Bedfordshire Butterfly Recording & Sightings
Bedfordshire Atlas 1990-2017
Read more about Bedfordshire's butterflies at www.bedsbutterflies.org.uk.
Live Adnoto Atlas 2015-2019
A live atlas of Adnoto records for the current 2015-2019 recording period can be found HERE. Although this is currently running off unverified data
(so a few records may not be correct) the absence of a record for a 1km square is a definite absence of a record, so please try to fill in the gaps near you during this five year period. Records submitted via other
means won't of course show as this is running off the Adnoto database - another reason to use this for submitting records. Thanks, Keith
Important: An observation reported on a social medium such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Yahoo, YouTube, blogs, etc. or entered into an online recording system such as Living Record, WildWalks, etc.
is most likely not going to be seen by the County Recorders and therefore will not result in a record in the Bedfordshire database or in the national database.
It is impossible for us to monitor all these channels of information for records, even if we wished to spend all day in front of a computer trying to do so!
Records entered into Big Butterfly Count are also unlikely to be used as the data quality in this survey is usually difficult to determine.
Please therefore submit your records using one of the channels below only - thank you.
Bedfordshire butterfly sightings should be reported to Keith:
Please DO NOT submit records by more than one route as this leads to duplicate records which have to be found and removed thus causing unnecessary work.
If you wish to submit records on paper please use this form and post to Peter.
Note that records entered into the iRecord Butterflies App and iRecord website will reach us only at the end of the season,
as will records entered into the WCBS and UKBMS online systems, which are also acceptable for record submission for those special types of transect surveys.
If you have used an electronic recording system other than Adnoto or iRecord, such as Living Record, WildWalks, Recorder 6, MapMate, etc. then please extract the records yourselves and email them as a
spreadsheet to Keith before the end of December.
Need a grid reference for a sighting? Grab one HERE.
Here is Bedfordshire's 2019 first-flight table.
To see monthly species totals thoughout the year click HERE
Weekly reports for every week of the year are being posted on Yahoo and Facebook.
Bedfordshire's 2019 Sightings
Reports (mostly gleaned via Adnoto) are summarized below.
First flights are marked in red.
1 Red Admiral - Suburban back garden in Stopsley, Luton
1f Brimstone - Ampthill Garden
1 Peacock - Keysoe Row West
3m Brimstone - In newly planted area north of main ride of Marston Thrift
1 Peacock - Waitrose car park, Ampthill
1m Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral - Caldecote Garden
1 Red Admiral - Greensand Ridge Millbrook to Lidlington
1m Brimstone - Garden in Upper Caldecote
1 Small Tortoiseshell - Woburn Street, Ampthill
1m Brimstone - Garden in Studham
1m Brimstone - Linslade
1 Small Tortoiseshell - Garden, Heath and Reach
1 Brimstone - Sharnbrook
2 Brimstone - Lancott Meadow NR, Dunstable
1m Brimstone - Stopsley garden
1 Brimstone - Suburban back garden
1f Brimstone - Whipsnade Tree Cathedral and Whipsnade Heath.
1m Brimstone - Whipsnade Heath
2 Purple Hairstreak eggs found on Sandy pinnacle.
1 Small Tortoiseshell flew out of a workshop at John O'Gaunt golf course.
1 Peacock found hibernating in a workshop at John O'Gaunt golf course.
2 Purple Hairstreak eggs found near Bedford in approx 15 minutes of looking at buds on oak with a magnifying glass.
1 Red Admiral - Working Woodland Centre (Maulden Wood)
If you'd like to read the summaries of recent years they can still be accessed via the following links: