Nottinghamshire Flutterings 30/06/2017 – records for the last two weeks.

A summary of the last two weeks:

 

Small Skipper 98 recorded from 20 sites  including 29 at Compton Acres by Laurence Archibald
Essex Skipper 8 recorded from 3 sites – Compton Acres, East Leake, Ollerton Pit Wood
Large Skipper 183 recorded from 19 sites including 30 at Sandy Banks LNR Bestwood by Antoni Lachetta
Brimstone Three recorded in Carlton in Lindrick by Mark Smithson
Large White 51 recorded from 14 sites including at least 10 in Cotgrave Woods
Small White 62 recorded from 13 sites including at least 16 seen along Bingham Linear Trail by Jenny Craig
Green-veined White 23 recorded from 7 sites including 10 seen along Bingham Linear Trail by Jenny Craig
Purple Hairstreak Recorded at Misson Carr NR and Cotgrave Wood, two in both instances.
White-letter Hairstreak Three seen at Cotgrave Forest by Chris Overton and 2 at Langford Lowfields by Carl Cornish
Small Copper Two singletons – Budby South Forest by Elliot Keen and Clumber Park by Jacqueline Dennison
Brown Argus Three singletons – Carlton in Lindrick by Mark Smithson, Elton Guide Campsite by Belinda Scott and Skylarks NWT (Blotts Pit) by Chris Overton
Common Blue 24 recorded from 9 sites
Holly Blue Two singletons – Carlton in Lindrick (Howard Williams) and along the Grantham Canal (June McConnell
Purple Emperor Up to three seen at any one time along a stretch of ride about 400m long at Cotgrave Woods
Red Admiral 88 recorded from 17 sites including 18 along a 1000m stretch of ride at Cotgrave Woods by Richard Rogers
Painted Lady Two singletons- Clumber Park (Tom Biddulph) and Annesley Pit Top (Chris Bradbury)
Small Tortoiseshell 215 recorded from 19 sites including 40 at Annesley Pit Top by Chris Bradbury over a four hour period of visible migration.
Peacock Three singletons seen in Carlton in Lindrick, Keyworth and at Walesby scout camp
Comma 132 recorded from 18 sites including 25 at Cotgrave Woods by Bill Bacon
Silver-washed Fritillary One male in Cotgrave Woods
Speckled Wood 151 recorded from 20 sites, including 15 at Sandy Banks LNR Bestwood (Antoni Lachetta).
Marbled White Seen at six sites – Bingham Linear Park 3, Hills and Holes  Warsop 7, Shireoaks Woodlands 19, Freckland Wood Newstead 25, Manton Old Black and White tip 1 and Toton Sidings.  Have they had a little help?
Gatekeeper Ones and twos reported from Whitwell round, Bennerley, Budby South Forest, Compton Acres, Cotgrave Wood and East Leake.
Meadow Brown 160+ recorded from 20 sites including Carlton in Lindrick 40 and Gotham Hill Pasture 37.
Small Heath 69 recorded from 8 sites mainly Ollerton Pit Woods and Budby South Forest
Ringlet c2000 individuals from 22 sites will not be too much of a surprise, including 302 at Compton Acres (Laurence Archibald) and 100 at Cotgrave Woods 9Bill Bacon).

 

RR

 

 

Ne’er Cast a Clout ’til May Is Out…

Update Number 7.

 

Well, who could have predicted how the month of May would have turned out after such a dry March and April. Sunny days, chilly nights (with the odd frost or two) and eventually, some welcomed rain (although June, so far, has provided perhaps a tad more than expected….). I have been inundated with records over the last few weeks, and having been away for a while and had other commitments too, sorting through them has been somewhat of a challenge. The only way I get through them was to focus on the key sightings and to eliminate some records of the most common species (White’s, Peacocks etc.), otherwise this update would have gone into three volumes. Please accept my apologies if you’ve submitted information and it doesn’t appear here (please keep sending your data in though..).

I’ll list them by species and in chronological order.

Small Copper: (species number 14 for the year).

04 May:  Saharima Roenisch at Beacon Hill C.P., Adey Baker (6) at Croft Quarry N.T.  11 May: Ben Devine at Bath Yard, Moira. 20 May: Alan Cann at Lea Meadows.

Green Hairstreak:

04 May: Eliot Taylor (4) at Warren Hills. 10 May: Matthew Harpin at Bardon Hill (not knowingly recorded at this site before). 11 May: Ron Stevens (7) at Ullesthorpe Stewardship Farm. 14 May: Matthew Harpin (3) at Warren Hills. 21 May: Dave Griffin (5) at Ketton Quarry. 22 May: Richard Jeffery at Bardon Hill (confirmation of the above record?). 23 May: Geof & Margaret Adams (6) at Bittesby Wood. 24 May: Richard Jeffery (7) at Bittesby Wood. 26 May: Martin Russell at Asfordby Sidings. 31 May: Martin Russell at Asfordby Sidings.

Dingy Skipper: (species number 15 for the year).

04 May: Matthew Harpin at Bagworth Heath C.P. 07 May: Eliot Taylor (2) at Bagworth Heath C.P. 10 May: Richard Jeffery (5) at Bardon Hill. Richard Jeffery (2) New Lount Nature Reserve. 11 May: Ben Devine (15) at Bath Yard, Moira. Pete Leonard (12) at Brown’s Hill Quarry. 14 May: Matthew Harpin (7) at Bardon Hill. Sarah Proud (12) at Bloody Oaks Quarry. 18 May: Bill Bacon (11) at Clipsham Quarry. 22 May: Richard Jeffery (8) at Bardon Hill. 26 May: Eliot Taylor (9) at Bagworth Heath C.P. Sarah Proud at Bloody Oaks Quarry. Martin Russell (5) at Asfordby Sidings. 27 May: Geoff Cave (2) at Bardon Hill. 28 May: Bill Bacon (2) at Stonesby Quarry. 31 May: Martin Russell (5) at Asfordby Sidings.

Wall Brown: (species number 16 for the year).

10 May: Richard Jeffery at Bardon Hill. 14 May: Matthew Harpin (4) at Bardon Hill. 22 May: Richard Jeffery (4) at Bardon Hill. 23 May: Richard Jeffery (2) at Warren Hills. 27 May: Geoff Cave (10) at Bardon Hill.

Speckled Wood:

03 May: Margaret Volunteer at Charnwood Lodge. 07 May: Eliot Taylor (4) at Bagworth Heath C.P. 30 May: Lyn Bull at Kirby Muxloe.

Common Blue: (species number 17 for the year).

14 May: Matthew Harpin at Bardon Hill. 15 May: Steve Lee at Croft Quarry N.T. 21 May: Dave Griffin (3) at Ketton Quarry. 23 May: Geof & Margaret Adams (5) at Bittesby Wood. 24 May: Richard Jeffery (14) at Bittesby Wood. 26 May: Sarah Proud (6) at Bloody Oaks Quarry. Eliot Taylor (20+) at Bagworth Heath C.P. Martin Russell (20+) at Asfordby Sidings. 28 May: Bill Bacon (3) at Stonesby Quarry. 31 May: Martin Russell (30+) at Asfordby Sidings.

Grizzled Skipper: (species number 18 for the year).

18 May: Bill Bacon (3) at Edith Weston Quarry Farm. Bill Bacon (4) at Geeston Quarry. Bill Bacon (2) at Clipsham Quarry. 21 May: Dave Griffin at Ketton Quarry.

Brown Argus: (species number 19 for the year).

18 May: Bill Bacon at Edith Weston Quarry Farm. 21 May: Dave Griffin (2) at Ketton Quarry. 26 May: Sarah Proud at Bloody Oaks Quarry.

Small Heath: (species number 20 for the year).

21 May: Dave Griffin (4) at Ketton Quarry. 24 May: Richard Jeffery (4) at Croft Quarry Nature Trail. 26 May: Sarah Proud (2) at Bloody Oaks Quarry. Eliot Taylor (5) at Bagworth Heath C.P. Martin Russell at Asfordby Sidings. 27 May: Geoff Cave at Bardon Hill. 31 May: Martin Russell (3) at Asfordby Sidings. Steve Lee at Croft Quarry N.T.

Painted Lady:

23 May: Richard Jeffery at Warren Hills. Sarah Proud (2) at Somerby. 27 May: Geoff Cave at Bardon Hill. 28 May: Pete Leonard at Plungar. 30 May: AJ Cann in Leicester.

Red Admiral:

14 May: Matthew Harpin at Bardon Hill. 15 May: Steve Lee at Croft Quarry N.T. 22 May: Lyn Bull at Kirby Muxloe. 31 May: Richard Jeffery (2) at Croft Glebe Meadow.

Holly Blue:

03 May: Stuart Sinclair at Ketton Quarry. 04 May: Adey Baker (2) at Croft Hill.

Large Skipper: (species number 21 for the year).

31 May: Richard Jeffery at Croft Glebe Meadow.

 

 

 

 

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 27/06/2017 – Purple Hairstreak and Silver-washed Fritillary

Two  more species for the Notts year yesterday.

Purple Hairstreak, of which there were two records and Silver washed Fritillary.

Phil Lee managed to photograph a Purple Hairstreak at Misson Carr NR on Hogweed under Hawthorns (photo) and Stan Darling connected with another at Cotgrave Woods.

Also yesterday, Stan, Nick Crouch et al were lucky enough to get good views of a male Silver-washed Fritillary at Cotgrave Woods.

So that brings us up to 30 species for 2017.

What’s left for this year? I expect there will be several Clouded Yellow records to come. And, fingers crossed, Wall, Dark Green Fritillary and White Admiral might (just might) put in an appearance.

Over the last week I have received many many records  –  thanks to all. I aim to produce a summary at the end of the week.

RR

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 25/06/2017 – Purple Emperor

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 25/06/2017 – Purple Emperor

 

First Notts Purple Emperor of the year seen at Cotgrave Woods earlier today, a least four males, by Lynne Demaine

 

 

RR

Nottinghamshire Flutterings – Gatekeeper and White-letter Hairstreak

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 25/6/17 – Gatekeeper and White-letter Hairstreak

Our first Gatekeeper of the year was seen by Dave Jones at Bennerley Marsh on 22nd June (previous earliest date 25/6/2001)

Yesterday (24/6/17), Carl Cornish saw the first White-letter Hairstreak of the year at Langford Lowfields. The earliest date I have on record being 22/06/2010.

 

The Notts list for 2017 now stands at 27 species.

 

RR

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 19/6/17 Small Skipper and Marbled White

 

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 19/6/17  –   Small Skipper and Marbled White

Phil Burnham noted two Small Skipper along his Newstead & Annesley CP transect yesterday with further sightings at Bennerley Marsh (Dave Jones) and Toton Sidings (myself).

A second new species for the year yesterday is Marbled White – two seen by Jenny Craig along her Bingham Linear Park transect. Three days earlier than the previous earliest date of 21st June last year.

RR

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 18/6/17 Essex Skipper

Nottinghamshire Flutterings 18/6/17 Essex Skipper

 

First Essex Skipper (2) of the year seen on his Wollaton Park transect by Richard Smyth on 15th June, just one day off the earliest I have on record (14/6/2004)

Looks as though Grizzled and Dingy Skippers have had their 2017. The demise of Orange-tip soon to follow.

Thanks to all those who have sent in records – 330  over the last week including…

Essex Skipper Wollaton Hall Park
Large Skipper Bennerley; Bingham Linear Park;  Clumber Park;  Cotgrave Forest;  Eakring Meadows;  Elton Guide Campsite;  Goatham;  Sandbanks NR;  Grantham Canal;  Hunts Meadow;  Manor Farm LNR;  Newstead & Annesley CP;  Radcliffe Wood;  Skylarks NR;  Toton Sidings;  Worksop
Brimstone Bennerley; Bevercotes PW;  Bingham Linear Park;  Cotgrave Country Park;  Cotgrave Forest;  Eakring Meadows;  Grantham Canal;  Trent Bridge Cricket Ground
Large White Bennerley; Bingham Linear Park;  Bramcote;  Netherfield Lagoons
Small White Bennerley; Bevercotes PW;  Bingham Linear Park;  Bramcote;  Cotgrave Forest;  Grantham Canal;  Newstead & Annesley CP;  Worksop
Green-veined White Bennerley; Carlton-in-Lindrick; Grantham Canal; Netherfield Lagoons; Ruddington
Orange-tip Bevercotes; Eakring Meadows; Grantham Canal; Ruddington
Small Copper Bennerley; Eakring Meadows; Skylarks NR
Brown Argus Elton Guide Campsite; Grantham Canal
Common Blue Bennerley; Bevercotes PW; Bingham Linear Park; Cotgrave Country Park; Cotgrave Forest; Eakring Meadows; Elton Guide Campsite; Goatham Sandbanks NR; Grantham Canal; Hunts Meadow; Netherfield Lagoons; Newstead & Annesley CP; Nottingham City Hospital (Day Brook); Radcliffe Wood; Skylarks NR; Skylarks South; Wilford Claypits NWT
Painted Lady Bennerley; Colwick
Small Tortoiseshell Bennerley; Bingham Linear Park; Cotgrave Country Park; Cotgrave Forest; Cropwell Bishop; Goatham; Sandbanks NR; Grantham Canal; Keyworth; Manor Farm LNR; Netherfield Lagoons; Skylarks North; Skylarks South; Wollaton Hall Park; Worksop
Peacock 100 Acre Wood nr Worksop; Grantham Canal
Comma Ruddington
Speckled Wood Ruddington; 100 Acre Wood nr Worksop; Beeston Sidings; Bennerley (39 Dave Jones); Bingham Linear Park; Bramcote; Carlton-in-Lindrick; Cotgrave Country Park; Cotgrave Forest; Eakring Meadows; Elton Guide Campsite; Goatham Sandbanks NR; Grantham Canal; Manor Farm LNR; Netherfield Lagoons; Newstead & Annesley CP; Nottingham Canal, Awsworth; Nottingham City Hospital (Day Brook); Potwell Dyke Grasslands; Radcliffe Wood; Skylarks South; Toton Sidings; Wollaton Hall Park; Wollaton LNRs; Worksop

 

Meadow Brown Bennerley; Bingham Linear Park; Cotgrave Country Park; Cotgrave Forest (29 Paul Goodwin); Elton Guide Campsite; Goatham Sandbanks NR (24 Chris Cooper); Grantham Canal; Hunts Meadow; Netherfield Lagoons; Nottingham Canal, Awsworth; Potwell Dyke Grasslands; Radcliffe Wood; Ruddington; Skylarks North; Skylarks NR; Skylarks South; Toton Sidings; Wollaton Hall Park
Small Heath Bevercotes; Bingham Linear Park; Newstead & Annesley CP; Radcliffe Wood
Ringlet Beeston Sidings; Bennerley (24 Dave Jones); Bingham Linear Park; Cotgrave Country Park; Cotgrave Forest (37 Paul Goodwin); Elton Guide Campsite; Goatham Sandbanks NR (21 Chris Cooper); Grantham Canal; Manor Farm LNR; Netherfield Lagoons; Radcliffe Wood; Rushcliffe Country Park; Skylarks South; Toton Sidings; Wilwell Cutting NWT

 

RichardR