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2024

 

JANUARY

 

Sunday 14th

The first Red Admiral of the year was seen on the wing in a private garden in Frampton Cotterell. (Pete Hazelwood)

 

Wednesday 24th

A Red Admiral was seen briefly in a private garden at Downend. (Barry Dursley)

 


 

FEBRUARY

 

Thursday 19th

On the wing today: Brimstone - Singles on Kennedy Way and Scott Way, Yate, Frampton Cotterell, Tortworth Court, Iron Acton, Coalpit Heath and Lower Woods (2). Peacock - Coalpit Heath, Stoke Gifford. (Mark Coller, Pete Hazelwood, Matt Plenty, Simon Harding, David Hanks, Dave Poulton)

 


 

MARCH

 

Tuesday 5th

A Brimstone and this year's first Comma were on the wing in Kingsgate Park, Yate today. (Mark Coller)

 

This year's first Comma | Mark Coller

 

Wednesday 6th

A Comma present at Black Rocks, Frampton Cotterell this afternoon and Brimstone and Red Admiral both on the wing at Staple Hill. (Alex Francis, David Hanks)

 

Sunday 17th

Two Brimstone on the wing at Thornbury, one at Webbs Heath. (Matt Plenty, Nick Tippett)

 

Monday 18th

Today; Brimstone at Downend and Lyde Green, Red Admiral at Downend, Comma at Wickwar and this years first Small Tortoiseshell at Frampton Cotterell, Yate and Latteridge. (Barry Dursley, Tim Ford, Alan Piper, Pete Hazelwood, Mark Coller, Chris Teague)

 

Tuesday 19th

Brimstone on the wing at Pilning and Avening Green. (Simon Harding, Fen Marshall)

 

Wednesday 20th

A Peacock was seen in a private garden at Yate. (Mark Coller)

 

Friday 22nd

Two Brimstone, Peacock and Comma were all on show at Damery today. (Louise Bailey)

 

Saturday 30th

An Orange-tip on the wing in a private garden at Wickwar and Speckled Wood at Mangotsfield and Oldbury Power Station were our first showings of the year! Brimstone and two Peacock noted on Chipping Sodbury Common, Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell at Oldbury Power Station. (Nick Tippett, Mark Coller, Louise Bailey, Heather England)

 

This year's first Orange-tip | Paul Sadley

 


 

APRIL

 

Monday 1st

At least six Brimstone and two Small Tortoiseshell were on the wing in the Oldbury Power Station environs today. (OPS Birding)

 

Tuesday 2nd

An Orange-tip and Brimstone present from Alexander Way, Thornbury. (Simon Harding)

 

Sunday 7th

First of the year Holly Blue in gardens in Thornbury and Wickwar. Also reported on the wing today, Orange-tip and Comma. (Matt Plenty, Paul Sadley)

 

Holly Blue | Paul Sadley

 

Monday 8th

A Holly Blue at Bradley Stoke and at Wapley Bushes LNR, Yate, seven Brimstone, Peacock, Comma and Holly Blue. (Mike Prior, Chris Teague)

 

Tuesday 9th

A Speckled Wood was on the wing at Organic Blooms, Latteridge this morning. (Chris Teague)

 

Thursday 11th

On the wing today were: The first Small White of the year - Aust Wetlands, Aust. Elsewhere, Red Admiral, Brimstone, Peacock, Orange-tip and Speckled Wood. (Barry Dursley, South Glos Birds)

 

Friday 12th

Nine Brimstone, five Orange-tip, two Green-veined White (the first of the year), two Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock at Oldbury Power Station. Orange-tip, Holly Blue and Brimstone at Pomphrey Hill. Holly Blue, ten Brimstone, two Orange-tip, two Speckled Wood and six Peacock at Wapley Bushes LNR. Orange-tip, Brimstone and Peacock on Chipping Sodbury Common. (Louise Bailey, Barry Dursley, Chris Teague, Pete Coslett)

 

Saturday 13th

Large White (the first of the year) , Holly Blue and Brimstone in a garden on Shackleton Avenue, Yate plus two Holly Blue, six Speckled Wood, six Orange-tip, Brimstone and two Peacock in Kingsgate Park. Holly Blue on the wing in a Kingswood garden. (Mark Coller, South Glos Birds)

 

Sunday 14th

Orange-tip, Peacock, Green-veined White and Speckled Wood at Wickwar. (Paul Sadley)

 

Specked Wood | Paul Sadley

 


 

MAY

 

Wednesday 15th

The first of the year Painted Lady and Brown Argus were both on the wing in the Oldbury Power Station environs today. (Matt Plenty)

 

Brown Argus | Matt Plenty

 

Sunday 19th

Painted Lady's were reported today from Severn Beach and Down Road, Marshfield. (Nick Page, John Barnett)

 

Monday 20th

On the wing today; A Red Admiral on Northfield Lane, Marshfield and William Champion's Garden, Warmley, Common Blue and Small Copper around The Lake, Lyde Green, Small Blue, five Common Blue, Holly Blue and Painted Lady near Hawkesbury Upton. (John Barnett, Phil Barlow, Mark Coller)

 

Small and Common Blue | Mark Coller

 

Friday 24th

At least six Small Heath, the first of the year, were counted on Chipping Sodbury Common today. (Mark Coller)

 

Wednesday 29th

Reports today include this year's first Large Skipper at Willsbridge (also Painted Lady) and Meadow Brown at Hill near Rockhampton. (Donna Harvey, Nigel Kempson, Matt Plenty)

 

Large Skipper | Donna Harvey

 


 

JUNE

 

Sunday 2nd

On the wing today; Small Copper and Large Skipper at Wickwar. Two Large Skipper, Speckled Wood, Large White, at least six Small Heath and Common Blue on Chipping Sodbury Common. (Paul Sadley, Mark Coller)

 

Small Copper | Paul Sadley

 

Sunday 9th

Four Meadow Brown, Large Skipper, and Small Heath from Chipping Sodbury Common and Common Blue on the bank from Northwick Warth. (Mark Coller, Rosemary Setter)

 

Saturday 15th

Large and Small Skipper (the first of the year), Meadow Brown and Common Blue were all present at Millside, Yate today. (Mark Coller)

 

Sunday 16th

The year's first Ringlet at The Vineyard, Willsbridge. In the north-east of the recording area; 40+ Meadow Brown, 20+ Common Blue, six Speckled Wood and Small Heath were all logged at Upton Coombe near Hawkesbury Upton. (Nigel Kempson, Mark Coller)

 

Monday 17th

Marbled White (the first of the year), Ringlet, Common Blue, Large Skipper and Meadow Brown were all on the wing at Webb's Heath this afternoon. (Phil Barlow)

 

Tuesday 18th

At Oldbury Power Station; Although overcast there were plenty of Marbled White, Common Blue and Large Skipper on the wing. (Heather England)

 

Marbled White | Heather England

 

Friday 21st

A Small Skipper was seen near Bradley Stoke this afternoon. (Vic Savery)

 

Small Skipper | Vic Savery

 

Wednesday 26th

Counts recovered today: 52 Meadow Brown, ten Marbled White, two Ringlet, Brimstone, Painted Lady, Large Skipper and Large White at Oldbury Power Station. Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Large Skipper and Ringlet at Lower Woods, Wickwar. Three Marbled White at Barnhill Quarry, Chipping Sodbury. (Pete Hazelwood, Mark Coller)

 

Ringlet | Pete Hazelwood

 

Friday 28th

This year's first Gatekeeper was spotted in a private garden in Frampton Cotterell today! (David Hanks)

 

Saturday 29th

On the wing today; A Silver-washed Fritillary (* a garden tick at Oldland Common) and three White-letter Hairstreak at Black Rocks, Frampton Cotterell were both the first of the year! Also; Common Blue, Meadow Brown, Marbled White, Painted Lady, Large Skipper and Ringlet. (* Tim Ford, David Hanks, Mike Prior, Pete Hazelwood, Mark Coller)

 


 

JULY

 

Monday 1st

On the wing today; Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Marbled White, Meadow Brown and Green-veined White. (Pete Hazelwood, David Hanks)

 

Thursday 4th

From Lower Woods, Wickwar this morning; Two Silver-washed Fritillary and good numbers of Meadow Brown along Green Trench and from Great Trench, three Silver-washed Fritillary, lots of Meadow Brown and Ringlet plus Red Admiral, Large Skipper, Large White, Comma, and Gatekeeper. (Mark Coller)

 

Friday 5th

The first Essex Skipper of the year was seen on Chipping Sodbury Common today along with good numbers of Small Skipper and Meadow Brown plus Ringlet, Marbled White, and Large Skipper. (Mark Coller)

 

Essex Skipper | South Glos Birds

 

Saturday 13th

At Millside, Yate today; Large, Small and Marbled White, Large and Small Skipper, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Gatekeeper Small Tortoiseshell and Comma. (Mark Coller)

 

Sunday 14th

Lower Woods, Wickwar: At leas a dozen Silver-washed Fritillary (including one 'valesina'), three Purple Hairstreak, Large and Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Comma and Red Admiral. At Says Court Farm meadow, Mayshill: Four Marbled White, two Comma plus many Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown. (Mark Coller, Mike Jackson)

 

Thursday 18th

At least a dozen Silver-washed Fritillary still on show at Lower Woods, Wickwar (Linda Moysey)

 

Friday 19th

On the wing at Lower Woods, Wickwar; White Admiral, Purple Hairstreak, 26 Silver-washed Fritillary, Marbled, Large and Small White, Large and Small Skipper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Ringlet, Gatekeeper, Peacock, Red Admiral and Comma. Two Holly Blue in Kingsgate Park, Yate. (Mark Coller)

 

Silver-washed Fritillary | Chris Teague

 

Monday 22nd

A few butterflies in the garden in Avening Green at last! Peacocks, Gatekeepers, Brimstone, Meadow Browns, Comma and two Large White. (Fen Marshall)

 

Comma | Fen Marshall

 


 

 

 

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