the butterflies of south gloucestershire

S. Glos Butterflies - Recent Reports


Small Copper | TBOSG






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 and 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. In addition a Hummingbird Hawk Moth was watched in a Yate garden. (Mark Coller)


Green-veined White | Vic Savery

Tuesday 31st

A Small White was on the wing in an Oldland Common garden. (Tim Ford)



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

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)


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) As far as we know this is the first time that Dingy Skipper has ever been photographed in S. Glos! 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)