Butterflies Reports

Surrey Butterfly Reports

Butterfly Conservation – Surrey & South West London Branch
Species Maps 2005-2007

Key for All Species map:

Small Dot – 1-9 species
Meduim Dot – 10-19 species
Large Dot – 20+ species

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All species recorded in VC17 2005-07


Key for each species map:

Small Dot – 1 butterfly seen of that species
Meduim Dot – 2-9 butterflies seen of that species
Large Dot – 10+ butterflies seen of that species

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Small Skipper: 400 tetrads 95-99, 264 tetrads 00-04, 239 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) SU94, TQ03, 06, 14. TQ05 has been poor for Small Skipper records from 1995-2007.


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Essex Skipper: 321 tetrads 95-99, 165 tetrads 00-04, 161 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: 10km sq. SU94 and TQ14 and 24.


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Silver-spotted Skipper: 21 tetrads 95-99, 23 tetrads 00-04, 22 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: 10km sq. TQ25 along North Downs Way between Wingate Hill ( just east of Reigate Hill carpark ) and Quarry Hangers ( north of M25, due north of Bletchingley )


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Large Skipper: 351 tetrads 95-99, 262 tetrads 00-04, 236 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: 10km sq. part sq SU83 and TQ14 and 24.


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Dingy Skipper: 58 tetrads 95-99, 39 tetrads 00-04, 30 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: 10km sq. SU95. In 2007 there was a significant second brood at several North Downs sites from mid-July and well into August, the first such since 1997. Dingy skipper was recorded regularly from Banstead Downs between 95-99, rarely since and not in the current five year cycle. Is it still there?


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Grizzled Skipper: 61 tetrads 95-99, 54 tetrads 00-04, 31 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: 10km sq. TQ03 where it has been seen in Sidney Wood and at Bowles Farm, Cranleigh, but not since ‘04 and ‘02 respectively. The last sightings from Princes Coverts were two in both ’96 and’97.


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Wood White:7  tetrads 95-99, 8 tetrads 00-04, 9 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: 10km sq.TQ03 with good ’04 sightings in Sidney Wood south and a second brood couple on two occasions in Canterbury Copse on ’04.


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Brimstone : 389 tetrads 95-99, 311 tetrads 00-04, 291 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: 10km sq. TQ04 and 24 with sparse records only for current recording cycle.


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Brimstone : 389 tetrads 95-99, 311 tetrads 00-04, 291 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: 10km sq. TQ04 and 24 with sparse records only for current recording cycle.


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Large White: 491 tetrads 95-99, 426 tetrads 00-04, 355 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)


 

Small White: 490 tetrads 95-99, 450 tetrads 00-04, 452 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)

 


 

Green-veined White: 503 tetrads 95-99, 421 tetrads 00-04, 338 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: 10km sq. Many missing tetrads from across the county. This species was the most widely recorded of the three common whites during the ‘95/’99 cycle.

Orange Tip: 387 tetrads 95-99, 277 tetrads 00-04, 223 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: 10km sq. Part sq. SU83 and TQ13 and 44 and whole 10km sq. TQ04 and 05 – a challenge for the start of a new butterfly year?


Green Hairstreak: 74 tetrads 95-99, 63 tetrads 00-04, 53 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: 10km sq. TQ16 several sightings between ‘95/’03, mainly from Princes Coverts, also Epsom and Esher Commons and 60 acre Wood. 1998 recird from Park Hill, Reigate (TQ24).


Brown Hairstreak: 39 tetrads 95-99, 54 tetrads 00-04, 24 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: 10km sq. TQ14 should be recorded from several tetrads within this 10km sq.. SU94 – 1996 Witley Common record – none since.


Purple Hairstreak: 319 tetrads 95-99, 181 tetrads 00-04, 132 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: 10km sq. TQ05, 14, 24 and 36 should have several more tetrad records.


White-letter Hairstreak: 70 tetrads 95-99, 31 tetrads 00-04, 21 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008:  three part sq. SU84 and TQ03 and 13 and four whole sq. SU94, TQ04, 14, 24 and 34. Beggars Lane, Gomshall; Vale End, Albury; Earlswood, Horley and Parkgate area all had ‘95/’99 records.


Small Copper: 320 tetrads 95-99, 240 tetrads 00-04, 167 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: TQ14, 24 and 34.


 

Small Blue: 24 tetrads 95-99, 19 tetrads 00-04, 13 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: 10km sq. TQ14 – several Holmwood Claypit records between ‘96/’99. TQ25 – Several Epsom Downs, Walton Downs and Juniper Hill records between ‘95/’99


Silver-studded Blue: 37 tetrads 95-99, 33 tetrads 00-04, 30 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: TQ05 – Ockham Common re-introduction (2006) needs monitoring – one seen in 2007.


Brown Argus: 107 tetrads 95-99, 68 tetrads 00-04, 85 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: TQ17 and 27 – singletons seen at Ham Lands, Petersham; Richmond Park and Beverley Meads seven years ago.


Common Blue: 336 tetrads 95-99, 277 tetrads 00-04, 232 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: TQ24


Chalk Hill Blue: 36 tetrads 95-99, 29 tetrads 00-04, 29 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)


Adonis Blue: 11 tetrads 95-99, 6 tetrads 00-04, 10 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: Singletons at Dawcombe ’96 and Colley Hill ’97. TQ04: since recent – post 2000- expansion to west, Pewley and Merrow Downs, tetrads along North Downs Way from Guildford to Hackhurst Downs.


Holly Blue: 431 tetrads 95-99, 344 tetrads 00-04, 262 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: a species of suburbia – TQ23 and 33 are under-represented.


White Admiral: 102 tetrads 95-99, 52 tetrads 00-04, 60 tetrads 05-07 (end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: specimens recorded in TQ27 reflect a new breeding presence close to the Beverley Brook on Wimbledon Common so TQ 26 should be the target new 10km sq.


Purple Emperor: 37 tetrads 95-99, 20 tetrads 00-04, 23 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: TQ34 has garden rec. of a singleton, south of Blindley Heath. TQ35 has recent sightings from Marden Woods and Whistlers Steep.


Red Admiral: 391 tetrads 95-99, 346 tetrads 00-04, 349 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: part sq. SU83


Painted Lady: 285 tetrads 95-99, 275 tetrads 00-04, 153 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)


Small Tortoiseshell: 483 tetrads 95-99, 372 tetrads 00-04, 196 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year). Despite very low numbers the Small Tortoiseshell remains widespread and can be found in most tetrads of our vice-county area. Targets for 2008: part sq. SU85 and TQ44.


Peacock : 486 tetrads 95-99, 349 tetrads 00-04, 240 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year)
Targets for 2008: TQ04, 24 and 34 records.


Comma : 424 tetrads 95-99, 360 tetrads 00-04, 357 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Of the three common, native, nettle-feeders, the Comma is currently the most likely to be encountered with the Small Tortoiseshell behind the Peacock in third place.


Pearl-bordered Fritillary: 8 tetrads 95-99, 4 tetrads 00-04, 2 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: any PBF sighting news would be appreciated when it happens and not at the end of the season – telephone or e-mail, please. Given that only two were reported in 2007, 2008 might be a zero year. The recent small colonies in Sidney Wood and across the Sussex border in Ashpark seemed to have died out.


Dark-green Fritillary: 31 tetrads 95-99, 20 tetrads 00-04, 16 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: TQ26 – DGF singletons were recorded from Banstead Downs annually, ’96-’03, but not since. TQ35 – DGF recorded annually in ones or twos from Nore Hill, Woldingham, ’97-’01, but not since. The 2006 record from SU93 (Tugley Wood) was the first since ’99.



Silver-washed Fritillary: 133 tetrads 95-99, 86 tetrads 00-04, 98 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Part sq. TQ07 yielded two SWF in 2004 but none in the’95-’99 cycle. The TQ25 record was a single SWF in 2006 flying south of the windmill on Wimbledon Common.

Speckled Wood: 494 tetrads 95-99, 453 tetrads 00-04, 418 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year). Flying in most weeks of the butterfly year, from early April into November, this species probably occurs in all but the most industrialised tetrads. It would be pleasing to exceed the ’95-’99 tetrad count during the current cycle.

 


Marbled White: 73 tetrads 95-99, 63 tetrads 00-04, 70 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: TQ24 several records ’95-’04 from the Parkgate (N. of Newdidate ) area and east at Salfords – none in last three years. Part sq TQ 17 – Richmond Park records in ’99 (1) and ’03 (11) – none since.



Grayling: 48 tetrads 95-99, 43 tetrads 00-04, 37 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: SU95 – graylings are found in suitable habitats throughout this 10km sq. W. and SW of Woking. A key area, the Pirbright Ranges (MoD) , present several problems re access.


Gatekeeper: 505 tetrads 95-99, 388 tetrads 00-04, 320 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) – since its successful colonisation of suburban and urban S. London the gatekeeper can be found almost anywhere and the tetrad count should be well over 400 at this stage of the recording cycle.


Meadow Brown: 538 tetrads 95-99, 461 tetrads 00-04, 414 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) – its 538 tetrads (‘95/’99) made it the most widely recorded butterfly in the closing years of the last century. A total in excess of 500 tetrads should be an aim for the two years remaining in the current recording cycle.


Ringlet : 316 tetrads 95-99, 234 tetrads 00-04, 181 tetrads 05-07(end of 3rd year) Targets for 2008: TQ27 and 37 – 6 sightings in ’06 and a 2007 sighting in the shadow of Canary Wharf ( Russia Dock Woodland ) – all from TQ37 – suggest that the late 1990s movement to the Thames has been resumed. The TQ27 record was from Wandsworth Common in 2006 when 2 ringlets were seen. The TQ17 record was from the Ham area of Richmond Park in 2007 when two were seen. The small colony from Beverley Meads which appeared in the mid 1990s has not been seen since 1999.


Small Heath: 175 tetrads 95-99, 121 tetrads 00-04, 115 tetrads 05-07 (end of 3rd year).  Targets for 2008: part sq TQ13 where the area around Capel seems to be the best bet. TQ03 should show more tetrads with small heath.


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