Recorded sightings in 2009: 343
Recorded sightings in 2010: 429
Status in Rother: Resident and locally common in Rother, especially in rough, uncultivated, grassland and also woodland rides and glades.
Habitat: This butterfly favours grassy areas, where foodplants grow in sheltered, often damp, situations and remain tall and uncut. It is found in a wide variety of habitats where there are shrubs, tall herbs, and grasses, for example woodland rides and clearings, pastures, roadside verges, hedgerows, and wet heathland. It is also a species of urban habitats, occurring in parks, churchyards, and other places where its foodplants, long grasses, are found.
ID Tips: A small, orange butterfly on rough, uncultivated, grassland and also woodland rides and glades. The light squares on the wings distinguish this from the Small Skipper and Essex Skipper.
First sighting in Rother (2009): 2 June
Recorded by: David Burrows
UK Distribution trend: -12%
Ten year UK Population trend (1995-2004): -38%
Long term UK population trend: 12%