Friday 31st

A muggy day but our first Large Skipper of the year was spied resting on brambles along the Haven.

Wednesday 29th

A male Brimstone on the Estate and a female on New Downs add to the good spring for this species in the recording area.

Friday 24th

The sunshine continues to provide butterflies aplenty with 26 Small Heaths and 31 Common Blues on the Estate alone, whilst eight Holly Blues at Blue Pigeons (Worth) was a nice sight. I expect Large Skipper to appear any time now…

Wednesday 22nd

12 species recorded today split between Worth and New Downs. Ten Brown Argus was a good number for New Downs and part of a strong first generation emergence this spring. The same could be said about the 48 Small Heaths too. Three Red Admirals on Worth were out first records for over three weeks.

Tuesday 21st

Seven Holly Blues on the Estate this morning is by far their highest count this year so far.

Monday 20th

Out again on New Downs saw nine species. Four Orange-tips was a high count for there and the first Small Whites for a while appeared.

Thursday 16th

Fresh and breezy but above all else sunny. And New Downs proved it worthwhile with 39 Small Heaths in a late morning wander.

Sunday 12th

It was just warm enough to complete this weeks BMS transect. A total of 26 butterflies were on the Estate including six Small Coppers, six Small Heaths, a Common Blue and three Brown Argus.

Thursday 9th

Getting out early before the rain and wind came in saw the first two Brown Argus of the year.

Brown Argus May19 SZW
Brown Argus by S.Walton

Tuesday 7th

Though still cold at times the sun was out and encouraged butterflies onto the wing. Ten Green-veined Whites, four Large Whites, 11 Orange-tips, four Holly Blues, three Small Coppers, two Small Heaths, three Speckled Woods, six Peacocks, a Brimstone, and our first two Common Blues were recorded on the Estate.

Sunday 5th

A quiet few days due to the poor weather but a Small Heath was out in the Whitehouse this morning.

Thursday 2nd

Just the one butterfly to report today, a male Brimstone on Worth. With this upturn of records i do wonder if we’re in the midst of a sneaky colonisation attempt?

Wednesday 1st

An Orange-tip at Backsand Scrape was an odd place for this species.