Two more species on the wing over the last week – that brings us to four species so far this year.
Brimstone [11/01/2005-27/12/2015] 7/2/16-
Graham Gamage noted a brimstone on Sunday 7th February at Alverton
Peacock [03/01/2013-29/12/2015] 10/2/16-
Neil Pinder reports “two on the wing near East Bridgford on 10th Feb 2016” and the same day Brian Parkes saw another trying to find a bit of warmth at Toton.
A reminder that Red Admiral and Small Tortoiseshell have already been seen which leaves Comma as the only hibernator yet to be recorded this year.
Best wishes to all.
Red Admiral [25/01/2014-29/12/2011] 29/01/2016-
Red Admiral became our second adult species to be seen this year on the 29th January. Chris Bradbury saw one fluttering around the pavement out at the back of his house.
Small White [01/04/1995-31/10/2007]
Annie Cheesbrough has emailed to say she “has had six 6 caterpillars of Small White butterflies on our brassicas through the winter. The last live one I saw was 2 weeks ago (23/1/16) on kale in West Bridgford. Can’t find any now though. Goodness knows what they’d have fed on if they’d developed! I’ve certainly never seen surviving caterpillars after frost before this winter.”
I have probably received my final set of 2015 records his week. I have yet to send the finally tally off to Butterfly Conservation so if there are any more records outstanding then please let me know.
These are records from many sources including casual records, the Big Butterfly Count, Transects, iRecord and the WCBS (Wider Countryside Butterfly Scheme).
18782 records of 81504 individuals. See the table below (note you can sort by the column headers)
I wonder how many individuals have not been recorded at all or will be the same individual recorded on different days or by different observers and thus what the true number of butterflies really is in Notts.
Notts 2015 records summary
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On Sunday 7th February we will be meeting up for the last time this winter to undertake work at another important site that supports Grizzled Skipper in Nottinghamshire. The site is another stretch of disused railway line located in the south east of the county, close to Bottesford.
We will be meeting in the morning (7th February) at 10am and working on site until approximately 3pm. If you are able to come along and help out then I would very much welcome your help. As usual if you could contact me to let me know that you are interested in coming along and I will then send you details of the meeting point for this particular work party.
As this is the last work party for this winter period it would be great to finish off with another good turn out.
I look forward to seeing many of you there.