Northants Sightings 2020

Latest correspondence 4th April 2020
IMPORTANT: We can continue to receive your sightings but please remember that, in accordance with current UK Government restrictions, you MUST NOT make any journeys away from home in order to record butterflies and moths, as these would be considered non-essential journeys. More information on recording during the current circumstances can be found on the Butterfly Conservation website.


Correspondence from Butterfly Conservation Head Office


“Updated guidance for butterfly and moth recorders relating to Coronavirus Covid-19 24/03/2020 The UK Government delivered a very strong and clear message on the 23rd March 2020 with their updated guidance:

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Bearing this in mind, Butterfly Conservation strongly advises that you adhere to the message from the government, and therefore only record butterflies and moths in your gardens. Please do not make any journeys away from your home in order to undertake recording activities, these would be considered as non-essential at the present time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will produce revised guidance when the time is right. Please check for any updates at www.butterfly-conservation.org. We recommend that you continue to follow the UK Government’s response to the situation at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you have any doubts or queries regarding this advice, please feel free to contact the recording team at recording@butterfly-conservation.org

Following the government’s message and guidance from Butterfly Conservation Head Office only records received from gardens or urban sites during once daily walks for exercise will be posted in the sightings section until further notice. Please either send records directly to the county recorder Dave James northants-recorder@bedsnorthants-butterflies.org.uk or add them on iRecord. The Garden Butterfly Survey is another option but please note county recorders will not get these records until early next year. I’d like to thank all the county’s butterfly recorders for their past and continued efforts in mapping Northamptonshire’s butterflies and I hope you all stay fit and healthy during this troubling time. Dave James, Northamptonshire Butterfly Recorder.
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!! NOTE !! Photographs posted on Twitter and Facebook accounts can often be overlooked, so to ensure your records go into the National Database please also email sightings with a 6-figure Grid Reference to the Northants Recorder.
Please note that this page of sightings is a summary and does not include all sightings.
If you have a sighting to report, please contact the Northants Recorder
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Northants first sightings 2020 table
April

6th: At Bragborough 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Eastfield Park in Northampton 1 Orange-tip.
In Glamis Wood in Wellingborough 1 Speckled Wood.
In Old 4 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In the Arbours in Northampton 1 Comma.
At Upton Country Park 1 Brimstone, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Peacock and 1 Comma.

5th: The first Speckled Wood of the year was recorded today in a Polebrook garden.
At Brackmills Wood 8 Brimstone, 4 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma.
At Bradlaugh Fields 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Dallington Heath 4 Brimstone, 1 Orange-tip, 1 Small White, 2 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Comma.
In Daventry 5 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Desborough 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Duston 1 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock and 1 Comma.
Between Hanging Houghton and Lamport Brimstone, 2 Orange-tip, Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell.
It the Isebrook in Kettering 8 Brimstone, 2 Orange-tip, 2 Small White, 11 Peacock, 13 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Comma.
In Middleton Cheney 1 Brimstone, 1 Orange-tip and 1 Peacock.
In New Duston 2 Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 2 Comma and 3 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Old Stratford 1 Orange-tip.
At Titchmarsh 3 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Yelvertoft 1 Brimstone and 1 Peacock.

4th: Along the A45 near Upton 1 Brimstone, 9 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Barton Seagrave 1 Small White, 2 Peacock and 1 Comma.
In Bozeat 2 Brimstone, 3 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
In a Daventry 1 Peacock.
In Duston 1 Brimstone and 1 Peacock.
In Easton Maudit 1 Brimstone and 2 Peacock.
In Fineshade Wood (recorded by someone who lives there) 9 Brimstone and 6 Peacock.
In Glamis Wood in Wellingborough 1 Brimstone, 3 Peacock and 5 Comma.
In Grange Park Pocket Park 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Higham Ferrers 1 Brimstone and 1 Peacock.
In Islip 1 Peacock.
In Long Buckby 1 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Moulton 1 Brimstone, 2 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In New Duston 1 Brimstone, 5 Peacock, 1 Comma and 11 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Old Stratford 2 Brimstone, 1 Peacock, 1 Comma and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Ravensthorpe 1 Peacock.
In Upton Country Park 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

3rd: The first Holly Blue of the year was recorded in Flore.
In Moulton 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

2nd: In Barton Seagrave 1 Peacock.
In Kingsthorpe 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

March

31st: In Moulton Park Industrial Estate 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Thrapston 2 Small Tortoiseshell.

26th: In Cogenhoe 1 Peacock, 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Comma.
In Dallington Northampton 1 Orange-tip.
In a Daventry 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Duston 1 Peacock and 1 Comma.
In Islip 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Long Buckby 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Marston St. Lawrence 1 Red Admiral and 2 Peacock.
In Moulton 5 Peacock and 5 Small Tortoiseshell.
In New Duston 3 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Comma.
In Old village 4 Small Tortoiseshell including 1 pair in cop.
In Rothwell 3 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Wilby church 1 Peacock.

25th: In a Wootton garden the 1st Large White of the year was seen.
In a Brackley garden 3 Brimstone and 1 Peacock.
At Bradlaugh Fields 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 1 Comma.
In Daventry 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Desborough 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Duston 3 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Kettering 2 Brimstone, 11 Peacock, 22 Small Tortoiseshell and 8 Comma.
In Kingsthorpe 1 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock and 2 Comma.
In Middleton Cheney 1 Brimstone, 2 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In New Duston 5 Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 5 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
In Old village 1 Peacock.
In Rothwell 1 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.

24th: In Abington Park the 1st Orange-tip of the year was seen.
In Brackley 8 Brimstone, 3 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
In Cogenhoe 3 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Crick 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Daventry 6 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Duston 1 Peacock and 1 Comma.
In Great Doddington 1 Comma.
In Kettering 6 Brimstone, 1 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 14 Small Tortoiseshell and 3 Comma.
In Kingsthorpe 2 Brimstone and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Lings Wood 2 Brimstone and 1 Peacock.
In Middletone Cheney 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Moulton 3 Brimstone, 3 Peacock and 2 Comma.
In New Duston 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Old 4 Brimstone and 4 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Rothwell 1 Brimstone, 1 Small White, 1 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Rushmere Lake in Northampton 3 Brimstone, 5 Peacock, 3 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
At Wicksteeds in Kettering 2 Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Wootton 1 Peacock.

23rd: In Brackley 6 Brimstone. In Brixworth 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Cogenhoe 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Cottingham 2 Brimstone and 1 Comma.
In Daventry 1 Red Admiral.
In Desborough 1 Brimstone.
In Duston 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Flore 1 Brimstone and 1 Comma.
In Great Doddington 4 Brimstone.
In Irthlingborough 1 Brimstone.
In Kettering 3 Brimstone and 5 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Long Buckby 1 Brimstone.
In Middleton Cheney 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Moulton 4 Brimstone and 1 Peacock.
In Nether Heyford 2 Red Admiral.
In Newton 1 Small White.
In Thrapston 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Weedon Bec 1 Brimstone.
In Weldon 3 Brimstone, 2 Peacock, 6 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Comma.
In Wootton 1 Brimstone and 2 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Yardley Hastings 4 Peacock, 1 Small Tortoiseshell and 5 Comma.

22nd: In Duston 2 Brimstone, 2 Small White and 1 Peacock.
In Kettering 2 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Old Stratford 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Rushton 1 Brimstone.
In Wollaston 2 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Wootton 1 Brimstone and 1 Comma.

21st: At Blueberry Farm 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell. In Kislingbury 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

17th: At Brampton Ash 1 Brimstone, 1 Peacock and 2 Small Tortoiseshell. In Rothwell 2 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

16th: In Barton Seagrave 1 Brimstone and 1 Comma.
At Brackmills Industrial Estate 1 Brimstone.
In Brampton Ash 3 Brimstone, 1 Comma and 3 Small Tortoiseshell.
In a Brixworth garden 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Desborough 3 Brimstone, 1 Comma, 2 Peacock and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Finedon 1 Brimstone.
In Great Brington 1 Brimstone.
In Great Doddington 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Hanging Houghton 1 Brimstone.
In Northampton 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
In Old village 1 Brimstone.
At Sywell Country Park 1 Comma and 3 Peacock.
In Walgrave 1 Brimstone.
In Wollaston 2 Brimstone.

11th: The 1st Commas of the year were recorded today with singles at Sywell Country Park and Northampton.
In Fineshade Wood 1 Brimstone and 1 Small Tortoiseshell.
At Lings Nature Reserve 1 Brimstone.
At Pitsford Water Nature Reserve 1 Peacock.
In Ravensthorpe 1 Brimstone.

10th: Along Pinewood Road in Northampton 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

8th: near Rushton 1 Peacock.

6th: In Desborough 1 Peacock.
In Wilbarston 1 Peacock.

2nd: At Fineshade Wood 1 Brimstone.

1st: At Northampton train station 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

February

29th: In Desborough 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

14th: At West Lodge near Desborough the 1st Brimstone of the year was recorded.

5th: In a Sywell garden 1 Peacock.
In a Wollaston garden 1 Peacock.

3rd: In Higham Ferrers 1 Peacock.

2nd: In a Kettering garden 1 Peacock.
At St. Peter and St. Pauls church in Scaldwell a Small Tortoiseshell was woken up by bellringing, it was promptly returned to its overwintering place.

January

29th: In Kingshorpe in Northampton the 1st Peacock of the year was recorded.
In a West Hunsbury garden the 1st Red Admiral of the year was recorded.

8th: In Desborough 1 Small Tortoiseshell.

1st: In a Desborough garden the 1st Small Tortoiseshell of the year was seen. It flew up into an open window shortly after to continue its overwintering roost.



2019

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2018

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2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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