Brown Hairstreak egg hunts

Egg hunts 2017

The Brown Hairstreak’s sea-urchin eggs on young blackthorn in winter are easier to find
than the thinly-spread adults in late summer – early autumn.

Two-hour egg hunt followed by pub lunch (optional).
Please also see: Our field trips


November: Tue 28, 10.30-12.30
Gatwick Airport

  • Site along River Mole, no public access, patrolled by airport security.
  • MUST email car registration, by Thu 23 Nov, to Bill Downey

Meet: lay-by in Larkins Road RH6 0SG, TQ26604119, Google Map Point A
Directions: follow Perimeter Road North to roundabout at Gatwick North Long Stay Parking;
exit left into Cargo Road;
at crossroads, turn right into Larkins Road;
after sharp LH bend, lay-by is 250m on right.
We will drive in convoy to parking place.
Lunch: The Greyhound, 12 The Street, Charlwood RH6 0BY
Leaders: Bill Downey & Rachel Bicker


December: Mon 4, 10.30-12.30
Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Area
CR8 1DF, TQ32526050
Meet: Riddlesdown Common car park, at the end of Riddlesdown Road which leads off the A2022. 
Ancient field system with large expanses of Blackthorn.
Eggs were found here last year.
We may be joined by the local Downland group.
Lunch: Whyteleafe Tavern, 208 Godstone Rd (A22), CR3 0EE
Leader: Bill Downey


December: Tue 12, 10.30-12.30
Tolworth Court Farm
KT4 7QD, TQ2044 6515
Meet: bottom of Worcester Park Rd where it adjoins Kingston Rd (A240).
Park: one side of Worcester Park Rd or in adjacent side streets.
Medieval field system; Brown Hairstreak hotspot so I am hoping for a good haul of eggs.
We may be joined by Lower Mole Project volunteers.
Lunch: Toby Carvery, Old Malden Lane KT4 7PY (easy walking distance).
Leader: Bill Downey

The hunts
2016   eggs hunters minutes *success rate 
Dec 9 Blindley Heath 47 16 100 1.8
Nov 29 Roundshaw Downs 60 20 135 1.3
Nov 25 Hutchinson's Bank 35 22 110 0.9
Nov/Dec Little Mead, Cranleigh
Nick Broomer
319 1 780 24.5
           
Jan 29 Little Mead, Cranleigh 56 9 75 5.0
Jan 5 Horton CP, Epsom 83 16 90 3.5
Jan 1 Bookham Common 15 8 77 1.5
2015          
Dec 17 Chipstead Downs 92 15 100 3.7
Dec 11 Priest Hill, Ewell 58 15 75 3.1
Dec 1 Newdigate Brickworks 114 11 90 6.9
*Eggs per hour success rate: eggs / (hunters x minutes) x 60