Butterfly Conservation
saving butterflies, moths and our environment
Butterfly Conservation - saving butterflies, moths and our environment

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2018 First sightings

0 Species to date
* indicates a national first

17 February

Small Tortoiseshell
16 February

Comma *
10 January

Brimstone *
10 January

Red Admiral
10 January


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Recent sightings in Sussex

More Transect walkers required for Cissbury and Bevendean, Brighton

Having successfully recruited three new members to the Adur Valley transect group we are now looking for more volunteers.

Cissbury near Findon, the largest hill fort in Sussex, is owned and managed by the National Trust. Cissbury is one of the oldest continuously walked transects in the county. We are looking for an additional two people to share the transect.

Bevendean, a small local nature reserve on the outskirts of Brighton, is famous for its Blue butterflies. The transect at Bevendean ceased a few years ago. We have already recruited on volunteer and would like two more to share the load.

The transect data collected will be used to monitor the habitat of these sites and assist in their management

You do not need to be an expert to take part as training will be provided. This is a great opportunity to get involved in conservation work.

For more information about the sites and what is involved send us an email.

Ed jnr

Wednesday 21 February

Fine weather made for an enjoyable work party at Heyshott escarpment this morning where I joined Murray Downland Trust volunteers and BC members Nigel Symington and Paul Day. A buzzard soared and called above the hill. (Colin Knight http://www.murraydownlandtrust.org.uk/)

Yesterday (20 February) I joined Simon Mockford of the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), to perform the last habitat works of the winter at Kithurst Hill. We cut regrowth in the large scallop created by felling some tall roadside trees in February 2016, and further enlarged last winter. We then reduced the size of some scrub blocks in the meadow, leaving sufficient perches for Duke of Burgundy males to launch their attacks from. Between us (SDNPA, West Sussex County Council and BC) I think we've now squeezed just about every square metre possible out of this flagship site. (Neil Hulme)