Saturday 27th December
As a spell of very cold weather brings
the year to an end, with snow forecast for much of the UK, it seems
unlikely that there will be many further butterfly sightings. There
are still 4 days remaining however, so it is possible that a few more
Red Admirals or even a Comma or Brimstone could be seen in sheltered
valleys before the New Year.
Thursday 25th December
A Red Admiral was seen basking on a fence
at Crawley in West Sussex today. This species is being seen so often
in winter nowadays that perhaps soon the Red Admiral will replace the
robin in our affections as our traditional symbol of winter wildlife?
Wednesday 24th December
There were reports on the Hampshire
branch website of Butterfly Conservation, of Red Admirals seen flying
at 2 different sites in the Gosport area yesterday and today.
Friday 19th December
Red Admirals are still continuing to be
reported on sunny days, with sightings at Goring and South Stoke on
Oxfordshire yesterday. Today there were records of Red Admirals from
Bierton in Bucks and Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. All records were
Saturday 13th December
Days when it is warm enough and sunny
enough for butterflies to be active are rare this late in the year.
Nevertheless, a Peacock was seen in a garden at Lindfield today and a
Red Admiral was seen at Seven Sisters Country Park, both in Sussex. A
Red Admiral was also observed flying at Overton in Hampshire.
Wednesday 10th December
A Red Admiral was seen flying today at
Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, as reported on the Sussex branch
website of Butterfly Conservation.
Saturday 6th December
A very cold but sunny day produced
several butterfly sightings including a Small Tortoiseshell at Keymer
in West Sussex, a Comma at Adwell in Oxfordshire and Red Admirals at
various sites in Hampshire, Dorset, Sussex and the Thames Valley.