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Adastra Report 2023

Hot off the press is a draft of the Adastra Report 2023 written by Martin Kalaher. The report covers the period from January to late November and may be updated depending on new sightings in the next 5 weeks. View the draft report here.

Winter Work Parties for Rowland Wood / Park Corner Heath

These will take place over 5 months from November 2023 to March 2024. Dates and further information is available at working parties. Please do come along and help with this vital conservation work.

Neil Hulme will be leading walks on our Park Corner Heath & Rowland Wood reserves, to find both the Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary next spring. These will be restricted to those volunteers who have attended Work Parties over the autumn and winter. To ensure success, dates will be confirmed much nearer the time on the Sightings page, when weather and emergence times can be better predicted.

The Bees of Sussex

'The Bees of Sussex' is a new book by James Power which might be of interest to butterfly lovers. The book will be published early in 2024, further information can be found at www.naturebureau.co.uk/the-bees-of-sussex

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Recent sightings in Sussex

First sightings


Previous sightings:


First sightings - 2023


2nd   Red Admiral

2nd   Peacock

11th Brimstone


7th   Small Tortoiseshell

7th   Speckled Wood

13th Comma


19th Small White

25th Large Tortoiseshell


3rd   Orange-tip

3rd   Large White

7th   Holly Blue

11th Green-veined White

13th Green Hairstreak

16th Painted Lady

20th Wall

22nd Clouded Yellow

25th Small Copper

29th Grizzled Skipper

29th Small Heath*

30th Dingy Skipper


2nd   Duke of Burgundy*

3rd   Pearl-bordered Fritillary

7th   Common Blue

10th Brown Argus*

11th Small Blue

13th Wood White

20th Adonis Blue

28th Large Skipper

29th Meadow Brown


3rd   Small Pearl-bordered�Fritillary

6th   Silver-studded Blue

10th Marbled White

13th Black Hairstreak

13th Dark Green Fritillary

17th Small Skipper

17th White Admiral

17th Purple Hairstreak

18th Silver-washed Fritillary

18th Gatekeeper

19th Purple Emperor*

20th Ringlet

23rd White-letter Hairstreak

23rd Essex Skipper

28th Long-tailed Blue


6th   Silver-spotted Skipper

7th   Swallowtail

8th   Chalk Hill Blue

12th Grayling

18th Brown Hairstreak

*National first

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