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saving butterflies, moths and our environment
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2020 First sightings

0 Species to date


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Large Tortoiseshell
25 March

Orange-tip
25 March

Speckled Wood
24 March

Large White
22 March

Comma
13 March

Small Tortoiseshell
13 March

Small White
13 March

Brimstone
12 February

Peacock
10 January

Red Admiral
03 January

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Recent sightings in Sussex

In the light of Government advice, Butterfly Conservation - Sussex has decided to cancel all events and conservation work parties for the foreseeable future.

We will of course review the situation if advice changes, however this decision is being made to protect people and as a community we need to ensure that we are all doing everything possible in these extraordinary times.

Jess Price, Chair


Recent guidance from the Government and Butterfly Conservation nationally has been clear that people should stay at home. These restrictions will of course be tough for all us butterfly lovers and lovers of the Sussex countryside but are vital in order for us to combat Covid-19 especially now as the situation worsens. To support these restrictions we are now limiting the sightings reported on this page to butterfly and moth sightings from your gardens / other private outdoor spaces. We appreciate your understanding and patience during these challenging times. Stay safe.
Jess Price, Chair

Monday 30 March

Here in Hove, our next door neighbour's younger daughter has keen eyesight & a good clear voice. Alerted by her enthusiastic shout of "There's a butterfly daddy!" I broke off from my weedathon & looked over the fence. There indeed was a Small White circling their garden. So on behalf of L, this is her first ever butterfly report. (John Heys)

After yesterday's cold gale with assorted hail and snow, it was a relief to see a couple of Peacock, my earliest ever Humming-bird Hawk-moth (on aubretia) and a wonderful Firecrest in my North Lancing garden. No Comma or Brimstone though, which have been regular recently. I have yet to see a Red Admiral this year. (Lindsay Morris)