Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 30th September 2016. Last day of September.

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Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 30th September 2016. Last day of September.

Again. thirteen species reported over the last ten days.

I have been away and I am busy elsewhere but here is a summary of records recorded over these past ten days or so:

Brimstone Bingham garden 1 Jenny Craig
3 records Chilwell 1 Jane Howe
Netherfield Lagoons transect 1 Sue Cowlishaw
Large White Dyscarr Wood 3 Pauline Bradford
10 records including Toton garden 2 Iris & Derek Martin
Small White Netherfield Lagoons transect 8 Sue Cowlishaw
21 records including Bingham Linear Park transect 7 Jenny Craig
Langar cum Barnstone 5+ Neil Pinder / Dave Wood
Calverton garden 5 Martyn Anderson
Warsop Garden 4 Dave Morton
Budby Heath 4 Mark Searle
Sandybanks LNR 3 Antoni Lachetta
Toton garden 3 Iris & Derek Martin
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar 2 Jane Howe
Chilwell 2 Jane Howe
East Leake, Back Garden 2 Brian Johnson
Budby Pumping Station 2 Dave Morton
Beeston Sidings transect 2 Graham Birkett
Green-veined White Netherfield Lagoons transect 9 Sue Cowlishaw
3 records Langar cum Barnstone 5+ Neil Pinder / Dave Wood
Dyscarr Wood 2 Pauline Bradford
Small Copper Budby Heath 13 Mark Searle
8 records including Clumber Park 9 Dave Griffin
Leen Cutting 4 Mark Searle
Clumber Park transect 4 Clumber Park volunteers
Sandybanks LNR 3 Antoni Lachetta
Calverton garden 3 Martyn Anderson
Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery 1 Peter Acton
Common Blue Netherfield Lagoons transect 8 Sue Cowlishaw
2 records Bingham Linear Park transect 1 Jenny Craig
Holly Blue Sandybanks LNR 1 Antoni Lachetta
Red Admiral Netherfield Lagoons 9 Pamela Gartside
37 records including Calverton pit rail 6 Martyn Anderson
Langar cum Barnstone 5+ Neil Pinder / Dave Wood
Bingham Linear Park transect 5 Jenny Craig
Potwell Dyke transect 4 Robin and Kay Old
Netherfield Lagoons 4 Sue Cowlishaw
Toton garden 3 Iris & Derek Martin
Newark 3 Ian Dunn
Calverton garden 3 Martyn Anderson
Budby Heath 3 Mark Searle
Radcliffe Wood transect 2 Bill Bacon
East Leake, Back Garden 2 Brian Johnson
Clumber Park transect 2 Clumber Park volunteers
Clumber Park 2 Paul Pearson
Chilwell 2 Jane Howe
Budby Pumping Station 2 Dave Morton
Small Tortoiseshell East Leake, Back Garden 8 Brian Johnson
12 records including Dyscarr Wood 2 Pauline Bradford
Chilwell 2 Jane Howe
Calverton garden 2 Martyn Anderson
Budby Pumping Station 2 Dave Morton
Budby Heath 2 Mark Searle
Bingham Linear Park transect 2 Jenny Craig
Peacock Ruddington 1 Cath Lovatt
Comma Skylarks NR 11 Mark Searle
18 records including Calverton pit rail 9 Martyn Anderson
Netherfield Lagoons 9 Pamela Gartside
Radcliffe Wood transect 7 Bill Bacon
Budby Heath 6 Mark Searle
Bingham Linear Park transect 6 Jenny Craig
Clumber Park 4 Paul Pearson
Netherfield Lagoons 2 Sue Cowlishaw
Calverton garden 2 Martyn Anderson
Budby Pumping Station 2 Dave Morton
Speckled Wood Calverton pit tail 12 Martyn Anderson
22 records including Bingham Linear Park transect 11 Jenny Craig
Netherfield Lagoons transect 9 Sue Cowlishaw
Wollaton Park transect 8 Richard Smyth
Netherfield Lagoons 7 Pamela Gartside
Langar cum Barnstone 5+ Neil Pinder / Dave Wood
Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery 4 Peter Acton
Dyscarr Wood 3 Pauline Bradford
Sandybanks LNR 3 Antoni Lachetta
Beeston Sidings transect 3 Graham Birkett
Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery 2 Peter Acton
Clumber Park 2 Dave Griffin
Budby Pumping Station 2 Dave Morton
Small Heath Budby Heath 2 Mark Searle
3 records Calverton pit rail 1 Martyn Anderson

 

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REMINDER: Please do not forget that the East Midland branch has its Annual General Meeting on the 30th of October 2016 at Conkers as per last year.

 

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I have already received some records from earlier today so the season is not over yet!!

RR

 

Grizzled Skipper Practical Conservation Tasks Winter 2016 -17

Grizzled Skipper Practical Conservation Tasks Winter 2016 -17

Grizzled Skipper

Grizzled Skipper

Sunday 9th October 2016 – Alverton Disused Railway Line

10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Sunday 13th November 2016 – Great Central Railway

10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Sunday 4th December 2016 – Flawborough Footpath

10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Sunday 22nd January 2017 – Great Central Railway

10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

Sunday 26th February 2017 – Cotham to Kilvington Disused Railway Line

10am to 3pm, please contact Chris Jackson for details of the meeting point

The Grizzled Skipper project is supported with funding from Butterfly Conservation East Midlands

Come along and join a group of like-minded people who are enthusiastic about Grizzled Skipper butterfly conservation – a nationally important species which occurs at a number of sites in south Nottinghamshire. Many of the sites where the Grizzled Skipper occurs require regular management to keep them in a suitable condition for the butterfly, so we will be undertaking a series of practical workdays at some key sites, which will involve:

  • Scrub clearance work to maintain open habitats required by the Grizzled Skipper and to help create corridors to link existing open habitats
  • Creation of bare earth patches to increase the availability of suitable egg-laying habitat
Volunteers working on habitat for Grizzled Skippers

Volunteers working along the Great Central Railway in 2015

What to bring:

  • Lunch
  • Warm clothing and stout footwear
  • Work gloves (gloves will be provided if you don’t have any)
  • Tools (if you have any – bow saws/loppers/spades. Tools will be provided, along with instruction on their use)

For more information please contact Chris Jackson at the Nottinghamshire Biodiversity Action Group on 0115 993 2588 or email chris.jackson@nottscc.gov.uk.

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 17th September 2016. Clouded Yellow and Peacock.

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 17th September 2016

Thirteen species reported over the last few days including Clouded Yellow and Peacock (the only Peacock to have been recorded this month so far!).

 

Clouded Yellow Single through Toton Sidings on 14th September Neil Pinder and Rob Johnson
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Large White Ones and twos seen at four sites
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Small White Eight sites including
Radcliffe Wood transect 11 Bill Bacon
Netherfield, Ouse Dyke 5 Jack Dennison
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Green-veined White Two records
Small Copper Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery 1 Peter Acton
Wollaton Park transect 1 Richard Smyth
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Common Blue Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery 1 Peter Acton
Bingham P Neil Pinder
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Holly Blue Bingham garden 1 Bill Bacon
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Red Admiral Seen at five sites
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Painted Lady Four records:
Timmermans Garden Centre 1 Bill Bacon
Warsop garden 1 Dave Morton
Toton Sidings 1 Neil Pinder
Radcliffe Wood transect 1 Bill Bacon
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Small Tortoiseshell Eight sites including
Netherfield Lagoons 14 Sue Cowlishaw
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Peacock One!!
Wollaton Park transect 1 Richard Smyth
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Comma Four sites:
Toton Garden 1 Iris & Derek Martin
Netherfield Lagoons 7 Sue Cowlishaw
Bingham P Neil Pinder
Toton Sidings 3 Neil Pinder
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Speckled Wood Nine sites including
Wollaton Park transect 14 Richard Smyth
Shirebrook Wood 12 Dave Morton

 

RR

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 13th September 2016.

 

Small Copper 160903 Skylarks NR by Mark Searle

Small Copper 160903 Skylarks NR by Mark Searle

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 13th September 2016.

Paul Pearson commented a few days ago “I feel almost as if this shortfall we’re seeing is primarily affecting *garden* species, such as Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma. As soon as I get out into “countryside proper”, there doesn’t seem to be anything like such a noticeable fall-off in the amount of butterflies I’m seeing. Odd.W

I agreed with Paul at the time but there seems to be a mini-emergence of Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Small White in our gardens over the last couple of days.

Martyn Anderson is still “getting good sightings in my garden, centered on one particular buddleia (dark red) still in full bloom.”

And Brian Johnson has been keeping “an eye on my garden buddleias over the past week. It was pleasing to see that the recent good weather has made the garden butterflies more active with 6x ST, 2x PL and 3x RA on my
buddleia today. Perhaps with the continued good spell we may have a sighting of the CY”

Martyn Anderson was the last to record a Clouded Yellow, that was way back on 9th June!

Toni Lachetta, aka Mr Sandybanks LNR, is still getting records “mainly speckled woods and occasionally a small copper, usually feeding on some ragwort. Last Wednesday was a bit of a freak. I had just spotted a second SC on some ragwort when suddenly a second joined it and third sped past. It may be that there are more than are seen hiding in the long grass. Final sighting was a common blue. Just as it flew away a speckled wood came rushing past closely pursued by another CB.”

Thanks to all.

Specked Wood 160908 by Pauline Bradford

Specked Wood 160908 by Pauline Bradford

 

Here are some new records submitted since last time, they date from the past ten days or so:

 

Brimstone One or twos in her Chilwell garden Jane Howe
Large White 31 records, highest count from  Dyscarr Wood 6 Pauline Bradford
Small White 35 records including
Netherfield Lagoons transect 17 Sue Cowlishaw & Pam Gartside
Bingham Linear Park transect 15 Jenny Craig
Hucknall 6 Phil Burnham
Sandybanks LNR 5 Antoni Lachetta
Green-veined White 8 records including
Netherfield Lagoons transect 10 Sue Cowlishaw & Pam Gartside
Grantham Canal 5 Chris Cooper
Dyscarr Wood 5 Pauline Bradford
Farnsfield picnic site 5 Martyn Anderson
Small Copper Four records fro two sites
Sandybanks LNR 4 Antoni Lachetta
Skylarks NR 2 Mark Searle
Brown Argus One record from the Grantham Canal 2 Chris Cooper
Common Blue Six records from four sites:
Netherfield Lagoons transect 14 Sue Cowlishaw & Pam Gartside
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar 2 Jane Howe
Sandybanks LNR 2 Antoni Lachetta
Skylarks NR 1 Mark Searle
Holly Blue 10 recent records from three sites
Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery 2 Peter Acton
Worksop 1 Paul Pearson
Grantham Canal 1 Chris Cooper
Red Admiral 7 recent records from three sites including
East Leake, Back Garden 3 Brian Johnson
Wollaton, Canal Allotments 1 Graham Birkett
Bestwood 1 Antoni Lachetta
Painted Lady Newton Garden 2 John Clarke
East Leake, Back Garden 2 Brian Johnson
Skegby Trail 1 Mark Radford
East Leake, Back Garden 1 Brian Johnson
Small Tortoiseshell 12 recent records including
East Leake, Back Garden 9 Brian Johnson
Newton Garden 7 John Clarke
Chilwell 2 Jane Howe
Newstead Village 1 Phil Burnham
Naturescape Wildflower Farm – Langar 1 Jane Howe
Sandybanks LNR 1 Antoni Lachetta
Grantham Canal 1 Chris Cooper
Comma 9 recent records including
Grantham Canal 3 Chris Cooper
Farnsfield picnic site 3 Martyn Anderson
Grantham Canal: A46 W to Stragglethorpe Rd 2 Chris Cooper
East Leake, Back Garden 1 Brian Johnson
Speckled Wood Easily the commonest butterfly on the wing over last week or so
Skegby Trail 46 Mark Radford
Teversal Trail 22 Mark Radford
Farnsfield picnic site 22 Martyn Anderson
Bingham Linear Park transect 17 Jenny Craig
Wollaton Park transect 16 Richard Smyth
Wollaton, Canal Allotments 13 Graham Birkett
Sandybanks LNR 13 Antoni Lachetta
Dyscarr Wood 12 Pauline Bradford
Clumber Park transect 10 Clumber Park volunteers
Netherfield Lagoons transect 10 Sue Cowlishaw & Pam Gartside
Gatekeeper A late record from Chilwell 1 Jane Howe
Meadow Brown Records from Sandybanks LNR only 1 Antoni Lachetta

 

RR

Green-veined White160907 by Pauline Bradford

Green-veined White160907 by Pauline Bradford

 

Comma 160908 by Chris Cooper

Comma 160908 by Chris Cooper

Better Late Than Never.

White-letter Hairstreak at Ketton Quarry. Photograph by Richard Jeffery

White-letter Hairstreak at Ketton Quarry. Photograph by Richard Jeffery

Update Number 12

 

There are times, I must admit, when I fear for our butterflies. Off I’ll go, full of enthusiasm, thinking ‘This is the day’. The day when I’ll not be able to keep up with the vast numbers of butterflies on the wing; the day when I can actually sit down and feel deeply satisfied that all of the species that ‘should’ be there, are actually there; the day when I can feel sure that future generations will be able to feel the same as I do when I’m surrounded by butterflies. I have to say that ‘That day’ just doesn’t seem to come round anymore.

This year I have been suffering from the fear that we may be on the verge of ‘losing’ some of our most precious butterflies. The Chalkhill Blue, almost certainly has been lost from its only site in the county, namely Bloody Oaks Quarry. There is much debate at the moment as to why they have not appeared this year. Maybe the population was too small over the last three years to be sustainable. Maybe the damp start to summer brought about a premature end to their season. Worryingly, one school of thought is that over zealous naturalists and photographers could have contributed to their demise. I guess we’ll never know the real reason. I also feared that after a late spring emergence of the first brood, the second brood of Wall Brown would fail to appear at Bardon Hill Quarry; and boy did they keep me waiting. Until the 15th of August to be precise, and what a relief I felt when a familiar orange and brown butterfly flew several times around my head and landed on a bare patch of ground in front of me, by a rocky outcrop. I counted 5 in total that day, and whilst not large in numbers, they were most welcome. The following day (16th) Stephen Rawlinson encountered 9 individuals on Warren Hills. On the 24th, Matthew Harpin reported 2 on Beacon Hill, whilst on the same day Andy Smith found a singleton at Thornton Reservoir, a site where it has not been seen for many years. I made a follow up visit to Bardon Hill today (30th) and counted 7 (3 high up on the rocky area on and around the Trig point, and 4 lower down on a path where the new earth relocation is taking place).

The White-letter Hairstreak was seen on the 4th of August by Alan Semper in the Barnsdale gardens of the late Geoff Hamilton at Exton. Iris and Derek Martin found 4 at Cloud Wood on the 6th (a previous visit had yielded 2 on the 21st of July). I found a singleton at Ketton Quarry on the 7th, and this was repeated by Alistair Lawrence the following day. A further sighting was made by David Gray at Cloud Wood on the 13th. The Purple Hairstreak was encountered on 3 consecutive days in August, and no more sightings have been reported since. Iris and Derek Martin reported a single specimen at Cloud Wood on the 6th, whilst Adrian Baker did the same at Croft Quarry Nature Trail on the 7th and Burbage Common on the 8th.

A further two sightings of Silver-washed Fritillary came in from July, when Iris and Derek Martin noted 4 at Cloud Wood on the 21st of July( they also recorded 5 here on the 6th of August), and Martin Grimes spotted one at Clipsham on the 31st. I paid a visit to Bloody Oaks Quarry on the 7th of August and spotted 3 somewhat bedraggled specimens and then moved on to Ketton Quarry where I encountered another 3 individuals (looking much fresher I have to say).

The early part of the month brought a further two sightings of the Marbled White. On the 7th of August I spotted a singleton at Bloody Oaks Quarry, whilst Ruth Moore noted one at the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Woods. The second brood of ‘Blues’ was a welcome sight after a longer than usual gap, and 7 Common Blue were recorded on the Croft Quarry Nature Trail by Steve Lee and Joe Bodycote, on the 5th of August. The only reported sighting of Holly Blue came in from Matthew Harpin who spotted 5 individuals in the hedgerows at Coleorton on the 13th. Sightings of the Brown Argus had been few and far between, but Steve and Joe recorded 3 at Croft Quarry Nature Trail on the 5th, whilst Bill Bacon came across 2 at Grimmer Dyke on the 10th. The Small Copper made a timely return when Sarah Proud noted one on the Lyndon Nature Reserve at Rutland Water on the 30th of July. Matthew Harpin also reported a single specimen from Charnwood Lodge on the 29th of August, and a day later, I encountered a slightly tatty individual high up on Bardon Hill. The only reported sighting of the Small Heath came from Matthew Harpin, again at Charnwood Lodge, and also on the 29th.

The summer migrant, the Painted Lady put in a few appearances, and sightings came in from Bob Sheridan who saw one in his Langham garden on the 5th of August, and on the same day Bill Bacon noted 3 on the Bottesford disused railway. The following day (6th), I found an individual sharing a Buddleia with a few Bumblebees at Goscote Nurseries, not far from Cossington. David Foulds reports a singleton on the 7th at Brocks Hill C.P. and on the same day, I encountered a single male at Ketton Quarry. A few days later (on the 13th) I spotted another solitary specimen, also on a Buddleia, but this time at Sharnford Garden Centre. There have been a couple of sightings of Red Admiral in August, with Bill Bacon reporting two at Plungar on the 5th of August, and a couple of days later (on the 7th) Laura Hackett noted one at Shady Lane Arboretum. There were no signs of the summer stalwarts that are the diminuitive Skippers until Steve Lee spotted his first ever Essex Skipper in his Enderby garden on the 30th of July. Another of our summer migrants, the Hummingbird Hawkmoth, appears to have been somewhat elusive, although Heloise Horton was lucky enough to see one on the 2nd of August in Coleorton.

Maybe we will have an Indian Summer, and if we do, there could still be time for a few interesting sightings. Please continue to send in your information via the usual channels (email or Facebook).

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 4th September 2016. More warm weather expected

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 4th September 2016.

More warm weather expected so maybe chance for Clouded Yellow yet.

 

Since 30th August:

Paul Goodwin on the Radcliffe Wood transect noted ‘A few speckled woods around but not spectacular numbers, nice to see singletons of Common Blue, Small Copper, Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell.’

Laurence Archibald talks about Compton Acres
I guess Compton Acres has been like most places this year, judging by some of your correspondents’ notes.
Spring up to end May was a washout with the only saving grace being Orange Tips at about normal numbers.
June and July were, overall, good – particularly Skippers (although they disappeared last week of July), a Green-veined White site record count and most of the Browns at expected levels (overall Ringlet counts for the 2 months were highest recorded). On the down side, numbers of Blues were poor as were those of Small Heath.
August has been weird! Like everywhere else it seems, the Buddleia have been deserted and no Small Coppers so far. However, Common Blues were out in force (until NWT decided to mow the meadow at Wilford Clay Pits that were, up to then, CB Central) and the number of Browns has been respectable – particularly Speckled Wood with a record count yesterday.
Still time for things to improve, hopefully.

 

Here are some new records submitted since last time, they date from the past ten days or so:

 

Brimstone Shirebrook Wood 1 Dave Morton
One record
Large White Gotham Hills 4 Brian Johnson
8 records, mostly singletons Dyscarr Wood 3 Pauline Bradford
Small White Netherfield Lagoons transect 19 Sue Cowlishaw
15 records including Gotham Hills 11 Brian Johnson
Green-veined White Common Lane Carlton-in-Lindrick 3 Howard Williams
9 records including
Small Copper Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery 2 Peter Acton
3 records Mansfield Road (Church Rock) Cemetery 2 Damian Taylor
Shirebrook Wood 1 Dave Morton
Brown Argus Gotham Hills 5 Brian Johnson
2 records Gotham NR 1 Brian Johnson
Common Blue Netherfield Lagoons transect 43 Sue Cowlishaw
8 records including Shirebrook Wood 12 Dave Morton
Gotham Hills 8 Brian Johnson
Holly Blue Compton Acres 3 L Archibald
9 records, all but one of singletons
Red Admiral Calverton garden 4 Martyn Anderson
4 records, all but one of singletons
Painted Lady Calverton garden 1 Martyn Anderson
Small Tortoiseshell Ouse Dyke 3 Jack Dennison
6 records, all but one of singletons Calverton garden 3 Martyn Anderson
Peacock Mansfield 2 Ken Lomas
Comma Calverton garden 1 Martyn Anderson
Speckled Wood Compton Acres 38 L Archibald
24 records including Netherfield Lagoons transect 15 Sue Cowlishaw
Common Lane Carlton-in-Lindrick 13 Howard Williams
Radcliffe Wood transect 11 Paul Goodwin
Dyscarr Wood 10 Pauline Bradford

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