Nottinghamshire Flutterings 17th Feb 2017 – Brimstone Day

Three separate records of Brimstone today though not the first for the Notts year.

Records received since 2nd Feb:

Brimstone 03/02/2017 Hoveringham Railway Pit 1 Andrew Prezslak
Peacock 04/02/2017 Toton 1 Brian Parkes
Red Admiral 04/02/2017 Calverton 1 Sue Jones
Brimstone 17/02/2017 Colwick 1 Michael Walker
Brimstone 17/02/2017 Cotgrave 1 Neil Pinder
Brimstone 17/02/2017 Burton Joyce 1 Bob and Glenis Beck



When Skies Are Grey?

Update Number 1.

Small Tortoiseshell.                                     Photograph by Richard M. Jeffery

Sunny skies have been few and far between this winter. Well, they have certainly been outnumbered by the grey ones in my experience. It goes without saying, therefore, that butterfly sightings are a bit of a rarity in the county so far. The honour of reporting the first sighting of the year (to my knowledge) goes to Rhys Dandy who spotted a solitary Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself in the precinct at Coalville on the 2nd of January. What happened to the poor little creature after that is anyone’s guess. Since then, 2 more Small Tortoiseshells have been seen by Pete Leonard in Scalford on the 20th January, and today (7th February) Margaret Adams saw a Red Admiral in her garden in Broughton Astley. We could certainly do with a few more sunny and crisp days to tempt some more out to play.


Exciting plans are afoot to create 2 new butterfly banks in the heart of the National Forest. East Midlands Butterfly Conservation, in conjunction with the Black to Green Project and other sponsors hope to have the butterfly banks in position by the end of winter, or early spring at the very latest. One will be situated at Moira Furnace alongside a recently planted wildflower meadow, and the other will be located in nearby Donisthorpe Woodland Park. It is hoped that with the correct siting and suitable planting, the Dingy Skipper may move in. A Dingy Skipper was recorded on the butterfly transect at DWP in 2015 so there is a distinct possibility that this may happen. Work is due to commence over the next two or three weeks and I’ll keep you updated on progress in future posts. If anyone wishes to help ‘hands-on’ then please feel free to get in touch.


The new butterfly transect season will soon be upon us. We are actively looking for new volunteers in the county to become part of the recording teams. We may even be able to set up new transects. All visits are carried out on a rota basis so, depending on how many are in a team, your commitment could be to walk your route once every three or four weeks, hopefully in decent spring or summer weather, and counting butterflies as you go. A pleasant way to take a walk in the fresh air and contribute some invaluable information in the process. The season runs from April 1st to September 30th. If you would like to volunteer or would like more information then please contact me.


Please continue to keep a look out for early butterflies and let me know as soon as you can, either by using the email link or via our Facebook Page: Butterflies and Moths of Leicestershire and Rutland.



Group of people looking for Grizzled Skippers during a Field Trip to Bingham Linear Park

2017 Branch Field Trip Program

The East Midlands Branch 2017 Field Trip Program is now available at East Midlands Butterflies Events



Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 22nd October 2016

Nottinghamshire Flutterings on 22nd October 2016


Red Admiral 161015 Langold by Pauline Bradford

Records from the last week:

Speckled Wood 14/10/2016 Bramcote  garden 1 Phil Carter
14/10/2016 Toton Sidings 1 Mark Searle
16/10/2016 Gedling 1 Adrian Dutton
Comma 14/10/2016 Toton Sidings 1 Mark Searle
 – 19/10/2016 Barnby Moor 4 Rob Johnson Feeding on Ivy by Chesterfield Canal
Painted Lady 18/10/2016 Langold 1 Pauline Bradford
Red Admiral 14/10/2016 Bramcote garden 2 John Appleton
14/10/2016 Toton Sidings 1 Mark Searle
16/10/2016 Bestwood garden 1 Antoni Lachetta
18/10/2016 Kirklington 7 Robin Old on ivy
19/10/2016 Barnby Moor 1 Rob Johnson Feeding on Ivy by Chesterfield Canal
21/10/2016 Chilwell garden 1 Rob Thatcher
Small Copper 14/10/2016 Toton Sidings 3 Mark Searle 1 pristine
15/10/2016 Sandybanks LNR 2 Antoni Lachetta
15/10/2016 Leen Cutting 5 Mark Searle 2 reasonable lookers
Brimstone 20/10/2016 Wollaton garden 1 Keith McGraw seemed to be laying eggs



Painted Lady 161018 Langold by Pauline Bradford


See you at Conkers!




UK Moth Recorders’ Meeting 2017

ThMoths Count Logoe programme for our UK Moth Recorders’ Meeting 2017 has been finalised

Lyttelton Lecture Theatre, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham.

Saturday 28 January 2017

To see the line-up for the day click here.

Advance booking is essential via Registration is £10.00 per person and includes morning tea/coffee and a buffet lunch all subsidised from Butterfly Conservation budgets.


Butterfly Conservation AGM & Members’ Day 2016

National AGM & Members’ Day 5th November 2016

This year the National Butterfly Conservation AGM & Members Day is returning to The Nottingham Belfry Hotel, 5th November. This will be the second time the branch has hosted the National AGM, the previous occasion was in 2012 at the same venue.

The day start with registration and refreshments at 9.30am. Full details were provided in a flyer sent out to all Butterfly Conservation Members. Here are a few highlights:

  • Conserving threatened butterflies in the Wyre Forest; Dr Jenny Joy, Senior Regional Officer for the West Midlands.
  • Milestones in the history of Butterfly Conservation; Dr Martin Warren, Chief Executive.
  • 40 years of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme; Dr Tom Brereton, Head of Monitoring.
  • Engaging your people with nature; Apithanny Bourne, East Scotland Branch.
  • Branch Raffle & March Awards
  • What’s in a name? the origins of butterfly names; Peter Marren, author of Rainbow Dust: Three Centuries of Delight in British Butterflies

Finishing at 5pm.


East Midlands Branch AGM 2016

Branch AGM 2016

This year the East Midlands Branch Butterfly Conservation Members’ Day AGM will be held at Conkers in the National Forest, on Sunday 30th October. 10am – 3pm.

Page from Autumn 2016 EMBC Branch Newsletter

Page from Autumn Newsletter