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The Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Project

The Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Project 2017

Bob Eade

The distribution trend for the Silver-studded Blue had shown a 43% drop since 1970. Region conservation status for this butterfly is "High" with only one population now found in East Sussex. This project will reinvigorate habitat areas and help to ensure a strong future for the population of this beautiful butterfly within the High Weald.

The project activities are:

  • Butterfly and habitat surveys to better understand the strength of the East Sussex population
  • Identification and creation of long-term butterfly survey plots
  • Establishment of an ongoing research project
  • Larger-scale habitat restoration and creation
  • Demonstration and advocacy amongst land managers
  • Engaging people in this beautiful and rare butterfly

The Silver-studded Blue is found mainly in 4 landscape areas within the South East region - New Forest (connecting to Dorset Heaths), Thames Basin Heaths, Wealden Greensand, and High Weald. Within the High Weald landscape area, Silver-studded Blue is only known to exist within the Ashdown Forest area (a 3,000ha SSSI).

Silver-studded Blue Project 2017 sightings

Date Person Location Notes
1 Sunday 23 July Christine Straker Little Warren Barn 2 butterflies were seen in our meadow. View on map
2 Thursday 20 July Dorothy Helme South of the Hollies Car Park Have been looking for these since your poster requesting sightings as I walk often on the Ashdown Forest and today I saw one silver-studded blue butterfly about 100 yards south of the Hollies Car Park, Ashdown Forest on the 20th July at about 3 pm. View on map
3 Tuesday 18 July Alastair Gray TQ410335 Single male seen along ride at TQ410335,Lumbston Stone. View on map
4 Tuesday 18 July Steve Wheatley Millbrook East None found View on map
5 Sunday 16 July Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt TQ4791828590 TQ4791828590 one male View on map
6 Sunday 16 July Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt TQ4804428621 TQ4804428621 One female View on map
7 Sunday 16 July Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt TQ 482286 TQ 482286 3 found including 1 female View on map
8 Sunday 16 July Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt TQ494326 TQ494326 Nothing found View on map
9 Sunday 16 July Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt TQ498320 TQ498320 nothing found View on map
10 Sunday 16 July Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt TQ476306 TQ476306 2 found View on map
11 Sunday 16 July Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt TQ472294 TQ472294 three found View on map
12 Sunday 16 July Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt TQ467311 TQ467311 Nothing found View on map
13 Sunday 16 July Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt TQ467317 TQ467317 Nothing found View on map
14 Sunday 16 July Ashdown Forest Silver-studded Blue Hunt TQ470321 TQ470321 Nothing found View on map
15 Wednesday 12 July Mrs Street King standing A silver studded blue was sighted in the hedge just past the tree clump at King standing View on map
16 Tuesday 11 July Paul Johnson Forest ride between New Pond Cottages and Crows Nest Clump Ten Silver-studded Blues (eight males, two females) on and by the forest ride running between the Vanguard Way at New Pond Cottages and Crow's Nest Clump. View on map
17 Tuesday 11 July Paul Johnson Vanguard Way west of New Pond Cottages Five Silver-studded Blues (three males, two females) on the Vanguard Way to the north-west of New Pond Cottages. View on map
18 Tuesday 11 July Paul Johnson Vanguard Way to the south of New Pond Cottages Three male Silver-studded Blues on the Vanguard Way south of New Pond Cottages. View on map
19 Monday 10 July Martin Briggs 100M south of Hollies car park 15:00 10th July 2017. 3 Silver Studded Blue butterflies spotted (at the same time) 100M south of Hollies car park. View on map
20 Sunday 09 July Alastair Gray TQ477290 5 Males on path behind radio station.TQ477290 View on map
21 Sunday 09 July Alastair Gray TQ461284 Still 2 Males along main track heading south from Hollies car park,200yrds from car Park on Left.TQ461284. View on map
22 Saturday 08 July Tyler Farrow New Road Male sitting on the heather by the path down to New Road View on map
23 Thursday 06 July Barry Walter TQ484286 Two male and one female Silver-studded Blues at the east end of the track beside New Road View on map
24 Thursday 06 July Barry Walter TQ479289 One male Silver-studded Blue on the track from Crows Nest Clump to New Road car park View on map
25 Wednesday 05 July Barry Walter TQ477288 Nine male and two female Silver-studded Blues on the track from Doves Nest to Crows Nest Clump View on map
26 Wednesday 05 July Barry Walter TQ481286 One male Silver-studded Blue on the track beside New Road near the path to the car park View on map
27 Wednesday 05 July R.Ludman Forest ride besides New Road Glad to see 3 frenetically flying in heat in same place as yesterday's report. Thank you for that. View on map
28 Tuesday 04 July Paul Johnson Forest ride by New Road between Poundgate and the A26 Found 12 Silver-studded Blues (10 males and 2 females) along the forest ride which runs parallel to New Road between the Poundgate car park and the A26. Some butterflies looked fresh, others rather worn. View on map
29 Sunday 02 July Chris Hooker Ellisons Pond Ashdown Forest Silver-studded blues project: Single male Silver-studded blue basking in the late afternoon sun. Also observed it to be rubbing its hind wings together on several occasions. I sometimes find a female appears when they do this but not on this occasion (although I had a good look deep in the heather for one). View on map
30 Sunday 02 July Chris Hooker SE of Kings Standing Single male Silver-studded blue flying briskly between patches of heather. Eventually lost sight of it as it flew deep into an open area with no paths (I couldn't keep up!). View on map
31 Sunday 02 July Chris Hooker SE of Kings Standing Single male Silver Studded Blue basking in the sun in a patch of bell heather about 50m off path. View on map
32 Tuesday 27 June Kevin Arnold TQ471302 Please see a photo taken on The Wealdway on Ashdown Forest at about 12noon on 26th June 2017 grid ref 300471 (approx). Spotted by my wife - photo taken by me !! Only saw one all day - absolutely beautiful !! View on map
33 Monday 26 June Kerry Baldwin Ellisons Pond Two males just up the track from the pond in the patch of heather to the left of the main track. View on map
34 Sunday 25 June Nigel Symington The Garden of Eden A joint Symington-Gibbs search party set out to look for Silver-studded Blues this afternoon by the Garden of Eden, making a thorough search of the area between the car park at TQ470306 and finishing beyond the stream at 463296. In spite of the keen attention of 10 pairs of eyes, we saw no blues. Large Skippers were plentiful, also some Meadow Brown and 1 Small Heath. Habitat didn't look the most promising for the SSB, with not very much bell heather, and the other heathers were tall and surrounded by grass: or some areas were closely grazed or recently debrackened with not much left. View on map
35 Sunday 25 June Mike Scott-Ham Nr. Camp Hill Clump Single male View on map
36 Saturday 24 June Sandy Curtis TN22 3HU Several sightings of the Silver-studded Blue in my garden starting 10.06.16 and during this past week. View on map
37 Friday 23 June Moi Hicks Ellisons Pond Saw two males approx 150yds up the hill from the right hand pond. Just off of the path on the Heather and grasses. View on map
38 Thursday 22 June Nigel Symington Camp Hill A second male SSB this afternoon at 3.50 at TQ463287 View on map
39 Thursday 22 June Nigel Symington Camp Hill One male SSB seen this afternoon at 3.45 at TQ463288 flying around some cross-leaved Heath View on map
40 Thursday 22 June Lee Martin on Ashdown Forest I am mailing you to let advise you of a sighting of a silver-studded blue butterfly on Ashdown Forest in Sussex on Saturday 17th June at approx 2pm View on map
41 Tuesday 20 June Tom Lee South of Smugglers These may well be the ones Steve saw earlier in the month. Two males within close proximity on the second (lower) path. An good sweep of the area below that, where I have seen them in previous years, proved fruitless this morning. View on map
42 Tuesday 20 June Tom Lee South of Smugglers car park These may well be the same two males that Steve saw earlier in the month. This time they were together within a few feet. I was lucky enough to get there before it got too hot and managed some photos. By the time I left they were no longer settling. I had a good sweep of the area below the second (lower) path where I found these, but I saw no further ones. Plenty of dragonfly, moths and large skippers though. View on map
43 Monday 19 June Chris Bird Ellisons pond One male on the track near Ellison's pond on the way up to Camp Hill clump at around 7:30am. View on map
44 Monday 19 June Alastair Gray Hollies 2 Male Silver Studded Blues on left of main path around 250yrds from Hollies Car park. TQ461284. View on map
45 Monday 19 June Rob Thomas N of Ellisons Pond Two males seen on grass/heather patch immediately on east side of path leading north from Ellisons Pond. View on map
46 Sunday 18 June Steve Wheatley Below Smugglers Car Park Two male Silver-studded Blues seen (50m apart) on the second (lower) path below Smugglers Car Park. View on map
47 Sunday 18 June Chris Hooker Ashdown Forest 2 Silver Studded Blues beside the ride approx 150m SW of Smugglers car park. 1 male and 1 female. View on map
48 Saturday 17 June Nigel Kemp TQ471295 5 males, 1 female. View on map
49 Thursday 15 June Nigel Kemp TQ472295 single active male View on map
50 Thursday 15 June Nigel Kemp TQ464297 single active male View on map
51 Wednesday 14 June Paul Johnson Forest ride about 250 m east of Poundgate car park Found two fresh and very active male Silver-studded Blues in a sheltered spot at the junction of two main rides ~ 250 m east of the Poundgate car park. A very forlorn looking overwintered Peacock in attendance too. View on map
52 Tuesday 13 June Graham Nichols 2 or 300 yards down the track from Hollies car park 2 males seen 2 or 300 yards down the track from the Hollies car park View on map
53 Friday 02 June Josh Bevan Millbrooke West Grazing Enclosure Silver Studded Blue Millbrooke West Grazing Enclosure - Ashdown Forest View on map

Contact Steve Wheatley ,Butterfly Conservation Senior Regional Officer - South East England
swheatley@butterfly-conservation.org

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