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Recent sightings

The purpose of this page is to give an indication of what butterflies and moths are currently on the wing within the North East England region. Sightings do not have to be rare or unusual as the purpose is simply to give other website users an indication of what is about and what they can expect to see. If you have sightings to report please send them with the details of what you saw, the date and the location to this link or alternatively by using the contact page of the web-site.

Important Note: this is intended only as an informal non-validated record of what is currently on the wing and we strongly encourage you to send your records to the relevant recorder for Northumberland or Durham (see Committee page for contact details and the downloads page for the recording form).

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2014

September 2014

12 September.  Jonathan Wallace counted 9 Speckled wood in 'the Quarry' at Cowgate, Newcastle.

10 September.  Steve Austin spent several hours in Russell Woods in fine weather and recorded Small White 1, Speckled Wood 46, Small Copper 2, Small Tort 2, Common Blue 1, and Peacock 1.

5 September.  Jenny wigston and Andy Inman saw a Speckled Wood in a garden in Fenham, Newcastle.

4 September.  Steve Austin visited Wingate Quarry where he saw 6 wall browns, 2 Peacock and 6 Small Heath as well as his first Painted Lady of the year.  He also had a fleeting glimpse of what he was sure was a vaery late Marbled White (latest official record in our region is 26 August)but did not manage to refind it in order to get a photo.

David Lacey found some second brood Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars, freshly hatched and still in a web at Low Newton Nature Reserve.

3 September.  Elaine Carter reported the first ever speckled wood in her garden in Consett this morning, along with 2 comma, 5 peacock, 3 small tortoiseshell.

2 September.  Ronald Henderson visited Bishop Middleham Quarry where he counted 10 Common Blue (all males), 12 Wall Brown and 1 Red Admiral.  He also visited Wingate Quarry where he saw 2 Wall Brown, 2 Speckled Wood, 6 Common Blue (all males),1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 8 Small Heath.

August 2014

31 August.  Den Gregson reported "a worn and weary looking Purple Hairstreak" in a Chester-le-Street garden.

28 August.  Graham Beckwith visited the DLI Museum, Durham where he saw 4 Purple Hairstreak - all on the large oak behind the waste area behind the museum; 2 Speckled Wood along footpath behind the museum.  He also visited Aykley Heads where he saw 2 Speckled Wood.

27 August.  Graham Beckwith reported 7 Speckled Wood - all in and around 3 sheltered trees beside new Police HQ at Aykley Heads, Durham.

26 August.  Steve Austin decided the weather was too nice to be indoors decorating so he abandoned his brushes and wallpaper paste and headed off to Russell Woods where he saw Speckled Wood x 16, Small White x 2, Wall x 9, Peacock x 2. 1 Meadow Brown looking very tatty. 1 Small Copper and 2 Red Admiral.

Graham Beckwith sent the following report from Cragside, Northumberland: On Buddleia near shop - 6 Red Admiral; 15 Peacock; 2 Comma; 2 Small Copper (1 near shop, 1 beside lake). In formal garden - 29 Peacock; 12 Red Admiral; 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Comma; 4 Green-veined White; 2 Small White.

25 August.  Graham Beckwith spent an hour exploring the dunes at Newton Steads, Northumberland, finding 7 Wall Brown but no other butterflies.

24 August.  Graham Beckwith visited Coe Crags Woods near Rothbury where he saw 9 Red Admiral; 1 Small Copper; 14 Peacock.  He also observed four Chevron moths.

22 August.  Ron Henderson reported 6 Common Blues, 12 Wall Browns, 3 Small Heaths, 12 Peacocks, 1 Red Admiral, counted during a two hour visit to Bishop Middleham Quarry.

17 August.  Graham Beckwith reported 38 Red Admiral - 32 in walled garden, 6 basking beside lake at Wallington Hall.  In the walled garden he also counted: 6 Green-veined White; 4 Small White; 3 Large White; 11 Peacock.

9 August.  Graham Beckwith visited Cragside, Rothbury and saw 6 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large White (all on Buddleia), 42 Peacock (vast majority on Buddleia), 3 Green-veined White, 1 Small White and 1 Small Copper.

7 August.  Graham Beckwith reports: DLI Museum, Durham: 3 Peacock; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Comma; 8 Purple Hairstreak - all in the wasteland behind the museum used for a dump for plant cuttings with the Hairstreaks on a large oak behind the area; 11 Green-veined White; 1 Small White.

5 August.  Steve Austin reports that the buddleia bush in the Asda car-park at Boldon was full of life with 12 Peacocks, 5 Red Admirals a single Comma and a single Small Tortoiseshell.  In the afternoon he visited Russell Woods where he found Meadow Brown 15, Peacock 8, Wall 8, Ringlet 2, Small Skipper 7, a Single Green Veined White and 10 Speckled Woods.

Graham Beckwith reported the following: DLI Museum, Durham: 1 Comma; Aykley Heads, Durham: 32 Green-veined White; 5 Small Tortoiseshell; 3 Peacock; 1 Speckled Wood; 3 Wall Brown.

4 August.  John Richards reports "Wark Forest NY7572.  Power line ride on formerly good quality blanket mire: Large Heath 1".

July 2014

31 July.  Graham Beckwith visted Wallington Hall, Northumberland where he saw 13 Small Tortoiseshell; 11 Red Admiral; 2 Comma; 23 Green-veined White; 2 Small White; 3 Large White; 7 Peacock.

25 July.  Ronald Henderson visited Kibblesworth Nature Reserve where he saw Large White, Small White, Green Veined White, Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Grayling, Speckled Wood, Common Blue and 8 Purple Hairstreak flitting about a single lone standing oak tree.

Michael Coates reported 4 Purple Hairstreak seen at Hoppers Wood, Durham.  He also saw 5 Wall, 3 Peacock, 12 Small Skippers and 100s of Meadow Browns on a field near Holywell Dene.

24 July.  Michael Eccles reported two Dark Green Fritillary seen at Tunstall Reservoir.

Michael Coates reported 3 White-letter Hairstreak seen at Mitford, near Morpeth.

23 July.  Michael Eccles saw 25+ Small Tortoiseshells on Common and Marsh Thistle at Muggleswick today and commented "haven't seen so many together for many years".

22 July.  John Bridges recorded a male Northern Brown Argus at Horden Beach.

21 July.  Mike Coates reported 150-170 Small Tortoiseshells on thistles on slope beside Knotts Flats, Tynemouith plus numerous Meadow Browns and 12 Small Skippers.  On the same day he counted 1 Comma and 6 Small Skippers at Northumberland Park, North Shields.

20 July.  John Richards visited Druridge Bay where he recorded 2 Dark Green Fritillary, 5 Small Heath, 15+ Common Blue and 15+ Small Skipper.

Michael Coates counted 18 Speckled Woods on one tree in sunlight in Holywell Dene.

17 July.  Steve Austin visited the A1 roundabout at Chester-le-street and saw 2 lovely Commas in pristine condition and 5 or 6 Meadow Browns a few Whites and just the 1 White-letter Hairstreak.

Darren Archer reported 2 White-letter Hairstreaks at Causey Arch at about 6pm, one of them nectaring on hogweed on the south end of the arch.

14 July.  Ian Kerr had the following along 1km of tracks through clearfell and young plantations at Fourlaws Forest: Ringlet 39, Small Heath, 12, Meadow Brown 4, Common Blue 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary 1.  The area is about 1.5kn NE of regular well-known fritillary site near Sweethope but Small Pearl-bordered have been recorded there in recent summers.

12 July.  John Richards sent the following report from Coatley (NY902659) "White-letter Hairstreak 10-12, photographed.  Note, 4 were persistently on a large oak, for at least 30 minutes. Over this time the identity of each was carefully observed.  Suggest records of Purple Hairstreak in this area have to involve a good view!"

Allan Rodda visited Bishop Middleham Quarry where he saw at least 11 Northern Brown Argus, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Skipper, Large White, Green Veined White Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral.

10 July.  John Richards counted the following at Stidhill (NY917855): Dark-green Fritillary two males, Small Skipper 10, Small Heath 12, Ringlet 60+.

9 July.  John Richards reported the following from Muckle Moss, Northumberland (NY7966): Large Heath 3,Small Heath 15+, Ringlet 30+.

Ken Dawson reported 3 White-letter Hairstreak seen by railway cycle-track, between iron bridge and Hagg Bank.

Mike Cotes reported 35 Grayling counted at Cambois.

7 July.  Ken Dawson saw two White-letter Hirstreak at Riding Mill about 1/4 mile from the station, along the riverside public footpath to Corbridge

6 July.  Graham Beckwith and Stephen Lowther saw 9 White-letter Hairstreak at the Chester-le-Street roundabout of the A1 on elms and nectaring on the thistles beneath them.

Den Gregson reported Comma, Large white, Small white, Green veined white, Ringlet, Large Skipper and hundreds of Peacock larvae on nettle beds at the Ouseburn Farm Orchard, Newcastle.

5 July.  Ronald Henderson visited Bishop Middleham Quarry where he saw Wall Brown, Commmon Blue, Northern Brown Argus, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Large White. "Plenty of them around".  Then in his garden at Lambton, Washington he saw a freshly emerged White Letter Hairstreak resting on the flower head of a foxglove.

Paul Hewitt reported two Large Heath seen on Greenleighton Moor, Northumberland.

Graham Beckwith visited the cemetery in Gilesgate, Durham where he counted 7 Ringlet; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Red Admiral.  He then visited the small car park on the Belmont sliproad (east-bound along the A690) and saw a single White-letter Hairstreak on one of the elm trees beside the path that runs parallel to the A690. There were also 9 Ringlet seen in and around the car park.

Ian Kerr sent the following report: " After a morning of steady rain the skies cleared and it became very warm on Holy Island, prompting a response within minutes from butterflies.  Ian Kerr checked the dunes on the eastern half of the island and found: 91 Ringlet, 54 Dark green Fritillary, 21 Meadow Brown and 13 Common Blue.  The count included Ian's regular 500m section between the N end of the Straight Lonnen and the old wagonway where the totals were: 24 Ringlet, 23 DG Frit, 10 Meadow Browns and 1 Common Blue.

3 July  Steve Austin counted Small Skipper x 2, Meadow Brown x 26. Ringlet x 13, Marbled White x 8, Red Admiral x 1, Speckled Wood x 2, Small Heath x 4 and a Single White Letter Hairstreak at Wingate Quarry.

1 July.  Ronald Henderson reported Ringlet and Speckled Wood in his garden in Washington.

Mike Coates reported 15 Common Blues seen at Fenwick Pit, Earsdon.

June 2014

30 June.  Graeme Baker reported the following from Wingate Quarry: 11 Marbled White, 1 Red Admiral, 8 Small Heath,1 Common Blue and numerous Ringlets and Meadow Browns.

28 June.  Graham Beckwith reported the following from Wingate Quarry:4 Marbled White - these were on the bankside running parallel to the first footpath on the left but none seen elsewhere in the time I spent there; 146 Ringlet; 67 Meadow Brown; 1 Small White; 34 Common Blue - again only 1 female seen, so from my sightings up to now the males far outnumber females this year; 1 Dingy Skipper; 11 Small Heath; 2 Small Skipper and 5 Large Skipper.

25 June.  Ken Dawson walked for half an hour at Druridge Pools and recorded Large Skipper 9, Common Blue 1, Red Admiral 1,Dark Green Fritillary 1,Speckled Wood 2,Meadow Brown 21 and Ringlet 22.

23 June.  Derek Charlton recorded 5 Northern Brown Argus at Pittington Hills.  He also recorded Painted Lady at White Hills, Elemore Woods.

Ian Kerr checked his usual Holy Island patch along the 500m dune-edge track from north end of Straight Lonnen to old wagonway and found 4 Ringlet, 3 Dark Green Fritillary and a single male Common Blue.  All three fritillaries were attracted to white clover.  40c Burnet moths were also along the stretch.

21 June.  Stephen Lowther report a first Grayling and a first Small Skipper of the year at Greatham Creek near Hartlepool.

Graham Beckwith reported from Bishop Middleham Quarry: 28 Northern Brown Argus 28, a single, pristine male Orange Tip, 16 Speckled Wood, 19 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, 33 Ringlet; 9 Meadow Brown; 14 Small Heath and 2 Green-veined White.

20 June.  Graham Beckwith visited Aykley Wood where he saw 11 Large Skipper, 2 Speckled Wood and 2 remarkably early Purple Hairstreak in the usual oaks on edge of Hopper Wood (previous earliest record for the region = 4 July).  Also 1 Ringlet and 1 Meadow Brown.

18 June.  Steve Austin visited Russell Woods near Newbottle where he saw a Brimstone.  He also counted Speckled Wood x 7, Large Skipper x 12, Ringlet x 7, Meadow Brown x 14, Small Heath x 1.

Stephen Lowther sent the following report: "A good evening's butterfly watching this evening: Meadow Brown x 9, Small Heath x 4, Common Blue x 9 and Large Skipper x 4 at Wingate Quarry.  Followed by: Speckled Wood x 4, Green-veined White x 3, Meadow Brown x 11, Small Heath x 2, Large Skipper x 7, Common Blue x 10, Ringlet x 2 and Northern Brown Argus x 21 at Thrislington Plantation".

Mick Burton recorded a Clouded Yellow at Rainton Meadows.

Graham Beckwith reported the following: Witton Glebe, Rothbury: 1 Small White, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Green-veined White.  Locations near Rothbury: 1 Large Heath, 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary,17 Green-veined White, 29 Small Heathan 1 Meadow Brown.  Debdon Plantation: 53 Small Pear-bordered Fritillary; 1 Large Skipper; 1 Ringlet; 3 Green-veined White.

17 June.  Graham Beckwith saw 1 Large Skipper and 1 Meadow Brown at Cragside, Northumberland.

16 June.  Steve Austin saw Speckled Wood in his garden in Newbottle, Durham.

Graham Beckwith visited Low Hauxley where a look through the dunes resulted in 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady nectaring on thistles, 9 Large Skipper and 1 Wall Brown.  Then in the Nature Reserve car park - 2 Large Skipper and 19 Common Blue.

14 June.  Graham Beckwith reported a single Red dmiral nectaring on Red Valerian at Rothbury.

13 June.  Visiting from Yorkshire, Allan Rodda and Jackie Holder had a good 'haul' at Bishop Middleham Quarry where they recorded 30+ Northern Brown Argus, 20+ Large Skipper,6 Dingy Skipper, 12 Common Blue, 4 Wall Brown, 1 Meadow Brown,3 G V White, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral,6 Small Heath and good numbers of Cinnabar Moth.  Sadly they were also struck by the large amount of dog excrement at this site.

12 June.  Carol Stamp reported a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in her garden at Bardon Mill.  Another charismatic migrant to follow the previous day's Clouded Yellow at Weetslade! 

11 June.  Alan Davis and Paul Tankard were walking their transect at Weetslade country Park and were pleased to record a Clouded Yellow.  They also reported their first sightings of the year of Common Blue and Large Skipper.

Graham Beckwith had an excellent count of 58 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary at Debdon Plantation.  He also saw a single Orange-tip and 2 Green-veined White.

10 June.  Mike Coates sent the following report "5 Holly Blues today in Northumberland Park, North Shields on one of the few Holly Trees I can view as the majority of the park is closed for regeneration work.  Then 1 Common Blue at Fenwick Pit near Earsdon this afternoon".

9 June.  Graham Beckwith reported singles of Small White; Peacock; Speckled Wood and Green-veined White at sniperley Park.

8 June.  Graeme Baker reported 5 Northern Brown Argus seen at ishop Middleham Quarry.  He also recorded 2 x Large Skippers,3 x Wall Brown, 4 x Common Blue and numerous Dingy Skippers.

5 June.  Stephen Lowther reported: Thrislington Plantation: Silver-ground Carpet, Common Carpet and Nettle-tap moths seen.  Bishop Middleham Quarry: Speckled Wood x1, Common Blue x2 and Wall Brown x3.  Also, Silver-ground Carpet, Cinnabar and Small Purple-barred moths seen.

3 June.  Dave Liddle reported the first Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary on the wing in Durham.

Stephen Lowther reported: Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park: Peacock x2, Orange Tip x1, Wall x1, Large Skipper (Male) x1, Small White x1, Green-veined White x1 and Speckled Wood x8.  Also, Silver-ground Carpet moths seen.

2 June.  Stephen Lowther reported: Wingate Quarry: Red Admiral x1, Speckled Wood x1, Dingy Skipper x1, Common Blue x1 and Peacock x1.  Also, Silver-ground Carpet moths seen.  Low Burnhall: Wall x1.

1 June.  Graham Beckwith reported good numbers of Green-veined White at Debdon Plantation near Rothbury.  He also searched a roadside site on the A697 between Longframlington and the crossroads for the B6341 and saw: 1 Red Admiral, 2 Orange Tip (1 male and 1 female), 1 Small White and a further 14 Green-veined White.

Stephen Lowther reported: Littlewood LNR: Wall x3, Orange Tip x4, Dingy Skipper x4, Peacock x1.  Also, Silver-ground Carpet and Mother Shipton moths.  Low Barns: Orange Tip x1, Peacock x1.

May 2014

31 May.  Stephen Egglestone reports "1 Painted Lady in Whitburn coastal park late afternoon today.  Jackies beach- 6 Dingy skippers, 7 Small heaths of note"

On Holy Island Ian Kerr found one Painted Lady near the watchtower on the Heugh.  Three Wall Browns were in the same area and In the Straight Lonnen 12 Red Admirals were attracted to hawthorn blossom along a 100m stretch near St Coomb's Farm.  Regular areas were searched for any very early Dark Green Frits but none were found.

30 May.  Dick Gilhespy reported from Newburn: "two Small Heath and one Large Skipper. Many Orange Tip and three Wall Brown".

26 May.  Ken Dawson went for a walk at the Spetchells and reported "...I saw Dingy Skippers (4) at about 08:30. I think there will be more out, around noon.  I also found Wall Browns, Orange Tip, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and Green-veined White".

Den Gregson sent the following report: "Walk around the new Woodland Trust site between Ferryhilll and Spennymoor on 26th May produced the following counts Wall Brown x 7 Small Copper x 5 Orange Tip x 2 (male and female) Speckled Wood x 1 Peacock x 1 Small Tortoiseshell x 1 Green Veined White x 8 Large White x 5 Small White x 10".

Stephen egglestone reported from Colliery Wood, Boldon:"10 Dingy skippers on the wing, two at a new area not seen in before.  Six Small Heaths, 8 Wall browns of note.

25 May.  Tom Tams recorded a Painted Lady and a Dingy Skipper from Royal Quays, Percy Main.

21 May.  Graham Beckwith visited Running Waters Quarry and recorded 39 Dingy Skipper; 27 Wall Brown; 1 Peacock; 1 Orange Tip (female); 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Large White.  Also 2 Cinnabar Moths ; several micro moth Elachista argentela

19 May.  Dick Gilhespy sent the following report from Havannah LNR outside Newcastle: "Amongst many Gv Whites,Wall Brown,Peacock,Orange Tip there were 2 Small Copper and 1 Brimstone

18 May.  Tim Nelson reported a single Holly Blue seen in his garden in Stockton.

Graham Beckwith reported the following from Rothbury, all seen along the riverside west of the village: 4 Orange Tip (2 female, 2 male); 29 Green-veined White (6 females identified); 3 Small White ; 3 Peacock; 7 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Wall Brown.

17 May.  Steve Austin sent the following message: "A really great few hours in my Local patch "Russell Woods" :- Orange Tips x 7 one female, Small Tortoiseshell x 2, Dingy Skipper x 3, Small Copper x 1, Wall Brown x 2, Red Admiral x 1, Speckled Wood x 4 and a Single Peacock.  My first Dingy Skippers, Small Copper, Wall Brown and Red Admiral of this season".

Dick Gilhespy saw 8 Dingy Skipper on the brownfield site west of Costco, Dunston.  On the ame day he visited Jesmond Old Cemetery and saw at least 2 Holly Blue in the NW corner.  He also visited Banks Pond where he saw 3 Wall Brown.

Tim Nelson visited Knitsley Fell where he recorded 15+ Green Hairstreaks.  He also visited Hamsterley Forest where he reported lots of Orange-tip. 

16 May.  Dick Gilhespy saw 8 Dingy Skipper at the Spetchells, six of which were in areas cleared during recent habitat management work undertaken to favour this species.

14 May.  Sally Pattison saw several Speckled Wood, Green-veined White and Orange Tip spotted at Hathery Lane, Bebside.  Also one Comma.

13 May.  Clare Rawcliffe "saw 1 dingy skipper today at Colliery Wood in Boldon Colliery at NZ352624 in an open glade being managed for the species.  It was approx 4:30pm and had gone cloudy after a sunny afternoon so it was roosting in the grasses not basking or flying.  First of this species this year for me".

Keith Walton reported "I had good numbers of Green Hairstreak on Muggleswick Park today.  Part of the site is very easy to visit for anyone who wants to have good views of them.  Park near the cattle grid NZ045485, track to Farm at Coal Gate, walk up the road towards Muggleswick (Dyke House- community centre with small windmill).  Between the 1st and second telephone poles walk across the moor to the gorse bushes ( about 100 ft from the road) and check all these bushes.  25+ Green Hairstreak here very photogenic just siting most of the time with occasional fights.

Graham Beckwith reported 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 3 Green-veined White at Aykley Wood, Durham.

11 May.  Jonathan Wallace saw 2 Dingy Skippers at Paradise SNCI, Scotswood as well as several Wall, Orange-tip, Green-veined White and Small White.

10 May.  Graeme Baker saw 3 x Wall Browns and 1 x Orange Tip at Bishop Middleham Quarry.

9 May.  Chris Barlow reported a Single Green Hairstreak seen at Blaeberry Hill, Rothbury.

6 May.  Graeme Baker saw and and photographed the following at Wingate quarry between 1445 -1515: 4 Dingy Skippers, 1 Small Copper,1 Small White,1 Speckled Wood, 5 Small Tortoise-shell and 3 Peacocks.

Dick Gilhespy visited Ship Crag, Rothbury where he recorded 3 Green Hairstreak on Bilberry just above the stile at the bottom of the hill then 1 more just below the cairn.  6 Small Tortoiseshell,3 Peacock and one Large white also on the hillside.

Michael Coates spent two hours this mid-day searching bilberries in Primrose Wood, Debdon.  Overast generally but saw one Green Hairstreak.

Sally Pattison reported several Green-veined Whites, Small Whites, Large Whites, Peacock, Orange Tips & Speckled Woodss One Small Tortoiseshell and one Wall at Hathery Lonnen, Bebside.

Graham Beckwith sent the following report: "Wallington Hall: Visited the walled garden and was rewarded with 4 Orange Tip (all male).  (his) First of the year and 9 Green-veined White (only 1 female identified).  Debdon Forest: Had an hour or so searching for Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary activity (larvae or pupae).  No luck but was rewarded with 3 Dark Green Fritillary larvae of which one obligingly posed for photos.  Only adult butterfly seen was a solitary Peacock".

5 May.  Graham Beckwith reported "Cragside: A walk around the Lady's Walk saw 1 Peacock and 5 Green-veined White".

4 May.  John Richards sent the following report: "At least 15 Green Hairstreaks flying 1 pm 4.5.2014 in Dipton Forest in a small area of clearfell next to road at NY96855.61452, drinking in waterfilled ruts.  Not seen at usual place at main entrance to forest".

Steve Austin "went to Malton Picnic area and just got a few of the usual suspects - but then went to Smiddyshaw reservoir in the vauge hope of seening a late Emperor moth.  It was cold and windy but worth the effort as I spotted 2 Green Hairstreaks".

Graham Beckwith reported "Rothbury Riverside West: 2 Small Tortoiseshell on a cool, cloudy day".

3 May.  Jaye Scott reported: In and around Tilesheds Local Nature Reserve (NZ 36557 62350)1 Small White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 9 Speckled Wood and 2 Green Veined White.  In and around Cotman Meadow (NZ 37093 62757): 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 1 Small White.

2 May.  Ian Kerr reported the following alone 1km of track on Prestwick Carr: 18 Small White, 12 Orange tip, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock.  The count was made between 8am-9am before the area had really warmed up.  It might have been more productive later in the day when, unfortunately, the observer had to be elsewhere.

Chris Barlow reports "Single Green Hairstreak, Dipton Woods 2nd May at North End, the favoured crossroads location in the wood has been dug up."

April 2014

28 April.  Graham Beckwith reported the following from the DLI Museum grounds, Durham: 17 Peacock (most on hill opposite the museum some on waste ground behind museum).  Also on the waste ground; 3 Small Tortoiseshell.

24 April.  Michael Coates counted 54 Small Tortoiseshells, 22 Peacocks, 2 Small Whites and 3 G V Whites at Brierdene Farm Fields, Whitley Bay.  Then in Northumberland Park, North Shields he saw 3 Speckled Woods 3 Small Whites and 1 Holly Blue

Jim Chapman reported multiple Speckled Wood and Peacock and a single Orange Tip at Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park.

21 April.  Stephen Lowther reports: 1x Orange Tip, 4x Speckled Wood, 7x Peacock and 1x Small Tortoiseshell all on the wing at Bishop Middleham Quarry today.  Also a single Green-veined White seen along with 10+ Peacock today at Harvey Wood.

Ron Henderson reported 5 Speckled Wood observed at Labton, Washington as well as 3 Small White, 1 Small Tortosieshal and 1 Peacok at Holly Park, Washington.

Graham Beckwith visited Cragside Formal Gardens: 4 Peacock; 5 Small Tortoiseshell.  Then had a walk from the shop to Tumbleton Cottages and saw 9 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Green-veined White; 3 Peacock.

20 April.  Graham Beckwith sent the following report: "The following all seen at Rothbury on a lovely afternoon where I made a point of visiting the 2 areas identified in 2011 hoping for some early Green Hairstreaks: Below Ship Crag - Rewarded with 9 Green Hairstreak, glorious pristine Emerald Green beauties; 5 Peacock; 1 Small Tortoiseshell.  I then moved through the birch wood to Brae Head (approx. 300m) where another colony of Green Hairstreaks was present in 2011 and saw another 8 pristine individuals, a further 4 Peacock and, during my walk between the 2 areas, at least 9 male Emperor Moths whizzing by in their search for females.  Suffice to say, none stopped to pose for a photo.  Along Hillside West I also saw a solitary female Green-veined White.

19 April.  Steve Austen reports "Just back from Russell Woods and have just seen my first 4 Orange Tips plus Peacocks x 12 Small White x 2 Small Tort x 2 Speckled Wood x 7 and a Comma".

Ron Henderson reported Orange Tip from Lambton, Washington.

18 April.  Alan Davis reported - a Speckled Wood in his South Gosforth Garden - also 2 Green-veined Whites.

Graham Beckwith reports "Had a drive across to Amble where a walk through the dunes yielded the first Green-veined White of 2014 - 3 males in a single sandy hollow.  Also 7 Peacock. Then called into Debdon Plantation, Rothbury but only a single Small Tortoiseshell was present."

Michael Coates visted Brierdene Farm Fields, Whitley Bay where he counted 28 Small Tortoiseshells, 5 Peacock and 2 Small White.

16 April.  Alan Davis walked from Craster to Howick Hall and back via Cullernose point.  Spotted 2 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Green-veined Whites.

15 April.  Steve Austen reports "saw a Small White in the garden but suprisingly none in Russell Woods.  Although Russell woods was a pleasant hour or so with Peacock x 22 Small Tort x 7 Comma x 4 and a single Speckled Wood".

Graham Beckwith "spent a couple of hours after work walking around Colliery Wood at Chester Moor but saw only the 2 usual supects: 29 Peacock; 18 Small Totoiseshell".

14 April.  Tim Nelson reports: "Today Portrack Marsh, Stockton -3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock and 1 Small White.  The good area for Dingy Skipper and Grayling still under 2 feet of salt water after last winter's tidal surge.  Also in my Stockton garden 1 Holly Blue."

Dick Gilhespy visted the Spetchells at Prudhoe and saw Comma,Small Tortoiseshell,Peacock,Speckled Wood, Small White.

11 April.  Michael Eccles visited Shibdon Pond and saw 1 Small Copper, 2 Comma, 5 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell.

Stephen Lowther reported Single Small Tortoiseshell at Littlewood, 3 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell at Harvey Wood, and 7 Peacock and 2 Comma at Croxdale Estate.

10 April.  Keith Robson reports that there were 6 species of butterfly today at Waldridge Fell - Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock, Speckled Wood, Small White & Orange-Tip.

Steve Austen visited Russell Wood and counted 36 Peacock and 16 Small Tortoiseshell.

Stehen Lowther reported Single Small Tortoiseshell at Thrislington Plantation and 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Peacock at Strawberry Lane, Shincliffe.

9 April.  Stephen Lowther saw 2 Peacock at Low Burnhall.

6 April.  Den Gregson observed 2 Comma and 2 Peacock in Chester-le-Street.

5 April.  Steve Austen saw one small tortoishell at Russell woods.

March 2014

24 March.  Shirley Bertram reported a Peacock in her garden in Gosforth.

23 March.  Steve Reid reported a Comma at Hedley Hall.

Steve Austen saw a Samm Tortoiseshell in his Newbottle garden.

Graham Beckwith saw 11 Small Tortoisesheel near Rothbury.

16 March.  Steve Reid observed a Small Tortosieshell at Tanfield East railway Station.

Steve Ausrten reported a Peacock from his garden in Newbottle.

13 March.  Den Gregson oserved a couple of Small Tortosieshell nectaring on dandelion flowers growing in grassland on the Thorn Lighting factory site in Spennymoor

12 March.  Jaye Scott reported 10 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma in or near Cotman Meadow, S. Tyneside.  She also observed 5 Small Tortosieshell and a Peacock near to the Tilesheds Local Nature Reserve.

11 March  Jaye Scott observed a Small Tortosieshell in Cotman Meadow, South Tynesdide.

Steve Austen kicked off his season with 3 Small Tortoiseshell in his garden in Newbottle.

10 March.  Christne Kane reported a Comma butterfly in flight and sunbathing on the conservatory door; south facing garden in Darlington.

Graham Lonsdale reported 2 Small Tortoiseshells in front garden during bright sunlight at Sherburn Village.

February 2014

23 February.  Mike Taylor got off the mark for the year with a sighting of a Small Tortoiseshell at High Spen.

20 February.  Roy Mallaby reported a Peacock at Longnewton, near Stockton.

19 February.  Neill Crowther saw a Peacock basking in sunshine in Stockton-on-Tees.

12 February.  Graham Beckwith passed on an unconfirmed report of a possible Brimstone seen by his partner.  For a regional rarity the record is unlikely to pass muster with the Recorder as Graham did not see the butterfly himself and tentatively identified it on the basis of a description of a large creamy-white butterfly but he comments "Mary isn't a big fan of my hobby but she knows a butterfly when she sees one so I have no reason to doubt her sighting".

10 February.  Brian Denham kicked off the year's sightings with a Peacock seen in his garden in Darlington in bright sunshine.


2013

October 2013

9 October.  Still some butterflies out there to be found!

Steve Austen reported 1 Red Admiral and 4 Comma on a bank of Michaelmas Daisies at Russell Woods. 

Michael Eccles also found butterflies, in his case at Druridge Pools where he saw 1 Painted Lady, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-veined White and 5 Speckled Wood.

September 2013

30 September.  To find one or two Small Tortoiseshell butterflies hibernating indoors is a common enough experience but Andy Hawes reports an altogether more surprising event when she discovered nearly 80 Small Tortoiseshell and a single Peacock attempting to hiberate inside a windowless bathroom in a farmhouse where she works near Berwick.

23 September.  Ron Henderson reported 4 Speckled Wood and 2 Red dmirals from Lambton Village, Washington.

21 September.  Steve Austen visited Russell Woods where he recorded 4 Small White, 1 Common Blue and 24 Speckled Wood.

14 September.  Graham Beckwith visited Herrington Country park where he saw 1 Wall Brown and 1 Speckled Wood.

13 September.  Keith Walton sent the following comments: "It appears to have been a bumper year for Small Copper, I have seen them in over 40 1km squares in August/September along the cycleways and tracks.( west or south facing banks, short turf , gravel/rocks for basking and heather for feeding).  The largest meta population on Muggleswick Common was 87.  There has also been good number of the form caerulo-punctata.  Has also been a good year for Comma and Wall".

5 September.  Ron Henderson reported a Purple Hairstreak which alighted on his lawn in Lambton Village, Washington.

4 September.  David Stebbings was delighted to encounter a Brimstone at Havannah LNR near Newcastle.

Graham Beckwith counted 17 Wall Brown; 1 Small Tortoiseshell; 8 Common Blue (5 male; 3 female); 5 Small Heath; 1 Meadow Brown (very jaded-looking); 3 Small White; 1 Green-veined White; 1 Speckled Wood at Wingate Quarry.

August 2013

30 August.  Ian Bell saw a Speckled Wood in his garden at Hartburn, Stockton-on-Tees.

Elaine Carter reports "Excellent week for butterflies in my garden (in Consett) including a few that have never had in before, highest counts this week have been 12 Peacocks, 6 Large White, 4 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Red Admiral, 3 Small Tortoiseshells and 3 Comma's.

Derek Charlton reports "Speckled Wood was by far the most abundant butterfly today around Elemore Woods with 23 seen, also 2 Peacock, 2 Comma, 9 Wall Brown and a single Common Blue".

29 August.  Julie Goodhart comments "We saw 9 species along the river Wear (near Shincliffe) including peacock(8) small tortoiseshell(1) red admiral(1) wall brown(3) comma(2) small and large White( lots) common blue(1) but the best was 80 + speckled wood over 1.5 miles".

28 August.  T D Goddard made the following counts at Seaton Common/North Gare: Common Blue 20+, 1 Comma , Meadow Brown, Peacock, Small White, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Copper, Wall Brown.

Keith Robson reports: "Finally found Purple Hairstreak actually within my 1km square that makes it 22 species in NZ2549 (Waldridge Fell) this year. (so far)".

27 Auust.  Barbara Gibson reports: "loads of peacock butterflies in our Alnwick garden".

Graham Beckwith Had a walk around the Lady Walk footpath at Cragside Estate but specifically visited with the purpose of checking the Buddleia bushes around the shop area.  Again, on a sunny afternoon there were a lot of Peacock (62) and all but 1 were on the Buddleia.  Also 1 Painted Lady; 3 Comma; 2 Red Admiral; 4 Small White; 3 Large White; 1 Green-veined White; 3 Small Tortoiseshell.

26 August.  Michael Eccles made the following comment about butterflies seen in his garden and neighboring gardens in Shotley Bridge: 50+Peacocks on Buddleas but only 1 Small Tortoiseshell 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood. Great year for Peacocks but not for Tortoiseshell or Comma around here.

Graham Beckwith visited Low Hauxley Nature Reserve and counted: 26 Wall Brown; 1 Small Copper; 4 Speckled Wood; 3 Large White; 2 Green-veined White; 11 unidentified Whites.  He also counted: 43 Wall Brown; 2 Small Copper in Low Hauxley Dunes. Surprisingly few species seen amongst the dunes but there were 100s of the same cream-coloured micro moth as seen at Wingate Quarry and numerous Shaded Broadbar and July Belle.

25 August .  Steve Reid reports from Tanfield/Beamish: "Lots of Walls today. 4 Speckled Woods. One small copper."

Phil Considine also reported good numbers of Wall Brown today at a few different locations around Acklington and Amble... NU279009 - Probably around six or seven individuals at the beach near Amble NU218017 - Around eight or so on the lane beside Station Wood, Acklington NU218010 - Fifteen or more on paths and open areas in Station Wood, Acklington, along with a few Peacock and around six or so Speckled Wood.

Ian Hancock observed a speckled wood basking on an elder on the W. edge of Kellas plantation, Slaley.

Graham Beckwith spent "A cracking couple of hours wandering around Wingate Quarry. Seemed like there were butterflies everywhere and I noted 82 Wall Brown; 1 Painted Lady; 54 Peacock; 5; Common Blue (all Male); 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 46 Small Heath; 3 Small Skipper; 1 Speckled Wood; 6 Meadow Brown; 12 Small White; 8 Green-veined White; 5 Large White. A lot of moths, particularly a small cream-coloured micro moth and tens (possibly 100s) of Silver Y, one of which was snatched from flight by a Yellowhammer. Unfortunate for the Silver Y and I did feel a tad guilty as it only flew because I flushed it out of the vegetation".

22 August.  Sturat Milner reported a Hummingbird Hawk Moth seen in the garden of his holiday cottage at Glororum, Near Bamburgh.

20 August.  The highlights of Derek Charlton's stroll around Elemore woods included 1 Painted Lady, 4 Comma, 6 Speckled Wood, 3 Wall Brown and 30+ Peacock.

At Aykley Wood, Durham Graham Beckwith saw: 4 Purple Hairstreak - 1 individual flew down to grass level and was seen to be very worn; 3 Green-veined White.

18 August.  Ronald Henderson was pleased to find a White-letter Hairstreak in his garden in Lambton Village, Washington.

Graham Beckwith counted the following on Buddleia near Crook's Hall in Durham City: 16 Peacock; 3 Large White; 3 Green-veined White; 5 Small White.

16 August.  Steve Austen reports from Russell Woods, Durham Small White x 17, I smiled to myself as I watched one Small White flying against the wind and bobbing left and right to investigate passing thistle down. Meadow Brown x 2, Wall x 21, Green Veined White x 1, Ringlet x 1 very tatty, Peacock x 4, Speckled Wood x 9, Small Copper x 1

14 August.  Graham Beckwith visited Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland and counted: 5 Small Tortoiseshell; 37 Green-veined White; 1 Ringlet; 3 Small Skipper; 1 Peacock.

13 August.  Graham Beckwith reported from Colliery Wood, Chester Moor: 15 Wall Brown; 1 Speckled Wood; 1 Large Whit; 18 Green-veined White; 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Small Skipper.

Den Gregson spotted 2 x Purple Hairstreak, 70 + Peacock on thistle patches also good numbers of Wall Brown, Speckled Wood and Whites and a single Small Copper at the Woodland Trust site at Low Burnhall, Durham.

11 August.  Graham Beckwith reported from Thrunton Wood, Nr Rothbury: 35 Green-veined White; 14 Small White; 3 Large White; 12 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Small Skipper.

10 August.  Keith Walton sent the following report "Butterflies have been very numerous this August so far at Broompark.The following is the max noted so far this month, not all on the same day Small White-606 Large White-84, Green Veined White-342, Red Admiral-14, Painted Lady-12, Small Tortoisehell-77, Peacock-69, Comma-11, Meadow Brown-77, Speckled Wood-46, Wall-36, Small Copper-11, Purple Hairstreak-2, Dark Green Fritillary-2

8 August.  T D Goddard sent the following report from Wingate Quarry (10.00 to 13.00) "100s of Green-Veined White, Small White and Large Whites, 2 rather tired looking Marbled Whites (one with less than half its wings left), 100s of Small Heath, 6+ Small Tortoiseshell, c.50 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady, Ringlet (all worn), Meadow Brown (worn), Small Skipper, 2 Common Blue, 1 Red Admiral, Speckled Wood."

7 August.  Darren Archer saw 2 Purple Hairstreaks at Causey Arch.

Tim Nelson also saw Purple Hairstreaks - 7+ - at Preston Park, Stockton on Tees.  He also saw Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and a profusion of whites.

Derek Charlton reports "Good numbers of butterflies currently feeding on thistles at White Hills plantation at Elemore woods including 53 Small Tortoiseshell, 41 Peacock, 4 Comma, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Painted Lady, also good numbers of Small and Green-veined White."

David Atkinson reports: "just back from hols and Vicarage Garden, Dunston alive with butterflies today - 35+ large white - 20+ small white - 8 green veined white - 15+ peacock - 11 small tostoiseshells - 1 red admeral - 1 painted lady and best of all 1 male Dark Green Fritillary"

Geoff Spence reported a White-letter Hairstreak in his garden at Heddon on the Wall.

Chris Barlow also reported "rather unexpectedly found an old White Letter Hairstreak Wednesday afternoon sat on thistles in a carpark in Fawdon !"

Malcolm Hutcheson reported the following from Needles Eye north of Berwick: Large White 42, Small White 162, Green-veined White 5, Common Blue 4, Small Copper 5, Small Tortoiseshell 28, Peacock 4, Painted Lady 6, Meadow Brown 94, Ringlet 4, Wall 1.

Graham Beckwith took a walk amongst a small area of dunes at Seahouses and saw the following - 2 Small Copper; 6 Wall Brown; 7 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Small Skipper; 2 Large White; 17 Green-veined White; 5 Small White.

6 Aug.  Den Gregson saw a Hummingbird Hawk Moth nectaring on Red Valerian in a garden in Spennymoor.

Malcolm Hutcheson counted Large White 44, Small White 312, Green-veined White 9, Common Blue 5, Small Copper 11, Small Skipper 1, Dark-green Fritillary 3, Small Tortoiseshel 14, Peacock 1, Painted Lady 14, Grayling 2, Ringlet 4, Meadow Brown 149 & Wall 1 at Cocklawburn dunes (NU04I).

Graham Beckwith visited the DLI Museum, Durham and counted: 11 Ringlet; 43 Meadow Brown; 3 Large White; 14 Green-veined White; 6 Small White; 1 Comma; 3 Small Tortoiseshell.

4 August.  Tom Tams sent the following report from Tynemouth "An apparent invasion of Large and Small white butterflies is being noted at the moment In my garden and the adjacent gardens.  I have counted well over sixty in the space of 10 mins." Large numbers of whites have also been reported in Craster and Morpeth.

John Bridges reported a Clouded Yellow near to South Hettoon, Co. Durham (see our Facebook page for his photo of this lovely species).

Ian Kerr checked his usual 500m stretch on Holy Island in overcast, breezy conditions on August 4th and recorded: Dark green fritillary 53, Large White 52, Green-veined White 32, Meadow Brown 25, Ringlet 5, Small Tortoiseshell 2 and Grayling 1.  Also in a 100m stretch of the Straight Lonnen immediately N of St Coombs Farm were 24 Large White and 20 Green-veined White.

John Bridges reported a Clouded Yellow on the Sout Hetton to Haswell cycle path in Co. Durham, about 100 yards from the place where he recorded one back in 2005.

3 August.  Phil Considine reported a Comma observed by his wife in her parent's garden in Acklington.

2 August.  Michael Eccles sent the following report of Purple Hairstreaks seen at Kibblesworth along with a good tip for finding the species: "At least 11 at Kibblesworth along with x3 Wall.  When looking for Purple Hairstreaks I have found after several years that although they lay eggs on Oak they feed a lot on Aphid juice particularly on Ash trees.  So if you find Ash growing near Oak you have a better chance of seeing this butterfly."

1 August.  Darren Archer kicked off August with a fruitful early evening session at Causey Arch where he saw 10+ Meadow Brown, 1 Ringlet, 4 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and a good haul of Purple Hairstreaks.  One Oak tree had a single Purple Hairstreak, a second had 5 - 7 and a third tree was estimated as having 10 - 15 Purple Hairstreaks on it - an excellent total.  As Darren points out it is well worth scrutinising the tops of oak trees at this time of year in search of this lovely but often overlooked butterfly.

Ken Dawson reports "I went along the track from the Toll House at Warden Bridge, and was pleased to find one White-letter Hairstreak, feeding on creeping Thistle.  A Comma was an added bonus.  On my way back, I found another W-L HS on an Elm, much nearer the road."  Ken also observed 5 Purple Hairstreak in Horsley Wood, at power pole No. 2 on the public bridleway, NZ 099649.

July 2013

31 July.  Steve Austen reports: "the last day of July and a really good few hours at Wingate Quarry where I recorded 14 species :- Green Veined White, Small White, Large White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet (all worn), Small Heath x 20+, Marbled White x 10+, Small Tortoiseshell x 5 all pristine, Painted Lady x 2, Small Skipper 10+, Speckled Wood x 1, Peacock x 1, White Letter Hairstreak x 3, Common Blue x 20+."

30 July.  Keith Walton saw the following at Wingate Quarry: 8 Painted Lady, 16 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 100+ Small Heath, 100+ Common Blue, 50+ Large White, 50+ Green-veined White, 2 Dark Green Fritillary, 50+ Meadow Brown, 100+ Marbled White.  At Running Waters he then saw 3 Painted Lady, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 100+ Meadow Brown, 100+ Small Heath, 100+ Common Blue, 25 Large White and 60 Green-veined White.

29 July.  Derek Charlton sent the following report: " The highlights of a walk around White Hills plantation at Elemore Woods were 33 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Comma and 2 Painted Lady.

29 July.  Vicky and Dave Foster report the following from Whitburn: "On 29th July at Whitburn Coastal Park we saw a Dark Green Fritillary, numerous Meadow Brown, a few Ringlets and many Small Skippers.  Holly Blue and Painted Lady in our garden at Whitburn also today."

Graham Beckwith sent the following report from Chester le Street "Another visit to the A1 roundabout verge between the Picktree and Sunderland exits finally saw me obtain some long-awaited photos of White-letter Hairstreak - I saw 5 in all and all were nectaring on Rosebay Willowherb growing at the base of some of the mature elms (photos attached).  I saw none in the tree tops but admittedly I was concentrating on photographing those accessible few.  Also 8 Ringlet; 6 Meadow Brown; 9 Small Skipper; 1 Common Blue (male). Also many Shaded Broadbar and July Belle; 3 Silver Y and 1 Yellow Shell."

27 July.  David Lacey saw a Painted Lady and a couple of Small Tortoiseshell in his garden at Newton Hall, Durham.

Derek Charlton saw 12 Dark Green Fritillary along the Bollihope Burn, Weardale.

Tim Goddard saw a White-letter Hairstreak on the riverside in Durham, opposite the cathedral.

Ian Kerr on Holy Island checked his usual 500m stretch from the north end of the Straight Lonnen to the old wagonway on July 27th and recorded: Dark Green Frit. 76, Meadow Brown 36, Large White 13, Ringlet 10, Green Vd White 9 and Small Tort and Common Blue, both 3.

Lynne Kennedy had a great surprise when she saw a Long-tailed Blue, Lampides boeticus, nectaring in her garden in West Cornforth.

26 July.  Malcolm Hutcheson visited Goswick dunes(NU04M) and counted Lareg White 5, Small White 14, Green-veined White 16, Common Blue 33, Small Tortoiseshell 6, Small Heath 30, Grayling 3, Ringlet 14 & Meadow Brown 206.

25 July.  Graham Beckwith sent the following report from Aykley Wood grasslands, Durham: "9 Purple Hairstreak (on oaks on the edge of Hopper Wood); 7 Small Tortoiseshell; 61 Ringlet; 49 Meadow Brown; 64 Small Skipper; 3 Large White; 7 Green-veined White; 9 unidentified Whites. Also several moth species, in the main Burnet moths but only 1 identified as a 6-spot Burnet; also July Belle; Shaded Broadbar and many micro moths."

24 July.  Graham Lonsdale saw the following at Sherburn Hill Moor: Painted Lady 1, Small Skipper 50+, Common Blue 20+, Small Tortoiseshell 5+, Meadow Brown 50+, Ringlets 20+, Green-veined White 6 plus numerous Small & Large White.

Michael Eccles saw 2 Grayling and 5 Purple Hairstreak at Kibblesworth.

Graham Beckwith saw 86 Ringlet, 3 Green-veined White and 1 Dark Green Fritillary at Debdon Plantation.

Malcolm Hutcheson reported Large White 11, Small White 12, Green-veined White 6, Common Blue 4, Small Tortoiseshell 21, Red Admiral 2, Ringlet 46, Meadow Brown 23 at Spittal cliffs (NU05A).

23 July.  Steve Austen saw at least 6 White-letter Hairstreak on elms on the A1 roundabout at Cheter le Street.

22 July.  Graham Beckwith saw 2 Large Heath and 38 Ringlet, 3 Small Heath, 1 Large White, 1 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Meadow Brown and 5 Small Skipper at a site near Rothbury.  At Debdon Plantation he then saw 93 Ringlet; 15 Small Skipper (no Large Skipper evident), 1 Green-veined White and 2 Meadow Brown.

21 July.  Iain Cowe saw he following at Holy Island: Dark Green Fritillary - 100+, Green Veined White - 500+, Meadow Brown - 60+, Ringlet - 40+, Small Tortoiseshell 12, Small Heath 50, Common Blue 6, Grayling 5, Six Spot Burnet 100+, Narrow Bordered Five 20+.

19July.  Derek Charlton counted 97 Grayling at Geatham Creek, Teesside.

19 July.  Graham Beckwith reports from Sniperly PArk, Durham: "Had a short walk home from the park and ride and saw the following in the grass verge - A solitary Red Admiral (another first of the year); 7 Small Skipper (never seen them before on this particular verge and a single Small Tortoiseshell. Then in the evening I visited the small car park on the Belmont slip-road just off the A690 and saw 2 Purple Hairstreak on the large oak behind the car park."

18 July.  Graham Beckwith saw 2 White-letter Hairstreak at Sniperly Park, Durham.

16 July.  Derek Charlton reports: "A walk around White Hills plantation at Elemore Woods produced 105 Small Skipper, 60 Meadow Brown, 48 Small Heath, 30 Ringlet, 2 Small Tortiseshell and 3 Common Blue."

Graham Beckwith reported the following totals from Wingate Quarry: 374 Ringlet; 307 Meadow Brown; 34 Marbled White; 114 Small Heath; 19 Small Skipper; 2 Large Skipper 53 Common Blue.

Michael Eccles sent reported the following fronm Tunstall and from Low Barnes: Tunstall x1 Dark Green Fritillary, 50+ Ringlet, x2 Large Skipper, x15 Small Skipper, 20+ Meadow Brown, x5 Common Blues.  Low Barnes:- x3 Common Blue, x4 Small Skipper, x12 Ringlet, x2 Comma.

15 July.  Julie Taylor sends the following report: "I thought I'd share with you our super-sized butterfly statistics for today.  We took a walk around Chopwell Park this afternoon (15 July 2013), grid ref NZ121580 - particularly the field area that is now being left 'overgrown' by Gateshead Council.  We counted 113 Meadow Browns, 13 Small Skippers, 7 Ringlets, 1 Green Veined White and 1 Speckled Wood.  I think that is the most butterflies we have ever counted in one day around our local patches!"

Graham Beckwith saw 6 Small Heath and 21 Ringlet near Rothbury then at Debdon Forest saw only 5 Small Skipper; 8 Large Skipper; 86 Ringlet.

Ian Kerr sends the following report from Holy Island "In 500m stretch from north end of Straight Lonnen seawards to the old wagonway the following were counted in hot sunny conditions: Dark Green Frit. 38, Ringlet 54, Common Blue 15, Meadow Brown 5."

14 July.  Steve Austen visited Colliery Woods (Chester Moor) and recorded Large White x 3. Ringlet x 22. Meadow Brown x 18. Small Skipper x 29. Speckled Wood x 1. Small White x 2.

Keith Walton saw the following at Wingate Quarry: 70 + Common Blue,100+ Small Heath but only 10 Marbled White.

13 July.  Mike Taylor reported the folowing from Grindon Lough 2 Large Heath, 8 Small Heath, 7 Ringlet, 1 Meadow Brown.  Then at Warden Bridge he saw 2 Male Common Blue, 24 Meadow Brown (including a mating pair), and 20 Ringlet.

Michael Eccles reported the following from Stargate Ponds Nature Reserve 100+ Small Skipper, 60+ Meadow Brown, and 15 Ringlet.  At Winlaton Mill he counted x30+ Ringlet, 20+ Sm. Skipper, 20+Meadow Brown and 1 Green-veined White.

12 July. Steve Austin visited Wingate Quarry and counted Common Blue x 26, Ringlet x 32, Meadow Brown x 6, Small Heath x 11, Marbled White x 6, Small Tort x 1 and 1 Large White.

Mike Coates visited the Blyth Estuary at Cambois where he saw over 20 Grayling (see pictures on our facebook page) as well as 20+ Common Blue, 30+ Meadow Brown and 50+ Ringlets.

Graham Beckwith saw saw 46 Ringlet and 138 Meadow Brown in the grounds behind the DLI Museum, Durham.

10 July.  Steve Reid reports "hundreds of narrow bordered 5 spot burnets and around 70 meadow browns at Kibblesworth brown field site."

9 July.  Steve Reid counted the following at Hadley Woods: 27 ringlets 4 large skippers, 4 meadow brown.

9 July.  Malcolm Hutcheson reported the following from Needles Eye north of Berwick: Large White 2, Small White 1, Common Blue 9, Ringlet 82, Meadow Brown 38.

8 July.  Dave Liddle reported his first Dark Green Fritillary of the year in the Browney Valley.

Malcolm Hutcheson reported the following from Berrington (NU04B)Large White 1, Small White 2, Green-veined White 4, Speckled Wood 2, Ringlet 12, Meadow Brown 2.

7 July.  Graeme Baker sent the following report from Wingate Quarry: "Two Marbled Whites photographed at 1300 Sunday 7th July.  Numerous Common Blue,Meadow Brown,Ringlets and Small Heath.  One Speckled Wood,one Large White together with five Small Skippers also seen in a two hour visit."

Keith Walton visited Wingate Quarry with the following results: 87 Common Blue ( only 3 females) 5 Dingy Skipper (all very worn) 10 Small Skipper, 50 Small Heath,100+ Meadow Brown, 1 Holly Blue( my first for this site) 1 Marbled White.

Derek Charlton also recorded 3 Marbled Whites at Wingate Quarry.

6 July.  Stephen Lowther had a stroll around Thrislington Plantation NNR and counted 59 Ringlet, 26 Common Blue, 8 confirmed Northern Brown Argus(and a further 6 possibles), 8 Meadow Brown, 5 Small Heath and a single Dingy Skipper.

Dave O'Brien visited Bishop Mddleham Quarry and was rewarded with no less than 16 Large Skipper, 1 Dingy Skipper, 49 Common Blue, 117 (!) Northern Brown Argus, 3 Speckled Wood, 37 Ringlet, 9 Meadow Brown, & 10 Small Heath, as well as Latticed Heath, Yellow Shell, & Cinnabar moths.

Trevor Richardson counted 63 common blues in the dunes at Cambois.

Mike Taylor visted Hadrian's Wall Country and observed a total of 3 Small Pearl-boardered Fritillary, 4 Small Heath 1 Green-veined White and 4 Large Heath.

4 July.  Mike Coates visited Banks Pond at Dinnington and saw Small Heath 8, Meadow Brown 15, Ringlet 35, Common Blue 24.

Graham Beckwith visted Aykely Wood, Durham and counted 9 Large Skipper and a single Ringlet.

1 July.  Steve Austin reports: "An hour or so looking for Meadow Browns at Rainon and I saw the following Small Tortoiseshell x 2, Small Heath x 1, Ringlet x 8, and Speckled Wood x 1.  No Meadow Browns."

Keith Walton sent the following report: "Visted Waskerley way on the 1st July- 11* Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, 19 Green Veined White.  3 Sites off the A68 had 4,1 and 6 SPBF."

June 2013

29 June.  Graham Beckwith sends the following report: "Low Newton, Northumberland: After a cloudy but sunny morning in Northumberland, the afternoon became increasingly cloudy when we arrived at Low Newton and after a circular walk along the coastal path and back to the car park I managed to see 1 male Common Blue. Perching with its wings closed it was difficult to see so doubtless there were other butterflies hiding in the vegetation."

27 June.  Derek Carlton sent the following report: A Red Admiral was at Hetton-le-Hill and 2 Northern Brown Argus were at Pittington Hills just before the rain.

26 June.  Graham Beckwith Visited the grasslands on the A167 by the Arnison roundabout (the former scrambling track) where he saw 7 Meadow Brown (his first of the year) and 4 Yellow Shell moths.

25 June.  Iain Cowe reported the following from Ford Moss: Common Blue 6, Ringlet 1, Small Copper 7, Small Heath 6, Large Skipper 2, Large White 1, Green Veined White 4, Small White 1, Wall Brown 1.

23 June.  At Low Hauxley Nature Reserve Graham Beckwith recorded a single Large Skipper and 25 Common Blue.  All of the Common Blues were male.

Dave Liddle reports "Just done a guided walk at Quarrington hill (Littlewood) with John Olley (map ref 345 375).  Lots of Blues and Small Heath, saw our first Argus and Meadow Brown."

22 June.  Graham Beckwith found a solitary Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary at a site north-west of Rothbury and about half a mile from a site where he has previously recorded this species.

20 June.  Michael Eccles counted the following at Kibblesworth Brick Pools x15 Common Blue X3 (F) x2 Peacock, x2 Wall Brown, x1 Meadow Brown, X2 Large Skipper.

19 June.  Steve Austin reports "a fairly disapointing afternoon at Wingate with 6 Large Skippers, 6 Common Blue, 5 males 1 female. 3 Small Heath, 3 Dingy Skippers and a single male Orange Tip and finally 1 Large White."

Grahm Beckwith sent the following report from Bishop Middleham Quarry: "A visit to Bishop Middleham Quarry last night (19th) after work eventually revealed numerous butterflies: I had barely set foot in the quarry when a large cloud obliterated the sun although I had just seen my first N B Argus of the year.  That cloud remained for about an hour with little showing except one or two Common Blue (also first this year) and Dingy Skipper.  After the cloud dispersed the numbers of butterflies really increased and by the time I left I'd noted the following: 23 Northern Brown Argus; 14 Dingy Skipper; 1 Orange Tip (male); 19 Common Blue (all but 2 male); 1 Large White; 1 Green-veined White; 7 Wall Brown; 11 Small Heath. Also saw 2 Cinnabar moths along with several Carpet moths and innumerable micro moths.

18 June.  Derek Charlton reports: "A sunny stroll around Pittington Hill and High Moorsley produced 5 Small Heath, 3 Dingy Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 3 Wall Brown along with numerous Small White.  Elemore Woods held 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 2 Dingy Skipper and 16 Small Heath.

Tim Nelson visited Bishop Middleham Quarry and reports plenty of Common Blue, Dingy Skipper, Northern Brown Argus and single figures of Wall, Small Heath, Cinnabar Moth, one Large Skipper and one Large White.

Steve le Fleming reports three Northern Brown Argus at Bishop Middleham Quarry, all 'salmacis' form.

Robert & Sue Evison (Yorkshire Branch members) sent the following report: "Whilst travelling to Crimdon Dene yesterday (18th June) to view the tern colony, my husband and I stopped to explore the bank on the Crimdon Dene access road at the turning from the A1086.  Along with many Common Blues and a scattering of Dingy Skippers, there was one Small Copper, an aberrant variety which I think is quite rare, according to the internet, an 'alba' form.  Please see accompanying digital images, which have been cropped and reduced for email.  Please let me know if you want the original files.

As it is now on the wing, I thought you might like to know, so other members are able to look for it.  Using the Grid finder on your website, I believe it to be NZ474372.  The site is just on the sea side of the A1086 at the turning to Crimdon Dene.  Park after the turning before the 'Caution - Bump' sign and climb the bank to the left of the Crimdon Dene access road.  Looking back toward the A1086, you will see 3 sign posts.  One has a blue Crimdon sign. The others are only a few feet apart and appear empty.  If you walk to these signs, you will find an area of sparse vegetation with bare batches.  It is in this area that we found the butterfly, and it seemed to be somewhat loyal to the area.  It prefers to land on bare soil. 

We were both amazed at this butterfly, as neither of us had seen a variant before."

Michael Eccles reported the following at a site off the A68 in Durham: 4 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, 2 mating pair Green Hairstreak, 4 Small Heath, 9- 10. Green Veined White.

17 June.  David Atkinson reported his 1st Male Large Skipper of the year seen at Whickham Thorns Dunston.  Has ayone else seen one yet? He then visited the brownfield sight next to Costco (near Metro Centre)and recorded 28 Small Heath, 2 Dingy Skippers and 1 each of Orange Tip - Small and Green-veined Whites as well as 10+ common Blues (all males).

Jill Stewart reports "today at lunchtime (17th June) I walked all around the Stargate Ponds site and saw the following - 24 Common Blue (only one female, that was mating), 16 Dingy Skipper, 19 Small Heath, one Small Copper, one Wall Brown, 2 Small White.  There was also a Speckled Wood and a male Orange Tip in the little wood nearby".

Steve Egglestone visited Jackie's Beach, Whitburn where he saw his first Large Skipper of the year plus 10-15 Dingy skippers, over 30 Small Heaths, couple of Large Whites and single Wall Brown

Dave Liddle found fresh Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary next to fresh Green Hairstreak on one of his transect sites and comments "another strange year".

16 June.  Graham Beckwith took a short walk around the circular 'Lady walk' at Cragside and saw 2 Wall Brown near Tumbleton House, 1 Large White, 3 Green-Veined White plus 2 unidentified White.  At Debdon Forest he then saw 7 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary as well as 3 Green-veined White, 1 Silver Y moth, 2 Common Heath moths and a number of micro moths.

Mike Taylor visited Allerwash where he saw 7 Orange Tips - all male, 6 Green-veined White, 1 Red Admiral and 2 Large Skipper.

15 June.  Graham Beckwith reported 4 Green-veined White; 1 Silver Y moth and numerous individuals of the micro moth Eulia ministrana seen at Debdon Forest near Rothbury.

8 June.  Ken Dawson counted 13 Dingy Skipper on the Spetchells, Prudhoe, on part of the site where gorse was cut back during the winter to favour this species.  He also saw two Dingy Skipper at Riding Dene, Mickley on land behind the football pitch.

Denis Gregson reports that "a cycle ride/walk around the lanes and footpaths between Thinford, Hett and Bowburn produced the following sightings: 8 Orange Tip, 7 Small White, 6 Large White, 1 Green - veined White, 4 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall Brown and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.  Also a visit to a brownfield site at Bowburn South Industrial Estate produced 9 Dingy Skipper.

7 June.  Michael Eccles reports "A visit to Bishop Middleham 7th June hoping for N.B.A. Butterflies seen: X4 Wall Brown, X4 Common Blue, X11Dingy Skipper, X3 Orange Tip, X3 Speckled Wood, X8 Green Veined White.  A poor return for this time of year.  If weather holds maybe things will pick up, fingers crossed.

6 June.  Megs Rogers saw one fresh Green Hairstreak flying and sitting on Eriophorum vaginatum on rough grassland/ moorland/old bog on 03/06/13 near Bellshiel.

Steve Egglestone reported: "11 Dingy skippers counted at Jackies beach, Whitburn. Plus 1 small heath, 1 large white and 3 Wall browns. In a hour and half visit."

4 June.  David Atkinson reported 7 Dingy skippers - 4 Wall - 2 Orange Tip and 5 Small Heath on brownfield site next to Tyne timber beach, Dunston.

3 June.  Stephen Lowther reports: "30 individuals of nine species today.  Started off with Dingy Skipper and Wall both on the wing at Wingate Quarry.  Large White, Small White, Dingy Skipper, Red Admiral(my first of 2013), Wall and Speckled Wood then all seen at Blackhall Rocks.  My first Common Blue of the year along with more Dingy Skippers and Wall seen at Crimdon Beach.  Finished off with Orange Tip, more Speckled Wood and Peacock at Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park.

Derek Charlton was out and about in Elemore Woods and reported 3 Speckled Wood, 5 Large White, 6 Orange Tip and singles of Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Comma.

Steve Egglestone saw 5 Green hairstreaks in two different location in the Muggleswick area around gorse bushes.

2 June.  David Liddle John Olley and David Lacey found approx. 20 Dingy Skipper, all fresh, at Quarrington Hill.

Stephen Lowther saw only a single Green-veined White, 2 Small Whites, 2 Dingy Skippers and a single Speckled Wood on a glorious afternoon at Thrislington Plantation.

Beth Abbott reports "Hi, very happy to add a sighting of a Wall Butterfly seen on 2/6/13 approx. 4pm very coincidental as I live in Wall, Hexham, and this is where I sighted it.

Steve Reid visited a number of sites in Co. Durham and reports "1 Wall brown and 1 small tortoiseshell at Tanfield Railway.  One speckled wood at Causey Arch and + 12 small whites at least in gorge.  Green veined white at Hedley Hall and 3 + peacocks."

May 2013

31 May.  Dave Liddle reported a single Painted Lady at Tanfield Marsh.

Stephen Lowther saw 7 Orange Tips, 2 Green-veined White, 2 Speckled Wood and a further 9 whites which he could not identify in flight at Flass Vale

Graham Beckwith reports a visit to the DLI Museum in Durham: "my first Comma of the year (a singleton on the waste ground behind the museum) and, in the same area, a single Small White in a clearing amongst the scrubby woodland. The clearing also produced my first notable moths of the year; 6 Brown Silver Line; 2 Garden Carpet and 1 Silver Ground Carpet".

28 May.  Steve Egglestone reported 10 Dingy skippers on Jackies beach in Whitburn as well as a Small Copper.  He has not seen Dingy Skipper at this location previously.

Graham Beckwith visited Rothbury (Riverside West) towards Thrum Mill and counted 5 Orange Tip (all male), 1 Large White, 3 Green-veined White plus 4 Unidentified Whites.

26 May.  Steve Egglestone saw 6 Dingy skipper at Colliery Wood, Boldon.

Graham Beckwith saw 9 Green-veined White; 2 unidentified Whites at Debden Plantation, Rothbury.

25 May.  Graeme Baker visited Bishop Middleham Quarry where he counted 2 Peacock,5 Dingy Skippers, 4 Speckled Wood, 7 Green Veined White and 2 Orange Tip (males).  In the afternoon he visited Wingate Quarrry which yielded 7 Dingy Skippers and 2 Large White.

Mike Taylor visited Dipton Woods and saw 5 Green Hairstreak,1 Large White, 1 male Orange Tip and 1 Peacock.

Graham Beckwith reports "Stanton Hall, Northumberland: 1 Large White; 1 Green-veined White; 6 unidentified Whites - all flying around the garden centre."

22 May.  Steve Austen sent the following report: "just back from Russell Woods and although the sun was shining nicely between the clouds I only saw the one Peacock and one Small White in the garden earlier.  I did get a first though as the Peacock was at rest with it's wings closed, and after taking a photo or two I went to see if it would take to my finger.  A startling flash of eyes and I heard for the first time a Peacocks warning hiss, STARTLING."

19 May.  Mike Taylor, Dave Stebbings and Jonathan Wallace visited Paradise, Scotswood together and recorded 2 Dingy Skipper, 1 Small White, 3 Orange Tip, 3 Small Copper, 3 Small Totoiseshell and 1 Wall Brown.  They also recorded several species of day-flying moth including Silver-Y, Common Carpet, Ancyclis badiana, Dichrorampha plumbana, Grapholita lunulana, Diamond-back Moth and Elachista rufocinerea.

Steve Austin recorded a single Dingy Skipper and a Single Peacock at Wingate Quarry and then at Running Waters Quarry he saw 2 Peacock and 2 Small White.

Steve Reid recorded a single Speckled Wood at Beamish Wood.

Stephen Lowther reports: "A stroll along Strawberry Lane at Shincliffe this afternoon produced seven species.  Singles of Large White, Small White, Speckled Wood, Peacock and Orange Tip, along with two Green-veined White and three Small Tortoiseshell.

Graham Beckwith saw 1 Large White; 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 unidentified Whites at Cragside.  All were along a short walk from the shop towards Tumbleton House.

17 May.  Steve Austin reports: "spent an hour in Russell Woods today and am pleased to report that I found a few butterflies, namely Small White 4, Peacock 5, Speckled Wood 2 and my first two Orange Tips, both males".

16 May.  Jonathan Wallace recorded a single Dingy Skipper, 2 Large White, 2 Small White, 2 Orange Tip, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Copper and 1 Wall Brown at Paradise SNCI, Newcastle.

Graeme Baker visited Wingate Quarry where he recorded 2 Peacocks, 1 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Speckled Wood and 3 Dingy Skippers.

Graham Beckwith also visited Wingate Quarry in the evening and was rewarded with just a solitary Dingy Skipper and 2 Peacock.  In relation to the continuing poor butterfly unfriendly weather he comments "Amazingly, I didn't expect seeing anything; and this in the middle of May!".

14 May.  Ian Hancock found two green hairstreaks in seedling scots pine and bilberry at the edge of a sunlit track, Dipton Wood near Corbridge.

9 May.  Stephen Lowther visited Hauxley in Northumberland on 9 May where he saw 4 Green-veined White and 2 Speckled Wood.  He also reported an unconfirmed Green-veined White seen in flight at Seahouses harbour.

8 May.  Steve Reid saw 4 Peacock, 1 Orange-tip and 1 Comma at Long Acre Wood, Gateshead.

7 May.  Dave Liddle reports: "Just walked Morrison Busty and Chapman Wells with John Almond ( 7th may ) counted 12 orange tip ,did the same walk sat. . saw nothing ,welcome change in the weather".

Tim Nelson reported 1 Small Tortoiseshell 2 Orange Tip 3 Peacock 1 Large White and 12 Small White at Portrack Marsh and then at Tees Barrage: 4 Orange Tip and 6 Small White.

Keith Walton reported 1 Dingy Skipper at Waskerly plus 10 Speckled Wood,5 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 1 Wall and 1 Small Copper at Broompark picnic site.

Graham Beckwith saw 7 Green Hairstreak and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Rothbury. Green Hairstreak were found in 2 locations separated by mixed birch/pine woodland: 3 on the slopes opposite Brae head Farmhouse and 4 on the slopes below Ship Crag to the north of Rothbury.

6 May.  David Atkinson visited Mugggleswick Common and found a single male Green Hairstreak on territory.

Tim Nelson reported 1 Speckled Wood at Cowpen Bewley and 3 Peacock atDormans Pool

Mike Coates added Holly Blue to the season's list with 2 seen at Northumberland Park, North Shields.

Graham Beckwith visited Low Newton, Northumberland and saw 1 Male Orange Tip; 3 Peacock; 1 Large White and 2 Small White.

5 May.  Mike Taylor recorded 2 Small White at the Spetchells.

Dennis Gregson reports 2 Comma, 2 Peacock and one Small Tortoiseshell seen at Chester-le-Street.

Jonathan Wallace counted 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White and 1 Orange Tip at Paradise SNCI, Newcastle.  Nearby off the Scotwood Road he also saw a single Orange Tip and a single Small White.

Derek Charlton saw 6 Comma in Elemore Woods.

Steve Austin counted 12 Peacock, 8 Small White, 2 Speckled Woods and 1 Comma during a visit to Russell Wood.

Tim Nelson visited Greenvale LNR Stockton on Tees, where he saw 4 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Small White and 1 Green Veined White.

Mike Coates recorded 3 Speckled Wood in Northumberland Park, North Shields.

Keith Walton reported 10 Peacock, 6 Large White, 5 Small White, 1 Orange Tip,2 Small Tortoisehell, 1 Green Veined White , 5 Comma all at Broompark Picnic Site.

4 May.  Grahm Beckwith reported 1 Male Orange Tip, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell from Cragside Estate.  Also at Rothbury Riverside he counted 7 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock.

Jonathan Wallace saw three Green Hairstreak and 1 Peacock at Dipton woods.

Mike Taylor also visited Dipton Woods and recorded a single Green Hairstreak plus 1 Green-veined White, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

2 May.  Steve Austin reported 1 Small White, 15 Peacock and 5 Small Tortoiseshell at Russell Wood.

Stephen Lowther added Green-veined White to the season's tally with one seen at Strawberry Lane, Shincliffe, as well as 1 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell.

Keith Walton reported 10 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Small White at Broompark Picnic Site.

1 May.  Keith Walton saw 1 male Orange Tip at Broompark Picnic Site.

April 2013

29 April.  John Austin observed a Peacock on cliffs above south bay at St. Marys Lighthouse.

Graham Beckwith saw 1 Peacock and 1 female Orange Tip at Aykley Woods Durham.

20 April.  Steve Austin observed 3 each of Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock at Russell Wood.

Derek Charlton saw a Comma in Elemore Woods.

Mike Taylor reported 1 Comma and 1 Peacock at Heddon Banks.

19 April.  Rev. David Atkinson observed single Small White and single Small Tortoiseshell in the Vicarage garden, Dunston, Gateshead.

Steve Austin reported 1 Comma, 4 Peacock and a mating pair of small Tortoiseshell from Russell Wood.

Sid Gibson reported a Small Tortoiseshell at Moor Lane, Cleadon.

Derek Charlton saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Dorman's Pool, Teesside.

16 April.  Graham Lonsdale reported a Peacock seen at Sherburn House.

15 April.  Stephen Lowther reports 1 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Flass Vale LNR.

13 April.  Tim Nelson reported his first butterflies of the season: 1 Peacock and one small Tortoiseshell in his garden in Stockton.

Keith Walton also off the mark with 1 Comma and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Broompark Pinic Site, Durham.

Dan Gregson reports "3 Small Tortoiseshell in my allotment in Spennymoor, two were engaged in an aerial dogfight".

7 April.  Stephen Lowther reported a sighting of a Peacock at Low Burnhall.

3 April.  Following a persistently cold and butterfly unfriendly March, at last some butterfly sightings to report!  Sid Gibson saw a Small Tortoiseshell in his garden in Jarrow

Derek Charlton also reported a Small Tortoiseshell, in his case observed at Dorman's Pool, Teesside.

Brian Jones, a visitor to the North East, opened the account for Peacock with a sighting in Chester le Street.

March 2013

2 March.  Mike Taylor kicks off the account for VC67 with a sighting of a Small Tortoiseshell by the Scotswood Road in Newcastle.

February 2013

28 February.  Stephen Lowther reports a sighting of a Small Tortoiseshell at Wharton Park, Durham City.

27 February.  Sid Gibson reports a Small Tortoiseshell seen by the River Don, Jarrow, staking his claim for the first butterfly of the 2013 season.


2012

September 2012

30 September.  Jonathan Wallace observed a Speckled Wood,after dark, perched on the window of the local supermarket at Cowgate, Newcastle.

28 September.  Steve Austin reported 43 Speckled Wood and a single Peacock counted in Russell Woods.

23 September.  Dan Gregson walked along along the River Wear between Croxdale and Tudhoe and counted 1 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral and two Small Copper which were observed as a pristine female appeared to be laying eggs low down in vegetation whilst attended closely by a well worn male.

Graham Beckwith visited Wingate Quarry where he counted 16 Small Heath, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 1 Common Blue (male).

22 September.  Graham Beckwith saw a single Speckled Wood and a Small Tortoiseshell at the Penshaw Monument tea rooms.

21 September.  On a cool and overcast day Steve Austin counted 17 Speckled Wood 17 plus 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoishell.

17 September.  Graeme Baker reported 36 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoise-shell and 1 Red Admiral counted on the bridle path adjacent to Mere Knolls cemetery, Sunderland.

16 September.  Mike Coates counted at least 55 Speckled Wood in Northumberland Park, North Shields - almost twice as high as his previous best count in 2011.  He also observed a late Holly Blue.

15 September.  Steve Austin spent an hour in Russell Woods and saw the following :- Wall x 3, Speckled Wood x 31, Red Admiral x 1, Comma x 1.

9 September.  Graham Beckwith reports the following from Aykley Heads: Speckled Wood; 2 Wall Brown - a male and female nectaring on flowers in the car park of Police Headquarters; 1 Red Admiral; 1 Large White.

7 September.  Graham Beckwith saw 1 Peacock; 1 Comma; 1 Small White in Durham City.

5 September.  Malcolm Hutcheson counted Small White 2, Small Copper 2, Peacock 1, Red Admiral 2, Wall 1, Meadow Brown 4 and 2 Silver 'Y' moths at Cocklawburn Dunes.

4 September.  Graham Beckwith counted 1 Red Admiral; 1 Peacock. Both on buddleia in an old car park near Crook Hall, Durham City.

3 September.  Steve le Fleming saw 4 Dark Green Fritillaries on the path leading to High Force on the south side of the River Tees.  Three were very worn but the fourth appeared quite fresh.

Malcolm Hutcheson recorded Lareg White 1, Small White 3, Comma 1, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Peacock 10 and Red Admiral 7 in his garden at East Ord.

2 September.  Mike Taylor visited the Spetchells where he counted 1 Comma, 1 Small Copper, 1 Peacock, 2 Large White, 6 Meadow Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Small Skipper.  In his garden at Throckley Bank Top he also recorded 2 Painted Ladies, 3 Small Tortoiseshelland 1 Peacock.

Jonathan Wallace visited Big Waters where he recorded 10 Wall Brown, 2 Small Copper, 2 Meadow Brown and 1 Small Skipper.  He also visited Paradise, Scotswood where he counted 8 Wall Brown, 1 Meadow Brown, 3 Small Copper 2 Common Blue, 5 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Painted Lady and 3 Red Admirals.

1 September.  Graham Beckwith sent the following reports from the Rothbury area: Rothbury, Riverside east towards Thrum Mill: 2 Red Admiral; 3 Peacock; 13 Small Tortoiseshell; 2 Large White; 2 Small White; 3 unidentified Whites. Rothbury, Riverside west from Beggar's Rigg: 1 Small Skipper (a late but pristine specimen); 2 Green-veined White (mating pair); 2 Small Copper; 1 Red admiral; 1 Peacock; 1 Small White; 4 unidentified Whites. Cragside Estate, Rothbury: Following seen between the main car park and Tumbleton House - 1 Green-veined White; 1 Large White; 6 unidentified Whites; 11 Peacock; 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Red Admiral; 1 Silver Y moth. Cragside Estate, Rothbury: Following seen in the Formal Garden - 9 Peacock; 4 Red admiral; 5 Small Tortoiseshell; 3 Large White; 2 Small White; 4 unidentified Whites.

August 2012

29 September.  Jonathan Wallace observed a Speckled Wood on the window of the local supermarket after dark at Cowgate, Newcastle.

28 September.  Steve Austin counted 43 Speckeled Wood and a solitary Peacock at Russell Woods.

23 September.  Dan Gregson took a walk along the River Wear between Croxdale and Tudhoe and saw 1 Comma, 4 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral and two Small Copper which were observed as a pristine female that appeared to be laying eggs low down in vegetation whilst attended closely by a well worn male.

Graham Beckwith visited Wingate Quarry and counted 16 Small Heath, 2 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock and 1 Common Blue (male).

22 September.  Graham Beckwith saw a single Speckled Wood and a single Small Tortoiseshell by the tea room at the Penshaw Monument.

21 September.  Steve Austin visited Russell Woods on a cool and overcast day but still managed to see good numbers 17 Speckled Woods plus 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoishell

17 September.  Graeme Baker reported 36 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Tortoise-shell and 1 Red Admiral counted on the bridle path adjacent to Mere Knolls cemetery,Sunderland.

28 August.  Graeme Baker visited Bishop Middleham Quarry for 2.5 hours on a sunny but blustery day and recorded 8 Common Blue (males), 15 Small Heath, 5 Large White, 4 Meadow Brown, 3 Peacock, 1 Northern Brown Argus(very tatty) and 4 Green Veined White.

27 August.  Steve Austin reports "a few sightings from Nose's Point and Blast Beech:- Small Heath 6, Meadow Brown 7, Large White 1, Common Blue 7. Small Skipper 1 and Wall 2".

24 August.  Derek Charlton reports "A walk around Elemore Woods and Low Haswell produced 15 Green-veined Whites, 14 Wall Brown, 1 Painted Lady, 2 Comma, 1 Ringlet, 2 Speckled Wood and 3 Large White".

21 August.  A visit to Lordenshaws near the Simonside Hills produced 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large Skipper and 2 Dark Green Fritillary for Derek Charlton.

20 August.  Derek Charlton recorded a Painted Lady at the Drake Stone at Harbottle Woods.

At Simonside a walk by Graham Beckwith through the forest tracks and through the clearing near the car park produced sightings of 9 Ringlet; 13 Small Skipper; 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Meadow Brown; 5 Green-veined White.

19 August.  Graham Beckwith visited Cragside Estate, Rothbury where he counted 2 Red Admiral; 10 Small Tortoiseshell; 5 Meadow Brown; 1 Ringlet; 2 Peacock; 4 Green-veined White; 1 Large White; 2 Small White.  These were seen on the walk from the shop, along the road above the lake and around the circular Lady Walk.

18 August.  Graham Beckwith reported 7 Meadow Brown; 3 Green-veined White; 1 Small White; 1 Large White seen at Alnmouth.

16 August.  Graham Beckwith visited various locations in the Rothbury area with the follwong results: Debdon Plantation 4 Ringlet; 36 Small Skipper; 2 Green-veined White; 6 Meadow Brown; 1 Small Copper. Also several Common Carpet moths.  Cragside Estate, Rothbury: 11 Small Skipper; 5 Ringlet; 2 Green-veined White; 1 Peacock.  Whitton Glebe, Rothbury: An aberrant Antler Moth attracted to the external light on our caravan. Other moths also present but not possible to identify them.

15 August.  Steve Austin and Graham Beckwith report the following from Wingate Quarry: "Small Heath 200 + when we stopped counting. Common Blue x 9 all males, Small Tort x 5, Silver Y x 2,Meadow Brown x 50 +, Five Spot Burnet X 1, Small Skipper x 9, Green Veined White x 5, Ringlet x 13, Small White x 1. Large White x 3 and Marbled White x 6."

Steve and Graham also visited Crow Trees Nature Reserve near Cassop where they saw 5 Small Heath; 1 Small Copper; 2 Small Skipper and a single Comma (the latter was missed by Graham and to his frustration, still remains unrecorded by him in 2012).

14 August.  John Richards reports: "At Kiplaw Moss today, one Large Heath, and on drier ground nearby at least 6 Small Heaths.  Kiplaw Moss is a fairly undistinguished blanket mire, but it does have plenty of bog pools. This year, Large Heath seems to be an August species!"

Steve Austin reported the following from Russell Woods: Speckled Wood x 6, Large White x 2, Small Skipper x 13, Meadow Brown x 10, Wall x 8, Small Copper x 3, Ringlet x 3.

13 August.  Ian Kerr reports from Holy Island: "A count in my usual patch between the wagonway and north end of the Straight Lonnen showed 36 Dark Green Frits.mainly nectaring on the remaining patches of flowering Red Clover.  Just six Meadow Browns were along the stretch, confirming what a poor year is has been for them on the island."

12 August.  Steve Austin reported a minimum of 4 White-letter Hairstreak at the Chester-le-street roundabout site referred to by Graham Beckwith below.  He also visited Nose Point where he saw Meadow Brown 14, Common Blue 1, Small Heath 3 and Small Skipper 2.

10 August.  Graham Beckwith reports: Belmont (Car park on the slip road to Belmont from Duham: 1 lone White-letter Hairstreak.  This was crawling through the upper branches of a small elm a few yards along the track from the car park, parallel to to the A690.  I returned later with camera and binoculars but no sign of any but did see 3 Purple Hairstreak in the oaks beside the track; also 3 Green-veined White.

9 August.  Trevor Richardson reported a visit to Cambois Dunes, Northumberland where he counted 57 Meadow Brown, 12 Ringlet, 8 Common Blue and 2 Small Skipper.

At the Chester-le-street A1 roundabout, Picktree exit, Graham Beckwith recorded 4 White-letter Hairstreak.

8 August.  Steve Austin visited Nose Point, Seaham where he saw Meadow Brown 20, Small Heath 22, Small Skipper 6, Common Blue 2 & Burnet Moths 12, ("the ones I saw close up were "Narrow Bordered Five Spot Burnets"].

Graham Beckwith visited Wingate Quarry where he counted 21 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet, 69 Small Heath, 24 Small Skipper, 14 Marbled White and 5 Common Blue (4 female).  He also recorded the follwoing moths: innumerable Shaded Broad-bar, 4 Narrow-bordered 5 Spot Burnet, 2 Latticed Heath & Udea lutealis.

5 August.  Dave Liddle reports: "Just to let you know the Dark Green Fritillary appears to moving down the Browny Valley from the Waskerley Way (several confirmed and unconfirmed sightings.  Congratulations. to all who have given time and expertise over the past few years to create new habitats.  As with Alan Brannon we also spotted a (well worn )Bob Mawson in the Wingate area ,it was from a distance we decided not to use the net!"

Mike Taylor observed a single White-letter Hairstreak at Bywell Bridge.

4 August.  Mr and Mrs Paul Hambleton recorded a Speckled Wood at Shotley Bridge Station.

Mike Taylor visited Grindon where he counted 5 Large Heath including a mating pair plus 6 Ringlet, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Small Skipper.  He also visited Warden where he recorded 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Tortoiseshell and 3 Green-veined White.

3 August.  Steve Austin reports "I went to Blackhall today and found the following :- Ringlet 4, Meadow Brown 18, Common Blue 2, Small Heath 1, Small Skipper 1. Burnet Moths 100 + ( I took a few photo's and these were 6 spot ].  Now this strange behaviour : - I observed at close quarter two male meadow browns fighting , the dominant male repeatedly attacked the other male on the ground, it retired close by only to repeat its attack.  The losing male lost part of it's wing and again the dominant male attacked with I believe every intention of killing the other.  The attacks were vicious on a, by now, helpless opponent.  Is this at all normal?  I have only seen arial attacks of butterflies before and these being fairly brief."  Comments from other observers on this or similar phenoena they have witnessed would be welcome.

2 August.  Steve Austin was happy to report that a couple of hours at Wingate produced the following sightings: Meadow Brown 15+, Small Heath 30+ , Marbled White 21, Common Blue 4 one female, Small Skipper 3.

July 2012

30 July.  John Richards reports "One Large Heath at Hotbank Moss looked fresh so it may be a very late season for this species".

29 July.  At Cragside, Graham Beckwith counted 16 Ringlet and 1 Green-veined White.

28 July.  Keith Walton reported 48 Meadow Brown, 35 Ringlet, 33 Common Blue, 50 Small Skipper, 78 Small Heath, 1 Painted Lady, 74 Marbled White and 2 White Letter Hairstreak at Wingate Quarry.

Graham Beckwith reports from Simonside, Northumberland "47 Ringlet - throughout the forest tracks but numerous also in clearing beside car parks; 29 Small Skipper - all in the clearing beside the car parks; 1 Common Blue (Male) - also in clearing beside the car parks; 8 Large Skipper - many very worn and all in clearing beside the car parks."

27 July.  Keith Walton recorded 2 Purple Hairstreak at Broompark.

24 July.  Michael Eccles reported the following from Kibblesworth: Common Blue x5,Ringlet x8, Meadow Brown x20+, Small Heath x20+,Small Skipper x20+, Green Veined White x1, Small Tortoiseshell x1. "Numbers very low for this time of year, Burnet Moths although in numbers are noticably very low from recent years".

22 July.  Ian Kerr found the following on Holy Island along the 500m track from north end of Straight Lonnen to wagonway stile N of Lough: Dark Green Fritilliary 49, Ringlet 16, Meadow Brown 6 (seemed very few about) all well overshadowed by 556 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnets(and I probably missed many more of them!).

21 July  Alan Brannon reports "A sunny morning at Wingate Quarry gave a count of 53 Marbled Whites across the site including two mating pairs. Also 66 Meadow Browns, 84 Ringlets, 55 Small Heath and 34 Common Blues. Also 4 speckled woods & 1 small Tortoiseshell. Also sighting of 1 Bob Mawson plus friend!"

Graham Beckwith reported the following from Rothbury Riverside (West from Beggars Rigg): 1 Dark Green Fritillary; 12 Ringlet; 2 Small Skipper; 1 Common Blue (Male); 3 Meadow Brown; 2 Small Tortoiseshell.  He also reported five Large Heath from another site near Rothbury.

17 July.  Keith Walton visited Colliery Wood LNR and counted the following Butterflies 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral,1 Small Heath,1 Large White,15 Large Skipper, 24 Small Skipper, 39 Meadow Brown, 90 Ringlet.

16 July.  Mike Taylor reported 2 Common Blue,6 Small Heath, 2 Large Skipper, 8 Meadow Brown, 35 Ringlet, 6 Dark Green Fritillaries and 1 Speckled Wood at Druridge Bay.

Polite request.  There has been a report of some people causing damage to vegetation at Wingate Quarry and Bishop Middleham Quarry by careless trampling of vegetation whilst trying to photograph butterflies.  It is not suggested that anyone reporting on this web-site has been guilty of this but the opportunity is taken to politely request ALL butterfly enthusiasts to tread carefully and avoid causing damage to the insects or their habitat whilst tryng to observe or photograph butterflies. The careless actions of the few can adversley affect the reputation of all butterfly lovers and more importantly can harm the survival of the very insects we are seeking to protect.

15 July.  Derek Charlton reported seeing single Graylings at the Long Drag and Greatham Cree, Teesside respectively.  Then at Elemore Golfcourse: 11 Ringlet, 3 Small Heath, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small Skipper, 3 Common Blue, 4 Speckled Wood.  At Debdon Forest Graham Beckwith counted 1 Dark Green Fritillary (female), 8 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 64 Ringlet, 3 Large Skipper and 1 female Common Blue.

Andrew Kinghorn visited two sites in Durham with the following results: Bishop Middleham Quarry: 2+ Common Blue, 10+ Northern Brown Argus, 15+ Ringlet, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Large Skipper in brief visit. Wingate Quarry: 2 Small Skipper, 6+ Marbled White, 1 Meadow Brown, 6+ Small Heath, and 1 Large Skipper.

14 July.  Trevor Richardson visited the dunes at Cambois where he reports that he "saw 62 common blues but since i only remembered to start counting half way along I probably saw well over 100 as well as 8 ringlets and 2 large skippers".

Keith Walton visited sveral sites on the Durham coast and also Wingate Quarry with the following results: Nose Point- 43 Ringlet, 35 Meadow Brown. Chourdon Point- 51 Rinlet, 12 Meadow Brown, 10 Small Heath, 11 CoomonBlue, 15 Large Skipper, 5 Northern Brown Argus. Hordon Grasslands- 72 Ringlet, ,44 Meadow Brown,10 Common Blue, 12 Small Heath, 25 Large Skipper. Limekiln Gill- 1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady, 55 Small Heath, 17 Meadow Brown. 2 Common Blue. Blackhall Colliery- 105 Ringlet, 22 Meadow Brown, 25 Small Heath, 14 Common Blue. Wingate Quarry- 63 Ringlet, 22 Meadow Brown, 42 Small Heath, 27 Common Blue, 17 Large Skipper, 4 Marbled White, 1 Red Admiral.

13 July.  Keith Walton reported the following from Bishop Middleham: 1 Large White, 52 Ringlets,11 Meadow Brown,10 Small Heath then at Wingate Quarry he saw 1 Large White, 1 Marbled White( 3 here the day before),84 Ringlet,25 Meadow Brown,39 Small Heath,21 Common Blue,19 Large Skipper.

12 July.  Graeme Baker visited Wingate Quarry where he reported "Despite weather conditions photographed pristine (newly emerged?) marbled white personal first for this year.  Good numbers of Ringlets,Meadow Browns and Large Skippers".  Graham Beckwith also visited Wingate and recorded 4 Marbled White (first of the year), 11 Small Skipper, 4 Large Skipper, 17 Common Blue (all but one were male), 14 Small Heath, a minimum of 40 Ringlet (including a mating pair); a minimum of 32 Meadow Brown (including a mating pair).

8 July.  Keith Walton visited Crimdon Dene where he saw 2 Red Admiral,2 Ringlet, 1 Small Heath, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Northern Brown Argus.  Then at Wingate Quarry he counted 18 Ringlet, 9 Small Heath,1 Large Skipper, 6 Meadow Brown, 7 Common Blue but reported no sign of any Marbled White.

Steve Austin visited Nose point in Seaham and counted Common Blue 4 males. Small Heath 2. Small Tortoishell 1. and also Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moth 2 and Silver-Y 3.

7 July.  Mike Taylor reported 3 Large Heath, 1 Tortoisehell at Grindon Lough. Then at Sweethough Lough 7 Small Pear-bordered Fritillaries,1 Large Skipper, 2 Small Heath,1 Green-veined White

Graham Beckwith and Steve Austin counted 3 Ringlet; 1 Large Skipper; 17 Shaded Broadbar; 1 unidentified Plume Moth on the verge of the A1 roundabout at Chester-le street.

5 July.  Graham Beckwith sent the following report: Aykley Wood, Durham: 2 Ringlet; 11 Purple Hairstreak - these were in the canopies of 3 oak trees on the edge of Hopper Wood and 2 oak trees within the grasslands. DLI Museum: On waste ground behind car park - 3 Ringlet.

4 July.  Steve Austin visited Russel Woods where he recorded: Large White 2. Speckled Wood 7. Common Blue 2. males. Ringlet 12. Large Skipper 2. Meadow Brown 1.

Derek Charlton reported 3 Northern Brown Argus from Pittington Hills

Eddie Crabtree saw and photographed a Brimstone in his garden at Stamfordham

3 July.  Derek Charlton visited Pittington Hills and reports "My first 5 Meadow Brown and 1 Ringlet of the year, also 1 Northern Brown Argus, 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 Large Skipper, 4 Common Blue, 5 Small Heath and 3 Speckled Wood".

Malcolm Hutcheson surveyed Needles Eye near Berwick and recorded 3 Small White, 1 Common Blue, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral and 2 Meadow Brown.

Keith Walton visited a nuber of sites and reported the following:Crimdon Dene- 4 Meadow Brown, 43 Common Blue,15 Small Heath, 2 Northern Brown Argus,1 Hummingbird Hawk Moth. Warren Hart- 2 Small White, 10 Common Blue, 6 Small Heath, 6 Northern Brown Argus, 1 Large Skipper. Blackhall Colliery, 1 Small White, 1 Large Skipper also swarms of 6 Spotted Burnet Moth unable to count accurately at least 500 to 1000. Wingate- 11 Meadow Brown, 1 Green Veined White,8 Small Heath, 9 Common Blue, 2 Large Skipper.

1 July.  Steve Austin and Graham Beckwith visited Wingate where they saw 4 Ringlet, 6 Large Skipper, 7 Small Heath, 8 Common Blue and 2Meadow Brown.

Ian Kerr reports from Holy Island "A first good showing of Dark Green Fritillaries - 22 noted between the willow patch at Chare Ends and the gate at the N end of Straight Lonnen.  Also my two first Common Blues of the season in the same stretch.  Considering the downpour two days earlier I'm amazed any survived at all.  Obviously much tougher than we think!"

June 2012

30 June.  Graham Beckwith reported his first Meadow Brown of the year at the DLI Museum Durham, where he also saw a Cinnabar Moth and a Silver-Y moth.  Mike Taylor reported 2 Speckled Wood and a single Ringlet from Whittle Dene Woods.

29 June.  Steve Austin went to Wingate Querry and recorded: Small Heath 3, Common Blue 7, Large Skipper 2, Speckled Wood 2 and 1 Ringlet.  He went to Rainton next and again it was very quiet with Speckled Wood 3, Large Skipper 4 and 1 Ringlet.

27 June.  Keith Walton visited Waskerly Way late afternoon between 17.00 and 18.30 hrs and saw 1 Ringlet, 10 Small Heath, 12 Dingy Skippers, 4 Green Veined White and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

26 June.  Graeme Baker visited Bishop Middleham Quarry with the following results: 22 Northern Brown Argus, 2 Large White, 9 Small Heath, 3 Large Skipper, 4 Dingy Skipper and 14 Common Blue.  Keith Walton also reported 'good numbers' of the same species as well as a sighting of a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.

Graham Beckwith recorded 17 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries including a mating pair at a site near Rothbury

20 June.  Derek Charlton recorded 19 Small Heath, 3 Orange Tip, 4 Large White, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock, 3 Common Blue and 2 Large Skipper at Elemore Woods.

19 June.  Graham Beckwith checked out the grassland area adjacent to the A167 near Framwellgate Moor (former scrambling track) where he saw Small Copper (7), Small Heath (2), Peacock (2) and Large Skipper (2).

18 June.  Several people independently made a visit to Bishop Middleham Quarry with similar results: Tim Nelson recorded 1 Large Skipper, 12 Northern Brown Argus, 10 Common Blue, 9 Small Heath and 4 Dingy Skipper.  Graham Beckwith's totals were: 8 Northern Brown Argus, 21 Common Blue (12 Male, 9 Female), 7 Dingy Skipper, 2 Wall Brown, 7 Small Heath, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Orange Tip (Male).  Jim Wade's tally was 4 Northern Brown Argus, 6 Dingy Skipper, 1 Orange Tip and 8 Common Blue.  Several moths were also reported with Tim noting newly emerging Cinnabar Moth and Graham recording 5 Cinnabar Moths, a Bordered Sallow and a Burnet Moth caterpillar.

Elsewhere, Dave Liddle and Michael Eccles were pleased to report - "late but here at last" - 7 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary on the A68 sites in Durham.   Stephen Lowther repcorded 2 Large Skipper at Bowburn Cemetery and Keith Walton recorded 1 Peacock , 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Green Veined White and 3 Large White at Broompark and 1 Large White at Neville's Cross, Durham.

14 June.  Graham Beckwith and Steve Austin visited Wingate Quarry where they recorded 3 Common Blue (all male), 2 Large Skipper, 1 Small Heath and 1 Wall Brown.

12 June.  Tim Nelson visited at North Gare, Teesside where he saw 1 Large Skipper, 19 Small Heath, 2 Wall Brown and 24 Common Blue then at Dormans Pool he counted 10 Common Blue, 2 Wall brown and 3 Speckled Wood.

10 June.  Derek Charlton counted 12 Common Blue and 2 Small Heath at Crimdon.

4 June.  Derek Charlton saw 7 Dingy Skipers at Elemore Woods.

A late afternoon visit to Bishop Middleham Quarry by Alan Brannon produced: Dingy Skipper 18, Orange Tip 1, Common Blue 20, Wall 16, Small Copper 2, Small Heath 1, and Speckled Wood 1.

3 June.  Malcolm Hutcheson reported the following from Needles Eye north of Berwick: Large White 5, Small White 4, Green-veined White 4, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Wall 2.

May 2012

30 May.  Derek Charlton reported the following from Elemore Woods: 10 Orange Tip, 2 Wall Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Small Heath, 4 Small White.

27 May.  Graham Beckwith reported 3 Green-veined White; 1 Orange Tip from Debdon Plantation, Rothbury.

26 May.  Brian Pollinger visited Tanfield Railway, Garteshead and recorded the following excellent totals: Dingy Skipper 83, Wall Brown 10, Small Copper 5, Small White 3, Large White 2, Orange Tip 5, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 5, Small Yellow Underwing 5, Mother Shipton 8, Brown Silver-lines 4, Latticed Heath 2 and Common Heath 3.

Tim Nelson visited Dorman's Pool on Teesside and counted 9 Wall Brown, 22 Dingy Skipper, 7 Common Blue, 12 Small Copper, 1 Large White, 1 Small White.

25 May.  Keith Smith visited a site adjacent to the North Tyneside Steam Railway at Silverlink where he saw 4 Dingy Skipper, 1 Large White,4 Orange Tip,1 Peacock and 2 Wall Brown.

Graham Beckwith saw a Speckled Wood at the DLI Museum, Durham.

24 May.  Mike Coates saw what may be the first Painted Lady of the year near the Metro station at Tynemouth this morning.

Iain and Sue Wilson, visiting from Northamptonshire, counted 9 Wall Brown in the Dunes at Druridge Bay close to the Country Park coach park.  Sue had previously seen several Wall Brown in te same area on 22nd May.

Keith Robson reported a Holly Blue and good numbers of Speckled Wood at Backhouse Park, Sunderland.

Roger Norman also reported Holly Blue, which seems to be having a good year, with 4 seen at Jesmond Old Cemetery.  He also reported 8 Dingy Skipper observed at Brenkley.

Den Gregson walked along the River Wear from Croxdale to Tudhoe and counted 14 Orange Tip (all males), 8 Large White, 8 Small White, 5 Peacock (all very worn), 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Wall Brown and 1 Comma.

23 May.  Graeme Baker visited Bishop Middleham Quarry where he counted 1 male Common Blue, 7 Wall Brown, 17 Dingy Skipper, 1 Large White, 1 male Orange Tip, 8 Peacock and 3 Green-veined White.

22 May.  Derek Charlton observed 7 Green Hairstreaks at Muggleswick. 

Graeme Baker recorded a Holly Blue in his garden in Sunderland.

Keith Walton visited Wingate Quarry where he reports seeing 13 Wall, 3 Orange Tip, 1 Small Tortoisehell,10 Peacock, 5 Large White,3 Green Veined White, 2 Small Copper and no fewer than 42 Dingy Skipper.  He also visited Bishop Middleham Quarry where he saw 2 Speckled Wood, 11 Peacock, 1 Large White, 6 Orange Tip, 1 Green Veined White, 7 Wall, 3 Common Blue and 19 Dingy Skipper.

Stephen Lowther visited Bishop Middleham Quarry between 17:00 and 17:45 where he saw 3 Orange Tip (all male), 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock, 3 Dingy Skipper and 6 Wall Brown.

Jonathan Wallace counted 1 Small Copper, 12 Wall Brown and 7 Dingy Skipper at Paradise, Scotswood.  He then visited waste ground on the south side of the Tyne near the Metro Centre transport interchange and saw 2 Wall Brown and 2 Dingy Skippers.

Graham Beckwith visited Running Waters Quarry where he reports seeing 28 Dingy Skipper, 5 Wall Brown, 3 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Orange Tip (male), 1 Green-veined White and 2 Large White.   Later in the day whilst killing time while his car was being serviced he saw a Small Copper on Stoneygate Lane, Felling, then 1 Peacock; 1 Holly Blue; 2 unidentified Whites; 1 Speckled Wood along the banks of the Tyne in Felling, Gateshead.  Later still he saw a Wall Brown at the DLI Museum, Durham.

21 May.  Graham Beckwith reported 2 Green-veined White; 3 Orange Tip (all female) from Debdon Plantation near Rothbury.

20 May.  Derek Charlton observed 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 Orange Tip, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Elemore Golfcourse and 1 Wall Brown in Easington Lane allotments.

Keith Walton reported 10 Orange tip,5 Peacock,1 Speckled Wood,2 Green Veined White,1 Large White, 2 Wall at Broompark.

Graham Beckwith recorded 5 Orange Tip (4 male; 1 female), 3 Green-veined White and 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Rothbury riverside.

19 May.  Chris Barlow reported 5 Green Veined White and 1 Wall Brown on Holy Island.

13 May.  Graham Beckwith reported a Peacock and a Wall Brown at Running Waters Quarry.

12 May.  Mike Taylor counted 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green-veined White, 5 male Orange-tips and 2 female Orange-tips at Allerwash; he also recorded 1 Tortoiseshell, 1 male Orange-tip and 2 female Orange-tips at Warden.  Alan Davis saw a Speckled Wood in his garden in South Gosforth.

9 May.  Chris Barlow found a solitary Green Hairstreak at Dipton Woods, Northumberland.  Graham Beckwith reported a single male Orange Tip from Sniperly Park, Durham.

8 May.  Graeme Baker reported 1 Dingy Skipper and 1 Small Tortoiseshell from Wingate Quarry.  Keith Walton reported 1 Peacock,5 Orange Tip,9 Green Veined White at Broompark,1 Peacock at Framwellgate Moor and 1 Peacock at Pity Me.

7 May.  Derek Charlton recorded a single Dingy Skipper at Wingate Quarry.  He also saw 5 Orange Tip and single Speckled Wood at Durham Wildlife Trust's Rainton Meadows nature reserve.

Graeme Baker visited Bishop Middleham Quarry between 1100 and 1330, where he saw 3 Green veined whites, 2 Peacocks and 7 Speckled Wood.  Keith Walton reported 2 Orange Tip, 2 Peacock,1 Large White,1 Green Veineed White at Broompark.

Mike Taylor visited Dipton Woods, Northumberland where he recorded 1 Peacock and 7 Green Hairstreaks.

Alan Davis saw a Holly Blue in his garden in South Gosforth - after an absence of two years.

6 May.  Jonathan Wallace saw 4 Wall Brown, 1 Small Copper, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small White and 1 Green-veined White at Paradise SNCI, Newcastle.  Keith Walton reported 5 Orange Tip, 5 Peacock, 2 Green Veined White,3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Wall at Broompark and at Wingate Quarry- 2 Peacock,1 Green Veined White, 1 Wall.

Stephen Lowther walked from Bowburn to Crowtrees L.N.R via Old Quarrington and saw 9 Peacock, 4 Orange Tip (all male), 5 Green-veined White, 1 Large White, 1 Speckled Wood and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.  He then visited Low Newton Junction L.N.R where he saw 2 Peacock and 5 Orange Tip (again all male).

Steve Austin recorded a single Dingy Skipper at Wingate Quarry and A Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock at Running Waters Quary.  Graham Beckwith also visited Wingate inthe hope of seeing Dingy Skipper but was rewarded with only a single Peacock.

5 May.  Despite the low temperatures and a hail shower Graham Beckwith found 4 Green Hairstreaks basking on Gorse blossom once the sun came out at Lamp Hill, Alnwick.

3 May.  Graham Beckwith found no butterflies at Running Waters Quarry, Durham but did find a Drinker moth caterpillar.

April 2012

28 April.  Steve Austin was pleased to see 2 Orange Tip, 8 Speckled Wood, 2 Small White, 2 Green Veined White, 2 Peacock and one Small Tortoiseshell during a visit to Russell Woods, Coaley Lane.

Mike Taylor reported two Green Hairstreaks from Dipton Woods.

John Atkinson observed single Small White and a Peacock in a sheltered area below the Priory at Tynemouth.  In the wooded area between Lord Collingwood's Monument and Priors Park he saw a number of Speckled Wood with four pairs spiralling.

27 April.  Stephen Lowther obsevred a single Speckled Wood late in the afternoon at Bishop Middleham Quarry.

22 April.  Tom Tams reported a Brimstone seen in his garden at Tynemouth as well as Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Peacock, and Small Tortoiseshell.

21 April.  Keith Walton reported 12 Orange Tip, 5 Small White, 2 Green-veined White and 4 Peacock at Broompark.  Denis Gregson observed a single Speckled Wood in a garden in Spennymoor.

13 April.  Keith Walton reports a Small Tortoiseshell at Broompark.

11 April.  Graeme Baker reported seeing 2 Speckled Woods and 1 Small White at Broompark between 12 - 1pm despite the hail showers and temp of 7 degrees.

8 April.  Steve Austin was pleased to see 5 Speckled Wood in woods near his home on Coaley Lane.

5 April.  Keith Walton reported the following sightings: 1 Orange Tip at Framwellgate Moor, 1 Orange Tip and 6 Small Tortoiseshell at Broompark.

4 April.  Graham Beckwith observed 1 Peacock basking on a Pieris shrub at Sniperley Park, Durham.  He then travelled to Rothbury where he saw 8 Small Tortoiseshell in various locations along the riverside west from Beggar's Rigg.

1 April.  Graham Beckwith reported the following sightings from various locations near Rothbury: Rothbury (Riverside West) - 2 Small Tortoiseshell.  Little Tosson, south-west of Rothbury - 1 Small Tortoiseshell.  Cragside: 33 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock and 1 Small White.

March 2012

30 March.  Keith Robson reported a remarkable day's tally for March with eight species seen.  On Waldridge Fell he recorded Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Orange Tip, Small White, Large White and Speckled Wood then later at Backhouse Park, Sunderland he added Holly Blue to the tally as well as more Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Speckled Woods.

Keith Walton recorded the following at Broompark: 25+ Small Tortoiseshell, 10+ Peacocks, 2 Comma, 4 Small White, 21 male and 1 female Orange Tip.

29 March.  Steve Austin counted 1 Comma, 3 Speckled Wood, 5 Peacock and 6 Small Tortoiseshell in Coaley Lane.  Keith Walton reported 12 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Peacock, 1 Comma, 1 Large White, 4 Small White, 1 Green-veined White, 3 or 4 Orange Tip (all male) from Broompark where he also observed several Orange Underwing moths.  Alan Davis visited Weetslade Country Park where he counted 5 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a Comma.

Keith Smith continued the trend for very early sightings with a sighting of two Green Hairstreaks at Dipton Woods, Northumberland.

Ian Kerr and Mike Natrass recorded 2 Orange Tips at Wylam Pumping station an a Speckled Wood and reported that there were good numbers of Small Tortoiseshells in both areas and three Peacocks.

28 March.  Tom Tams saw a Holly Blue and Small Tortoiseshell in his garden in Tynemouth.  Keith Walton counted 10 Peacock and 5 Small Tortoiseshell at Broompark Picnic site and also saw 3 - 4 of each at Framwellgate Moor, Pity Me, Chester Moor, Chester-le Street, Birtley, Sacriston, Whitton Gilbert, Langley Park, Bearpark and Ushaw Moor.

Michael Eccles visited Clara Vale where he recorded 1 Orange Tip(M), 1 Speckled Wood,1 Small White, 1 Peacock and 5 Small Tortoishell.  Keith Smith reported two Orange Tip males seen at Close House nature reserve.

27 March.  The continuation of the exceptionally warm sunny weather has produced a flush of sightings across the region: Daria Wallace observed a Speckled Wood near to the Botanic Gardens, Newcastle.  Graham Beckwith recorded 8 Peacocks and 15 Small Tortoiseshell at Running Waters Quarry.  Keith Walton reported Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks in ones and twos at various points in Teesdale between Staindrop and Langdon Beck.  John Atkinson recorded 3 Small White and 2 Peacock at Havannah LNR, Hazelrigg and 2 Small White and 5 Peacock at Big Waters, Wideopen.  Graeme Baker saw 20 plus Peacocks, 5 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Small Whites over 3 hours from midday at Bishop Middleham Quarry.  Steve Austin saw a Comma and 7 Small Tortoiseshells on Coaley Lane.  Jill Stewart counted 8 small tortoishell, 5 peacocks and a male Orange Tip at Wylam riverside.  Jonathan Wallace saw a Comma at Cowgate, Newcastle.

Michael Coates reported the first Holly Blue of the year in Northumberland Park, North Shields where he also saw 1 Small White, 3 Comma, 1 Peacock, 2 Speckled Woods.

26 March.  Keith Walton reports an amazingly early Small Copper at Broompark picnic area (previous earliest record 13 April 2003).  He also reports that Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock were widespread in small numbers in Durham with 10+ of each seen in three gardens in Framwellgate Moor and 3+ of each in Broompark, Shincliffe and Pity Me.

Michael Eccles counted 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral and 2 Small White at Shotley Bridge.

25 March.  Brian Denham added Brimstone to the tally of species recorded so far this year with one seen in his garden in west Darlington.  Stephen Lowther visited Flass Vale LNR, Durham in the afternoon and found Small White on the wing as well as two Comma and four Peacock.

Graham Beckwith was out and about in the Rothbury area and recorded the following: Whitton Glebe, Rothbury - 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock; Cragside Cottages, Rothbury - 1 Large White; Rothbury (Hillside West) - 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell; Rothbury (Brae Head) - 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock; Rothbury (near Ship Crag) - 1 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell; Rothbury (Gimmerknowe) - 5 Small Tortoiseshell.

24 March.  Steve Austin saw Peacock and Small Tortoisesheel on Coaley Lane.  Stephen Lowther reported a Comma seen at Low Newton Junction L.N.R, along with two Peacock.  Steve Reid, meanwhile visited Hedley Hall woods, Gateshead and saw numerous Peackocks and 2 Small Tortoiseshells.

In Rothbury, Graham Beckwith watched two Small Tortoiseshells chasing one another close to the River Coquet.

22 March.  Keith Smith claimed the first Orange Tip of the year with a single male spotted at Close House Nature Reserve.  Keith Walton visited Broompark picnic site where he recorded the following: 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Peacock, 4 Small White, 2 Comma and 1 Speckled Wood.  On the same day Derek Charlton saw 3 Peacock and 5 Small Tortoiseshell at Elemore Woods whilst Roger Norman reported 2 Peacock seen at Havannah LNR near Hazlerigg.

15 March.  Steve Austin visited a number of sites in Durham in search of butterflies and was rewarded with a Small Tortoiseshell at Wingate Quarry and then another at Coaley Lane, Newbottle.  Alan Brannon reported a Small Tortoiseshell at Lanchester Valley Railway Path, Langley Park, basking in the sunshine on willow catkins.

14 March.  Peter Fletcher reported a Small Tortoiseshell in his garden at Dinnington.

12 March.  Steve Kirtley saw a Red Admiral in a garden near his home in Darlington.  Given the date, this was assumed to be an 'over-winterer' rather than a migrant.  Keith Walton repored a Peacock at Templetown, Consett.

11 March.  Stephen Lowther recorded his first Small Tortoiseshell of the year at Flass Vale LNR, Durham City.  Keith Walton reported two very early Large Whites at Broompark picnic area, Durham and a Small Tortoiseshell at Framwellgate Moor.

9 March.  Peter Fletcher observed his first Small Tortoiseshell of the year at Beacon Hill, Cramlington.

1 March.  Steve Austin saw his first Small Tortoiseshell of the year at Running Waters Quarry on a wonderful sunny day.

February 2012

28 February.  Michael Eccles reported at least three Small Tortoiseshell seen at Hartlepool Marina.  David Lacey saw a Peacock in his garden in Durham.

24 February.  National Trust Ranger, Chris Wood spotted a Peacock whilst working at Hawthorn Dene on the Durham Coast.

19 February.  Graham Bowman reported a 'probable Peacock' seen in flight in a sheltered hollow at Ross Back Sands near to Holy Island.

January 2012

11 January.  Dave Liddle reports that a couple of Durham CC rangers , Deborah Hannaby and Mark Rothery working on the Sherburn railway transect were more than surprised when a Peacock appeared. 

1 January.  Mike Henry saw a Peacock on 1st Jan at Bondicarr (nr Hauxely).  It was eaten by a pied wagtail! (reported by Roger Norman).


2011

November 2011

19 November.  Keith Walton reports that at least two Red Admirals were present at Broompark.  When leaving Holy Island, Ian Edgar saw a Red Admiral by the roadside between Beale House and the level crossing.

17 November.  John Atkinson saw a single Red Admiral traveling along the "bumpy road" at Prestwick Carr

12 November.  John Atkinson reported a single Red Admiral that lifted from bridle path on way to sentry boxes at Prestwick Carr near Dinnington.  On the same day Graeme Bowman saw 2 Commas (fresh-looking) sunning themselves at Newbiggin (at 'the mound') and a single Red Admiral flew over

7 November.  Comma still present in Malcolm Hutcheson's Berwick garden.  Malcolm also reported a Red Admiral at Castle Hills, Berwick.

6 November.  Stef McElwee had a very fresh Comma butterfly in his garden in Brunswick, Newcastle.  Stephen Lowther observed a Red Admiral flying at Low Barns Nature reserve.  Mike Taylor saw 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Tyne Green Hexham and another close by.  Meanwhile Graeme Bowman reported a Comma at Newbiggin (Northumberland) - in the area known as the 'mound' and Malcolm Hutcheson also observed a Comma on late flowering Buddleja weyeriana in his garden near Berwick-upon Tweed.

4 November.  Malcolm Hutcheson saw a Red Admiral in Seahouses in asea front garden)and then a second one further up the road at Bamburgh Castle.

3 November.  Michael Eccles extended this year's butterfly flight season into November with a sighting of 1 Red Admiral and 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Clara Vale.

October 2011

28 October.  Steve Austin reported 2 Red Admirals at Rainton Meadows.

24 October.  Keith Walton reported 1 Small Copper, 10 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Comma, 2 Peacockand 2 Speckled Wood at Broompark.

22 October.  Rob Gavan reported a pair of Red Admirals nectaring in his garden at Gunnerton, Hexham.

19 October.  Steve Austin reported a Red Admiral at Coaley Lane, Durham.  Rob Gavan reported A Comma and a Small Tortoiseshell nectaring on flowers in his garden at Gunnerton, near Hexham.

16 October.  Jonathan Wallace saw a Red Admiral flying in Fenham, Newcastle.  At Cragside, near Rothbury Graham Beckwith saw : 3 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Red Admiral; 4 Silver Y moths.

15 October.  Dave Liddle walked Dursand to Collier Law track and recorded 5 Red Admirals, 1 Wall and 1 Small Tortoishell.  On the same day, during a lovely sunny walk around Weetslade Country Park, Alan Davis saw 1 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral and 1 Common Blue [male].  In her garden near Bardon Mill, Hexham, Carline Bluck saw a Comma feeding on Michaelmas Daisies.  Graham Beckwith was out and about in the Rothbury area and made the folowing observations: Rothbury, Riverside West: 1 Large White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 1 Silver Y moth.  Whitton Glebe, Rothbury: 3 Red Admiral; 2 Small Tortoiseshell.  Meanwhile at at Broompark ( Picnic Area) on the Keith Walton recorded 10 Red Admirals,1 Small Tortoisehell, 1 Speckled Wood and 1 Small Copper - all appeared to be freshly emerged.

14 October. Malcolm Hutcheson reported a Small White in nhis garden at East Ord, Berwick, as well as 8 Small Tortoiseshell and 11 Red Admirals.

9 October.  Steve Austin saw 2 Red Admirals at Nose point Seaham.

6 October.  Darren Archer counted 10 Red Admirals and 3 Speckled Woods in Hawthorne Dene between the car park and the beach making the most of the sun in sheltered spots.  Dave Liddle reported 5 Red Admirals (which seem to be having a good Autumn) at Longburn Ford Quarry.

5 October.  Derek Charlton reported approximately 25 Speckled Wood and 4 Red Admirals at Whitburn CP.

3 October.  Dave Liddle reported 11 Red Admirals at Pow Hill County Park, Durham.

1 October.  Graham Beckwith counted 11 Red Admiral, 13 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma - most nectaring on Hebe at Heighley Gate Garden Centre, Morpeth.

September 2011

30 September.  While walking the coastal path between Rumbling Kern, Howick and Craster, John Atkinson saw numerous Red Admirals and Small Tortoiseshells and 3 Speckled Wood.  Later on the same day, he also observed a female Common Blue at Banks Pond, Dinnington.  Graham Beckwith visited Wingate Quarry where he counted 11 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 14 Small Tortoiseshell, 17 Small Heath and 4 Silver-Y moths.

29 September.  G.S.Butterfield reported 25 Red Admirals on the plum trees at Dolly's Wood, Butsfield (reported by Dave Liddle).

28 September.  Steve Austin recorded 1 Small White, 2 Painted Lady , 1 Large White , 4 Silver-Y moths, 5 Red Admiral, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Common Blue and 5 Speckled Wood (one pair mating).  He then called at Wingate and found the following : 1 Peacock, 4 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

26 September.  Peter Fletcher reported 4 Speckled Wood and 3 Red Admiral from St Mary's Wetland, Whitley Bay.

25 September.  Graham Beckwith saw 2 Red Admiral; 2 Peacock; 1 Small Tortoiseshell at Whitton Glebe.

24 September.  Graham Beckwith reported 3 Red Admiral. 1 Small Tortoiseshell from Whitton Glebe, Rothbury.  Also 2 Frosted Orange Moths attracted to the lights of his caravan.

21 September.  John Atkinson reported a single Small Tortoiseshell from Prestwick Carr, close to the sentry box.  Graham Beckwith visited Wingate Quarry where he saw his first Painted Lady of the year but was disappointed to see nothing else.

14 September.  Michael Eccles recorded the following at Clara Vale: 2 Red Admiral, 3 Peacock, 1 Small Copper and 15 Speckled Wood.

13 September.  Graham Beckwith rported a single Red Admiral nectaring in a garden at Sniperley Park, Durham.

11 September.  Graham Beckwith reported 1 Red Admiral from Whitton Glebe near Rothbury.

4 September.  Michael Taylor was at the Spetchells where he saw 5 Wall pair mating, 7 Speckled Wood, 3 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Small White, 1 Large White, 4 Peacock, 1 Tortosieshell.  At Rothbury riverside Graham Beckwith recorded Small Copper (2 of the form caeruleopunctata), 2 Large White, 1 Small White, 2 Green-veined White and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.  He also visited Cragside and saw 3 Red Admiral, 7 Peacock an 1 Large White in the vicinity of the shop.

3 September.  Graham Beckwith saw a single Small Tortoiseshell at Rothbury.

August 2011

29 August.  A disappointing day at Dunstanburgh on the Northumberland coast for Graham Beckwith in weather "more akin to a November day" produced just a single Green-veined White and a single Small White.

21 August.  Steve Austin reported the following from Blackhall: Meadow Brown x 7, Small White x 16, Wall x 7, Small tortoiseshell x 2, Peacock x 10, Red Admiral x 2, Painted Lady x 1, Speckled Wood x 1, Common Blue x 1 (f), Small Skipper x 1, Small Copper x 1.  On a walk from Ovingham to the Spetchells Mike Taylor saw 4 Meadow Brown, 1 Comma, 1 Painted Lady, 3 Wall, 3 Green-veined White, 1 Large White and 1 Small White. 

Graham Beckwith saw 5 Peacock; 7 Red Admiral near the entrance to Cragside then at Debdon Plantation he saw 4 Red Admiral in a clearing within the plantation with the following in the clearing by the roadside - 3 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 5 Small Skipper and 2 unidentified Whites.

20 August.  At Rothbury Riverside (west from Beggar's Rigg) Graham Beckwith counted 5 Small Copper, 1 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 6 unidentified Whites, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall Brown, 3 Peacock and 1 Red Admiral.

18 August.  Andrew Kinghorn sent the following report from Bishop Middleham Quarry: "20 or so Peacock, 10 or so Red Admiral, 10 Common Blue, 2 Speckled Wood, 5-10 Green-veined White, 10 or so Wall Brown. No Painted Lady!"  At Hauxley Paul Tankard reported a superb day with over 200 butterflies counted on the Northumberland coast, consisting of 71 Red Admiral, 33 Peacock, 35 Meadow Brown, 13 Wall, 2 Painted Lady, 1 Small Copper, 2 Small Heath, 9 Large and 3 Small White all at Hauxley NR and 10 Red Admiral, 8 Peacock, 6 Wall, 6 Meadow Brown, 7 Large and 2 Small White at Druridge Pools. 

Graham Beckwith was at Rothbury, Hillside West where he saw 1 Elephant Hawk Moth larva, 1 Peacock, 2 Red Admiral, 2 Wall Brown, 1 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 1 Large White, 1 Small Copper (at the old hill fort) and 4 unidentified Whites.

17 August.  Keith Walton had a productive day at Wingate Quarry LNR where he saw 175+ Small Heath, 2 Small Copper, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Comma, 1 Painted Lady ,50+ Peacock,25+ Red Admiral, 1 Common Blue, 15 Wall, 1 Large Skipper, 1 Small Skipper also Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small White, Large White,Green Viened White and Speckled Wood.

16 August.  Ian Kerr reports from Holdy Island "Numbers of Dark Green Fritillary declining fast with just 7 in dunes between Straight Lonnen-Emmanuel Head and 6 at the Snook. Five Wall Brown and single Grayling and Small Copper also at Snook. Seven Red Admirals in my cottage garden was peak figures so far this summer and 1 Comma there was unusal".  Graham Beckwith visited Wingate Quarry, Co Durham and counted 91 Small Heath, 5 Small Copper, 1 Small Skipper, 2 Small White, 1 Large White, 3 Peacock, 4 Meadow Brown, 12 Wall Brown and 1 male Common Blue.

15 August.  Stephen Lowther visited the RSPB reserve at Saltholme where he saw 1 Painted Lady, 4 Wall Brown, 1 Green Veined White and 1 Small White.  At Cragside (Near shop) Graham Beckwith saw 11 Peacock, 4 Green-veined White, 2 Small White, 2 Large White, 3 Red Admiral, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 9 unidentified Whites.

14 August.  John Richards counted 65+ Red Admirals, 40+ Peacocks and 1 Small Tortoiseshell in the Walled Garden at Wallington, Northumberland. Stephen Lowther saw 2 Wall Browns and 1 Green Veined White in Shincliffe, Co. Durham.  Graham Beckwith visited Rothbury Riverside (west from Beggar's Rigg)and saw 3 Small Copper, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Skipper.

13 August.  Stephen Lowther reported Red Admiral, Peacock, Wall Brown and Green Veined White at Thrislington Plantation, Co. Durham.  Graham Beckwith was at Rothbury Riverside (east towards Thrum Mill) where he saw 3 Small Copper, 3 Small White and 1 Green-veined White.

10 August.  Graham Beckwith reported 3 Purple Hairstreak from the South end of Kepier Wood, Belmont Durham: In small car park on Belmont slip road from A690.

5 August Tim Nelson reported 12 Purple Hairstreak, 11 Speckled Wood, 5 Wall Brown 1 Peacock, 1 Small Copper and several White sp. at at Preston Park, Stockton.  At Seaton Snook- Teeside, D Charlton observed 32 Common Blue, 3 Painted Lady, 2 Wall Brown, 3 Small Heath, 4 Meadow Brown.  Steve Austin reported the following: Blackhall Rocks: Meadow Brown x 20. Wall x 12. Small White x 14. Small Skipper x 3. Speckled Wood x 4. Dingy Skipper x 1. Peacock x 3. Small Copper x 2. Ringlet x 1 and Large White x 1.  Wingate: Red Admiral x 1. Peacock x 1. Small Heath x 32. Marbled White x 2. Wall x 1. Meadow Brown x 5. Common Blue x 1. Painted Lady x 1. Small Copper x 1. and Large White x 1.

Sylvia Brennan reports that she has had a Holly Blue in her garden, in Hartburn Stockton, again this year, on 5th August 2011 feeding on holly bush.  She also had a Speckled Wood the day before in the garden.  Ian Kerr made a 1km circuit of Horsley Wood which produced four Purple Hairstreaks around the top oaks along the ride carrying the power line plus 4 Speckled Wood, 7 Green-veined white, four Peacock and 1 Comma.

1 August.  Malcolm Hutheson was at Cheswick Dunes where he recorded Large White 1,Small White4, Common Blue3, Ringlet 2, Meadow Brown 32 and Grayling 1.  AtWhite-hills Plantation, Elemore Woods D Charlton saw 5 Peacock, 1 Small Copper, 8 Meadow Brown, 1 Large Skipper and 2 Small Skipper.

July 2011

30 July.  Stephen Lowther made a late afternoon visit to Bishop Middleham Quarry and saw Small White, Green-veined White, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Comma, Wall Brown, Common Blue, Large Skipper, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood.  Keith Walton reported 50+ small skipper, 2 Wall and 2 Common Blue from Chapman's Well and on the same day near the A68, 4 Dark-green Fritillaries, 1 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary , 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Wall, 1 Painted Lady and50+ Small Skipper,  He also observed a Large Emerald Moth at his home.  At Coaley Lane, Steve Austin saw Large White x 1, Small White x 7, Small Copper x 3, Meadow Brown x 2, Peacock x 2, Small Skipper x 4 {mating pair) and Wall Brown x 3.  At Kibblesworth D Charlton saw 4 Purple Hairstreak, 1 Wall Brown, 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Grayling, 2 Peacock.

28 July.  Michael Eccles visited Tunstall Reservoir where he saw 1 Dark green Fritillary, Ringlets, Meadow Brown, Small skipper and Small Tortoiseshell.  He also saw Common Hawker and GoldenRing Dragonflies.  Mike Taylor visited Kibblesworth Brick Pools and counted 1 Purple Hairstreak, 19 Small Heath, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Small Copper, 10 Meadow Brown and 3 Green-veined Whites.  Keith Walton visited Wingate LNR and saw the following Butterflies- 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Common Blue,1 Red Admiral, 1 Painted Lady (Fresh) also one large fast flying orange butterfly (another Painted Lady?), 250 Small Heath, 15+ Marbled White,50+ each of Ringlet/Meadow Browns,2 Small Copper, 25+ each of Small White/Green Veined White, 10+ each of Small/Large Skippers, 1 Northern Brown Argus.

27 July.  Mike Taylor recorded 3 White-letter Hairstreak at Bywell Bridge.  Steve Austin saw 8 purple Hairstreaks, 1 Small Copper, 1 Green-veined White and a Large White just off the A690 between Durham & the A1.  In the north of the region at Goswick Dunes Malcolm Hutheson saw Green-veined White 1, Common Blue 16, Small Heath 4, Small Tortoiseshell 14, Ringlet 2, Meadow Brown 122, Grayling 5 & Wall 2.  D Charlton recorded 5 Dark-green Fritillary, 3 Small Heath, 6 Ringlet and 5 Meadow Brown at Shillmoor- Upper Coquetdale.  At Running Watrs Quarry, Durham, Graham Beckwith saw 1 Large White, 1 Green-veined White, 3 Small White, 12 Small Skipper, 15 Small Heath, 9 Meadow Brown, 2 Ringlet, 11 Small Tortoiseshell.  The following moths were also recorded: 4 Six-spot Burnet, 1 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet, innumerable Latticed Heath and Shaded Broad-bar, Cinnabar Moth larvae literally covering 3 Ragwort plants and a few more on a fourth plant.

24 July.  Julie Taylor was delighted to come across 2 White-Letter Hairstreaks in Chopwell Wood, not far from the Marx Terrace entrance.  She also reported Large White (2), Small White (5), Large Skipper (1), Small Skipper (4), Meadow Brown (1), Small Copper (1), Comma (1), Small Tortoiseshell (1).  Andrew Kinghorn saw 2 White-letter Haitstreaks at Derwent County Park and at least 8 Purple Hairstreaks at Kibblesworth.  He also reported two Holy Blues seen by his friend Martin Finney in his garden in Roker, Sunderland.  Graham Beckwith reported 6 Green-veined White, 84 Small Skipper, 7 Large Skipper, 53 Ringlet, 1 Peacock, 7 unidentified Whites, 1 female Dark Green Fritillary crawling over violets - potentially looking for egg laying sites al at Debdon Plantation, Nr Rothbury:.

23 July.  Sylvia Brennan walked along Hardwick Dene, Stockton where there was no sign of White-letter Hairstreaks but numerous Holly Blues, 1 Red Admiral, 2 Comma, Ringlets, plenty of Small Skipper and Speckled Wood along with Small and Green-veined Whites and 1 Small Copper.  On the same day, at Dormans Pool she observed 2 Grayling, 1 Peacock, plenty of Common Blue and 1 Small Copper, 2 Small Heath plus Small Skipper and a few Meadow Browns.

D Charlton reported 30+ Small tortoiseshell, 5 Small Heath, 6 Small Skipper, 4 Ringlet, 20+ Large White, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper and 12 Meadow Brown from High Moorsley SSSI near Sunderland.  Graham Beckwith counted the following at Rothbury Riverside (West from Beggar's Rigg): 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 19 unidentified Whites, 1 Green-veined White, 1 Large White, 7 Small Copper (1 of the form caeruleopunctata), 1 Ringlet, 1 Peacock, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Dark Green Fritillary.

18 July.  John Richards reported 3 Large Heaths from Blackheugh end, Northumberland.

17 July.  John Richards reported 25+ Dark Green Fritillaries and two Graylings Holy Island.

16 July.  More White-letter Hairstreaks with four reported by Michael Coates at Bywell Bridge, Northumberland.  D Charlton counted 20 Grayling at Greatham Crek, Teesside.

15 July.  Tim Nelson reported a Holly Blue seen in his garden in Stockton.

14 July.  John Richards reported 6 White-letter Hairstreaks flying at Coastley in the Tyne valley.  In the south of the region at Hardwick Dene, Stockton, Tim Nelson recorded 12 White Letter Hairstreaks, Commas, Ringlets and Meadow Browns.  Michael Eccles reported 7 Purple Hairstreaks from Kibblesworth.  Graeme Bell reported a Hummingbird Hawk-moth from West Denton.  Graham Beckwith reported a single White-letter Hairstreak from Durham City close to the DLI Museum.  Ken Dawson also reported White-letter Hairstreak with 12 seen near Warden Bridge, Hexham.

13 July.  Michael Eccles reported the following from Kibblesworth Brickworks Purple Hairstreak x1, Grayling x5, Common Blue, Small Skipper, Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and lots of seemingly freshly emerged Small Heath.  Graham Beckwith visited Bishop Middleham Quarry and recorded 3 Northern Brown Argus; 21 Small Heath (popular number for these); 3 Meadow Brown; 7 Ringlet; 1 Red Admiral; 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 4 6 Spot Burnet moths.

12 July.  Graham Beckwith reported 7 Purple Hairstreak and a Scalloped Oak moth at Aykley Wood Durham.

11 July.  Ian Kerr sent the following report from Holy Island: "A check of the 500m stretch of rough dune track seawards from the north end of the Straight Lonnen to the wagonway gate today produced the following; Dark Green Fritillary: (47), Ringlet (14), Meadow Brown (6) and singles of Common Blue, Small White and Small Tortoiseshell.  Numbers of Meadow Browns seemed much lower than usual for this stretch.  Graham Beckwith visited Wingate Quarry whwere he saw 4 Meadow Brown; 14 Ringlet; 21 Small Heath; 9 Marbled White; 11 Latticed Heath moths; 5 very small Cinnabar moth larvae;1 Narrow-bordered 5 Spot Burnet moth.

10 July.  Mike Taylor reported a Large Heath from Grindon.

8 July.  Graham Beckwith visited Aykley Wood in Durham on a day of heavy rain and saw 3 Small Skipper basking in the sunny downpour, 1 Meadow Brown flying through the downpour and 1 Purple Hairstreak which flew up from the soaking vegetation and up into an oak tree bordering Hopper Wood.  He then travelled to Northumberland where he made the following sigtings.  Debdon (Near Primrose Cottage), Northumberland: 11 Ringlet; 3 Small Heath; 2 Meadow Brown.  Debdon Plantation, Northumberland: 86 Ringlet; 4 Meadow Brown (including a mating pair which flew still coupled together); 23 Small Skipper; 3 Dark Green Fritillary; 1 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary; 1 Latticed Heath moth.  All seen in the clearing beside the Rothbury to Alnwick road.  Cragside Estate (opposite Debdon Plantation): 22 Ringlet; 1 Small Heath.  *A total of 119 Ringlet in a short space of time.

4 July.  Brian Denham rpeoted two Brimstone butterflies seen at Saltholme RSPB reserve.

3 July.  Stephen Lowther reported the following sightings: Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park: Green Veined White x2, Ringlet x52, Meadow Brown x19, Small Skipper x16, Speckled Wood x1, Small Tortoiseshell x1, Red Admiral x1, Small Heath x1 and Holly Blue x2.  RSPB Saltholme: Meadow Brown x38, Small Skipper x5, Small Tortoiseshell x2, Large White x1 and Ringlet x2.  Greatham Creek: Small White x4, Meadow Brown x12, Small Skipper x3, Small Tortoiseshell x2, Small Heath x1 and Grayling x7.  Graham Beckwith reported the following from a site near Rothbury: 31 Large Heath, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Heath and 5 Ringlet.  He also vsisted Alnmouth where he saw 1 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Ringlet, 1 Meadow Brown and 1 Common Blue (female).

2 July.  Ian Kerr reported a sharp increase in the number of Dark Green Fritillary on the wing on Holy Island with 40 counted in the dunes at the north end of Straight Lonnen.  He also noted "literally hundreds" of Burnet Moths.  Stephen Lowther visited Wingate Quarry where he saw 23 Ringlet, 7 Marbled White, 6 Small Heath, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Large Skipper and 3 Common Blue.  He then visited Farnless Farm at Bishop Middleham where he counted 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Ringlet, 4 Meadow Brown and 1 Large White. He concluded his morning with a visit to Bishop Middleham Quarry where he recorded 11 Common Blue, 28 Ringlet, 12 Meadow Brown, 3 Large White, 8 Speckled Wood, 5 Northern Brown Argus, 9 Small Heath, 2 Large Skipper and 21 Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet moths.  Paul Stamp went for a walk amongst the dunes at Warkworth and in a couple of hours recorded 5-10 dark green fritillary,5 small skipper,10+ common blue, 4 ringlet, 10+ meadow brown an20+ small heath.  Keith Walton also visited Wingate Quarry where he counted 40 Marbled White, 100+ Small Heath ,10 Small Tortoiseshell.  Keith also reported a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in his back yard at Broompark.  Graham Beckwith visited Rothbury Riverside (east towards Thrum Mill)and recorded 2 Green-veined White, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Skipper and 13 Ringlet.  Heather McIntyre reported 'hundreds' of Six-spot Burnet Moths from Cobalt Country Park at Silverlink North Tyneside.

June 2011

30 June.  Michael Eccles reported a Painted Lady from Stargate Ponds.  Graham Beckwith reported the following from the Rothbury area: Rothbury Riverside (west from Beggar's Rigg): 21 Ringlet, 1 unidentified White, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Meadow Brown, 1 Common Blue (male) and 3 Small Copper; Cragside (Near shop): 2 Meadow Brown and 16 Ringlet. Heather McIntyre visited Cobalt Country Park in North Tyneside and saw about 50 6-spot Burnet around the pathway leading up the hill to the sundial.  Hundreds of cocoons were attached to the wire fencing which runs around a wild flower meadow.  Many of them had the moths emerging.

29 June.  Brian Denham saw a Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Salthome RSPB reserve.  At a site near Rothbury, Nothumberland Graham Beckwith and Steve Austin recorded 13 Large Heath and 1 Small Heath.  Malcolm Hutheson reported the followng from Needles Eye (NT95X) Small White 2, Large White, Common Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Meadow Brown 2, Ringlet 22, Silver Y moth 5.  Then at Marshall Meadows (NT95Y) he saw Green-veined White, Common Blue 3, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Meadow Brown 2, Ringlet 42, Silver Y 6, and a Humming bird Hawk Moth.  He also saw a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, which was present until July 1st, in his garden at East Ord.

28 June.  Michael Eccles reported 2 Grayling, seen at Kibblesworth Brick Pools.  During a couple of hours walking in the Waskerly area Keith Walton saw 2 Red Admiral 2 Small Heath, 10 Large Skipper,3 Green-veined White, 1 Dark Green Fritillary, 10+ Small Pearl Bordered Fritilary and 50+ Ringlets.  He also reports seeing good numbers of Small Tortoiseshell during the current spell of fine weather.  At Milburngate in Durham City on 28 June Stephen Lowrther saw 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoisehell.  Graham Beckwith reported the following from Debdon Pit Cottage, Rothbury: 12 Ringlet, 9 Small Heath, 1 Red Admiral.  He saw 21 Large Heath at another site near Rothbury and then on Cragside Estate he recorded 26 Ringlet and 1 Chimney Sweeper moth.  Finally on Debdon Plantation he counted 61 Ringlet, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Red Admiral, 3 faded Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 1 Small Skipper and 1 Dark Green Fritillary.  In the north of the region Malcolm Hutheson recorded the following at Berrington near Berwick (NU04B): Large Skipper 2, Common Blue (new tetrad), Red Admiral, and Ringlet 4.  Philip Jordan reported Ringlet from Gosforth Park Nature Reserve.

27 June.  Kevin Redgrave saw 4 Hummingbird hawks at Newton Point along a sheltered, south facing coastal bank, feeding on Kidney Vetch flowers.  He also reported an emergence of Dark Green Fritillaries, first on the 15th June, now 4 on transect and many more about.  During the week he reported that there were also Meadow Browns and Ringlet here and large numbers of Common Blues.  Peter Fletcher visited Banks Pond near Dinnington and saw 30+ Meadow Brown, 3 Ringlet, 2 Small Skipper, 1 Common Blue.  He also saw 3 male 4-Spotted Chaser dragonflies.  He subsequently visited Prestwick Carr where he saw 15 Ringlet, 4 Meadow Brown, 4 Small Skipper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small White.  Graham Beckwith reported the following from Rothbury Riverside (West from Beggar's Rigg car park): 1 unidentified White, 1 Meadow Brown, 5 Ringlet, 7 Chimney Sweeper moths, 1 Humming-bird Hawkmoth.

26 June.  Philip Harris reported a sighting of a Gatekeeper in a meadow at Harperley Wood (NZ1853).  Frank Berney reported 15 Dark Green Fritillary in the Waskerley area (reported via Dave Liddle).  At Newburn Riverside Business Park Peter Fletcher observed 5 Common blue (3 female 2male), 2 Ringlet, 3 Meadow Brown, 3 Small Skipper and 2 Shaded Broad Bar moths.  Stephen Lowther walked along the disused railway line at Bowburn where he recorded 16 Ringlet, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Heath, 2 Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood and 2 Small Skipper.

25 June.  Stephen Lowther visted the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust centre at Washington where he saw a single female Large White, singles of both Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood, 5 Meadow Brown, 14 Ringlet and a single Narrow-bordered Five-Spot Burnet moth.  Gary Whitton reported (via Dave Liddle) a Marbled White from Wingate Quarry.

24 June.  Steve Austin visited Bishop Middleham Quarry where as well as encountering several other BC members he saw 2 Speckled Wood,9 Common Blue, 3 Meadow Brown, 7 Small Heath, 5 Ringlet,4 Northern Brown Argus and 3 Large Skipper.  Eddie Crabtree reported 4 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries and 2 Common Blue near Sweethope Lough, Norhtumberland.

23 June.  Stephen Lowther scanned a small section of Crimdon Dene and counted 8 Six-spot Burnet Moths.

22 June.  Bob Mawson reported that Marbled White is on the wing at Wingate Quarry with two seen.

21 June.  Stephen Lowther reported a Peacock seen in Sidegate, Durham.

20 June.  David Atkinson reported remarkable numbers of butterflies from the meadows behind the Chester Moor Pub near Chester le Street: 150+ Meadow Brown, 300+ Ringlets, 300+ large skipper, 200+ Small skipper, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 small white plus quite a few day flying moths.  Graham Beckwith reported 3 Meadow Brown, 8 Ringlet, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Large Skipper from Aykely Woods, Durham.

19 June.  Peter Fletcher reported 10 Meadow Brown and 2 Small Skipper at Banks Pond, Dinnington.

17 June.  Graham Beckwith recorded 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Common Blue, 1 Ringlet, 3 Small Heath, 3 Latticed Heath moth and 1 Cinnabar moth at Running Water Quarry, Durham.

15 June.  Graham Beckwith saw a freshly emerged and rather early White-letter Hairstreak on a path at Milburngate, Durham City.

14 June.  Steve Austin visited Rainton Meadows where he recorded: Meadow Browns 10, Common Blue 10, Small Heath 14, Ringlet 9, Large Skipper 5 as well as 4 Chimney Sweeper moths.  Michael Eccles visited Stargate Ponds and recorded : 1 newly emerged Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Meadow Brown and 30+ Common Blue.  At Sniperley Park, Durham, Graham Beckwith saw 1 Green-veined White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Wall Brown.

12 June.  Jonathan Wallace counted 14 Small Heath and 2 Common Blue on waste land near the Metro Centre a well as a number of day flying moths including Mother Shipton, Clouded Border, Yellow Shell, Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet, Thistle Ermine and Garden Grass Veneer.

9 June.  Stephen Lowther visited Bishop Middleham Quarry where he saw 7 Speckled Wood, 11 Common Blue (8 male and 3 female), 2 Northern Brown Argus, 10 Large Skipper, 1 Dingy Skipper and 1 Small Heath.  He then visited Low Barns where he recorded 3 Speckled Wood and completed a successful day with a visit to a site on the A66 where he counted 9 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 2 Green=veined White and 2 Small Heath.

3 June.  Stephen Lowther reported 3 Large Skipper, 5 Small Heath, 11 Common Blue(5 Male and 6 Female) and a single Northern Brown Argus from Thrislington Plantation.

2 June.  Graham Beckwith counted 53 Large Skipper at Aykely Wood, Durham where he also saw many moths including Silver-ground Carpet and Blood-vein.  Stephen Lowther reported Common Blue, Large Skipper and Small Heath from Raisby Hill, Co. Duham.

May 2011

31 May.  Paul Tankard and Alan Davis reported 2 Large Skipper, 2 Small Heath 2 Small White plus a Common Blue fro Weetslade Country Park.  Grham Beckwith reported 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary from Debdon Plantation, Northumberland.

30 May.  John Atkinson saw 3 Small Heath in blustery conditions along Hawsen Burn, Northumberland.

29 May.  Stephen Lowther reported 1 Green Veined White, 7 Common Blue, 3Small Heath and 1 Large White at Thrislington Plantation.  On the same day he saw 1 Orange Tip, 2 Peacock, 3 Green Veined White and 1 Speckled Wood at Low Barns.  Bob Mawson reported Brown Argus from Raisby Way.  Graham Beckwith made the following sightings in the Rothbury area: Rothbury Riverside, east towards Thrum Mill: 4 Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell.  Debdon Plantation, Rothbury: 12 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (3 Female; 9 Male) - each female experiencing the advances of a male plus 2 Green-veined Whiteand 1 Small Heath.

27 May.  Alan Davis and Paul Tankard recorded their first Common Blue of te year on their transect at Weetslade Country Park.

26 May.  Bob Mawson reported 5 Northern Brown Argus from Bishop Middleham Quarry.

20 May.  Despite the very windy conditions Mike Coates saw 9 Dingy Skippers and 3 Small Heath at Havannah Nature Reserve, Hazelrig.

19 May.  Rev David Atkinson and Bob Mawson both reported sightings of Large Skipper at Dunston on the banks of the Tyne and at Raisby Way respectively.  Paul Tankard saw 1 Red Admiral,1 Speckled Wood,1 male Orange Tip, 4 Wall, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Small Copper and several Small, Large and G/V Whites at Hauxley Nature Reserve whilst wardening.  Dave Liddle reported 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary from site on the A68, Durham.  He also reported an sighting of this species by another observer on the 15th.

17 May.  Graham Beckwith added Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary to the season's tally with a sighting of a male at Debdon Plantation, Northumberland.  He also reported 9 Green-veined White (5 Female, 4 Male), 3 Small White, 2 Orange Tip (both Female), 1 Silver Y moth and 12 Brown Silver Line moths.  Graham also visited Swin Hope, near Edlingham, Northumberland where he saw 10 Green-veined White (6 Female; 4 Male), 1 Large White, and 1 Small Copper.

Tom Tams saw 1 Small Copper, 2 Wall plus several Orange Tips and Green-veined Whites at Arcot Pond, Cramlington.

14 May.  At whitton Glebe near Rothbury, Graham Beckwith saw 1 Orange Tip (Male), 1 Green-veined White (Male).

12 May.  David Lacey recorded the following species at Low Newton Nature Reserve in County Durham: Brimstone, Dingy Skipper, Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Large White, Small White, Green Veined White.  Graham Beckwith visited Debdon Plantation and adjacent moorland near Rothbury and saw 5 Green-veined White, 1 Orange Tip (Female), 1 Peacock and 13 Common Heath moths.

10 May.  Graham Beckwith reported 1 Red Admiral, 4 Dingy Skipper and 2 Wall Brown all seen at Running Waters Quarry, Durham.

9 May.  Graham Beckwith visited a site near the A68, Co. Durham and saw 2 Orange Tip (both Male), 2 Large White, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Green-veined White.

8 May.  Graham Beckwith reported 26 Dingy Skipper; 8 Small Copper, 11 Common Blue (all Male), 10 Wall Brown at Wingate Quarry plus a bonus of 2 Four-spotted Chaser dragonflies.

7 May.  Graham Beckwith and Steve Austin reported the following from Coaley Lane, Newbottle: 8 Speckled Wood, 10 Green-veined White (1 a Female), 3 Large White, 3 Dingy Skipper, 3 male Orange Tip.  They then went to Rainton Meadows and saw: 1 Wall Brown, 1 Peacock, 6 male Orange Tip, 2 Dingy Skipper, 1 Green-veined White and 2 Mother Shipton moths.

6 May.  Steve Austin reported 1 Red Admiral, 6 Orange Tip, 2 Green Veined White, 8 Wall Brown, 4 Small White, 3 Speckled Wood and 1 Small Tortoiseshell from Coaley Lane, Newbottle.  Keith Smith reported 2 Dingy Skipper, 7 Green Veined White, 4 Large White, 5 Orange Tip, 2 Small White and 9 Wall Brown from Moorside, North Tyneside.  In Durham Graham Beckwith visited the DLI Museaum grounds where he saw 2 Large White, 2 Peacock and 1 Comma and then Aykley Wood,where he saw 1 Wall Brown and 1 Clouded Silver moth.

4 May.  Keith Smith visited various locations: Percy Pit: 12 Dingy Skipper, 1 Small Heath, 1 Speckled Wood, 8 Wall Brown, 4 Large White, 1 Small White, 6 Green Veined White, 9 Orange Tip; Nearby Shelley Rd:1 Dingy Skipper, 1 Large White, 4 Green Veined White, 3 Orange Tip, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Wall Brown; Newburn Riverside Park: 5 Large White, 3 Small White, 7 Green Veined White, 13 Orange Tip, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Speckled Wood, 9 Wall Brown.  Steve Austin saw the following at Blackhall: Small White 1, Dingy Skipper 7, Small Copper 1, Speckled Wood 3.  Then at Wingate he saw: Common Blue 2, Wall Brown 1, Dingy Skipper 2, Small Copper 1.

3 May.  Graham Beckwith reported the following from Cragside: along roadside near the shop/restaurant - 2 Green-veined White (1 Male; 1 Female), 6 Small Copper (1 of the form caeruleopunctata),1 Orange Tip (Male) near the Formal Gardens; only 1 Green-veined White in the Formal Gardens.

2 May.  Bob Mawson reported Common Blue from Raisby Way.  Tom Tams saw a Red Admiral in his garden in Tynemouth.  Graham Beckwith reported 9 Orange Tip (8 Male; 1 Female)and 1 each of Peacock, Re Admiral and Comma at Rothbury Riverside (east side of north shore towards Thrum Mill).  At Boldon Colliery Vicky Foster recorded 9 Dingy Skippers.

1 May.  David Atkinson got the month off to a fine start with excellent views of a male Brimstone nectaring in dandelions at the Whickam Thorns Activity Centre, Dunston, Gateshead.  Graham Beckwith reported 7 Small Tortoiseshell seen Between Low Hesleyhurst and Wingates, Northumberland amongst disused quarries and lime kilns.

April 2011

30 April.  Bob Mawson added Small Heath to the year's list with a sighting at Lime Kilns, County Durham.  Steve Austin walked along Coaley Lane, Newbottle and saw Large White 2, Small White 2, Speckled Wood 7, Orange Tip 7, Green Veined White 1, Peacock 1 and 2 Dingy Skippers (the first he has seen at this location).

Keith Walton had an excellent day at Wingate Quarry where he recorded 50 Dingy Skipper 10 Wall, 10 Small Copper , Peacock, Orange Tip, Green Veined White, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small Heath, 1 Common Blue.  He also visited Hedleyhope Fell near Tow Law where he saw at least 5 Green Hairstreaks.  Jonathan Wallace recorded 13 Dingy Skipper at Paradise, Newcastle upon Tyne as well as 4 Wall, 4 Small Copper, 7 Orange Tip and 2 Small White.  Graham Beckwith was out and about in the Rothbury area and saw the following: Rothbury Riverside (west side of north shore): 11 Orange Tip (10 Male; 1 Female), 1 Large White, 2 Green-veined White, 3 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral; Debdon Plantation: 2 Green-veined White (1 Male; 1 Female), 3 Brown Silver Line moths; Cragside Estate (East side of B6341): 3 Green-veined White, 1 Water Carpet moth.

29 April.  Bob Mawson recorded 2 Brown Argus at Lime Kilns, County Durham.  Mike Taylor reported 4 Dingy Skippers from Wingate Quarry but these were the only butterflies showing.

27 April.  David Atkinson walked along the Tyne riverside in Dunston Gateshead and recorded 5 Wall, 2 Small Copper, 1 Dingy Skipper, 4 Orange-Tips and 3 Small Whites.  Steve Austin and Graham Beckwith visited Running Water Quarry, Durham where they saw 6 Dingy Skippers and 1 Wall.  They then went on to Wingate Quarry and recorded a further 2 Dingy Skippers 1 Wall and 2 Small Coppers.  Michael Eccles recorded 15+ Green Hairstreak Muggleswick Common.

26 April.  Ian Kerr was delighted to record a single Orange Tip on Holy Island where the species is very uncommon in his experience.

Graham Beckwith visited Running Water Quarry in County Durham where he saw Wall Brown (1 Male) 1 Dingy Skipper and 2 Red Admiral.  He then travelled north to Rothbury where he recorded the following: Whitton Glebe, Rothbury: 2 Orange Tip (1 Male; 1 Female); Hillside West, Rothbury: 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 unidentified Whites, 1 Red Admiral; Rothbury Town: 2 unidentified Whites; 1 Orange Tip (Male).

On Waldridge Fell near Chester le Street, Keith Walton saw at least 5 Green Hairstreaks.

24 April.  Mike Coates saw 7 Speckled Woods and 3 Holly Blues in Northumberland Park, North Shields.  Mike Jessop recorded an Orange Tip roosting in a Blueberry bush in his garden in Fenham, Newcastle, overnight and still present the following morning. 

Stewart Sexton reported a small colony of Green Hairstreaks on Alnwick Moor, Northumberland where there were at least three on teritory; he also counted at least 40 Common Heath Moths.

At several locations in the Rothbury area Graham Beckwith made the following observations: Rothbury Riverside: 19 unidentified Whites, 18 Orange Tip (12 Males and 6 Females), 3 Green-veined White, 2 Large White, 3 Small Tortoiseshell; Carterside Cottages, Nr Rothbury: 1 Small Tortoiseshell; Rothbury Golf Course : 1 unidentified White; 11 Small Tortoiseshell (in large patch of nettles); 1 Peacock; 1 Flame Carpet moth.

23 April.  Steve Austin saw the following at Waldridge Fell: Peacock 4, Small White 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1 and Green Hairstreak 1.  Bob Mawson added to the season's species tally with a Brown Argus at Raisby Way.  Stewart Sexton observed 3 Orange Tips in his garden in Howick Village on the Northumberland coast.

22 April.  Graham Beckwith visited several locations in the Rothbury area with the follwong results: Whitton Glebe, Rothbury: 2 Orange Tip (both Male), 1 unidentified White; Debdon Plantation: 5 unidentified Whites; 2 Green-veined White; 5 Orange Tip (all Female), 4 Brown Silver Line moth; Moorland bordering Debdon Plantation: 1 Orange Tip (Female); 1 Green-veined White; 1 Peacock; Primrose Wood, Nr Rothbury: 1 Brown Silver Line moth, 2 Peacock, 1 unidentified White.

21 April.  Ian Kerr saw at least 25 Orange Tips concentrated in a small open area at Beda Hills, Gateshead, along with a single Speckled Wood, six Small Tortoiseshells and a couple of Peacocks.

20 April.  With the temperature at 23 degrees Tom Tams recorded an excellent total of 9 species in his garden in Tynemouth this morning, namely: Holly Blue 2, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Speckled Wood 1, Orange-tip 1, Green-veined White 5, Small White 1, Large White 2,Comma 1 and Peacock 2.  Steve Austin visited Hedleyhope where he recorded 3 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large White 1 and after about an hour of searching 1 Green Hairstreak.  At Running Waters Quarry, Nr Durham Graham Beckwith recorded 5 Small Tortoiseshell.

19 April.  A Brimstone butterfly was found at Wallsend Swallow Pond this morning by Joe Dobinson (reported on NE Moths Forum).  Graham Beckwith visited the DLI Museum Grounds, Durham and saw 1 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell.

18 April.  Michael Eccles reported 6 Green Hairstreaks from Muggleswick Common.  Marge and Norman Tuck reported 6 male Orange-tip and 3 Speckled Wood seen during a walk along Waggonways/Holywell Dene.  Graham Beckwith reported 3 Orange Tip (one male and two female) from his garden in Sniperley Park, Durham.

17 April.  Vicky Foster recorded a Holly Blue in Marsden Quarry.  Graham Beckwith reported the following sightings from the Rothbury area.  Whitton Glebe, Rothbury: 1 female Orange Tip; 2 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Small White; 1 male Green-veined White.  Hillside West, Rothbury: 2 male Orange Tip; 1 Large White; 3 Green-veined White (1 female, 2 male).  Hillside West above Rothbury: 1 female Green-veined White; 2 early species of moth - 3 Brown Silver Line; 4 Common Heath (3 female, 1 male).  Hillside West, Brae Head: minimum of 23 Green Hairstreak in 2 colonies approx 500-600m apart - at least 10 in one colony and at least 13 in the other with several aerial combats between 2 or 3 individuals - one such combat lasting at least 8 minutes before they disappeared over a hill. None seen in the more exposed area between the 2 colonies; further 7 Common Heath moths, further 2 Brown Silver Line moths; 2 Peacock.

16 April.  Graham Beckwith reported 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock from Whitton Glebe, Rothbury.  He also had a couple of moths visit the light outside his caravan, a Garden Carpet and a Twin-spotted Quaker.

14 April.  Steve Austin reported the following from Coaley lane Newbottle: Small White 2 Speckled Woods 6 (these have spread from last year) Small Tortoiseshell 1, Peacock 5, Orange Tip (m) 1.

11 April.  Paul Tankard reported 1 male Orange Tip at Waterside Plantation, 2km north of Beanley, Northumberland.

10 April.  Steve Austin reported 1 Small White from Seaham Point and 2 Small Whites and a Peacock fom Easington.  Later in the day he visited Rainton where he recorded 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock, 5 Small White, 1 Comma and his first two male Orange Tips.  At Whitton Glebe, Rothbury Graham Beckwith observed 4 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Large White and 1 Small White then at Lamp Hill, nr Alnwick he saw 1 Peacock and 4 Green Hairstreak.  Mike Taylor returned to Allerwash where he saw 1 Small White, 6 Peacocks,7 Tortoiseshell 6 Male Orange Tips and 1 Comma.

9 April.  Keith Smith visited Dipton Woods in Northumberland where he saw the first 3 Green Hairstreaks of the year as well as 6 Peacocks.  Grahm Beckwith was in Rothbury and saw the following along the riverside: 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Large White, 5 Small White, 1 Green-veined White (Female), 3 Orange Tip (all Male)and 3 Peacock.  In the twn centre he saw 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 4 Small Whites.  Jonathan Wallace saw 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 1 male Orange Tip, 1 Green-veined White and several unidentified flying whites at Elswick Cemetery, Newcastle.  He also saw a Small Tortoiseshell flying through the car park at the Morrisons supermarket in Cowgate, Newcastle, where there was also a Twenty-plume Moth, a Common Quaker and a Twin-spotted Quaker on the supermarket window.  On a walk from Heddon on the wall Grid ref NZ132664 down to the river Tyne Grid ref NZ136655 - Mike Taylor recorded 4 male Orange Tips 4 Tortoiseshell 1 Peacock 1 Large White. He subsequently visited Allerwash Grid ref NY880673 - NY884675, where he saw 5 Male Orange Tips, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Green- Veined White.

8 April .  David Atkinson had a cycle around lower Dunston, Gateshead in an area known as Timber Beach to Costco and noted the following: 2 Male Orange-tips, 3 Peacock, 10 Small Tortoiseshell, 7 Small White and a mating pair of Green-veined Whites.  Steve Austin reported the following: 3 Small Whites and 2 Peacocks in his garden in Newbottle and then during a short walk down Coaley Lane another 5 Small Whites, 2 Commas 9 Peacocks and 4 Small Tortoiseshells.  From High Shincliffe and Shincliffe Village in Durham, Stephen Lowther reported 3 Small White, 4 Orange Tip, 2 Comma and 9 Small Tortoiseshell.  On the same day he visited Bishop Middleham Nature Reserve where he saw 1 Green Veined White, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 9 Peacock, Hardwick Hall where he saw 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock and finally at his home in Bowburn he recorded 2 Small Tortoiseshells.  Graham Beckwith reported a Small White rom the Arneson Centre, Durham.

6 April.  Steve Austin reported the following observations seen during an excursion around several sites: Coaley Lane, Newbottle 4 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Comma; Rainton Meadows: 1 Peacock.  Wingate Quarry: 2 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell; Crow Trees nature reserve at Old Cassop:6 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.  John Atkinson reported at least 7 Peacocks at Cobalt Countryside Park, West Allotment, N. Tyneside.  Michael Eccles added Small Copper to the season's tally with a single specimen at Salter's Gate as well as seeing a Small Tortoiseshell on Waskerley Way.  Meanwhile in Northumberland Park, North Shields, Michael Coates added Holly Blue to the season's list - his first record of this species since 2008 and hopefully a sign that it will have a better year than the last two very poor ones.  Michael also recorded 2 Peacocks, 2 Small Whites, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Commas.  Stephen Lowther reported a Small White at Hardwick Park in County Durham.  Robert O'Neill recorded Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Peacock at Marden Quarry, Whitley Bay.

5 April.  Rev. David Atkinson saw 2 Small White, 1 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell Butterflies on a bright but blustery morning along the Tyne riverside at Dunston, Gatesehead.  Keith Smith also walked along the banks of the Tyne, in his case from Prudhoe Bridge to Newburn Bridge and saw the following. Spetchells: 1 Small White and 1 Speckled Wood; Wylam Haugh: 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 male Orange Tip; Close House: 2 Comma, 2Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock.

3 April.  Graham Beckwith saw a single Peacock flying through a roadside clearing and settling periodically at Debdon Plantation, Rothbury, Northumberland.  Andrew Barron observed a newly emerged Large White in his yard in South Shields.  After several hours, however, the butterfly had not succeeded in unfurling its wings.

2 April.  Ken Dawson recorded two Commas at Whittle Dene.

1 April.  Whilst walking in Whittle Dene Woods near to Ovingham, Ken Dawson did not record any butterflies but he did come across the rather surprising piece of apparatus shown in this picture.  Ken is hoping it is sufficiently portable for him to use it later in the summer to get up into the tree-tops when searching for Purple Hairstreaks!

March 2011

29 March.  John Atkinson reported a Small Tortoiseshell basking at Netherwitton, Northumberland.

27 March.  Steve Austin saw seven Small Tortoiseshell and his first Comma of the season during a walk along Coaley Lane, Newbottle.  Michael Eccles added another species to the year's tally with a Small White at Shotley Bridge.

25 March.  Dave Wainwright added Early Tooth-striped, Herald and Orange Underwing to the list of moths caught at Low Barns in 2011.

24 March.  Joyce Walker reported 2 Peacocks and 1 red Admiral sighted feeding in gardens at Blackfell, Washington.

23 March.  Steve Austin saw four Small Tortoiseshell in his garden in Newbottle.  Micchael Eccles recorded 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell on Waskerley Way and then in his garden in Shotley Bridge, a Red Admiral.  Meanwhile Roy Webb photographed a Peacock with rather worn and tatty wings in his garden in Long Newton, John Atkinson also reported a Peacock from Rothley Hall in Northumberland and Ken Dawson saw yet another in his garden in Wylam.

22 March.  Mike Coates recorded 3 Commas and 1 Peacock in Northumberland Park, North Shields.  Dave Wainwright reported Red Chestnut and Small Quaker moths from his moth trap at Low Barns.

21 March.  Michael Eccles added Comma to the list of species reported for the year with a sighting of three at Allensford.  Dave Winawright recorded a couple of Peacocks at Low Barns Nature Reserve.  He also ran his moth trap and had over 50 moths, mainly Hebrew characters, quite a few clouded drabs and shoulder stripes, one dotted border and one early grey.  At Northumberland Park, North Shields, Mike Coates saw a Comma.

19 March.  Marge and Norm Tuck saw their first butterfly of the year, a Peacock, in their garden in Monkseaton.  Steve Austin reported a Small Tortoiseshell from his garden in Newbottle.

18 March.  Robert Callf saw a Small Tortoiseshell flying around a patch of crocuses near the Town Hall in Darlington.

14 March.  Steve Austin saw his first butterfly of the year - a Small Tortoiseshell flying through the car park at Asda in Boldon.

9 March.  Alan Davis observed a Small Tortoiseshell sunning itself in his garden in South Gosforth.

March 1.  Ann Hutcheson saw a Peacock in the top of a Sycamore tree next to the Union Bridge in Berwick upon Tweed.

6 March.  Ken Dawson observed a Small Tortoiseshell flying across Amble Harbour.

February 2011

February 24.  An increase in temperature and a bit of sunshine resulted in several butterfly sightings.  Rev. David Atkinson saw a Small Tortoiseshell in the Vicarage garden in Dunston, Gateshead and Michael Eccles also saw a Small Tortoisesell sunning itself at Lamesely in the late afternoon.  Neville Stead observed a Peacock at Brierdene, Whitley Bay, whilst Tom Tams reported a Comma visiting his garden in Tynemouth.  Dave Stebbings visited the Whitelee Moor Nature Reserve near Catcleugh Reservoir where he saw 5 Fox Moth caterpillars basking on grass tussocks in th sunshine.

February 3.  Julie Mason kicked off the new year's sighting's with a Small Tortoiseshell seen at Belasis Hall Technology Park near Stockton.

January 2011

January 16.  Graham Beckwith found a Peacock in his garden at Sniperley Park, Durham; it was crawling around the lawn but was very sluggish.  Obviously brought out of hibernation by the much warmer temps. It is now in Graham's greenhouse settled amongst the pots etc where it will hopefully continue hibernation as the temps are set to fal again soon.


December 2010

December 25.  Despite the White Christmas Nichola Green discovered a Peacock disturbed from hibernation in her garden in Washington.

November 2010

November 10.  Steve Austin saw a Comma whilst walking in Hawthorne Dene, Co. Durham.  Steve reports that in spite of the generally low temperatures in the region it was quite warm in the Dene and the Comma was basking on brambles in a sun trap but flew off when he approached for a closer look.

November 6.  Philip Jordan saw a Red Admiral in Jesmond, Newcastle in unseasonably sunny weather.

October 2010

October 21  Tim Nelson recorded 3 Speckled Wood in the woodland at Wynyard WP.

October 16  Graham Beckwith found 3 Fox Moth caterpillars on Ling at Simonside, near Rothbury.

October 11  Graham Beckwith saw and photographed a pristine looking Meadow Brown basking on waste ground near the Benfield Group Garages in Gateshead.

October 10  Graham Beckwith recorded a Red Admiral flyingt through the caravan par at Whitton Glebe, Rothbury.

October 8.  Graham Beckwith found a final instar Gothic moth caterpillar at Rothbury Riverside.

October 7.  Steve Austin recorded 12 Red Admirals in the gardens of Egglestone Hall, Co. Durham.  Later on he saw another from the car as he drove through Middleton in Teesdale.  Graham Beckwith recorded a Small Tortoiseshell and a Red Admiral in Durham City, bot flying past the window of his place of work; he also recorded a Small Tortoiseshell at Sniperley Park, Durham on the same day.

October 4.  A lovely sunny morning produced a Speckled Wood in Alan Davis' garden in South Gosforth. Later at Weetslade Country Park he saw another Speckled Wood - his first for this site - also a Red admiral, 2 Common Blue plus a Silver Y moth.

September 2010

September 26.  Despite three days of strong N winds the following were noted by Ian Kerr in the dunes on Holy Island: Peacock 3, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Small Copper 1. Four Red Admirals were in a village garden.

September 22.  Peter Minnikin recorded 6 Red Admirals, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Speckled Woods feeding on Sedum spectabile in his garden in Wardley, Gateshead.  From Rainton Meadows, Steve Austin reported 10 Speckled Wood, 1 Common Blue, 1 Small Tortoishell and 1 Peacock.

September 18.  At Beal Point, Lindisfarne, Ian Kerr found five Wall Browns landing on dried sea-weed along the tide line, perhaps taking traces of salt.

September 17.  Michael Eccles saw 2 Speckled Wood and 1 Red Admiral at Trow Quarry, South Shields.

September 14.  Michael Eccles visited Clara Vale Nature Reserve where he saw 13 Speckled Wood, 1 Comma and 1 Red Admiral.

September 12.  At Heighley Gate Garden Centre Graham Beckwith finally saw his first Painted Lady of the year along with 2 Painted Lady; 3 Peacock and 2 Red Admiral.

September 11.  Graham Beckwith reported the following from Rothbury riverside: 11 Small Tortoiseshell, 8 Red Admiral, 4 Small Copper, 5 Peacock, at least 16 Small White, 7 Large Whiteand 4 Green-veined White.

September 9.  Graham Beckwith found another Purple Hairstreak site at Belmont, Durham where he saw 5 flying together.  At Sniperley Park, Durham he also saw 2 Wall Brown, 3 Small Copper, 9 Red Admiral, 5 Small Tortoiseshell, 14 Small White, 8 Large White and 2 Green-veined White.

September 7.  Graham Beckwith saw 4 Purple Hairstreak at Hopper Wood, Durham.

September 5.  Graham Beckwith saw 26 Wall Brown, 19 Small Heath, 14 Small Copper, 9 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Comma, 1 Speckled Wood, 3 Red Admiral, 7 Small White, 1 Green-veined White and 3 Silver Y moths at Running Waters Quarry, Co. Durham./p>

September 4.  Graham Beckwith recorded a minimum of 8 Purple Hairstreak at Hopper Wood, Durham.  He also saw 1 Wall Brown at the same site and 2 Green-veined White at Dryburn Park, Durham, and a further Wall Brown at Sniperley Park, Durham.

September 2.  Maria Drummond recorded a Holly Blue in her garden in Kenton, Newcastle. Graham Beckwith visited Aykley Wods, Durham where he saw 1 Red Amiral, 1 Speckled Wood (both basking on oak leaves) and 1 Small Copper.

August 2010

August 31.  Michael Coates spent an hour and a half watching Purple Hairstreaks at Hopper Wood, Durham with up to five visible simultaneously.  At Rothbury riverside Graham Beckwith saw 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 11 Peacock; 2 Red Admiral, 3 Wall Brown; 1 Small Copper of the form caeruleopunctata, displaying 4 bright blue dots on each upper hindwing plus innumerable Whites (Small, Large and Green-veined). On the same day at Cragside, near Rothbury(in the formal gardens and by the cottages he saw innumerable Whites 3 Comma; at least 41 Peacock; 19 Red Admiral; 17 Small Tortoiseshell; 1 Wall Brown.

August 28.  Michael Eccles saw 4 Red Admiral, 5 Peacock, 1 Large White and 3 Green-veined White at Queens Road, Shotley Bridge.  Ian Kerr reported just one lonely Dark Green Fritillary showing in his usual survey patch between the Straight Lonnen and wagonway on Holy Island after a week which included a lot of heavy rain.  But he also saw 2 Painted Lady and 2 Peacocks near the Lough and about 12 Wall Brown in Straight Lonnen, village and on Heugh.

August 27.  David Lockey saw 4 Red Admiral, 6 Peacock, and only one Painted Lady at Eppleton Hall, DH5 9NQ near Hetton le Hole T & W.  He also saw the same species at the same location on 25 and 26 August.

August 26.  Mike Coates saw two Purple Hairstreak in a lime tree in Northumberland Park, North Shields.  The butterflies flew down to the ground in front of him before returning to the tree-tops and being lost from sight.  Steve Austin also saw a Purple Hairstreak at Aykley Heads as well as 1 Small Copper, 1 Peacock and 2 Wall Brown.  On the same day he also visited Blackhall Rocks where he recorded Wall Brown 16, Small Tortoishell 6, Small Copper 11, Painted Lady 2,Peacock 6,Speckled Wood 1,Common Blue 2,Small Heath 2 and 2 Silver Y moths.

August 22.  Despite windy conditions Mike Coates counted 102 Wall Brown during his walk around the field adjacent to Whitley Bay Cemetery - Briardene Farm, a location where he often sees 20 - 30 of this species.  Steve Austin visited Blackhall Rocks and reported the following: 28 Peacock, 27 Wall Brown, 6 Small Copper,16 Red Admiral,2 Painted Lady, 2 Small Heath, Large Skipper, 3 Small Tortoishell, 1 Speckled Wood, large numbers of Whites and 25 Silver Y Moth.  Meanwhile at Druridge Bay Pools, Peter Fletcher observed the following: 2 Red Admiral, 18 Wall Brown, 4 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Meadow Brown, 2 Small Skipper, 2 Small Copper plus numerous Small white and a handful of Large and Green veined white.  He also reported 4 Common Darter dragonflies.

Michelle Mills reported several Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillars in the poly tunnel on her allotment in Billy Row, Crook, where they were feeding on grape vine.  This is an unusual food plant for this species which more typically is found on willowherbs.

August 21.  Malcolm Hutcheson reported the following from his garden in East Ord, Berwick: Large White 5, Small White 3, Green-veined White 2, Small Copper, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell 2, Red Admiral 2, Peacock 14, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown & Wall Brown.  Malcolm also reports that the Speckled Wood has continued its northward spread and has been recorded in Eyemouth north of the border this summer.

August 19.  Graham Beckwith reported 7 Purple Hairstreak on the same tree as the previous day, although three also flew into adjacent oaks.

August 18.  Graham Beckwith saw 5 Purple Hairstreak.  All observed on one (relatively small) oak tree on the edge of Hopper Wood where the wood meets the railway line. 1 basking mid-way up with the rest flying and twirling around the tree top.  He also saw 1 Red Admiral, 1 Small Skipper and 2 Green-veined Whites. Malcolm Hutcheson reported thefollowing from Cheswick dunes, north Northumberland: Large White2, Small White 3, Small Copper, Peacock 3, Meadow Brown 6, Wall Brown 7.

August 16.  At Debdon Plantation, Northumberland, Graham Beckwith observed 1 Chevron Moth, 1 Peacock, 14 Green-veined White, 6 Small White, 2 Pyrausta purpuralis micro moths.

August 15.  Steve Austin reported the following from Coaley Lane in Newbottle: Wall 7, Small White 2, Green Veined White 8.  Then on the same day at at Rainton Meadows he saw: Meadow Brown 6, Small Heath 8, Large Skipper 2, Silver Y moth 2, Peacock 11, Green Veined White 3 and Wall 1.  Graham Beckwith saw 1 Comma, at least 38 Peacock, at least 25 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Red Admiral, 6 Large White, Small White and Green-veined White (both innumerable)at Wallington Hall Northumberland, mainly in the walled garden.

August 14.  Andy Caesar reported a possible sighting of a Camberwell Beauty in the dunes behind Cocklawburn Beach near Scremerston on the north Northumberland Coast.  Unfortunately the butterfly flew off before Andy had a chance to fully confirm the sighting but he was fairly confident that it was a Camberwell Beauty and so any observers out and about in this area should look out for it.  Please note that the recording policy for the Branch is that sightings of rarities such as this must be supported by a detailed description and if possible a photograph in order for the record to be accepted.

August 12.  Ken Dawson saw a Holly Blue in his garden in Wylam and Dave Stebbings also saw one in the grounds of St Nicholas Hospital in Gosforth.  On Rothbury riverside Graham Beckwith saw innumerable Large White, Small White and Green-veined White as well as 2 Small Tortoiseshell and a Peacock.

August 11.  Graham Beckwith saw 1 Ringlet, 1 Meadow Brown, 4 green-Veined White and 1 Antler Moth at Debdon Plantation, near Rothbury.

August 10.  Ian Kerr reported the following from Holy Island: "600m stretch from top of Straight Lonnen to wagonway: Dark Green Fritllary 20, Meadow Brown 18, Small White 5, Ringlet 3 and singles of Common Blue, Wall Brown and Grayling.  Also 10 Small Tortoiseshell sunning themselves on stone wall at Holy Island Lough".

August 8.  Peter Fletcher counted the following from the bridle track across the Prestwick Carr ranges: Small white 100+ and Green viened White 35+, Small Copper 28, Peacock 6, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Meadow Brown 2, Comma 2 and a Small Skipper.  On Holy Island Ian Kerr recorded 1 Grayling and 3 Wall Brown on Heugh.  Graham Beckwith visited Debdon Plantation near Rothbury where he saw 2 Antler Moth; 9 Green-veined White; 1 Small Skiper; 3 Meadow Brown;1 Vapourer Moth Caterpillar.


August 5.  Richard Vogel watched and photographed a fine specimen of a Peacock on the platform of the Metro Centre Railway station.  Ken Dawson found 2 Purple Hairstreaks in Horsley Wood in an Oak tree 100 yds to the right from the bridleway junction waymarker post (under the power-lines; OS Ref. NZ 099 649.  He also saw a Speckled Wood.  Meanwhile on the same day, a walk in Preston Park, Stockton for Tim Nelson gave 3 Purple Hairstreak, 5 Holly Blue along with 5 Commas, 2 Walls 9 Speckled Woods, a Peacock and lots of mixed whites.  Jonathan Wallace had a fleeting sighting of a single Purple Hairstreak at 9 Arches Viaduct in Derwent Walk Country Park, Gateshead.  Graham Beckwith found a freshly deceased White-letter Hairstreak on the ground near a large Elm tree near the entrance to Wharton Park Durham but was unable to find any live ones. He also saw th follwong at Sniperley Park: 14 Green-veined White, 3 Small White, 1 Meadow Brown.

August 3.  Tim Nelson reports that he has had up to two Holly Blues present in his garden in Stockton over the past 10 days (see photo in gallery).

August 2.  Graham Beckwith recorded 9 Cinnabar Moth Caterpillars on 1 Ragwort plant; 1 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing at Sniperley Park, Durham (Park and Ride Grounds).

August 1.  Ian Kerr counted the following between the car park and the rear of the Golden Lion pub garden between 10-11am : Meadow Brown 54, Comma 4, Peacock 2, Small Copper 1, Small Skipper 1 and White-lette Hairsteak 1.  Peter Fletcher counted Small white 100+, Green veined white 30+, Meadow Brown 50+ (all very tatty and faded), Small Copper 50+, Small Tortoiseshell 15+ and Small Skipper 3 during about an hour walking alon the bridleway across the ranges at Prestwick Carr.  He also recorded a Comma at Ponteland Golf Course.


July 2010

July 31.  Steve Austin reported the following from Coaley Lane Walbottle: Green veined white 11, Meadow Brown 3, Comma 2, Peacock 1, Small Copper 1.  Graham Beckwith visited Debdon Plantation, Rothbury and recorded 7 Pyrausta purpuralis, 11 Green-veined White, 4 Small White, 3 Meadow Brown and 5 Ringlet.

July 30.  Jonathan Wallace counted 51 Green-veined Whites, mostly nectaring on thistles, at Big Waters along with 8 Meadow Brown, 2 Comma, 4 Large White, 7 Small White, 1 Small Skipper and 2 Small Copper on a rather breezy day.

July 28.  Steve Austin visited Wingate Quarry where he saw the following: Large White 1,Green Veined White, 16, Small Heath 23, Marbled White 11 (some tatty), Ringlet 11, Small Copper 2, Small Tortoishell 2, Meadow Brown 5 (tatty) Common Blue 1.

July 27.  Graham Beckwith visited Tanfield Marsh LNR where he recorded 17 Meadow Brown; 3 Ringlet; 7 Small Tortoiseshell; 8 Small Skipper; 1 Comma; 2 Narrow Bordered Five-spot Burnet. All seen within a 15 minute walk around the larger meadow.  Malcolm Hutcheson recorded the followong at Paxton House near Berwick: Large White 5,Small White 16,Green-veined White 30,Small Copper 1,Comma,Speckled Wood 2,Ringlet 1 & Meadow Brown 4.

July 26.  Ian Kerr reports from Holy Island: "Good day on island. A check from the gate at north end of the Straight Lonnen for 600m east to old wagonway yielded following: Dark Green Fritillary 74 (nearly all on red clover), Meadow Brown 23, Ringlet 16, Green veined white 11, Common Blue 2, Small Tortoiseshell 2. No sign of Graylings there but one on Heugh."  Also in the north of the region, Malcolm Hutcheson reported Large White 15,Small White 62,Green-veined White 27, Small Copper 2,Large Skipper 2, Smal Skipper 10, Small Tortoiseshell 10, Ringlet 20 & Meadow Brown 64 from Marshall Meadows near Berwick.

July 25.  Graham Beckwith saw 2 White-letter Hairstreak in Durham City; he also saw the following at Sniperley Park: 14 Green-veined White; 1 Large White; 5 Small White; 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

July 24.  Phil Harris reported 17 Small skipper, 1 Ringlet, 1 Comma and 1 Small Copper at Harperley Woods.  Graham Beckwith visited Simonside Forest, Northumberland where he saw 49 Ringlet; 8 Meadow Brown; 7 Small Argent and Sable moths.

July 21.  Phil Harris counted 245 Six-spot Burnet Moths a White le Head.  Alan Davis and Paul Tankard found three very obliging WHite-letter Hairstreaks nectaring on thistles behind the Golden Lion Pub in Winlaton Mill.  They also recorded 2 Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Small Copper, 12 Small Skipper, 1 Green-veined White, 8 Small White and 25 Meadow Brown.  In Aykley Woods, Durham, Graham Beckwith counted 2 Purple Hairstreak (on a mature oak tree on edge of Hopper Wood); 19 Meadow Brown; 37 Ringlet; 13 Small Skipper; 2 Large Skipper; 7 Small Tortoiseshell; 3 Common Wainscot moths

July 20.  Sylvia Brennan found at least six White-letter Hairstreaks nectaring on bramble at Hardwick Dene near Stockton, in varying states of freshness.  Tim Nelson independently counted five at the same location.  Tim also recorded two Holly Blue in his garden on Mahonia.  At White le Head, Phil Harris counted 152 Six-spot Burnet Moths.

July 18.  Julie Mason was doing a BTO bird survey at Wynyard but also managed to record: White-letter Hairstreak 1, Meadow Brown 10, Small Skipper 6, Small Tortoiseshell 1, Large White 2, Small White 5.  Graham Beckith recorded 12 Marbled White, 3 Speckled Wood, 2 Green-veined White, 1 Large Skipper, 14 Meadow Brown, Innumerable Ringlet (lost count at 30+), 26 Small Heath; 3 Small Skipper; 2 Latticed Heath moths and 3 July Belle moths at Wingate Quarry, Co. Durham.  He also recorded a female Large Yellow Underwing a 1 Red Admiral in his garden at Sniperley Park, Durham.

July 17.  Julie Mason visited Teesmouth Field Cetre where she counted: Meadow Brown c35, Common Blue 1, Grayling 1, Large White 3, Small Skipper 8,6-spotted Burnet Moth 1 and Cinnabar Moth larvae c20.

July 16.  Graham Beckwith visited Debdon Plantation, near Rothbury where he counted 27 Ringlet, 13 Small Skipper, 9 Meadow Brown, 6 Small Heath, 2 Speckled Wood, 3 Twin Spot Carpet moths and 4 male Gold Swift moths.

July 14.  The Ward family had a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in their garden in Bedlington; the moth was still present on the following day.

July 13.  Ken Dawson saw 20 White-letter Hairstreaks on the Warden Bridge/Burnfoot/bridleway site near Hexham.  Phil Harris reported 31 Small Heath, 92 Common Blue, 8 Small Skipper, 1 Wall and 2 Ringlet from white le Head, Co. Durham.  Mrs Julie Taylor walked a short way into Chopwell Wood from Marx Terrace and recorded 7 Meadow Brown, Small Tortoiseshell, Large Skipper, 3 Small Skipper, Ringlet, and a White Letter Hairstreak.  Also on the 13th Tom Tams, Tim Sexton and Steve Rock visited the old railway line at Cambois, Northumberland where they recorded: Grayling 17, Small Tortoiseshell 3, Meadow Brown 30, Large White 6, Small White 1, Ringlet 2 and Small Copper 1.

July 10 Ian Graham had a Hummingbird Hawk Moth in his garden near Newcastle upon Tyne.

July 9.  Michael Eccles recorded the following at Kibblesworth: Kibblesworth:- Common Blue x3, Meadow Brown 20+, Ringlet 20+, Small Heath 20+, Small Skipper x8 and Grayling x 5.  He also visited the Derwent Walk where he recorded 2 White-letter Hairstreak, 7 Ringlet, 20+ Meadow Brown, 4 Small Skipper, 6 Small Tortoisesell and 2 Comma.

July 6.  Julie Mason recorded a Painted Lady in her Stockton garden.  Graham Beckwith visited Harbottle Crags, Northumberland and saw 3 Large Heath; all seen in the area in front of Harbottle Lake, 2 Ringlet; 3 Beautiful Yellow Underwing moths and 1 Northern Spinach moth.  He also recorded Riglet at Harbottle Wood and a Dark Green Fritillary at Whitton Glee, Rothbury.

July 4.  Jonathan Wallace visited Havannah Nature Reserve where in the stong wind he counted 29+ Common Blue, 9+ Meadow Brown, 5 Small Heath and a single Small Skipper.  The butterflies were mostly clustered in the vegetation in sheltered spots.  On the same day, in a Meadow between County Hall and the DLI Museum in Durham Graham Beckwith counted at least 23 Ringlet, at least 18 Meadow Brown and 7 Small Skipper.


June 2010

June 30.  Steve Austin visited Rainton Meadows where he "Counted over 30 Ringlets and the same Meadow Browns then lost count as there were as many as you could count and even an estimate would be hard hundreds! 8 common blue. 9 small heath, 3 Large Skippers, 5 Small Skippers, 2 Speckled Wood, 8 Burnet moths. 2 Silver Y moths".  A visit to Weetslade Country Park in North Tyneside by Alan Davis and Paul Tankard produced 144 meadow brown,37 common blue, 20 small heath, 13 small skipper, 7 large skipper, 2 small tortoiseshell and 1 green-veined white.  They also visited Havannah LNR where they counted 95 meadow brown, 52 common blue, 5 green-veined white, 4 small heath, 2 red admiral, 2 small skipper, 1 large skipper and 1 small tortoiseshell.  Meanwhile Graham Beckwith counted at least 32 Large Skipper, 1 Male Common Blue, at least 18 Ringlet, 17 Meadow Brown, at least 26 Small Skipper, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 4 Red Admiral, 3 Shaded Broad Bar moths and 2 Silver Y moths at Aykley Woods, Durham.  From the north of the region Malcolm Hutcheson reported the following at Beal Station: Large White 2,Small White 2,Green-veined White 3,Small Tortoiseshel 5,Red Admiral 2,Large Skipper 1,Speckled Wood 5,Ringlet 8 & Meadow Brown 4.

June 28.  Dave O'Brien made it north of the Tees to visit Bishop Middleham Quarry where he saw 11 Northern Brown Argus, as well as Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, 2 Dingy Skipper (1 worn looking but the other quite fresh), Large White, Common Blue, and, very unexpected, a single Dark Green Fritillary.  Michael Eccles reported 50+ Ringlet, 5 Common Blue, 3 Small Skipper, 15 Small Heath 8 Meadow Brown and 2 Small Tortoiseshell from Coatham Woodlands.  Ian Cook, holidaying in Northumberland observed a Dark Green Fritillary at Plankey Mill, Allen Banks.

June 27  Graham Beckwith counted 1 Red Admiral; 2 Female Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary; 3 Large Skipper, 1 Dark Green Fritillary, 2 Ringlet, 1 Meadow Brown, 1 Small Copperand 1 Chimney Sweeper moth at a site near Rothbury.

June 25.  Dave Wainwright reported the first White-leter Hairstreak of the year from Low Barns.  He also reported a sighting of Hummingbird Hawk Moth from Marsden Bay.  Graham Beckwith saw 4 Small Heath; 1 female Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, 4 Large Skipper and 1 Wood Tiger moth near Rothbury.

June 24.  Dave Wainwright reported Meadow Brown, Ringlet and his first sighting in Durham of Blood Vein Moth.

June 23.  Sylvia Brennan reported lots of Ringlet and Burnet Moths from Coatham Stobbs.  In the Salter's Gate area Dave Wainwright saw: 50+ Small Pearl-bordered Fritilary, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnetplus first sighting of 2010 for Dark Green Fritillary.  Graham Beckwith recorded 1 female Large Skipper; 4 male Gold Swift moths and 1 male Common Blue at a site near Rothbury.

June 22.  Dave Wainwright recorded the following at Low Barns: Ringlet, Meadow brown, Orange-tip, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Peacock and Small Heath.  On the same day Michael Eccles visited the Kibblesworth Brickworks site where he recorded 6Meadow Brown, 20+ Common Blue, 50+ Small Heath, 2 Large Skipper and 2 Ringlet.  Steve Austin visited a site near the A68 where he counted 1 Small Pearl-borderd Fritillary and 7 Large Skipper.  Graham Beckwith recorded 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (1 male and 1 female) and 1 Red Admiral at a site near Rothbury.

June 21. Dave Wainwright visited Pittington Hill where he recorded 7 Northern Brown Argus, 2 Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown.  The NBA were particularly pleasing as he believes they may be the 1st record there since 1997.  Graham Beckwith visited Ross Links, Northumberland where he counted 12 Small Heath; 8 Small Copper; 1 male Common Blue; 1 male Wall Brown; 1 Cinnabar moth; 9 Yellow Shell moths.

June 20.  Graham Beckwith visited Cragside where, despite the warm weather, he was disappointed to record only single Large and Small Whites plus a White Ermine Moth.

June 19.  Graham Beckwith reported 2 Wall Brown from Rothbury.

June 18.  Phil Harris reported 24 Small Heath from White Le Head, Stanley.  Bob Mawson reports that the White-letter Hairstreak reported on 11 June has finally pupated.  Micael Eccles visited a couple of sites; at Bishop Middleham Quarry he counted 18 Dingy Skipper, 5 Wall Brown, 11 Northern Brown Argus, 6 Small White, 2 Large White, 18 Common Blue, 1 Speckled Wood and 5 Large Skipper.  At a site near the A68 he counted 11 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and 4 Large Skipper.  Graham Beckwith also reported 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary from a site near the A68 as well as 2 Large Skipper and a Gold Swift Moth.

June 17.  Alan Davis reported the following from the Havannah local Nature Reserve near Newcastle: 7 Small Heath, 3 Green-veined White, 1 Wall Brown, 1 Large White and 1 Small Copper. At Sniperley Park, Durham, Graham Beckwith reported 5 Peacock; 4 Small Tortoiseshell; 5 Large White; 2 Small White and 1 Green-veined White.  Dave Wainwright reported Speckled Wood, Cinnabar moth and Green-veined White from 100 Acre Plantation in Co Durham.

June 16.  Steve Austin visited Rainton Meadows where he recorded 19 Small Heath, 4 Large Skippers,1 Wall Brown, 1 Peacock, 2 Common Blues, 1 Painted Lady, 1 Orange Tip and over 30 Chimney Sweeper Moths.  Meanwhile Sylvia Brennan visited Coatham Stobb, Stockton where she observed 4 Meadow Brown, a single Cinnabar moth, numerous Small Heath and Large Skipper and single Large White.  Jonathan Wallace saw 2 Dingy Skippers still on the wing at Paradise, Newcastle as well as 8 Large Skipper, 5 Small White, 2 Orange Tip, 1 Red Admiral, 4 Common Blue, 1 Small Copper, 2 Wall Brown.  He also saw a couple of fresh Six-spot Burnet Moths and a Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Moth in the process of unfurling its wings.  DAve Wainwright saw the following at Low Barns: Orange Tip, Speckled Wood, Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, whilst at Longburn Ford he recorded Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Orange Tip, and Gren-veined White.

June 15.  Keith Smith reported 8 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary from Wark Forest along with 16 Small Heath, 2 Orange Tip, 8 Green Veined White.  From another site in the same area he reported 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritilliary, 7 Small Heath, 4 Green Veined White, 2 Small White and 3 Orange Tip.  Dave Wainwright reported Northern Brown Argus, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Heath, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Large White, Painted Lady and SPeckled Wood from Thrislington and st, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood, Green-veined White, Northern Brown Argus, Dingy Skipper, Large Skipper, Common Blue, Wall and Small Heath from Sherburn Hll

June 14.  Graham Beckwith reported 2 male Large Skippers from Aykley Wood, Durham.

June 12.  Tom Tams had Speckled Wood in his garden at Tynemouth as well as Small Whites, Large White and Orange-tip.

June 11.  Bob Mawson found a White-letter Hairstreak caterpillar on Raisby Way which he thought was about to pupate.

June 10.  Bob Mawson counted 1 Female Orange Tip, 14 Common Blue, 1 Small Heath, all roosting, on Raisby Way.

June 7.  Philip Harris saw a single Painted Lady at White le Head, Stanley.  Malcolm Hutcheson also recorded one in the Dunes at Cheswick.  Graham Beckwith saw 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Orange Tip and a Large White at Rothbury.

June 5.  Bob Mawson added Meadow Brown to the season's tally with a singleton at Lime Kiln.  Graham Beckwith saw 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 1 Red Admiral, 3 Orange Tip and a Large White at Rothbury.  Malcolm Hutcheson counted 9 Large White, 11 Small White, 9 Green-veined White, 2 Orange Tip, 2 Small Copper, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 12 Wall at Scremerston and 2Large White, 6 Small White, 7 Green-veined White, 1 Peacock and 5 Wall at Spittal Cliffs near Berwick.

June 3.  Bob Mawson added two more species to the season's tally with a Northern Brown Argus at Bishop Middleham Quarry and Large Skipper (one at Bishop Middleham and 3 on Raisby Way.  On the same day John Money reported a male Brown Argus at Dormans Pool, Teessside in the same area where they were seen last year.  In the Berwick Area Malcolm Hutcheson counted 1 Large White, 3 Small White, 4 Green-veined White, 1 Orange Tip, and 25 Small Heath at Cheswick Sheil in overcast conditions and 5 Small White 5, 1 Green-veined white, 2 Small Copper, 23 Small Heath and 3 Wall Brown at Goswick.

June 2.  Whilst carrying out bird surveys at West Chevington Mike Cooke observed Wall Brown, Speckled Wood, Small Copper, Orange Tip and Green-veined White.  Jonathan Wallace visited Paradise SNCI where he counted 20 Dingy Skipper, 11 Wall Brown, 3 Small Copper, 2 Small White, 2 Green-veined White and 9 Orange Tip.

June 1.  Graham Beckwith reported a Clouded Silver moth seen at Running Waters quarry.


May 2010

May 31.  Bob Mawson counted over 200 Small Tortoiseshell caterpillars at all stages from tiny to large in the Trimdon area.  He also reported finding Dingy Skipper eggs on Raisby Way.  Garham Beckwith visited Runnig Waters Quarry where he counted 27 Wall Brown (minimum), 23 Dingy Skipper (minimum), 1 female Green-veined White, 2 Small Heath, 5 Grass Rivulet moths, and several Elachista argentella (a micro moth).

May 29.  Dave Liddle reported 14 Dingy Skipper from the Waskerley area.

May 28.  Julie Mason saw a Wall Brown flying in the sunshine at North Gare.  Jonathan Wallace recorded 6 Small Heath and 2 Wall Brown on waste ground near 'Costco', Gateshead.

May 27.  Steve Austin visited Running Waters Quarry where he saw 3 Dingy Skippers, 5 Wall Brown, Small Heath and a Peacock.

May 24.  Harry Eales profited from the fine weather with another excellent count of over 50 Dingy Skippers and even more Green Hairstreaks, the latter nectaring on gorse, at a Northumbrian Water site near Smiddy Shaw Reservoir (not open to the public).  He also recorded Emperor Moth, Common Heath, Latticed Heath, Common Pug and Poplar Hawkmoth as well as Wall Brown, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small White and Small Copper.  Brian Pollinger reported 11 Dingy Skipper from Barlow Burn.

May 23.  Brian Pollinger recorded 10 Dingy Skipper and 1 Wall Brown at Shibdon Pond and 1 Dingy Skipper, 1 Orange Tip and 5 Wall Brown at Stella Haugh.  Michael Coates reported 7 Green Hairstreaks, 16 Orange Tips, 21 Small Whites and 1 Peacock from Sidwood near Kielder.  Roger Norman recorded 36 Dingy Skipper at a site at Brenkley, Northumberland.  Jonathan Wallace visited waste land near to the Costco store between the Metro Centre and the Tyne and recorded 5 Dingy Skippers, several Small Heath and Wall Brown plus Treble Bar Moths and Narrow-bordered 5-spot Burnet Moth caterpillars. 

Over the weekend Dave Wainwright also visited a number of Dingy Skipper sites: Land adjacent to Newton Aycliffe LNR: 13 Dingy Skipper; Simpasture Junction: 12 plus Common Blue, Wall Brown, Small Copper, and Treble Bar; Shildon Sidings: 26 Dingy Skipper, plus Common Blue, Wall, Small Heath, Treble Bar, and Mother Shipton; Royal Mail, N. Aycliffe Ind Est: 6 Dingy Skipper; Large site, N. Aycliffe Ind Est: 14 Dingy Skipper; 100 Acre Plantation: 6 Dingy Skipper.

May 22.  Brian Pollinger recorded 16 Dingy Skipper and 7 Wall Brown at Pathhead Quarry, Gateshead.  On the same day he also recorded 22 Dingy Skippers and 6 Wall Brown at Stargate Ponds and Bewes Hills, 3 Dingy Skipper and a Mother Shipton moth at Blaydon Burn and a single Dingy Skipper by the A695 near Mill House Farm East of Stargate.  Ken Dawson reported 3 Green Hairstreak at Muckle Moss.  He also visited the old Frankham Quarry site where he found 3 Dingy Skipper on the restored landfill.  Graham Beckwith reported 6 Green Hairstreak from the western edge of the hillside to the north of Rothbury

May 21.  Brian Pollinger made an astonishing count of Dingy Skipper at Andrews House Station/Tanfield Railway with at least 128 on the wing, including 50 in a timed count of 15 minutes.  Steve Austin visited Running Waters Quarry and saw 17 Dingy Skippers, 4 Wall Browns, 1 Small White, 1 Orange Tip and his first Common Blue of the year.  Meanwhile Michael Eccles also found it was a good day for Dingy Skipper with 23 at Bishop Middleham Quarry where he also saw 5 Speckled Wood, 4 Wall Brown, 1 Small Heath, 1 Peacock and 3 male Orange Tip.  He also visited Low Barnes Nature Reserve where he recorded 4 Dingy Skippers, 1 Peacock and 7 Orange Tip.  At the 'Bioblitz' event at Ashington Community Woodland eight butterfly species were recorded: Speckled Wood, Wall Brown, Small Copper, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Large White and Green-veined White.  Further north Malcolm Hutcheson recorded the followng at Haggerston Castle near Berwick on Tweed: 1 Large White, 4 Small White, 3 Green-veined White, 4 Orange Tip, 1 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

May 20.  Bob Mawson added Common Blue to the season's list at Lime Kilns.  George Simpson recorded Dingy Skipper at Shibdon Nature Reserve.  Meanwhile Graham Beckwith visited Running Waters Quarry in Durham and recorded no less than 24 Dingy Skippers ("probably many more"), 4 Wall Brown, 3 Male Orange Tip, 3 Peacock, 2 (probably) Small White, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Male Green-veined White.

May 18.  Keith Smith visited Close House near Wylam picnic site and recorded 17 Orange Tip, 3 Wall Brown, 1 Small Copper, also Large White, Green Veined White, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell.  On the same day he also visited the Spetchells near Prudhoe and recrded 2 Dingy Skipper, 3 Wall Brown also Green Veined White, Orange Tip, Large White, Small White, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Speckled Wood

May 16.  Graham Beckwith recorded 2 Orange Tip and 2 Small White at Rothbury.

May 15.  Jonathan Wallace recorded 2 Dingy Skipper at Walker Riverside, Newcastle as well as 3 Speckled Wood, 1 Peacock and 1 Large White.  Gordon Sirmond recorded 2 Dingy Skipper beside the old railway track between Ryhope and Seaton near West Cherry Knowle Farm.  Graham Beckwith saw 2 Peacock and 9 Green Hairstreak at Lamp Hill near Alnwick where he also saw and |Early Thorn moth.

May 14.  Bob Mawson reported another new species for the year with a Wall Brown at Raisby Way

May 10.  Bob Mawson added Small Heath to the season's tally with a singleton on Raisby Way.

May 9.  Dave Wainwright reported 7 Dingy Skippers from a known site within Newton Aycliffe Industrial Estate.

May 7.  Michael Eccles visited Bishop Middleham Quarry where he saw 8 Speckled Wood, 1 Orange Tip and 2 Green-veined Whites.  He then recorded 1 Speckled Wood, 1 Peackock and 7 Green-veined White on Trimdon Walkway.

May 4.  Sid Storey and Dave Fletcher recorded Dingy Skipper at Raisby Way.  Graham Beckwith recorded 4 Peacock and a single Speckled Wood in the Grounds of the DLI in Durham and 1 Large White and 2 Small White at County Hall.  Gordon Sirmond reported Speckled Wood, numerous Peacocks, Whites, Small Tortoiseshells and a single Comma from the High Wood - Baron's Quay area in Sunderland.  Michael Eccles returned to Muggleswick Common where he found 14+ Green Hairstreak in patches of Bilberry at between 300 and 340 metres.  He only searched a small area and notes that there were many more Bilberry patches all over the common that he did not search.  He also saw 6 male Emperor Moths.

May 3.  Graham Beckwith and Steve Austin recorded 1 Small White and 1 Green-veined White at Malton Picnic Area, Lanchester.  Graham also reported Garden Tiger Moth caterpillars from Hedleyhope Fell.


April 2010

April 30.  Neville Stead reported a Red Admiral at Whitley Bay.  Emma Pearson recorded Speckled Wood at Low Barns.  Dave Wainwright reports "plenty of Orange Tip, Peacock and Green-veined White at Low Barns".

April 29.  Bob Mawson saw Orange Tip, Speckled Wood and Small Copper at Raisby Way.  David Harrison reported Orange Tip and Speckled Wood from Billingham Beck Country Park.

April 27.  Michael Eccles recorded 6 (possibly 7) Green Hairstreak at Muggleswick as well as a Small Tortoiseshell.

April 24.  Steve Austin recorded 2 Speckled Wood, 2 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell at Coaley Lane Newbottle and on the same day at Rainton Meadows, 4 Peacocks and 3 Small White.  Dave Wainwright recorded Green Hairstreak at Hedleyhope Fell and on the same day Large White at Willington.  Steve Egglestone recorded 2 male Orange Tips at Scotch Estate, Jarrow, adjacent to the River Don.

April 23  Steve Austin toured several Durham sites and recorded 1 Peacock at Wingate then at Cow Tree Nature Reserve, Cassop where he recorded a Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell.  Finally he went to Rainton Meados where the sun came out and he recorded 6 Peacocks, 1 Comma, 2 Small White and 2 Green-veined Whites.

April 22.  Keith Smith visited Dipton Woods where he recorded 12 Green Hairstreaks and 3 Peacocks.  Dave Wainwright recorded 2 Orange Tips at Low Barns Nature Reserve

April 16.  Steve Austin saw one each of Peacock, Comma, Small Tortoiseshell and Small White at Coaley Lane in Newbottle.  He also visited Rainton Meadows where he saw 6 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell.  David Anderson visited Rainton Meadows independently and saw six pairs of Peacock spiralling up into the air together as well as 4 Small Tortoiseshell.  Keith Smith walked along the Tyne riverside from Prudhoe to Newburn and was rewarded with plenty of butterflies: Spetchells - 4 small tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock, 2 Speckled Wood, 1 Red Admiral; Wylam, the Haughs - 4 small Tortoiseshell, 2 Peacock; Wylam Picnic Site/Close House Nature Reserve - 2 Green Veined White, 2 Orange Tip (male) 5 Peacock, 7 Small Tortoiseshell; Newburn - 3 Comma, 9 Tortoiseshell, 3 Peacock.  Jonathan Wallace observed a solitary Small Tortoiseshell near to St Mary's Island.  Michael Eccles reported 6 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Comma and 1 Green-veined White from Shibdon Pond and 2 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma at Clara Vale Nature Reserve. 

Dave Wainwright reported that five species have been observed at Low Barns Nature Reserve over the course of this week: Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Green-veined White & Small White.   At Hedleyhope Fell on his transect he has recorded Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock as well as several male Emperor Moths flying over heather at the Tow Law end of the site.

April 11.  Jonathan Wallace saw three Peacock at Dobbie's garden Centre near Ponteland.  Graham Beckwith had a fruitful walk in fields at Sniperley Park Durham in which he recorded 17+ Small Tortoiseshell, 8+ Peacock, 1 Comma, 3 Small White and 1 Large White inn 30 - 45 minutes along a 3/4 mile walk.

April 10.  Julie Mason recorded 3 Small Tortoiseshell in her Garden in Stockton on Tees.  On the same day she also observed a Peacock resting on slag rocks at the Reclamation Pond, North Tees.  Jonathan Wallace recorded 13 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma in the Derwent Walk Country Park near Winlaton Mill.

April 9.  An improvement in the weather resulted in 4 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Peacock appearing in Graham Beckwith's garden in Sniperley Park, Durham.  Steve Austin recorded a Peacock and a Comma at Malton picnic site and three Peacocks and a Small Tortoiseshell at Hedleyhope.  On the same day Tom Tams recorded a Small White as well as a Red Admiral and a Peacock in his garden in Tynemouth.  Further north, David Anderson recorded 14 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell from Cragside, Northumberland

March 2010

March 22.  Sylvia Brennan observed a Small Tortoiseshell flying in the sunshine at the RSPB Saltholme Reserve.  On the same day in Rothbury, Northumberland Graham Beckwith saw a Small Tortoiseshell alive and well and flying in the window of an estate agent on the High Street.

March 21.  Tom Tams recorded his first Peacock of the year in his garden in Tynemouth whilst Keith Robson recorded his first in his garden at Waldridge Fell, Chester-le-Street.

March 16.  Emma Pearson saw a Peacock on Hedleyhope Fell near Tow Law (reported by Dave Wainwright).

March 13.  Julie Mason recorded her first Small Tortoiseshell of the season in her garden in Stockton on Tees.

March 4 - 12.  Brian Pollinger reported sightings of Small Tortoiseshell, Comma and Red Admiral in Gateshead.

March 8.  Dave Wainwright reported a Small Tortoiseshell seen at the Low Barns Nature Reserve at Witton le Wear.

February 2010

February 16. Bob Mawson found a Speckled Wood caterpillar at Trimdon Pit Heap. See his photograph in the gallery.

February 10.  Sid Storey found an adult Small White Butterfly in his house.  It is suspected it was present in a bunch of flowers purchased in Durham on the same day.  (Reported by Bob Mawson). See photograph in the gallery.

February 4, 5 and 6.  Bob Mawson found a total of three Speckled Wood Pupae on Trimdon Pit Heap.


January 2010

January 27.  Bob Mawson found a White-letter Hairstreak egg on Raisby Way.  He also recorded a Small Copper caterpillar on Trimdon Pit Heap.

January 4.  2010 has got off to a wintry start with prolonged low temperatures and plenty of snow so perhaps not many people have been thinking much of butterflies and moths.  Undeterred, Bob Mawson has found a number of Drinker Moth caterpillars (16 in all) over the past two weeks, frozen in ice and snow at Trimdon Pitheap, Beck Fir Trees and Charity Land.  The caterpillars were still alive on thawing as shown in his remarkable photograph.  Bob also made what is surely the first butterfly record of the year with a White-letter Hairstreak egg at Double Dyke on 4th January.


 
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