This year's sightings from S. Gloucestershire



Tuesday 2nd

The first butterfly of the year was a Red Admiral seen in flight and perched in a garden in Warmley. (Pete Coslett)


Red Admiral | Pete Coslett

Wednesday 24th

The first Brimstone of the year, a bright male, was seen between Stanshaws Lake and Kingsgate Park, Yate. (Mark Coller)


Thursday 25th

The first Small Tortoiseshells' of the year were seen at Frampton Cotterell and Willsbridge Mill. (Pete Hazelwood, Paul Francis)


Friday 26th

Brimstones' were seen on the wing at West Littleton and Chipping Sodbury Common (John Barnett. Mark Coller) and the first Peacock was noted at Oldland Common. (Paul Francis)


Sunday 28th

A Brimstone was seen at Wick and a Peacock was noted at Willsbridge. (Nigel Jones, Chris Hall)



Wednesday 5th

The first butterfly of the year was indeed a Red Admiral seen in flight from a garden in Hanham. (Nigel Warren)

MARCH 2020


Friday 6th

The first Comma of the year was seen in flight on West Littleton Down, Tormarton/ Marshfield (John Barnett), and the first Small Tortoiseshell was watched at Thornbury. (Matt Plenty)


Monday 16th

A bright spring day brought a flush of sightings and a couple of new additions for the year. A few Brimstone (Mark Coller, TBOSG) with individuals sighted at Yate and Emerson's Green and a male Orange-tip at Oldland Common. (Paul Francis) Also seen, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma.


Comma | Lisa Presland - Peacock | Adam Rawson


Saturday 21st

A walk from Oldland to Willsbridge this morning and saw two Brimstone and two (the first of the year) Small Copper (Wendy & Tim Ford), five Brimstone at Willsbridge Mill (Anthony Goodwin) and Brimstone and Peacock alongside the Little River Avon at Damery. (Adam Rawson)


Sunday 22nd

Reported today: Small Tortoiseshell and Comma. (Tim Ford, John Barnett)


Monday 23rd

Two Comma, three Small Tortoiseshell and seven Brimstone in the Warmley Cycle Path/ Warmley Forest Park area (Phil Barlow), Small Tortoiseshell at Marshfield (John Barnett), Peacock and Brimstone at Kingswood (TBOSG) and four Peacock at Oldbury Power Station (Pete Hazelwood). Tuesday 24th Several Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone and a couple of Peacock at Marshfield (John Barnett), Brimstone and our first Large White of the year at Severn Beach (Paul Bowerman), Large White, two Comma, two Peacock and Brimstone at Yate (Mark Coller)


Wednesday 25th

Green-veined White at Bradley Stoke (Vic Savery) and Small White at Oldland Common and Siston (Paul Francis, Phil Barlow) were both firsts for the year. Also on the wing was Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock Brimstone and Comma.


Green-veined White | Vic Savery

APRIL 2020


Friday 3rd

A male Orange-tip and Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in the Alveston area. (Rob Emery) Small Tortoiseshell also noted Kingswood and Marshfield. (TBOSG, John Barnett)


Saturday 4th

On the wing today were Comma, six Brimstone and at least five Peacock on Cock Road Ridge, Kingswood (Pete Coslett), Peacock and Comma at Marshfield (John Barnett), Small Tortoiseshell in Kingswood (TBOSG), five Brimstone, Comma, Orange-tip and four Peacock at Three Brooks LNR, Bradley Stoke. (Craig Lewis)


Monday 6th

Brimstone and Green-veined White from the Marshfield patch. (John Barnett) Seven Peacock, nine Small Tortoiseshell and Holly Blue were reported from Filton Golf Course and Charlton Common. (Avon Birds)


Holly Blue | Fen Marshall


Tuesday 7th

Reported today; Comma, Holly Blue, Peacock, Large and Small White, Orange-tip, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone.


Thursday 9th

Orange-tip, Speckled Wood, Large and Small White, Peacock, Holly Blue, Comma, Brimstone and Green-veined White.


Comma | Chris Teague - Speckled Wood | Fen Marshall


Friday 10th

Orange-tip, Large and Small White, Holly Blue, Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell.


Orange-tip | Mark Coller


Wednesday 15th

At least eight different Small White, three Orange-tip, Holly Blue and Peacock at Oldland Common. (Tim Ford)


Thursday 23rd

Oldland Common to North Common, Brimstone, four Peacock, Speckled Wood and at least 20 Orange-tip. (Tim Ford) An abundance of Holly Blue (at least a dozen) in the garden at Itchington. (Heather England) A Small Heath was reported from Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood)


Holly Blue | Heather England


Saturday 25th

From the R. Frome at Yate, Green-veined and Small White, Orange-tip, Peacock, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Brimstone. (Mark Coller)

MAY 2020


Thursday 7th

At least one Dingy Skipper was present at ST: 765 729 adjacent to Great Moody's Wood, west of Marshfield. (David Glew) Plenty of Orange-tip, Peacock, two Speckled Wood, Brimstone and Small White at Oldland Common. Several Small Heath reported recently. (Tim Ford, Rich Ford, Mark Coller)


Dingy Skipper | David Glew


Friday 8th

Several Small Copper were reported today from Bradley Stoke and Yate. (Vic Savery, Mark Coller)


Small Copper | Vic Savery


Thursday 14th

Several Holly Blue and the first Brown Argus of the year was reported from The Orchard at Oldbury Power Station. (Phil Baber)


Saturday 16th

This years' first Common Blue were noted at Tortworth and Kingsgate Park, Yate. (Fen Marshall, Mark Coller)


Common Blue | Fen Marshall


Sunday 17th

At least two Dingy Skipper present at Sainsbury Fields, Marshfield today. (John Barnett) The first in the recording area for at least five years!


Wednesday 20th

Still at least two Dingy Skipper, several Common Blue, Brown Argus, Large, Small and Green-veined White from Set-a-side at Marshfield today. (John Barnett, TBOSG) Also on the wing today Orange-tip, Brimstone, Red Admiral and Holly Blue. (Chris Teague, Mark Coller)


Dingy Skipper, Brown Argus and Common Blue | TBOSG


Sunday 24th

The first Meadow Brown of the year was seen in meadows adjacent to Shortwood Landfill (Phil Barlow) and the first Small Heath of the year on the patch at Marshfield too! (John Barnett)


Thursday 28th

Wapley Meadows: Brown Argus, plenty of Common Blue, small numbers of Meadow Brown and a couple of Large Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral and Peacock. (Mark Coller, TBOSG)


Large Skipper and Meadow Brown | TBOSG


Sunday 31st

Firsts for the year Marbled White at Oldbury Power Station (Rich Ford) and Small Skipper (four) on the patch at Marshfield. (John Barnett)

JUNE 2020


Thursday 4th

The first Ringlet of the year with an early specimen at Warmley Forest Park. (Phil Barlow) Also reported on the wing were Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell.


Sunday 7th

At Webb's Heath, Marbled White, Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell and Common Blue. (Phil Barlow) Also today the first Silver-washed Fritillary of the year was on show at Lower Woods, Wickwar. (Phil Hemming)


Marbled White | Phil Barlow - Silver-washed Fritillary | Phil Hemming


Tuesday 9th

Noted on the wing today; Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell. (Chris Teague, Heather England, Rich Ford, Tim Ford, Fen Marshall)


Saturday 13th

The first Painted Lady of the year was noted near Old Down along with a couple of Red Admiral and lots of Meadow Brown. (Rich Ford)


Tuesday 16th

A walk around Wapley Bushes this morning saw Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Marbled White, Common Blue, Small Tortoiseshell and Small Skipper. (Chris Teague) At Lower Woods, Wickwar, around eight Silver-washed Fritillary, two Marbled White, countless Meadow Brown and Small Tortoiseshell. A few Small Skipper, perhaps ten Large Skipper and similar numbers of Comma and Red Admiral. (Paul Bowdler)


Small Skipper | Chris Teague


Sunday 21st

This years first Essex Skipper was noted at Oldbury Power Station today! (Craig Lewis)


Essex Skipper - Craig Lewis


Monday 22nd

A couple of firsts for the year today with Dark-green Fritillary on show at Wapley Bushes, Yate (Mark Coller) and White-letter Hairstreak performing nicely from The Severn Way above Severn View Services, Aust. (Howard Taffs)


Dark-green Fritillary |Mark Coller - White-letter Hairstreak | Howard Taffs


Wednesday 24th

Nice to hear that White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary were on the wing at Lower Woods, Wickwar (Howard Taffs) and Ringlets, Small Skipper, Essex Skipper, Marbled White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Meadow Brown were noted at Three Brooks LNR. (Chris Teague).


White Admiral - Howard Taffs White-letter Hairstreak - Chris Teague


Thursday 25th

Reported on the wing today from across the area: Small and Large Skipper, Large and Small White, Silver-washed Fritillary, Red Admiral, White Admiral, Brimstone, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Marbled White, 1,000's of Meadow Brown and Ringlet,


Brimstone | Keith Williams - Painted Lady | Rob Emery


Friday 26th

The first Purple Hairstreak of the year was present at Kingsgate Park, Yate today. (Mark Coller)


Sunday 28th

At least two White-letter Hairstreak from Elms in the Elberton area today. (Vic Savery)


Monday 29th

Purple Hairstreak on show around Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station today. (Pete Hazelwood)


Purple Hairstreak | Pete Hazelwood

JULY 2020


Sunday 5th

Silver-washed Fritillary still on the wing at Lower Woods, Wickwar. (Vic Savery) And the first Gatekeeper of the year was noted on Chipping Sodbury Common. (Mark Coller)


Silver-washed Fritillary | Vic Savery


Monday 6th

Around Wapley Bushes LNR today; White-letter Hairstreak, Marbled White, Small and Large Skipper, Comma, Peacock, Small Copper and Gatekeeper. (Chris & David Teague)


White-letter Hairstreak | Chris Teague


Tuesday 7th

Reported from across the region today: Gatekeeper, Small/ Essex Skipper, Marbled White, 100's Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Large Skipper and Red Admiral (Phil Barlow, Keith Williams, Mark Coller)


Ringlet | Mark Coller


Friday 10th

Seen today: Holly Blue at Patchway, Large and Small White, Speckled Wood, Marbled White, Comma, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown and Small Skipper at Wapley Bushes NR. (Chris & David Teague)


Holly Blue | Chris Teague


Monday 13th

On the wing in the Northwick Warth area: Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Large White, Red Admiral, Small Copper, two Small Tortoiseshell, two Essex Skipper and three Peacock. (Louise Bailey)


Thursday 16th

White-letter Hairstreak sitting on the grass on a common area in Thornbury! Also male Brimstone, Red Admiral, Peacock, Holly Blue, Comma, Speckled Wood, several Large White, Small White, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. (Louise Bailey) Essex Skipper at Marshfield. (Tim Ford, John Barnett).


Essex Skipper | Pete Coslett


Monday 20th

Lower Woods: Plenty of Silver-washed Fritillary, Peacock, Gatekeeper. A Hummingbird Hawk-moth and Purple Hairstreak. (Keith Williams)


Thursday 30th

The first Clouded Yellow of the year was seen on Pining Wetland Reserve, Northwick Warth. (David Poulton)


Clouded Yellow | TBOSG



Sunday 2nd

A Silver-washed Fritillary was seen around Tortworth Court Lake, a Brown Argus was reported around Lagoon III at Oldbury Power Station and a Clouded Yellow was noted south of Severn Beach. (Thomas Weston, Morris Benson, Stuart Matthews)


Friday 7th

Up to three Silver-washed Fritillary from the main rhine/ bridleway at Oldbury Power Station. (Andrew Middleton)


Monday 10th

Clouded Yellow at New Passage late afternoon plus many Small Tortoiseshell, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Copper and lots of whites. (Vic Savery)


Clouded Yellow | Vic Savery


Wednesday 26th

Butterflies noted recently; Small and Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Comma, Red Admiral, Gatekeeper and this very nice Small Copper and Painted Lady from a Tortworth garden. (Fen Marshall)


Small Copper and Painted Lady | Fen Marshall



Butterflies reported on the wing this month include; Large and Small White, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Copper and Clouded Yellow.



Butterflies reported on the wing this month; Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma (Fen Marshall), Small Copper and Clouded Yellow on the 11th. (Morris Benson)


Speckled Wood, Red Admiral and Peacock from Tortworth | Fen Marshall



Butterflies reported on the wing this month; Speckled Wood (3rd - Pete Hazelwood), Red Admiral (3rd and 12th - Chris Teague, Mark Coller), Peacock (5th - Rosemary Setter) and Brimstone (10th - Mark Coller).


Peacock | Rosemary Setter