enfield between 11:00 - 11:15 hrs - Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Holly Blue and Speckled Wood. Also Speckled Wood at Oakwood Park this morning at 08:55 hrs on the west side of the park. - Robert Callf

Amongst a strong showing of spring butterflies at Horsenden Hill on Tuesday 15th, I had my first Painted Lady of the year, nectaring on dandelion. - Andy Culshaw

We did the transect today, highlights were green hairstreak and grizzled skipper (both in the southern sections), and a red admiral in the north. Otherwise fairly quiet with a few orange tips, small tortoiseshells and peacocks seen. - Paul Thrush

Just a Speckled Wood flying around my Eastcote Garden, this morning - Paul Busby

Wednesday 16th April 2014
At Aldbury Nowers I was surprised to see my first Grizzled Skipper and Green Hairstreak of the year, plus lots of Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and Peacock.
Sharon Monahan

Saw a Holly Blue flutter over Camden Lock this afternoon - Paul Busby

Whilst walking the Roughdown Common transect this afternoon, I came across a Green Hairstreak sitting on a bramble leaf resting close to the ground. Further on, by a clump of large hawthorn bushes (opposite the water trough) another two were engaged in a frenetic chase for a couple of minuites before returning to perch on the Hawthorn before once again repeating the chase a few more times. This is the first reported sighting at this location for over 3 years (photo on facebook page). - Brendan Sheridan

Today (16/4/14) I crossed the border from my home UTB turf for an afternoon stroll in the sunshine around Aldbury Nowers. My sightings are as follows. Brimstone 17, Peacock 6, Orange Tip 10, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Green Hairstreak 1, Green Veined White 1, Comma 1 - Clive Sims

Lovely day plenty or Tortoiseshells, peacocks, brimstones, orange tips and whites around Broxbourne woods and Waterford heath. However at Waterford Heath south at bottom near settling beds two grizzled skippers on wild strawberry. Also my first lattice heath moth on main bank Waterford heath - Steve Kiln

Had a break today Wednesday 16th April 2014 from recording most butterflies but did see a male Brimstone near Merryhills Brook at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 13:35 hrs. - Robert Callf

Tuesday 15th April 2014
I went for a brief (20 mins) walk in the middle of the three southern fields in Aldbury Nowers about 2pm this afternoon (15 April). I saw 2 Orange Tips, 1 Peacock, 1 Brimstone, a white I couldn't identify and, most surprisingly (as it seems quite early), a Grizzled Skipper. (photo seen) - Paul Cross

This lunchtime I saw a Holly Blue in Hammersmith's Furnivall Gardens by the Thames - Michael Robinson

Another marathon trek across Hounslow Heath where I explored a little outside my usual paths with no significant effect. Here are the day's sightings: Holly Blue: 8 Orange Tip: 6 Peacock: 38 Comma:2 Green-Veined White: 5 Brimstone: 5 Tortoiseshell: 11 Speckled Wood: 24 Small White: 2 Large White: 1 Whites now a little under counted. Highlights were moths. The first, flying with Speckled Woods on the Marshalling Yards, I described as like a very small Tiger Moth when seen very briefly on the ground. Looking in Skinner this seems like a passable description of Light Orange Underwing and it was indeed near one of two groups of Aspens. The other two moths in a more open part of the MY have puzzled me somewhat. Initially seen just above head height in a dual/courtship battle they rose together high above me and from 30ft below appeared deep red - Cinnabar colour but otherwise not at all what I'd expect from them. - Pete Gore

Some sightings for today Tuesday 15th April 2014 - 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 09:55 hrs; 1 Peacock at Park Farm, Enfield at 10:05 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm at 10:20 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip at Bay Farm, Enfield at 10:40 hrs; 2 male Orange Tip at Brooke Wood, Cuckold's Hill, Enfield at 10:50 hrs; 4 Speckled Wood at Flash Lane, Enfield between 11:25 - 11:38 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Brayside Farm, Enfield at 11:35 hrs; 2 male Orange Tip at Whitewebbs Wood; 1 Comma at Whitewebbs Wood at 12:05 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood at Whitewebbs Wood at 12:10 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip at Hilly Fields Park, Enfield at 13:10 hrs; 1 Small White at Hilly Fields Park, Enfield at 13:10 hrs; 2 male Orange Tip at Gordon Hill Station at 13:35 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood at Gordon Hill Station at 13:40 hrs. - Robert Callf

Monday 14th April 2014
I have some sightings from yesterday. It was an orange-tip haven at Broxbourne Woods yesterday with at least 30 counted, probably more. Also saw my first Speckled Woods of the year, plenty of peacocks, a few brimstones, small tortoiseshells and commas! - Daniel Cooper

Visited Tring, Hertfordshire on Sunday and saw 6 Peacock, 5 Small tortoiseshells, 3 Orange tip and 1 small white, whilst walking a circuit of Wilstone Reservoir Nature Reserve on a sunny breezy afternoon. - Paul Busby

Some sightings for today Monday 14th April 2014 - 1 Peacock along Leeging Beech Gutter at Vicarage Farm at 10:15 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 10:20 hrs; 3 male Orange Tip at Vicarage Farm (1 near Hadley Road, 2 together along Merryhills Brook at 13:02 hrs); 2 male Orange Tip at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 10:38 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Parkside Farm at 10:40 hrs; 2 Speckled Wood together at Parkside Farm at 10:45 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip at Park Farm, Enfield at 10:58 hrs; 3 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield between 11:20 - 11:30 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip at Uni-lawns, Trent Park at 12:10 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 12:12 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell near Dew Pond, Trent Park at 12:20 hrs; 2 Peacock together edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 12:22 hrs; 3 Speckled Wood together at Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 12:25 hrs - Robert Callf & Robin White

On my morning walk around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits I saw my first 2 Small Whites of the year, together with 15 Peacocks, 11 Orange Tips, 9 Small Tortoiseshells and 5 Green Veined Whites - Terry Wood

Sunday 13th April 2014
Hounslow Heath in the morning, Peacock-12, Green- veined white- 9, Small Tortoiseshell-3, small white-2, Orange Tip-4, Comma-2 - Paul Taylor

My usual walk across Hounslow Heath to the Marshalling Yards etc, again leaving the central MY loop to the bikers.(I will vary my walks shortly - some of these butterflies are getting to know me personally, we've 'met' so many times.) Set out early so may have missed the best of the heat but full sun throughout unsurprisingly led to my first century of sightings, double figures of species and,right at the end of my walk, first Large White of 2014. Here they all are: Holly Blue: 10 Peacock: 41 Green-Veined White: 7 Speckled Wood: 19 Orange Tip: 10 Brimstone: 7 Small White: 4 Comma: 2 Tortoiseshell: 4 Large White: 1 - Pete Gore

I took a circular walk round Coppets Wood Local Nature Reserve in Barnet today in good sunshine. 7 peacocks, 1 comma, 5 speckled wood, 3 male orange tips, 4 female orange tips, 3 small whites.
Some photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/64663114@N03/sets/72157643915210615/
Miles Attenborough

Saturday 12th April 2014
A few sightings today Saturday 12th April 2014 - 1 Peacock at Bay Farm, Enfield at 09:45 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip at Whitewebbs Park at 11:00 hrs, also 1 Peacock at Whitewebbs Park. - Robert Callf

Friday 11th April 2014
Yet another walk across Hounslow Heath to the Marshalling Yards and beyond,mostly in cloudy conditions and omitting the central loop I normally do on the M.Y. The highlight was my first Orange Tip females of the year.Here are the details: Speckled Wood: 19 Orange Tip: 8 Peacock: 30 Tortoiseshell: 2 Green-Veined White: 4 Holly Blue: 1 Small White: 1 A Water Vole swimming across the Crane was a welcome sighting in the 'others' category - Pete Gore

Visited Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex and saw a Comma, a Brimstone, 4 Peacocks and 2 Speckled Wood Butterflies. Drove to South Harefield, Middlesex and walked along the permissive path, adjacent to Dews Farm Sandpits (TQ 057 885) and was pleased to see at least 30 Small Tortoiseshells and 7 Peacocks along a 0.5Km walk, following the route of the pylons along the strip of the field edge. Then onto to the fields by the Grand Union Canal, near Black Jacks Mill Lock, Harefield (TQ 047 902) and saw more Small Tortoiseshells (at least 16) and more Peacocks (at least 7). - Paul Busby

Some sightings for today Friday 11th April 2014 - 4 Peacock (1 at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 11:38 hrs, 1 at Park Farm at 11:45 hrs, 2 edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 13:30 hrs); 3 male Orange Tip (1 at Fernyhill Wood at 12:32 hrs, 2 at Trent Park - 1 edge of Rough Lot, 1 edge of Williams Wood); 1 Small Tortoiseshell edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 13:30 hrs; 1 Comma edge of Williams Wood, Trent Park at 13:30 hrs; 2 Green-veined White at Trent Park (1 edge of Williams Wood at 13:30 hrs, 1 edge of Shaws Wood, 13:36 hrs); 1 Speckled Wood at Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:33 hrs; 1 male Brimstone alolong bridle-path near Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:38 hrs. - Robert Callf

Old Rivers nursery/orchard site High Wych, 22 Peacock, 8 Small tortoiseshell, 3 Orange tip(all male), 2 Brimstone (1 male,1 female), the main field here was not mowed last year and the scrub is nearly 2 ft tall already - Laurence Drummond

Thursday 10th April 2014
A brief visit to Hexton Chalk Pit this afternoon (after the sun had disappeared) yielded just one Peacock and one Speckled Wood - Paul Why

At the Watercress Beds LNR mid morning had 6+ Oranges Tips, 3 Peaocks and a brimstone - Andy Steele

First Orange Tip in my (Harpenden) garden this year - Robin Pearson

At Norton Green late this morning, I counted 6 Orange Tips (4 males), 2 G-V Whites, 1 Small White as well as 8 Small Tortoiseshells, 9 Peacocks and a Brimstone. - Peter Clarke

Some sightings for today Thursday 10th April 2014 - 4 Peacock at Vicarage Farm (1 Sidhil's Field at 09:50 hrs, 1 Hog Hill at 10:20 hrs, 2 together near Hadley Road at 10:44 hrs); 3 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield (1 at Barracks at 10:00 hrs, 1 at Hog Hill at 10:20 hrs, 1 along Merryhills Brook at 13:55 hrs); 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 10:55 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip at Parkside Farm at 11:08 hrs; 1 Small White at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:35 hrs; 4 Small Tortoiseshell around a batch of nettles at Park Farm at 11:46 hrs; 1 Peacock at Park Farm at 11:46 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip at Park Farm at 11:55 hrs; 1 Peacock at Moat Wood, Trent Park at 12:25 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell along Leeging Beech Gutter near Water Grdn., Trent Park at 13:08 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip, along Leeging Beech Gutter near 'Three-bridges', Trent Park at 13:15 hrs; 9 Speckled Wood at Trent Park ( 1 along Leeging Beech Gutter near 'Three-bridges',3 together at Williams Wood at 13:18 hrs, 5 together at Shaws Wood); 1 Green-veined White, along Merryhills Brook/ Vicarage Farm at 13:58 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood at Sidhil's Field, Vicarage Farm at 14:16 hrs - Robert Callf & Robin White

I was surveying Balls Wood today and while I was there I saw: 34 Peacocks, 3 Orange Tip, 2 Comma, 1 green veined white, 1 Brimstone and 2 small Tortoiseshells - Andy Brown I also saw a couple of grass snakes and a couple of slow worms on my reptile survey - Andy Brown

We were working at Alpine Meadow today, there were 2 male brimstone, small tortoiseshell, peacock and male orange tip. - Paul Thrush

Sunny spells today at Bedfont Lakes Country Park, Middlesex and I saw a Holly Blue, a Comma, a Brimstone, 9 Peacocks and at least 6 unidentified Whites. - Paul Busby

Wednesday 9th April 2014
Good afternoon for seeing Spring butterflies. I saw at least 8 Small Tortoiseshells, pairing up at the Motte and Bailey Castle site, Manor Farm, Ruislip, Middlesex on the nettle bank then a further 3 Peacocks, perching on blackthorn and 1 Small Tortoiseshell on nearby fields close to the River Pinn. At Eastcote House Gardens, saw 1 Small White and 2 Small Tortoiseshells and on the nearby Long Meadow, I saw 3 Peacocks, 1 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 m Orange Tip and whilst at Cheyne Field, Eastcote, I saw a further 7 Peacocks, 5 Commas, 1 Holly Blue, 1 Speckled Wood, 2 m Orange Tip - Paul Busby

First Speckled Wood seen in our Pinner garden today. These appear in the same corner of the garden every year but never anywhere else in the garden - Tony & Gill Porter

In addition to the brimstones, peacocks and small tortoiseshells at Heartwood Forest today there was a female orange tip. Also saw my first green-veined white of the year on some honesty in my back garden in Welwyn Garden City this morning. - Ian Flack

In my Hayes garden. 1 very fresh looking Speckled Wood (photo added to Facebook) and 1 male Orange Tip. Helen George

North east side of Norton Common, Letchworth. First sightings for me this year: two male Orange-tips (in flight) and a Green-veined White settled on blackthorn. - Jill Sawyer

Much better weather today although still some shady spells.I was unable to resist the temptation to repeat yesterday's walk if only for evidence of the influence of weather conditions on butterflies.Here are the results: Peacock: 41 Speckled Wood : 12 Orange Tip: 5 Brimstone: 2 Green-Veined White: 3 Holly Blue: 6 Small White: 3 Comma: 4 Tortoiseshell:2 Highlights include: 1 My first Holly Blues of the year - they seemed to increase as the afternoon wore on. 2 A strange looking white butterfly which I at first took to be a female Orange-Tip (none seen yet) but turned out to be mating Green-Veined Whites. The male, significantly smaller than the female had almost black-veined wings whilst his mate was also heavily marked on her upper wings. 3 A Tortoiseshell on a Cowslip. Not sure what it was doing there but it looked pleasingly like something out of a child's fairy story. 4 Two Holly Blues on the bare ground;one on mud the other on very dry soil on the Crane footbridge - Pete Gore

Patmore Heath - several Peacocks on the wing and my first Orange tip of the year - Andy Brown

I did the transect at Aldbury today, probably the highest number of butterflies I've seen at this time of year since doing the route! Totals were 15 peacock, 11 small tortoiseshell, 10 brimstone, 3 comma and 6 orange tip. Off transect there was a single green veined white, another 4 brimstone, 3 small tortoiseshell, 5 peacock and 3 orange tip. At Wilstone Reservoir there was a small tortoisehell and between Tringford and Startops Reservoirs 2 male brimstone. - Paul Thrush

A two hour walk this morning produced the following sightings - 3 Peacock ( 1 at Water Grdn., Trent Park, 10:31 hrs, 1 at Park Farm, Enfield at 10:55 hrs, 1 at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 11:05 hrs); 2 Small Tortoiseshells at Vicarage Farm ( 1 along Leeging Beech Gutter at 11:25 hrs, 1 at Sidhil's Field at 11:55 hrs), also few Whites were seen. - Robert Callf

Tuesday 8th April 2014
Whitewebbs on elm, hatched White-letter Hairstreak egg close to seed discs. Seed discs had signs of damage (holes) but no larva visible - Andrew Middleton

Had my first Green Veined White in my South Mimms garden this morning - Terry Wood

A few butterflies to report today Tuesday 8th April 2014 - 2 different Small Tortoiseshell at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield at 10:22 and 10:32 hrs - around some nice growth of nettles; 1 Peacock edge of Icehouse Wood, Trent Park at 11:06 hrs. - Robert Callf

Another eye-watering walk in the breeze across Hounslow Heath resulted in similar butterfly numbers over all to last week's: Peacock: 4 Orange Tip: 1 Small White: 1 Speckled Wood: 4 Green-Veined White: 2 Comma: 1 Tortoiseshell: 1 Noticeably more Whites around typically moving rapidly looking for females I imagine but making identification unreliable. Also "Presumed Moths" are doing quite well although today I at least got a glimpse of bright orange in one case which suggests a likely identification. - Pete Gore

Monday 7th April 2014
Surprisingly yesterday I saw a weakly flying Holly Blue land in my Stevenage (Chells ) garden. It landed in a shrub, but unsurprisingly today it had'nt moved an inch and was still there, but a lovely sign of things to come - Colin Alderman

Crane Meadow NR on the 5th April - Orange Tip, and Small Tortoiseshell also 2x Peacocks - Paul Taylor

Having consulted my field guide Waring and Townsend I believe this moth was probably a male Light Orange Underwing based on the pattern on the upperside of the forewing - it was very plain and only had one obvious white mark on the outside edge of each wing. Robin White also believes it was probably a Light Orange Underwing but thinks it was a female. The fact that neither of us checked the antennae or other distinguishing marks means that we cannot be 100% certain about the id, but certainly worth looking for in future springs? I thought once I had realised that there were Aspen along the bridle-path that there was a possibility of finding Light Orange Underwing here. - Robert Callf

First Speckled Wood on Saturday in our Enfield garden - Phil and Carrin Rhodes

Saturday 5th April 2014
Had the first Orange Tip in my South Mimms garden this morning - Terry Wood

Some news for today Saturday 5th April 2014 - 1 Comma at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 10:58 hrs; 2 Peacock at Parkside Farm at 11:15 hrs; 2 Peacock at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:25 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip at Park Farm at 11:42 hrs; 6+ Small Tortoiseshell around a large batch of nettles near Duncan's Wood at 11:52 - 11:55 hrs; 1 Speckled Wood at Shaws Wood, Trent Park at 13:05 hrs - our first of the year! 1 Red Admiral at Shaws Wood at 13:05 hrs; 1 Light Orange/Orange Underwing settled on bridle-path between Merryhills Brook and Shaws Wood, Trent Park (near a line of Aspen) at 13:15 hrs - had a close look at it so hopefully may be able to determine which one once I consult the field guide? 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm - Robert Callf & Robin White, also 1 Speckled Wood along New River at Town Park, Enfield at 14:18 hrs - Robert Callf

OAKHILL WOODS LNR. East Barnet----first male orange tip and large white of the year-----Ix small white---4x comma----5x Peacock---3 x Tshell----4x speckled wood- -KITT JONES

Friday 4th April 2014
Just a single Peacock flying rapidly over Eastcote House Gardens, Middlesex on a cloudy, breezy day - Paul Busby

Whilst cloud discouraged most butterflies from flying and I saw none at all on Hounslow Heath,a little sun at the right time meant I was luckier on the Marshalling Yards and that in turn encouraged me to fight my way onto the Pevensey Open Space section of the River Crane where numerous healthy food plants are attracting several species. I added Speckled Wood and Green-veined White to my 2014 list, neither of them surprising as I suspected both where amongst unidentified butterflies seen last weekend. Peacock: 3 Speckled Wood 3 Orange Tip: 1 Comma: 1 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 Green-Veined White : 1 Small White: 3 - Pete Gore

Thursday 3rd April 2014
More from Norton Common, Letchworth. 3rd April: a Holly Blue (first sighting for me this year), a Small White (again first sighting) and a Brimstone that stopped long enough to get a quick photo. Eight Peacocks and two Commas zooming around (photos on facebook). - Jill Sawyer

Several Brimstones, 3 Peacocks and my first Green-veined White of the season in my Stevenage garden this afternoon.
Steve Lane

I saw a Brimstone flying by the Yeading Brook, Rayners Lane, Middlesex then 3 Small Tortoiseshells resting together before spiralling up in rough grassland with lots of dock stalks, behind Headstone Manor, Harrow (TQ 142 898). Decided to go on to 1km square (TQ1894) with few records, Edgwarebury Lane, bridleway to Elstree and just saw 2 Small Tortoiseshells on a grassy bank near the M1 after an hours walk. Think it just Middlesex, London Borough of Barnet. - Paul Busby

Some catch up notes. 16th March around midday peacock butterfly on wild cherry on corner of Appspond Lane junction with A4147 main road leading to St Albans from Hemel Hempstead. Further along the A4147 on the left towards St Albans a patch of wild violets attracted a brimstone a couple of times. Above my head was a small tortoiseshell. 29th March in Barnes Lane,Kings Langley a brimstone going back and forth along the hedgeline. Several peacocks on blackthorn. One was chasing a bumble bee way over my head. 30th March on patch of blackthorn by the A41 bypass tunnel in Barnes Lane, several peacocks again, one comma, one brimstone three times and nearer Kings Langley in same lane, Alan saw six small tortoiseshell on roadside weeds which include nettles and dandelions. Very warm weather. 2nd April, one small tortoiseshell in Barnes Lane, small number of peacocks again on blackthorn and a small white. I think a speckled wood flew against the window in Kings Langley. 3rd April one peacock in Kings Langley garden. March 29th am - freshly hatched Angle Shades moth found in Kings Langley greenhouse - Elizabeth Debenham

On a walk along the River Ver at Redbournbury today between 13:00pm to 14:30pm a count of 5 Brimstones, 2 Peacocks. 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Orange Tip, 1 Comma. - Ernie Leahy

Wednesday 2nd April 2014
At Norton Green, I saw 2 Brimstones (first of the year), as well as 10 Peacocks, 8 Small Tortoiseshells and 2 Commas - Peter Clarke

At HMWT Royston Chalk pit today several Peacocks, Brimstones, commas and a possible Green veined white - Andy Brown

For info I have seen my first Orange Tip Butterfly for this year in my garden, Graveley, near Hitchin, today Wednesday 2nd April 12.30pm. - Helen Lumley

Recorded the following at Whitewebbs Park today Wednesday 2nd April 2014 - male Brimstone, male Orange Tip, Small White, 4+ Peacock and Comma. - Robert Callf

Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell in my garden in Letchworth. We also have a couple of Brimstones who seem to do circuits around the street. Norton Common Letchworth - on the path down the middle of the common a beautiful Peacock sunning itself. South-west side path: I saw a Peacock, a Small Tortoiseshell and a little further away a Speckled Wood. Then a bit later I came up the west side path where there is a load of blackthorn and there were at least six Peacocks and two Commas. (Picture on branch facebook page) - Jill Sawyer

Despite the smog, it was good day for butterflies in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, London, considering I saw no butterflies at the same location, a fortnight ago. I saw at least 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Brimstone and 3 Peacocks, 2 Small Whites and 2 Speckled Woods. On the way home, later in the afternoon, saw a further Small Tortoiseshell in the Rose Garden by Cavendish Pavilion, Eastcote, Middlesex (TQ 114 873) - Paul Busby

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 Despite cloudy weather, horrible humidity (and a breeze!) and Saharan dust I managed to complete a walk today across Hounslow Heath to the Marshalling Yards. Although I didn't do as much as I'd intended and hence failed to add anything significant to yesterday's sightings here are the butterflies: Peacock: 9 Orange Tip: 2 Small White: 2 - Pete Gore

Tuesday 1st April 2014
The first day of the Transect Season!
Diane Andrews rang, 6 Speckled Woods at Ally Pally in the afternoon, also 1 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Peacock and 2 Comma

This afternoon at Hexton Chalk Pit I saw 2 Brimstone, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, a Peacock and a Comma - Paul Why

An afternoon visit to the area around Harefield Place NR (near Uxbridge) resulted in 15 Peacock; 6 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Comma; 2 male Brimstone and a Speckled Wood - Dick Middleton

Visited Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex in the sunshine today and saw at least 3 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Brimstone and 1 Peacock as well as 2 unidentified Small/Green Veined Whites patrolling the hedgerows. - Paul Busby

Grays Inn Gardens WC1 - Small White, 2 Green-veined Whites, 1 Peacock (very faded), 1 Small Tortoiseshell. The main attraction in the garden today is a large clump of purple Honesty, in full flower. This is the first day I've seen more butterflies that have hatched in 2014 than hibernators - Malcolm Hull

Some sightings for today Tuesday 1st April 2014 include the following - 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 10:10 hrs; 1 Peacock at Vicarage Farm at 10:20 hrs; 1 Comma at Vicarage Farm at 10:35 hrs; 1 Peacock at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 11:05 hrs; 1 Comma at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:28 hrs; 1 Small White at Park Farm at 11:53 hrs; 1 Peacock at Park Farm at 11:55 hrs; 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm at 12:10 hrs; 1 Peacock at Moat Wood, Trent Park, 12:25 hrs; 3 Small Tortoiseshell, including a pair together, along Leeging Beech Gutter near Water Grdn., Trent Park, 13:15 hrs; 1 Comma, along Leeging Beech Gutter near Water Grdn., Trent Park, 13:15 hrs; 1 male Brimstone, along Leeging Beech Gutter near 'Three-bridges' Trent Park, 13:25 hrs - settled; 1 Small White, along Merryhills Brook/Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 14:08 hrs; 1 male Brimstone, field near Enfield Road at Vicarage Farm, 14:35 hrs. Also many other sightings of Peacock which I did not record! Robert Callf & Robin White

Today on the first transect at Thorley Wash we had 4 species - Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and Small white. All in good numbers. I also saw an Orange tip near Twyford Lock. This afternoon at Amwell I saw several Peacocks, Brimstone and a Small white - Jenny Sherwen

I did the transect today, I saw 2 peacocks, 3 small tortoiseshell and a small white. In the surrounding area I saw another 6 peacock, 8 small tortoiseshell and a female orange tip. In Aldbury village I saw 2 male brimstone - Paul Thrush

In my walk at Fir & Pond Woods this morning I saw my first Comma of the year,as well as a male Brimstone and 3 Peacocks. At Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits yesterday I saw 8 Peacocks and 2 Small Tortoiseshells. - Terry Wood

Almost perfect weather this afternoon apart from a period of cloudiness crossing Hounslow Heath.Whites are keeping their distance making identification difficult but 2 Orange Tip males were my first for 2014 and the only one of last year's 23 species I didn't report to you (as I started reporting in July after they'd finished). Peacock: 24 Small Tortoiseshell 6 Brimstone 2 Comma 4 Orange Tip 2 Small White 1 I spent some time chasing a strange-looking butterfly on the Heath only to find it was the smallest Tortoiseshell I'd ever seen.It also had a slightly lopsided look but I didn't get a chance to examine it closely as despite the apparent handicap it could still fly quite strongly and soon disappeared. - Pete Gore

March 2014

Monday 31st March 2014
Sighted in my Boxmoor garden, 1 small tortoiseshell - feeding on plum tree blossom, 2 male Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 1 male Orange Tip fluttering around Honesty plants - Brendan Sheridan

Sunday 30th March 2014
Brimstone in my Ware garden in the morning - Liz Goodyear

At Butterfly World just 2 x small tortoiseshells, in Chiswell Green Lane outside 1 x peacock & 2 x small tortoiseshells. Opposite How Wood station 1 X peacock & 2 x small tortoiseshells - David Gower

Saturday 29th March 2014
Welwyn Civic Centre carpark - 1 Brimstone seen by many!

Orange Underwing moth seen on Hampstead Heath - Helen Bantock

At Berkhamsted in grid square SP 98 08 (tetrad SP90 Z), minima of 2 male Brimstones, 3 Peacocks and 8 Small Tortoiseshells (probably more of the latter, which were common around allotment margins). - Colin Everett

Some sightings for today Saturday 29th March 2014 - 1 Peacock at Vicarage Farm, 09:00 hrs; 1 male Brimstone at Vicarage Farm, 09:04 hrs; 1 male Orange Tip along Salmons Brook at Parkside Farm, Enfield at 09:45 hrs - my earliest Enfield area record! 2 Peacock at Park Farm 10:16 and 10:35 hrs; 1 male Brimstone at Moat Wood, Trent Park, 10:50 hrs and what was presumably the same at Rough Lot later; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield at 11:20 hrs; 1 Peacock at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield at 11:27 hrs; 1 Peacock near Rough Lot and another at Water Grdn., Trent Park; 2 Peacock together along Merryhills Brook/Vicarage Farm, Enfield at 12:37 hrs; 2+ Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield. - Robert Callf

Hounslow Heath in the morning: Red Admiral, Brimstone x 3, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell x 2 - Paul Taylor

Only a strong breeze and the fact that it's still March prevented today's walk being ideal for butterflies. I completed a substantial walk omitting the bike-infested inner loop on the Marshalling Yards but replacing it with the Pevensey Road section of the Crane and returning to start across the heathery part of the Heath. Here are the results: Peacock: 14 Comma: 7 Small Tortoiseshell 3 Brimstone : 4 Failed to identify around 10 including a few distant views of Whites and a couple small and dark, one of which flew up into the Birches, another into a large patch of Heather: moths perhaps. - Pete Gore (possibly Orange Underwing moths)

Some recent sightings for you in Middx: March 29: Ten Acre Wood: m Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell; Yeading Brook meadows: 5 m Brimstone, 2 Small White, 2 Peacock; Greenford UB6: 2 Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White. March 13: Canons Park: 2m Brimstone, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell. March 9: Ruislip Woods: 5m Brimstone, 4 Peacock, 3 Comma, Small Tortoiseshell + in nearby road, Small White - Neil Anderson

Monday 24th March 2014
Had a walk around Great Ashby Park this morning and saw 2 Peacocks, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma. On returning home found a Small White and a Comma in my Great Ashby garden.
Steve Lane

Whilst conditions were only marginal/occasional for butterflies I did at least see some today after failure yesterday.All three were on the Marshalling Yards: Comma: 1 Peacock 1 Small Tortoiseshell: 1 The Tortoiseshell looked particularly good, wings open, spread across four of the stunted Dandelions typical of the thin 'soil' on the site. A reminder yet again that I should consider taking some sort of camera with me on my walks - Pete Gore

A few butterflies to report today 24th March 2014 - 3 Small Tortoiseshell ( 1 at Park Farm, Enfield at 11:15 hrs, 1 near Duncan's Wood at 11:33 hrs, 1 along Leeging Beech Gutter near Water Garden, Trent Park, 13:02 hrs); 1 Peacock at Nature Trail, Trent Park at 12:43 hrs - Robert Callf & Robin White

Friday 21st March 2014
I saw a male orange tip butterfly yesterday, March 20th, at Stockers Lake near Stockers Lock. It seems to me to be an early sighting of this species. Tony Hulls

Tuesday 18th March 2014
One Peacock basking in a sheltered spot at Vicarage Farm this morning Tuesday 18th March 2014 at 11:22 hrs. - Robert Callf

Monday 17th March 2014
Stanwell Moor: Sunday 16th March. On an absolutely brilliant sunny day, I walked around my local patch for the first time this year uninterrupted by water. The paths were still quite muddy where the Colne had overflowed onto them, but the standing water had gone. I was out between about 1100 and 1230, and the first thing I saw was a Comma just warming up in the sunshine.Gradually other butterflies began to appear, and by the time I had returned home I had seen eight or nine Brimstones (all male), five or six Peacocks and around the same number of Small Tortoiseshells. Commas are always slower to emerge here after hibernation, and I only saw one other after the initial sighting. Near home, but too far away to identify for certain, I glimpsed what could well have been a Small White.
Dave Miller

Just a single Comma flying along the edge of Highgrove wood, Eastcote, Middlesex - Paul Busby

Red Admiral at Devils Dyke Wheathampstead on the 16th March - Ashley Cox

Shorter walk and cloudier conditions produced only three Small Tortoiseshells today Monday 17th March 2014 - 1 at Trent Park and 2 at Vicarage Farm - Robert Callf & Robin White

Counted Sixteen Small Tortoiseshells yesterday 16th March 2014 - 2 at Vicarage Farm, 3 at Parkside Farm, 2 at Park Farm, 1 near Little Beechill Wood, 1 at Vault Hill Wood, 6 at South Barvin Farm (near Vault Hill Wood); 1 along Leeging Beech Gutter near 'Three-bridges' at Trent Park. Also saw several Peacock and one Comma at various localities - Robert Callf

Friday 14th March 2014 - A Peacock in a Garston (Watford) garden bordering woodland (in grid square TL 11 00). Sunday 16th March 2014 - From memory, probably the largest spring emergence of hibernating Small Tortoiseshells for many years (perhaps since the early/mid-1990s). Butterfly records today as follows: (1) South Way derelict land at Abbots Langley TL 10 01 - Peacock; (2) Hunton Bridge TL 08 00 - Small Tortoiseshell; (3) Langleybury TL 07 00 - Peacock; (4) track nr Berrybushes Wood TL 06 00 - Peacock & Small Tort.; (5) near Bucks Hill TL 05 00 - Peacock; (6) Chipperfield Common TL 050 010 - male Brimstone, Comma & Small Tort.; (7) same site in grid square TL 04 01 - 2 male Brimstones, Peacock & 2 Commas; (8) footpath E of Chipperfield TL 05 01 - Peacock & 5 Small Tortoiseshells; (9) A41 footbridge nr Kings Langley TL 06 02 - Peacock & 2 Small Torts.; (10) canal towpath S of Kings Langley TL 07 01 - 2 Small Torts.; (11) South Way gardens at Abbots Langley TL 09 00 - 2 Small Torts.; (12) South Way derelict land TL 09 01 - 2 Small Tortoiseshells. - Colin Everett

Sunday 16th March 2014
Whilst sitting on the Tube, I saw 2 Brimstones and 1 Comma flying in the hedgerow by Northolt Underground Station - Paul Busby

News from Diane Andrews, a Comma and Small Tortoiseshell in her north London garden, followed by a Holly Blue emerging from the ivy this afternoon

A male Green-veined White at Bengeo Nursery this morning - Andrew Wood

Continuing our journey north along the New River Path we saw-Cheshunt-2 Small Tortoiseshells, 5 Peacocks, Mylne Aqueduct, Wormley-2 Small Tortoiseshells, Broxbourne-2 Brimstones, Comma, 5 Peacocks, Small tortoiseshell, Rye House-1 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshells, Rye Common-2 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Peacock, Great Amwell-6 Peacocks, 1 Brimstone, 4 Small Tortoiseshells, Ware-3 Small Tortoiseshells, 1 Peacock, Hertford-3 Peacocks. The Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells were either courting couples, sun bathing or nectaring. The most popular nectar source for Peacocks was Blackthorn and for Small Tortoiseshells, Colts foot. The Brimstones were all males and they were all patrolling. Despite these riches of butterflies outdoors, 17 of the 30 butterflies hibernating in my outhouse have still to stir from their winter positions, so we habve much more still to look forward to - Malcolm and Anna Hull

At Fishers Field nature reserve, Bushey 3 x brimstone (m), 1 x comma, 3 x peacock, 3 x small tortoiseshell. Was sorry to see land adjacent to here will be housing development as good for skippers!. Onto Water Lane, Watford ,4 x peacock, 1 x brimstone(m), 8 x small tortoiseshell, 1 x comma. In Bushey garden 2 x peacock & 1 x brimstone (m). - David Gower

First (10+) Peacocks at Norton Green today - Peter Clarke

The following seen HATFIELD AERODROME DISUSED): 9th March 2014 - 1 x Comma 2+ Peacock. 13th March 2014 - 4 x Peacock 2 x Small Tortoiseshell - David Wheatcroft

Saturday 15th March 2014
Continued our walk north along the New River starting at Finsbury Park and north to Theobalds Grove. Sunny all way and plenty of butterflies-Myddleton Rd Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, 2 N of Bowes Rd/North Circular Rd Brimstone, 2, Palmers Green library Green Lanes. Small Tortoiseshell, Hedge Lane, Winchmore Hill Small White, Peacock. Orange Tree Pub Winchmore Hill Small Tortoiseshell. Hillyfields Park, Clay Hill Enfield, Peacock, Theobalds Park 2 Small Tortoiseshells - Malcolm and Anna Hull

My butterfly day began with a surprise visit to my own garden from a male Brimstone. Unlike my previous suburban Hounslow garden, where a single Buckthorn bush was all it took to attract Brimstones to breed, there are no food plants here so although he was clearly searching the hedgerow he will have left mate-less on this occasion.That encouraged me out on another walk and although it was largely repeating yesterday's experience good numbers of butterflies are always a cheering sight.: Brimstone: 3 (2m 1 f) Red Admiral:1 Peacock: 8 Small White: 1 Comma 4 The walk similar to yesterday but I added the Crane River Marshalling Yards--Hanworth Road stretch where I knew there was a lot of Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiola) that might well be where the local GV Whites and Orange-Tips originate. If so,certainly no sign yet. - Pete Gore

1 x male brimstone in Bushey and 1 x comma at Watercress nature reserve, St Albans today (part closed as still boggy) - David Gower

Just one Small Tortoiseshell seen late afternoon on the wet meadow area of Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex on Friday 14th March. One Small Tortoiseshell, one Peacock and one Brimstone seen at lunchtime today at Ruislip Lido, Middlesex by the grassy area opposite Haste Hill miniature railway station. - Paul Busby

Norton Common, Letchworth, this afternoon. One Brimstone in flight at the north end. A Comma fluttering around in nettles/scrub and settling now and again (long enough to get a photo eventually). Then a Peacock came along and the comma appeared to be chasing it off. Then it came back and went back to its fluttering. Then the same thing up the path towards the south end - this time a Comma saw a Brimstone off its patch. They seem to be quite territorial at the moment! - Jill Sawyer Phypers

13/03/2014 1 Comma at the northern end of the main ride at Broxbourne Wood. 14/03/2014 1 peacock on Telegraph Hill. 3 sparring Peacocks and 1 Red Admiral at Hoo Bit. Paul Why

Friday 14th March 2014
An extensive walk today across Hounslow Heath to the Marshalling Yards and back across the Heath by a different route.Two 2014 firsts for me but nothing unexpected and little missed for once. Peacock:2 Small Tortoiseshell:5 (first of 2014), Comma: 2 Small White: 2 (first of 2014). Some of the above sightings linked to flowering Willow and Coltsfoot - Pete Gore

March 14th a Small Tortoiseshell in my front garden in Letchworth feeding on violet - Jill Sawyer Phypers

Some sightings for today Friday 14th March 2014 - 3 Peacock at Trent Park ( 2 along bridle-path near Shaws Wood, 11:25 hrs, 1 edge of Moat Wood, 13:01 hrs); 5 Comma at Trent Park ( 1 by Lower Lake, 11:50 hrs, 1 Rough Lot, 12:40 hrs, 3 together edge of Moat Wood, 12:57 hrs); 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Park Farm, Enfield, 13:20 hrs; 1 Peacock at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 14:00 hrs; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, 14:02 hrs. - Robert Callf

Thursday 13th March 2014
Denis and I went for a short walk down the road to Wilkins Green yesterday afternoon and along the edge of a field of rough grass sunning themselves in the beautiful warm sunshine were 6 Small tortoiseshells and 3 Peacocks. The highlight of our walk! - Christine Shepperson

Wednesday 12th March 2014 Four Small Tortoiseshells feeding on heather in a garden at Coates Way in Garston (Watford) at noon (grid square TL 12 00, tetrad TL10 F). Thursday 13th March 2014 Records as follows: garden at Coates Way in Garston TL 12 00 - 3 Small Tortoiseshells together (same site as 12/3); Garston Park LNR TL 12 00 - 2 Small Tortoisehells and 3 Commas; gardens at Chichester Way in Garston TL 12 00 - 3 Peacocks together; Bricket Wood Common heather glade TL 12 00 - Peacock; Bricket Wood Common pond TL 13 00 - Peacock; Wall Hall nr Aldenham TQ 13 99 - single Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock; Munden Park TQ 13 99 - 2 Small Tortoiseshells together; footpath at Munden TQ 12 99 - Small Tortoiseshell; footpath near Munden Spring TL 12 00 - Small Tortoiseshell. - Colin Everett

Saw 2 Small Tortoiseshells whilst gardening at Eastcote House Walled Garden, Middlesex and then onto to regular 30 minute stroll around Cheyne Field, Eastcote close to River Pinn, where I saw 3 Comma, 3 Peacock, 2 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell on the meadow. Also visited Newton Farm ecology Park, Rayners Lane, Middlesex, close to the source of the Yeading Brook East and saw 3 Small Tortoiseshells and a Brimstone. Followed stream to Newton Park West where a further Small tortoiseshell was seen on a lovely sunny afternoon - Paul Busby

Whilst walking along the edge of the arable field next to Chalfont Road, Maple Cross, between 3 and 4pm yesterday ( 12th March 2014) I saw 5 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies - Chris Bessant

4 Small Tortoiseshells and 4 Commas at Norton Green this afternoon - Peter Clarke

Wednesday 12th March 2014
My butterfly year started on 8th March with a Small Tortoiseshell basking in the warm sunshine on the wall of my house - Dave Miller

I saw a male Brimstone butterfly by Ravenscourt Park tube station lunchtime today - Michael Robinson

Saw 7 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Peacock on a 30 minute sunny afternoon stroll around Minet Country Park, Hayes, Middlesex. Then later in the afternoon saw 2 Commas at Ten Acre Wood, Yeading, Middlesex. - Paul Busby

Some news for today Wednesday 12th March 2014 - 3 Peacock ( 1 near Church Wood, 12:00 hrs, 1 Nature Trail, 12:22 hrs, 1 Ride Wood, 12:40 hrs, at Trent Park ); 2 Comma ( 1 'Old Golf Course' 12:45 hrs, 1 Moat Wood, at Trent Park, 12:50 hrs); 6 Small Tortoiseshell ( 3 including a pair at Park Farm, 13:32 hrs, 1 at Parkside Farm, Enfield, 13:57 hrs, 2 together at Vicarage Farm, Enfield, 14:32 hrs) - my first Small Tortoiseshells of the year - Robert Callf

We saw several Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies whilst working at Hunsdon Meads today - Jenny Sherwen

Monday 10th March 2014
During a very brief sunny spell at lunchtime, I saw 3 Small Tortoiseshells and 1 Peacock on the mound of the Motte and Bailey Castle site at the Manor Farm complex in Ruislip, Middlesex - - Paul Busby

Sunday 9th March 2014
A Comma and at least one male Brimstone in a garden along woodland edge at Garston (Watford) - Colin Everett

Four species of butterfly recorded at Grovelands Park, Southgate 9th March 2014 - male Brimstone at 12:50 hrs - my earliest Enfield area record; 2 Comma at 12:50 hrs; 3 Peacock (2 at 12:50 hrs and 1 at 15:03 hrs); 1 Red Admiral at 13:30 hrs. Also Robin White saw a Red Admiral in his garden at Enfield Road, EN2 afternoon Sunday 9th March 2014. - Robert Callf

Some sightings for you. Wednesday 5th March Ware - Hoe Lane 1 Brimstone + 1 small tortoiseshell Spotted by my son Oliver (aged 4) and correctly named...good lad! Sunday - Wareside a bonanza Brimstone (9) Small Tortoiseshell (7) Red Admiral (1) Comma (1) Peacock (5) Finally looks like spring has sprung - Phil Macmurdie

First butterflies. In our Hatfield garden today; Small Tortoiseshell sniffing round a pot of dwarf daffs., a smart Comma sunbathing on dead leaves and a Peacock doing a couple of circuits of our Ivy before heading north - John Moss

On Saturday had 1 Brimstone in my garden. On Sunday at Lemsford Springs 15+ Small Tortoiseshells, 6+ Brimstones (only 1 female), 4 Commas and 5 + peacocks and in my garden within 20 minutes 1 Brimstone 5 Small Tortoiseshells and 2 Commas - Andy Steele

Usual walk today but minus the inner loop on the Marshalling Yards where the bikers were busily re-arranging the topsoil. Probably twice as many unidentified butterflies with the bright sunlight and rapid flight combining to reduce many to dark 'somethings' I'd guess more of the same two species that I did identify: Peacock: 8 Comma: 6 If I'm right about many of the unidentified butterflies being Commas too, then this species seems to be doing well here at the moment - Pete Gore

1 comma, 2 peacock, 2 brimstone and 1 small tortoiseshell seen at Bayfordbury today. Also 4 small tortoiseshell and 2 brimstone on Mandeville Road, Hertford - Shaun Dowman

During the course of the day, I saw a variety of butterflies enjoying the warmth around Nicholls Farm, Redbourn, including a Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and my first Large White of the year. Around midday, I drove to Tring and saw numerous Brimstone butterflies en-route and one other White (at Whipsnade, just over the county border) - Peter Tallentire

I saw a Red Admiral on Hounslow Heath on Saturday morning at around 9.30 am and another Peacock today in my Hounslow garden - Paul Taylor

I saw a Red Admiral on Hounslow Heath on Saturday morning at around 9.30 am and another Peacock today in my Hounslow garden - Paul Taylor

Rusling End, seen today 1 x Red Admiral, 3 x Peacock, 2 x Male Brimstone - Julie Wise

I had a Brimstone and then 3 Peacocks (chasing each other) in my South Mimms garden today - Terry Wood

At Merryhill Fields, Bushey seen 4 x peacock, 4 x comma ( enjoying almond blossom), 1 x male brimstone. 1 x male brimstone in Finch Lane & a peacock nearby to Bushey home - David Gower

On a walk around the Tring Reservoir complex on Sunday morning (09/03/2014) I counted 23 different Brimstones, 5 Small Tortoiseshells and 4 Peacocks enjoying the warm sunshine with temperatures briefly climbing to 18 degrees centigrade. - Charlie Jackson

Good butterfly day today, sunny about 16 Deg C, at Yeading Brook Meadows, Yeading, Middlesex. 2 Peacocks, 11 Small Tortoiseshells (couple of pairs feeding on dandelion flowers) and 4 Brimstones. Saw a further Brimstone in my garden in Eastcote - Paul Busby

Several small tortoiseshells and brimstones in Stocking Pelham today. Also 2 Brimstones just north of Furneux Pelham today - Andy Brown

First sightings this year, all from today: Bishop's Stortford town centre - 2 brimstone, 4 small tortoiseshell (2 courting, 2 fighting over territory) and 3 peacock. Rushy Mead nature reserve - 3 peacock, 1 comma, 1 brimstone. Quite a few bees on the wing as well - Chris

March 8th we had a Comma in the garden in Kings Langley and today March 9th a vibrant Brimstone flew across the neighbourhood and I also disturbed a dark butterfly on the patio which I think was a peacock - Elizabeth Debenham

This morning at Colney Heath we saw 2 Brimstone, 3 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 4+ Peacock butterflies on the wing - Jenny Sherwen

Saturday 8th March 2014
Today, just saw a Small Tortoiseshell on the edge of Haste Hill Golf Course, weather warmer but breezier, lots of bumblebees but only one butterfly on a 30 minute walk - Paul Busby

Just two butterflies seen and identified today,a Comma on the Marshalling Yards and a Peacock on Hounslow Heath the latter becoming my first butterfly of the year on the Heath itself. Two unidentifiable butterflies I glimpsed on the Marshalling Yards naturally seemed more intriguing that the others but were in reality probably just one more of each species. - Pete Gore

A Comma along the western edge of Watery Grove, Norton Green - Peter Clarke

Friday 7th March 2014
And further to the below: two small tortoiseshell in a garden in Longmead, Letchworth Garden City. One stopped and sunned itself for a moment, then another joined it and they danced off together. - Jill Sawyer Phypers

Two sightings of Brimstone at Borehamwood. 1ST on Tuesday 5th March briefly mid morning. 2ND on Friday 7th March early afternoon Both seen in rear garden - not seen to alight - Jim Terry

A Peacock basking in the sun on the grass in the north section of Fairlands Valley Park, Stevenage (TL 24 24)- Peter Clarke

A male Brimstone flying at the entrance to Stanborough Park in Garston (Watford) at 1230. Also two separate Nymphalids in the Abbots Langley area later in the afternoon; the combination of their fast flight and the bright, low sun conspired against identification - Colin Everett

Went for a brief walk in the sunshine at Cheyne Field, Eastcote, Middlesex next to the River Pinn, saw 2 Brimstones, 3 Commas and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. - Paul Busby

Pinner Middlesex 7th March: My first butterfly of the year yesterday in my suburban garden here: a Red Admiral, slightly faded, but otherwise in perfect condition. Then, today, a male Brimstone flying fast across the garden - Graham Elcombe

First real spring day - in Great Molewood 3 comma, 2 peacock and 2 brimstone. Brimstone and peacock at home in Bengeo also - Steve Kiln

Robin White reported a Small Tortoiseshell at Vicarage Farm, Enfield yesterday Thursday 6th March 2014. Today Friday 7th March 2014 Robert Callf saw a Comma at Moat Wood, Trent Park at 12:45 hrs.

In the space of half an hour at lunchtime today I had 3 male Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 1 Comma and a Red Admiral in my Harpenden garden - Robin Pearson

My first sighings this year. Today has been a day of Brimstones. All in flight..... 12.15 in flight outside my house, 12.16 in flight bottom of Hawthorn Hill, Letchworth, 12.20ish in flight by the Wilbury Hills picnic area car park Letchworth, 12.30ish in flight roundabout in Hitchin by the station junction of Cambridge Road and Walsworth Road. 2.00ish in flight Woodside car park Walsworth Road Hitchin - Jill Sawyer Phypers

Thursday 6th March 2014
I saw a Peacock fly past me as I was driving through Hounslow today (5.00 pm) My first Butterfly of the year - Paul Taylor

I was surprised to see a Small White butterfly today at Bridgewater Fields, Ruislip Gardens, Middlesex. The temperature today was about 12 Deg C, but sunny and it was just about flying before landing on the grass of the recreation fields by the Yeading Brook (Photo seen). A dozen frogs in the pond here, maybe spring is here! - Paul Busby

I saw a Comma in the centre of Balls Wood today (6th) - Andy Brown

Just had a Small Tortoiseshell on the patio of my South Mimms garden at about 1:30pm - Terry Wood

Saw a Peacock on the NE edge of Rough Lot, Trent Park this afternoon Thursday 6th March 2014 at 13:05 hrs - Robert Callf

I saw a Small Tortoiseshell in the sun at Amwell this morning - Jenny Sherwen

Wednesday 5th March 2014
Today in St. Albans around Cottonmill Lane had a tatty Peacock flying in the morning sunshine - Andy Steele

News from Diane Andrews today. 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Commas at Brunswick Park, East Barnet. Since Diane has been recording butterflies, this was her earliest date.

Ware garden, Brimstone through several times. Also two dark butterflies chasing but couldn't see what species before they were gone - Liz Goodyear

Tuesday 4th March 2014
Today (Tuesday) at Stockers lake I saw a Peacock - Andy Brown

February 2014

Friday 28th February 2014
A few sightings for this week in my Bishop Stortford garden, Monday 24th Feb: Peacock 1. Brimstone 1 (M), Small Tortoiseshell 2. Wednesday 26th Feb: Red Admiral 1, Thursday 27th Feb: Small Tortoiseshell 2 - Jim Fish

Thursday 27th February 2014
Saw a Comma yesterday fluttering around Hatfield Business Park looking a little lost! - Daniel Cooper

Monday 24th February 2014
A male Brimstone in Stratfield Drive Broxbourne at 11.05 today - Laurence Drummond

Brimstone seen today in a sunny garden on Kimpton Road, Welwyn - Ian Flack

We saw a peacock butterfly this afternoon whilst working at Amwell - Jenny Sherwen

On my morning walk today around Tyttenhanger Gravel Pits I saw a Peacock near Tyttenhanger Farm, my first for this year - Terry Wood

Two male Brimstones in Bengeo this morning - Simon Knott

A few early butterflies to report today Monday 24th February 2014 - 1 Comma east edge of Little Beechill Wood, Enfield Chase 10:59 and 2 together on south edge 11:04 hrs, 1 Peacock at South Barvin Farm, Enfield Chase, 11:50 hrs, 1 Peacock at Ferny Hill Farm, Enfield, 12:19 hrs, 1 Peacock along Leeging Beech Gutter near 'Three-bridges' at Trent Park, 13:00 hrs - spring has arrived!? Robert Callf & Robin White.

A thoroughly enjoyable spring walk this morning, as usual across Hounslow Heath to the Marshalling Yards and back. All the following are firsts in 2014 for me and all were on the Marshalling Yards or as I was crossing the River Crane (nothing on the Heath yet in other words.) Brimstone 3 (2m,1f) Comma 1 Peacock 2 - Pete Gore

I have just seen a Brimstone in Stocking Pelham today (24th) - Andy Brown

In common with several others we have just seen a Brimstone in our garden in Pinner - Gill & Tony Porter

A Peacock in my Ware garden as well - Liz Goodyear

I have just seen a male Brimstone butterfly in my Crouch Hill garden ! - Helen Bantock

Good morning, a brimstone was in our Hitchin garden this morning. First of the year - Martin Banthorpe

Peacock flying in Millfield Lane, Bury Green, near Little Hadham at present - Jono Forgham

Brimstone butterfly in friends Ruislip - Middlesex garden - Helen George

Sunday 23rd February 2014
Norton Green, near Stevenage - Our second Field Trip of the year to look for Brown Hairstreak eggs started in unpromising conditions. As well as steady rain, I noticed that a significant amount of Blackthorn was already in flower in the hedges alongside the road to Stevenage. Once the plant flowers it is very hard to spot the butterfly eggs. Amazingly the flowering season has started about 6 weeks ahead of last year! Luckily it turned out that none of the Blackthorn at Norton Green was flowering and better still seven volunteers turned up to help with the search. Peter Clarke showed us the locations of his Brown Hairstreak sightings last summer and we spent a couple of hours searching promising looking habitat in several different areas along the edge of the wood. Sadly no eggs were found, which does cast doubt on the continuing presence of the species on this site, the last confirmed record here being in 1971. It will be interesting to conduct further searches for the adult butterfly in August & September and to see if it can be captured on a photograph - Malcolm Hull

Saturday 22nd February 2014
I saw a Brimstone and Peacock this morning flying around my garden in Redbourn. These are the first I've seen flying this year, though there are quite a few Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshell overwintering in sheds. Separately, there were a lot of Honey Bees out feeding on an early flowering Honeysuckle - Peter Tallantire

Yesterday I saw a Red Admiral in Hertford, near the Folly allotments - Jenny Sherwen

I saw two Small Tortoiseshells in the field behind my house (Tring), in the spot they normally favour at this time of year - Nick Bowles

Sunday 16th February 2014
Just one day after receipt of the Annual Report (many thanks to all concerned) we have sunshine, little wind and most amazingly of all,no rain! - and my first butterfly since October: a Red Admiral which flew across my path on the Marshalling Yards. A very pleasant surprise - I had to wait until summer last year for one and they remained elusive all year. I completed a full walk as last year but saw nothing further.The walk is not significantly affected by the weather, despite the presence of the River Crane on and under part of it. - Pete Gore

Today at Therfield Heath had a Peacock flying in the afternoon sunshine - Andy Steele

I've just seen and photographed a Small Tortoiseshell in my garden in Hitchin, Herts
- Robert Chapman

Outside of county but.....When we visited the RSPB Sandy Reserve this afternoon we were surprised to find Large White, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell & Brimstone butterflies included in today's sightings (not to mention a White-tailed Bumblebee & a Honey Bee photographed nectaring in Snowdrops). All were seen in sunny sheltered areas. Temp was 10C in the carpark in brilliant sunshine & very little wind. Birds seemed to think it was spring too. Nothing much in our garden yet except a couple of bees - John Moss

Redbourn Golf Club - The sun shone brightly all afternoon to welcome our first branch field trip of the year. The venue at Redbourn is a private sight and the event arranged with permission from the club. The target species was Brown Hairstreak, which over-winters at the egg-stage of its life-cycle. At this time of year the small white eggs can clearly be seen against the dark colour of Blackthorn, the larval foodplant. The Blackthorn hedges on the course are extensive and managed in a way which should make them attractive for female Brown Hairstreaks to lay eggs on. A suspected adult sighting had been reported from this location last summer, so our hopes were high. Unfortunately two hours of searching by our party of four did not locate any eggs. Although the result is disappointing, this was a good opportunity to learn the technique of egg-hunting for this species and we all had an enjoyable afternoon. There will be a further egg-hunting opportunity at Norton Green near Stevenage next Sunday 23rd Feb-see Walks & Talks page on the website for details - Malcolm Hull, Brendan Sheridan, Roger Prue, Paul Cross

Peacock flying indoors on 9th February, Small tortoiseshell flying indoors on 13th February. Both at CM23 - Peter Herring

Monday 3rd February 2014
Here's an unusual sighting for you. 07:34 this morning-driving to Ware station, we chased (all be it slowly) a Peacock in Wareside. I assume it had been disturbed from hibernation, as there wasn't a lot of light, but enough to clearly see what it was - Phil Macmurdie

January 2014

Sunday 19th January 2014
Folly Lane Allotments, St Albans - I was surprised to find a fully grown Small White caterpillar, about 3 cm long on my allotment this morning. The caterpillar was carefully aligned along the midrib of a leaf of Purple Sprouting Broccoli and basking in the mid morning sun. Judging by the damage on the leaf it had been feeding fairly recently. My textbooks all agree that Small White caterpillars are seen from May to Sept/October and that the species overwinters as a chrysalis, so I thought I'd report what may be an unusual sighting. We seem to be experiencing quite a warm winter and it would be interesting to know if anyone else has spotted unseasonal caterpillars - Malcolm Hull

Wednesday 16th January 2014
At Kettlewells Farm, Hogg End Lane St Albans in an old barn about 40 roosting butterflies reported by my daughter in law, Cathy Leahy, as a mixture of Peacocks,Small Tortoiseshells & Red Admirals seen Saturday 11 January as they prepared the barn for a wedding. They were carefully re-located in the barn away from the activities. - Ernie Leahy

Saturday 4th January 2014
A peacock was seen by Ray Hooper at the HMWT Amwell viewpoint on 3rd January, news via Herts bird club website - news via Laurence Drummond

A Red Admiral was reported from Little Venice on 2nd January, news via Richard Fox and BC Twitter - @McKenzie6593: @savebutterflies Single Red Admiral, Little Venice, Inner London this a.m.

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