the butterflies of south gloucestershire

The S. Glos Butterflies - Recent Reports


Small Copper | TBOSG






14th: This years first Comma and Red Admiral were both seen at Willsbridge with another Red Admiral at Thornbury. 15th: A Peacock and Red Admiral were noted at Lower Woods with Small Tortoiseshell's seen just below Highfield Farm near Wick and in a garden at Yate. 21st: Two Brimstone were seen at Oldbury Power Station with singles at Bradley Stoke and Coalpit Heath. 22nd: A Red Admiral around Lagoon II at Oldbury Power Station. 23rd: Brimstones noted at Frampton Cotterell and (with three) Three Brooks LNR, Bradley Stoke and Thornbury.


Donna Harvey

Pete Hazelwood, Matt Plenty


24th: A Brimstone, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell at Oldbury Power Station, Comma and Peacock in Thornbury and Brimstone at Oldland Common. 25th: A Small Tortoiseshell at Ringswell, Marshfield. 26th: Four Brimstone and three Small Tortoiseshell on the wing in Warmley CP, two male Brimstone in Thornbury, Peacock, five Comma and two Brimstone at Three Brooks LNR and two Brimstone and Red Admiral at Oldbury Power Station. Also a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in a garden in Marshfield feeding on primrose plus Red Admiral and Brimstone. 27th: Three Brimstone, three Peacock and three Comma still at Three Brooks LNR also Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma in Yate and a Dragonfly Spp. at Oldbury Power Station.



MARCH 2019


19th: A Brimstone was seen on the wing at Willsbridge Mill. (Steve Mackie) 23rd: A Red Admiral was seen on Streamside Walk, Thornbury (Louise Bailey) three Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock were noted at Oldbury Power Station, (Pete Hazelwood) and an Orange-tip was reported from Thornbury. 24th: A flush of sightings today with three Small Tortoiseshell, three Brimstone (2 ♂, 1♀) Comma and Peacock on Streamside Walk, Thornbury. (Louise Bailey, Matt Plenty) At Bradley Stoke, at least 50 Peacock, at least 20♂ Brimstone, more than 20 Comma and several Small Tortoiseshell. (Vic Savery) Brimstone and Orange-tip in a private garden at Severn Beach. (Paul Bowerman) 25th: An Orange-tip was noted by the Lake at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood) 26th: Comma, Orange-tip and Small Tortoiseshell from Willsbridge (Donna Harvey), Brimstone and a possible Green-veined White also in the Willsbridge area (Phil Barlow) and at Three Brooks LNR, 20 plus Peacock, at least ten Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell (Vic Savery)


Vic Savery


27th: Male Orange-tip and Peacock at West Street, Oldland Common (Paul Francis), two Small Whites (the first of the year) with singles at Bradley Stoke and Almondsbury along with many Peacock, Comma and several male Brimstone (Vic Savery), two Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock from Pilning Wetland Reserve (Lois Pryce)


Vic Savery, Pete Coslett


28th: Across the recording area: The first Holly Blue of the year (at Bradley Stoke) was supported by, Orange-tip, Peacock, Small White, Comma, Brimstone and Small Tortoiseshell. (Vic Savery, Adam Rawson, Phil Barlow) 30th: At Oldbury Power Station, the first Speckled Wood of the year plus two Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. (Matt Plenty)



APRIL 2019


1st: A Speckled Wood at Bakersfield, Longwell Green (Donna Harvey) also Speckled Wood, Comma, Orange-tip, Small White, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell at Three Brooks LNR. (Vic Savery) 8th: Speckled Wood, Comma, Orange-tip, Small White, Peacock, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell and Brimstone continue to show. 12th: A Painted Lady, the first of the year, was reported in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. 13th: Holly Blue was on the wing. (Vic Savery) On the wing in recent days, Orange-tip, Specked Wood, Large White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Holly Blue, Brimstone, Comma and Small White. (Phil Barlow, Paul Francis, Donna Harvey, Matt Plenty) 29th: New for the year Brown Argus at Western Distribution Park, Severn Beach. (Vic Savery)


Vic Savery



MAY 2019


19th: New for the year were Small Heath and Common Blue both at Oldbury Power Station. (Matt Plenty) and ...'Quite a few'... Common Blue on the wing at Marshfield (Pete Coslett) 22nd: Meadow Brown in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Rob Emery) 23rd: Several Small Heath around the sluice at New Passage. (Rob Emery) 25th: The first Green-veined White of the year was seen on the wing at Monk's Pool LNR, Bradley Stoke/ Winterbourne. (Vic Savery)


Matt Plenty

Vic Savery



JUNE 2019


3rd: The first Large Skipper to be reported this year was noted at Three Brookes LNR, Bradley Stoke. (Vic Savery)


Vic Savery, David Teague


9th: The first reports of Small Copper emerged with a sighting at Dunkirk. (David Teague) 16th: Brought out the first Ringlet of the year with at least one in the Winterbourne area. (Vic Savery)


Vic Savery


17th: Single Ringlet ,Common Blue and three Meadow Brown at Orchard Pools, Severn Beach this morning. (Rob Emery) 19th: The first Marbled White, Small Heath, Meadow Brown and a fly past Painted Lady were all seen in the New Passage/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area this afternoon. (Rob Emery) On Chipping Sodbury Common, at least 30 Large Skipper, 20+ Meadow Brown and six Small Heath. (Mark Coller)


Rob Emery


20th: Reported on the wing today, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Copper, Large Skipper, Large White, Marbled White and Common Blue. (Phil Barlow, Lisa Presland, Paul Francis, Pete, OPS Birding) 22nd: Good numbers of Marbled White, Meadow Brown and Large Skipper at Oldbury Power Station. (Matt Plenty) 27th: This years first Silver-washed Fritillary were logged at Lower Woods, Wickwar today. (Vic Polley) Painted Lady arriving in the recording area with individuals noted at Severn Beach, Marshfield, Oldland Common and Little Stoke. Also today the first Purple Hairstreak of the season were seen in trees from Braydon Avenue, Little Stoke. (Vic Savery) 28th: As well as Painted Lady, a Clouded Yellow was seen in a private garden at Severn Beach. (Paul Bowerman) 30th: The first of this years Small Skippers were seen at Old Down between Thornbury and Tockington. (Vic Savery)


Vic Savery



JULY 2019


2nd: A least three Silver-washed Fritillaries in the Lower Woods area at Wickwar. (Mike Jackson) 3rd: White-letter Hairstreak at Severn View Services, Aust; three together in one area with another nearby. (Vic Savery) That's the 25th species reported from S. Glos this year! Also today Purple Hairstreak was noted at Kingsgate Park, Yate. (Mark Coller) 5th: At least three White-letter Hairstreak at Severn View Services, Aust still (Lisa Presland) plus one (some) at Bradley Stoke. (Vic Savery) 6th: Purple Hairstreaks are out at the Hanham peregrine viewpoint and Silver-washed Fritillary at Willsbridge Mill. (Nigel Kempson) Several White-letter Hairstreak around the playing fields at Little Stoke. (Vic Savery)


Vic Savery


7th: A very obliging White Admiral was seen at Lower Woods, Wickwar and White-letter Hairstreak was still on show at Severn View Services, Aust. (Matt Plenty) Also today another White Admiral along the R. Frome at Yate as well as at least twenty (20) Purple Hairstreak (Mark Coller) and Silver-washed Fritillary at Tortworth Court Lake. (Andy Jordan) At Marshfield the first Essex Skipper of the year was noted from Down Track. (John Barnett) 11th: Essex Skipper on the wing in meadows opposite the Winter Stream Farm Pub at Hambrook/ Bradley Stoke. (Vic Savery)


Matt Plenty

Vic Savery


14th: At Lower Woods, Wickwar today; Two Dark Green Fritillary, good numbers of Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Hairstreak and Gatekeeper and a White Admiral. (Mark Coller, Vic Savery) 17th: Two White Admiral were noted at Lower Woods, Wickwar (Stephen Jones), with at least one still on show on the 18th. (Kenny Hills) 21st: A few Essex Skipper, up to fifteen (15) Silver-washed Fritillary including but the best sighting of the day at Lower Woods Nature Reserve this afternoon was 'Greenish' Silver-washed Fritillary of the form 'valesina'. (Chris & David Teague) 23rd: A Hummingbird Hawk Moth was seen feeding on bramble flowers on Northwick Warth. (Paul Bowerman)


Chris Teague


24th: Around twenty species of butterfly recorded today from S. Glos. Good numbers of Gatekeeper on Chipping Sodbury Common and nearby at Lower Woods, Wickwar, Purple Hairstreak, three White Admiral and around fifteen Silver-washed Fritillary. (TBOSG, Nigel Warren) 25th: Several Holly Blue on the wing around Bradley Stoke (Vic Savery) and an Essex Skipper at Organic Blooms, Latteridge at lunchtime, the first of the year at this site. (Chris Teague)



Vic Savery, Chris Teague


29th: A Small Copper of the form 'caeruleopunctata' was noted from Wapley Meadows along with Holly Blue, Comma, Red Admiral, Peacock and Meadow Brown. (Mike Jackson) 31st: Butterflies from S. Glos today; Small Skipper, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Small Copper, Brown Argus and Common Blue. (TBOSG)







1st: This Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas caeruleopunctata was photographed on Chipping Sodbury Common today. (Mark Coller) 4th: A good spread of Painted Lady's across the recording area in the last few days. (Chris Teague, Rob Emery) 7th: Butterflies reported on the wing today were; Small, Essex and Large Skipper, Large, Small and Green-veined White, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Small Copper (including caeruleopunctata), Common and Holly Blue. (TBOSG) 9th: A Clouded Yellow was noted at Oldbury Power Station. (OPS Birding) 11th: A Brown Argus was present in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area today. (Lisa Presland)


Mark Coller


Chris Teague, Lisa Presland


12th: A whopping sixty-four (64) Painted Ladies were counted across the Oldbury Power Station patch this afternoon. Also a large number of Common Blue. (Pete Hazelwood) 13th: A Silver-washed Fritillary - first Oldbury Power Station record - was seen today along the bridleway and main rhine in a patch of blackberry blossom and bindweed. (Andy Middleton) Also today c.20 Painted Lady, Common Blue, Speckled Wood and Small Tortoiseshell from the Shire Valley, Marshfield. 15th: Plenty of Painted Lady butterflies at Organic Blooms in Latteridge today. (Chris Teague) 17th: A Brown Argus was on the wing in the south-east corner of Lagoon II, Oldbury Power Station, on path by the reedbed. (Matt Plenty) 19th: Oldbury Power Station's first ever Silver-washed Fritillary was still present today... and still present on the 20th. (Pete Hazelwood)


TBOSG, Pete Hazelwood


21st: A Brown Argus was seen in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area. (Aravind Ramesh) 23rd: Quick walk at Golden Valley, Wick; Surprised at the amount if butterflies on the wing, Small and Large White, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral Silver-washed Fritillary plus Common and Holly Blue (Phil Barlow) Also today one possibly two White Admiral and a Silver-washed Fritillary from Lower Woods, Wickwar. (Morris Benson) 25th: Three Clouded Yellow present at Oldbury Power Station. 26th: At least one Clouded Yellow around Lagoon III at  Oldbury Power Station still. (Morris Benson) 29th: A Clouded Yellow (probably 'helice') was present in a garden at New Passage on the 29th. (Rosemary Setter) 31st: Another Clouded Yellow was noted in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area this morning. (Phil Barlow)


Rosemary Setter





5th: A Brown Argus was reported from Oldbury Power Station. (Morris Benson) 13th: Small White, Small Tortoiseshell, Painted Lady, Red Admiral and Small Copper in the New Passage/ Northwick Warth area today. (Rosemary Setter, Lisa Presland) 14th: A few Brown Argus and Common Blue seen on a walk to Littleton today. (Vic Savery) 19th: A Clouded Yellow was reported in the Northwick Warth/ Pilning Wetland Reserve area. (Paul Bowerman) 20th: A Brimstone was seen between Aust and Northwick Warth (Adam Rawson) and a few Brown Argus along sunny bank on the north-east side of Lagoon I at Oldbury Power Station plus Painted Lady and at least three Red Admiral. (Pete Hazelwood)


Vic Savery





5th: A couple of Small White on the wing at Bitton this afternoon. (TBOSG) 21st: Red Admirals and Peacock both seen in a garden at New Passage. (Lisa Presland) 22nd: Two Red-Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell in the Shire Valley, Marshfield. (TBOSG) Red Admiral and Speckled Wood on the wing at Overscourt Woodland (Phil Barlow) and Red Admiral and Speckled Wood at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood) 27th: Two Red Admiral at Oldbury Power Station. (Pete Hazelwood)





4th: A Red Admiral from a garden in Yate today. 10th: Red Admiral still present in a Yate garden. (Mark Coller) 17th: Small Tortoiseshell on the wing Warmley. (Phil Barlow) 18th: Red Admiral on the wing in the Shire Valley. (TBOSG)






30th: Two Peacocks on the patch at Marshfield today!!! (Tim Ford, John Barnett)



Louise Bailey, Phil Barlow, John Barnett, Morris Benson, Paul Bowerman, Mark Coller, Pete Coslett, Rob Emery, Paul Francis, Tim Ford, Dave Hanks, Donna Harvey, Pete Hazelwood, Kenny Hills, Mike Jackson, Stephen Jones, Nigel Kempson, Steve Mackie, Andy Middleton, Matt Plenty, Vic Polley, Dave Poulton, Lisa Presland, Lois Pryce, Adam Rawson, Aravind Ramesh, Vic Savery, Rosemary Setter, Chris Teague, David Teague, Denise Whittle. | OPS Birding, Severnside Birds, TBOSG.