Butterfly Diary - field notes by Adrian Hoskins
note : earliest sightings of each brood are in bold type
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Monday 20th January

Sightings reported from Hampshire included a Speckled Wood seen at Pitts Wood, a Peacock at Portsdown Hill, and a Red Admiral at Lee on Solent.

Saturday 11th January

An Speckled Wood was seen today at Southampton in Hampshire. This is an extremely early record for this species, which normally begins to emerge in March.

Friday 10th January

Red Admirals were seen flying today at Friston Gallops, Itford Farm and Stansted Forest in Sussex; at Leatherhead in Surrey; and at Llandybie in South Wales. The first Small Tortoiseshell of the year was seen basking on the Icknfield Way in Oxfordshire.

Thursday 2nd January

There were several reports today of Red Admirals seen as singletons in various parts of Dorset, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Furthermore a Brimstone was seen in flight at Southampton, a Comma was on the wing at Kithurst Hill in Sussex, and a Peacock was seen at Iver in Bucks.




















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