Twyford Wood 2017

Notice of Workparties

For full details, please see the 'Events' pages. 

Contact: Martin Kew (tel 01426-860952)

Winter Workparties - Usually 10.00am - 4.00pm 

Saturday 3rd March - cancelled due to snow forecast

Discover the latest news and sightings from the Twyford Wood Butterfly Reserve below...



Visit the 2017 online gallery.

You can report your sightings and send your photos from Twyford to John Davison


5th July: Peter Cawdell reports seeing a Silver-Washed Fritillary (male) on approach track to sanctuary reserve.

S-WF MK1st July: Martin Kew reports............."A good afternoon walking the Transects. Counted 9 Marbled Whites at the Glades . Also 6 Silver-washed Fritillaries,including a mating pair (about 12' up in a tree!) by the track on the way to the Sanctuary (SK 947232) which is the same area I've seen the odd one in the past.  I think we can safely assume Twyford now has breeding colonies of both species."

June 24th: Martin Kew reports..........."Walked the Transects and was pleased to see the Marbled Whites have made anotherMK 240617 appearance. I recorded 3 individuals at the Glades on Transects four and five. Other transect totals for the two reserves were Ringlet 33, Meadow Brown 10, Small Tortoiseshell 4, Large Skipper 4, Comma 3, Small Heath 2, Small Skipper 2, and a Small Copper.  Started early to catch the Sunshine  although it did turn cloudy during the Sanctuary walk."

May 28th: Martin Partridge came down from Teesside: "Arriving first, at Twyford Wood and visited the Sanctuary saw 6 Grizzled Skipper, 16 Dingy Skipper, 10 Small Heath, 20 Common Blue, 2 Red Admiral and a Green Hairstreak; also, 1 Mother Shiptons Moth. 

May 14th: Dennis Tyler and Graeme Baker took advantage of the weather and visited Twyford Woods. They were rewarded with eight different species including 30 plus Grizzled Skippers, and their season's first Common Blue and Small Heath.

May 10th: Nice, relatively warm, sunny day for a change.  Quite a few male & female Orange-tips and Brimstone as we set off. Several Dingy and Grizzled Skippers out on the Sanctuary area but lower numbers than would have been expected for the conditions. Chaffinch 100517A nice Green Hairstreak just outside the Sanctuary on the way to the Glades with a Green Shieldbug sat next to it. Cuckoo sounded as we continued, more Dingy & Grizzled found at the airstrip edges. Again lower numbers of Dingy & Grizzled than expected but a Chaffinch trilling away at the top of the pines and my first Small Heath of the year. Returning to the car park there was the odd Dingy & Grizzled, Orange-tips, Brimstone & Peacock. Exciting find was hearing a Grasshopper Warbler next to the path.

May 5th: Report from Mark Radford, Sid Morris & Dave Wood.........."We did a circuit round Twyford Wood, not too bad but many areas affected by the strong NE wind".

31 Dingy Skipper
17 Grizzled Skipper
12 Orange Tip
10 Green-veined White
9   Peacock
7   Brimstone
5   Speckled Wood
3   Green Hairstreak
1   Red Admiral
1   Comma


April 23rd: Martin Kew reports....."I was pleased to record ( photograph in gallery) my first Grizzled of the season today on Transect one at the Sanctuary reserve. It was quite cool in between sunny spells and  not much else on the wing - 1 OT , 1 GVW and a couple of Peacocks. Hopefully more to come very soon!"

Twyford 040317March 4th: Better day than was forecast and 6 volunteers turned up to the workparty. The work was concentrated on the Sanctuary and Colin mowed several of the grass areas. The other work mainly entailed reducing the scrub which had gotten quite a hold.

Hopefully the Skippers will appreciate our efforts.

The Glades area was assessed for the 2018 workparty.








To see news and sightings from 2016, visit the archive.