Species to look out for
Jul 17–Aug 9: Big Butterfly Count
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Mar 2015: Planning transects on the North Downs west of Dorking: (L-R) John Curtin, Bill Downey, Amanda McCormick (NT Ranger), Phil Boys, Cathy Mead, Gail Jeffcoate
Join the Surrey Branch on this trip to see butterflies and take part in the Big Butterfly Count!
Surrey & SW London branch was created in 1995 from London (1980-94) branch. Membership reached 1,000 in Oct 2014.
Surrey Reserve: Oaken Wood
Species to look out for (above)
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Aug 2: egg on Horseshoe Vetch confirms Chalkhill Blue is now breeding at Hutchinson’s Bank. Martin Wills
Aug 1, Vale End: 35 trippers, 23 species, many cakes
Jul 30, Reigate Hill: 21 trippers, 24 species, incl Essex Skipper pair (multitasking fem top) on Thistle. FK
Aug-Oct: Surrey branch is one of 3 chosen charities at John Lewis, Purley Way, Croydon. Sophie Pettit
Jul 28, Betchworth>Dorking: 13 members, 25 species, incl White-letter Hairstreaks. See SIGHTINGS
Jul 25, Thursley: 17 members, 9 guests, 13 butterflies, 7 odonata & Raft Spider with egg sac (Roger Beck)
Jul 23: Purple Emperor on BBC News
Jul 23, Headley Heath: 26 species, notably 12+ Purple Hairstreaks & male Purple Emperor at Bridges Oaks TQ19885275. Simon Saville
Jul 21, Broadstreet Common: 9 members, 19 species, incl Large Skipper pair. FK
Jul 14, Juniper Top, Box Hill: 7 members, 13 species, incl Silver-spotted Skipper male on Marjoram. FK
Jul 9, Epsom Common: 23 members, 17 species. Judith McNickle & Ken Owen watch 2 Purple Emperors mineralising (Clive Huggins)
Jul 7, Sheepleas: 20 members, 15 species, incl Purple Emperor atop his usual Oak (Nigel Jackman)
Jun 25, Roundshaw Downs: Dave Warburton, Sutton BC Biodiversity Officer, showed 11 members around the borough’s flagship reserve.
He demonstrated the results of the different management methods: scrapes where cattle had access produced a more varied flora. We were late in the season for Small Blue but found one worn individual. The butterfly flew here for the first time this year after Kidney Vetch was planted in 2012-14. We recorded 14 species, including Marbled White, which flourishes in this urban oasis. FK
White-letter Hairstreak: Dave Page, Elmbridge BC Countryside Estates Officer, would appreciate records from the Esher Commons
via iRecord or email@example.com. Three downloadable maps show likely sites: Elms1, Elms2, Elms3
Jun 19: Fritillary feast!
1 Heaths & High Browns in Devon: see Mick Rock's posts on our Facebook page
2 20+ Dark Greens feeding on Dogwood, Albury Downs, TQ03934909. FK
Jun 7: Glanvilles (Richard Sergeant)
back at Wrecclesham! see Sightings
May: Insight into the lives of butterflies
Blog by Nick Broomer (Cranleigh)
Apr: National AGM & Members' Day will be in SURREY, Sat 14 Nov, at the Cobham Hilton
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