Butterfly Diary - field notes by Adrian Hoskins
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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 of singletons.

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.











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