Latest records of Gatekeeper and Ringlet for the last 20 years

Nottinghamshire flutterings 54 (2015-30) –  Nottinghamshire records from 24th September to 8th October

LATEST RECORDS OF GATEKEEPER AND RINGLET FOR THE LAST 20 YEARS.

The Gatekeeper was seen on 26/09/2015 by Jane Howe at the Naturescape Wildflower Farm in Langar
The Ringlet was seen on 7/10/15 by Mick Bajcar at Orston
Yet another way of presenting the record this time.
The species name is followed by the number of individuals recorded over his period (NOT total counts) and then the date of latest sighting I have on record over the last twenty years.

BRIMSTONE 7  15/11/2009
Attenborough Village, Jane Howe 1
Gotham Hills, Brian Johnson 3
Langford Lowfields, Mark Speck 1
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar, Jane Howe 2

BROWN ARGUS 1 20/10/2006
Gotham Hills, Brian Johnson 1

COMMA 43 24/11/2011
Attenborough Village, Jane Howe 1, Rob Thatcher 1
Bramcote Hills, Phil Carter 1
Budby Pumping Station, Dave Morton 1
Calverton Pit Top, Malcolm Hunt 10
Chilwell, Iris & Derek Martin 14
Compton Acres, Laurence Archibald 3
Dyscarr Wood, Pauline Bradford 1
East Leake, Brian Johnson 1
Flawborough Footpath, Graham Gamage 1
Gotham Hills, Brian Johnson 3
Nottingham University Main Campus, Marion Bryce 1
Rufford CP, Richard Rogers 1
Rushcliffe CP, Chris Overton 1
Sandy Banks NR (Bestwood), Toni Lachetta 2
Warsop Vale, Dave Morton 1

COMMON BLUE 11 14/10/2011
Calverton Pit Top, Malcolm Hunt 4
Flawborough Footpath, Graham Gamage 3
Gotham Hills, Brian Johnson 1
Rushcliffe CP, Chris Overton 1
Sandy Banks NR (Bestwood), Toni Lachetta 2

GATEKEEPER 1 16/09/2012
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar, Jane Howe 1

GREEN-VEINED WHITE 3 08/10/2008
Gotham Hills, Brian Johnson 2
Wilwell Farm Cutting, Chris Overton 1

Holly Blue

Holly Blue

HOLLY BLUE 8 23/10/2011
East Leake, Brian Johnson 1
Forest Fields, Damian Taylor 2, Peter Acton 5

LARGE WHITE 37 02/11/2010
Attenborough Village, Jane Howe 3, Rob Thatcher 1
Bestwood, Toni Lachetta 1
Chilwell, Iris & Derek Martin 9
Compton Acres, Laurence Archibald 1
Dyscarr Wood, Pauline Bradford 7
Langold, Pauline Bradford 5
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar, Jane Howe 1
Nottingham University Main Campus, Marion Bryce 1
Orston, Mick Bajcar 1
Ruddington, Chris Overton 3
Sandy Banks NR (Bestwood), Toni Lachetta 4

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

PAINTED LADY 1 15/12/1996
Ruddington, Chris Overton 1

PEACOCK 7 24/12/2008
Calverton Pit Top, Malcolm Hunt 1
Cotgrave Village , Lynne Demaine 1
Gotham Hills, Brian Johnson 2
Sandy Banks NR (Bestwood) , Toni Lachetta 2
Warsop Vale , Dave Morton 1

Red Admiral in Garden

Red Admiral in Garden

RED ADMIRAL 39 04/12/2006
Aspley, Peter Acton 3
Attenborough NR, Mark Speck 1
Bingham, Bill Bacon 1
Bramcote, Richard Rogers 1
Bramcote Hills, Phil Carter 1
Budby Pumping Station , Dave Morton 3
Calverton Pit Top, Malcolm Hunt 2
Chilwell, Iris & Derek Martin 3
Compton Acres, Laurence Archibald 3
Cotgrave Village, Lynne Demaine 2
Forest Fields, Damian Taylor 1, Peter Acton 5
Langold, Pauline Bradford 2
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar, Jane Howe 1
Nottingham University Main Campus, Marion Bryce 5, Richard Rogers 2
Warsop, Dave Morton 1
Warsop Vale, Dave Morton 1
Wilwell Farm Cutting, Chris Overton 1

RINGLET 1 30/09/2001
Orston, Mick Bajcar 1

Small Copper 14 09/11/2006
Calverton Pit Top, Malcolm Hunt 3
Sandy Banks NR (Bestwood), Toni Lachetta 11

SMALL HEATH 3 29/09/1996
Calverton Pit Top, Malcolm Hunt 2
Flawborough Footpath, Graham Gamage 1

SMALL TORTOISESHELL 19 24/12/2001
Attenborough Village, Jane Howe 3, Rob Thatcher 2
Budby Pumping Station, Dave Morton 3
Chilwell, Iris & Derek Martin 5
East Leake, Brian Johnson 1
Warsop, Dave Morton 3
Warsop Vale, Dave Morton 2

SMALL WHITE 64 31/10/2007
Attenborough Village, Jane Howe 7, Rob Thatcher 4
Bingham, Bill Bacon 2
Bramcote, Richard Rogers 1
Budby Pumping Station, Dave Morton 1
Compton Acres, Laurence Archibald 1
Cotgrave Village, Lynne Demaine 2
Dyscarr Wood, Pauline Bradford 1
East Leake, Brian Johnson 12
Flawborough Footpath, Graham Gamage 5
Gotham Hills, Brian Johnson 12
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar, Jane Howe 2
Nottingham University Main Campus, Richard Rogers
Ruddington, Chris Overton 4
Rufford CP, Richard Rogers 1
Rushcliffe CP, Chris Overton 1
Sandy Banks NR (Bestwood), Toni Lachetta 2
Warsop Vale, Dave Morton 1
Speckled Wood 76
Attenborough NR, Mark Speck 1
Attenborough Village, Rob Thatcher 1
Bestwood, Toni Lachetta 1
Bingham, Bill Bacon 1
Budby Pumping Station, Dave Morton 5
Calverton Pit Top, Malcolm Hunt 8
Compton Acres, Laurence Archibald 5
Cotgrave CP, Jane Howe 1
Cotgrave Village, Lynne Demaine 1
Dyscarr Wood, Pauline Bradford 9
Flawborough Footpath, Graham Gamage 3
Forest Fields, Damian Taylor 1, Peter Acton 2
Langford Lowfields, Mark Speck 1
Langold, Pauline Bradford 1
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar, Jane Howe 6
Nottingham University Main Campus, Marion Bryce 1
Rufford CP, Richard Rogers 2
Sandy Banks NR (Bestwood), Toni Lachetta 13
Warsop Vale, Dave Morton 10
Wilwell Farm Cutting, Chris Overton 3

Total 337 records

Please remember these are number of individuals recorded over his period, these ARE NOT total counts.

Comma butterfly feeding on Verbena bonariensis

The Lady Vanishes

The days are getting shorter and temperatures are starting to fall. The leaves on the trees and beginning to show colours of deepest crimson, flame orange and butter yellow. Yet sunny spells still continue to encourage late season butterflies on to the wing. The end of September saw the last reported Painted Ladies. Patricia Hardy recorded 2 in her Markfield garden on the 25th and Matthew Harpin noted a singleton in Coleorton on the 26th. Patricia also spotted a Red Admiral, while Matthew added 3 Speckled Wood, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. On the same day, Matthew also reported 2 Speckled Wood and a Comma on the Cloud Trail at Worthington. The 25th of September also marked the last reported sighting of a Clouded Yellow with a single specimen being seen by Laura Hackett in Victory Park, Cosby.

Comma butterfly feeding on Verbena bonariensis

Comma on Verbena bonariensis by Ted Gaten

Red Admirals were also reported by Paul Ruddoch on the 1st of October at Snow Hill, by Pauline Goodsell in Stoke Golding on the 11th and by Steve Lee in Enderby on the 12th. Speckled Wood sightings came in from Paul Ruddoch on the 2nd of October in Melton Country Park, Bill Bacon on the 11th in the churchyard at Stapleford Park and Steve Lee from his Enderby garden on the 12th. Only 2 sightings of the Comma have come to my attention in October, with one being reported by Ted Gaten on the 8th of October in Thurlaston feeding on Verbena bonariensis (Ted’s photograph is attached) and another by Steve Lee in Enderby on the 20th. It’s beginning to look like the ‘Whites’ season has come to an end with only one reported sighting coming in from Ted Gaten of a Large White in Thurlaston on the 8th of October.

This month has also delivered the results of the 2015 Big Butterfly Count held in the summer. The results continue to emphasise the fact that no two butterfly years are ever the same, and highlight that one years’ butterfly numbers reflect heavily on the previous summer, be it good, bad or indifferent. The biggest winner this year, and proving that butterflies can bounce back is the Holly Blue with an increase of 151% (10,334 individuals). The largest number of any single species recorded goes to the Gatekeeper with 106,995 reported, an increase of 17% on last year. The Large White also saw a resurgence after last years’ poor results with an increase of 46%, although its lesser cousin, the Small White suffered a further decline of 3%. Our summer butterflies also suffered with stalwarts like the Peacock showing a decrease of a disturbing 61% and the Small Tortoiseshell dropping 57%. Red Admiral numbers decreased by 28% and Speckled Wood by 25%. Summer migrants faired much better with numbers of Silver Y moths up by 92% and Painted Lady up 28%. If you would like to see the results in more detail, and find out how you can take part in the summer of 2016, then go to www.bigbutterflycount.org for further information.

Please continue to send in your sightings throughout the autumn and into early winter. It will be interesting to find out how our over-wintering butterflies cope with the changing and challenging season ahead.

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