Nottinghamshire Flutterings 29/3/17, Holly Blue.

Martyn Anderson saw our first Holly Blue in his Calverton garden yesterday.

Green-veined White – 2 also seen on the 26th by Pauline Bradford at Dyscarr Wood.

A remarkable count of 16 Small Tortoiseshell from the Ouse Dyke area of Netherfield – Jacqueline Dennison.

Good numbers of Comma – Toni Lachetta comments “Is this going to be the year of the comma? I don’t usually find them this early in the year and I think eight is the most I have ever seen in a day”

And another Speckled Wood.

Records received since 24th March include:

Brimstone 26 records including
24/03/2017 Elton-on-the-Hill 3 Mick Bajcar
24/03/2017 Bramcote 3 John Revill
26/03/2017 Retford 3 Dave Griffin
25/03/2017 Bingham Linear Park 4 Jenny Hawkins
25/03/2017 Southwell 5 Marie Bunting
Small White 28/03/2017 Burton Joyce 1 Lorna Griffiths
25/03/2017 Sandy Banks LNR 2 Antoni Lachetta
Green-veined White 26/03/2017 Retford 1 Dave Griffin
26/03/2017 DyscarrWood 2 Pauline Bradford
Orange-tip 24/03/2017 Beeston Sidings LNR 1 Mark Searle
24/03/2017 Attenborough Nature Reserve 1 Paul Goodwin
Holly Blue 28/03/2017 Calverton garden 1 Martyn Anderson
Red Admiral 25/03/2017 Ouse Dyke 1 Jacqueline Dennison
Small Tortoiseshell 19 records including
25/03/2017 Lambley 3 Jean Powley
24/03/2017 Langford Lowfields 4 Lynne Demaine
25/03/2017 Sandy Banks LNR 8 Antoni Lachetta
25/03/2017 Ouse Dyke 16 Jacqueline Dennison
Peacock 17 records including
24/03/2017 Langford Lowfields 2 Lynne Demaine
24/03/2017 Sandy Banks LNR 2 Antoni Lachetta
25/03/2017 Burton Joyce 2 Mark Speck
25/03/2017 Southwell 3 Marie Bunting
Comma 22 records including
26/03/2017 Dyscarr Wood 3 Pauline Bradford
25/03/2017 Sandy Banks LNR 4 Antoni Lachetta
24/03/2017 Sandy Banks LNR 8 Antoni Lachetta
24/03/2017 Sansom Wood 12 Martyn Anderson
Speckled Wood 26/03/2017 Dyscarr Wood 2 Pauline Bradford


Thanks to all who have submitted records.

Keep ’em coming but PLEASE use the spreadsheet template or my preferred text format (email me at if you need a copy or details) to save me time.

Thank you.

Richard R



Nottinghamshire Flutterings 26/3/17, Green-veined White and Large White

Both Green-veined White (Retford – Dave Griffin) and Large White (Bennerley Marsh – Dave Jones) seen today.

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 24/3/17, Speckled Wood and Orange-tip

Two ‘new’ species in last few days

RSPB Sherwood found a Speckled Wood on 9/3/17
The earliest date I have on record for Notts is 17/03/2011

Martyn Anderson emailed me yesterday to say “half an hour ago a female Orange Tip was in my conservatory. I don’t grow weeds in my conservatory!”
The earliest date I have on record for Notts is also 17/03/2011.

Records received since last time:

Brimstone 15/03/2017 Southwell 2 Marie Bunting
Orange-tip 23/03/2017 Calverton 1 Martyn Anderson
Small Tortoiseshell 19/03/2017 Newark 1 Carl Cornish
Small Tortoiseshell 21/03/2017 Toton Sidings 6 Mark Searle
Small Tortoiseshell 23/03/2017 Retford 1 Dave Griffin
Small Tortoiseshell 23/03/2017 Attenborough Nature Reserve 1 Brian Parkes
Peacock 15/03/2017 Southwell 2 Marie Bunting
Comma 23/03/2017 Retford 3 Dave Griffin
Speckled Wood 19/03/2017 Edwinstowe 1 RSPB Sherwood



Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 22/3/17

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 22/3/17

No ‘new’ species but some records since last time to cheer you up on a miserable day. Toton Siding has been the place to be!

Brimstone 17 records including
Langar 2 Nigel Wood
Dyscarr Wood 2 Pauline Bradford
Toton Sidings 2 Mark Searle
Dyscarr Wood 2 Pauline Bradford
Widmerpool Churchyard 2 Bill Bacon
Burton Joyce Garden 2 Bob & Glenis Beck
Blidworth Woods 2 Jack Dennison
Attenborough Nature Reserve 3 Rob Thatcher
East Leake garden 3 Brian Johnson
Kimberley 4 Mike Leatherland
Small White Worksop 1 Paul Pearson
Red Admiral Wollaton 1 Richard Smyth
Small Tortoiseshell 9 records including
Bingham garden 2 Bill Bacon
East Leake garden 2 Brian Johnson
Dyscarr Wood 3 Pauline Bradford
Kimberley 4 Mike Leatherland
Toton Sidings 17 Mark Searle
Peacock 6 records including
Toton Sidings 6 Mark Searle
Comma 11 records including
Wollaton 3 Richard Smyth
Dyscarr Wood 3 Pauline Bradford
Toton Sidings 15 Mark Searle


Thanks to David Shaw, Nigel Wood, David Atkinson, Richard Smyth, Pauline Bradford, Mark Searle, Robin Old, Mike Leatherland, Rob Thatcher, Phil Cadman, June McConnell, Bill Bacon, Brian Johnson, Bob & Glenis Beck, Jack Dennison, Paul Pearson, Bob & Glenis Beck, Antoni Lachetta.





Nottinghamshire sightings update 15/3/17 Small White!

Small White seen in Toton, near Nottingham, yesterday (14th).

The previous earliest I have on record is 25/3/2016

Records received since 11/3/17 include

Brimstone 06/03/2017 Burton Joyce 1 Bob & Glenis Beck
Brimstone 06/03/2017 Woodborough 1 Colin Bowler
Brimstone 09/03/2017 Upper Broughton 1 Bill Bacon
Brimstone 09/03/2017 Attenborough Nature Reserve NWT 1 Chris Overton
Brimstone 09/03/2017 Burton Joyce 1 Bob & Glenis Beck
Brimstone 13/03/2017 Cotgrave Woods 10 Graham Birkett
Brimstone 13/03/2017 Southwell 2 Marie Bunting
Brimstone 13/03/2017 Hemlock Stone Stapleford 1 Norman Blake
Brimstone 13/03/2017 Balderton 1 Carl Cornish
Brimstone 13/03/2017 Attenborough Nature Reserve 2 Rob Thatcher
Brimstone 13/03/2017 Woodborough 1 Colin Bowler
Small White 14/03/2017 Toton 1 Brian Parkes
Small Tortoiseshell 09/03/2017 Attenborough Nature Reserve NWT 1 Chris Overton
Small Tortoiseshell 09/03/2017 Burton Joyce 1 Lorna Griffiths
Small Tortoiseshell 09/03/2017 Sandy Banks LNR Bestwood 2 Antoni Lachetta
Small Tortoiseshell 12/03/2017 Bulcote 1 Lorna Griffiths
Small Tortoiseshell 13/03/2017 Netherfield 1 Lorna Griffiths
Small Tortoiseshell 13/03/2017 Keyworth 1 June McConnell
Small Tortoiseshell 13/03/2017 Beeston Sidings LNR 4 Mark Searle
Peacock 12/03/2017 Bramcote 1 Richard Rogers
Peacock 13/03/2017 Beeston Sidings LNR 1 Mark Searle
Comma 07/03/2017 Hoveringham 1 Bob & Glenis Beck
Comma 13/03/2017 Cotgrave Woods 2 Graham Birkett
Comma 13/03/2017 Edwinstowe 2 Jane Broomhead


Richard Flutterings Rogers




A Spring in the Step.

Update Number 2

Brimstone on Hyacinth. Photograph by Richard M. Jeffery

The past two weeks have been a period of ‘first’ sightings for many of us, and as a result, I can now confirm that all 5 of our overwintering butterflies have been recorded in the county. What a difference a little sunshine makes.

Species number 3 for the year was reported by Paul Ruddoch when he spotted a Peacock in Scalford Road, Melton on the 4th of March. Further sightings of Peacocks have been noted by Toby Carter who saw 2 individuals at Melton Country Park on the 9th, Graham Bowers with his first butterfly of the year at Donisthorpe Woodland Park, and on the 13th March by Paul Ruddoch at Melton C.P, Sarah Proud at Lyndon Reserve, Rutland Water and by yours truly in our Earl Shilton garden.

The Comma became species number 4 to put in an appearance with Adey Baker’s sighting at Burbage Outwoods on the 6th of March. Paul Ruddoch recorded a Comma in Melton C.P. on the 9th, as did Steve Lee in his Narborough garden on the 13th.

The Brimstone was certainly the most prolific of all the butterflies over the last couple of weeks, and becomes species number 5 to be recorded in the county. The 9th of March seemed to be the day when the Brimstones emerged, as reported by Lynne Beaumont in Blaby, and by Toby Carter (5 individuals) and Paul Ruddoch, both at Melton C.P. Karen Antcliffe noted 3 at Knossington on the 12th and then a couple more the following day. Also on the 13th sightings were made by David Foulds at Oadby, Craig Howat in Oakham, Steve Lee in Narborough, Sarah Proud at Lyndon Reserve and 3 individuals spotted by Paul Ruddoch at Melton C.P.

Sightings of the Red Admiral were limited to a mere one, as reported by Sarah Proud at Lyndon Reserve, Rutland Water on the 13th.

The Small Tortoiseshell, as reported in Update Number 1, was our first recorded sighting of the year on the 2nd of January, as reported by Rhys Dandy. This sighting has since been confirmed as the first sighting of the species in the UK this year. Since the last Update, further sightings have come in from Paul Ruddoch at the Memorial Gardens, Melton on the 9th, and by Toby Carter at Melton C.P. and Steve Lee at Lower Grange Farm, Hugglescote on the same day. Two more sightings were made on the 13th with David Foulds noting one in Oadby and Craig Howat recording another in Oakham.

I will close with perhaps the most remarkable sighting of the winter so far. Since the first Update, Alison Rhodes has reported a Hummingbird Hawkmoth feeding on Winter Honeysuckle and Sweet Box in her Anstey garden on the 17th February. Early, yes, but welcome, most definitely.

As the Spring season progresses I am sure that more sightings of the above species will come in, but keep your eyes peeled for the Small White, Speckled Wood and even Holly Blue. It can only be a matter of time before these little fellas put in an appearance.

Thank you for your continued input, sightings information and positive comments. This Newsletter is for YOU and simply would not be possible without you. I await your news with baited breath (I really must get out more).

Nottinghamshire recent sightings as of 11/3/17


Records received since 1/3/17 include

First Small Tortoiseshell records for the Notts year received on 09/03/2017

Brimstone 09/03/2017 Tollerton 1 Stan Darling
Brimstone 09/03/2017 Rufford CP 1 Rich Hand
Red Admiral 09/03/2017 Beeston Sidings LNR 1 Graham Birkett
Red Admiral 06/03/2017 Newton 1 John Clarke
Small Tortoiseshell 09/03/2017 Beeston Sidings LNR 1 Mark Searle
Small Tortoiseshell 09/03/2017 Gedling 1 Lorna Griffiths
Small Tortoiseshell 09/03/2017 Burton Joyce 1 Lorna Griffiths
Small Tortoiseshell 09/03/2017 Burton Joyce 1 Lorna Griffiths
Comma 08/03/2017 Misterton 1 Phil Lee
Comma 09/03/2017 Beeston Sidings LNR 3 Mark Searle
Comma 09/03/2017 Welbeck Estate 1 David Shaw
Comma 09/03/2017 Vicar Water CP 1 Matt Smith
Comma 09/03/2017 Rufford CP 1 Rich Hand