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Saturday 22nd February

After the recent very wet and windy weather it was a bit of a shock to wake up this morning and be greeted by bright sunshine, blue skies and cherry trees in blossom! The idyllic conditions soon brought in reports of Brimstones from several sites across southern England including Alresford, Waterlooville, Reading, Leatherhead, Dorchester and Tunbridge Wells. There were also several widely scattered sightings of Red Admirals, Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks; and a Comma was seen at Woodley in Berkshire.

Sunday 16th February

A sunny day with a maximum temperature of 9C resulted in several Hampshire butterfly sightings including Red Admiral singletons at 2 sites near Winchester, and a Brimstone at Fleet.

Saturday 8th February

Butterfly sightings have been few and far between so far this month due to the prevailing wet and windy conditions. The only records that have come to my attention have been of a Red Admiral at Goring on Thames, a male Brimstone at Holtspur in Bucks, another Brimstone at Abbotstone Down in Hampshire, and a Small Tortoiseshell at Lindfield in Sussex - all seen on Sunday 2nd February.




















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