Discover the latest news and sightings from the Twyford Wood Butterfly Reserve below...
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For more details, contact: Martin Kew (tel 01476-860952).
Workparty 21st March 2020
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Twyford Blog 2019
15th July: Martin Kew reports......."Another Emperor today on Transect 4 at the Glades."
13th July: Martin Kew reports....."A late afternoon walk through the woods was rewarded with two Purple Emperors and seven Silver-washed Fritillaries. The first Gatekeepers are out in good numbers too."
29th June: Martin Kew reports........"Walked the reserves this morning and at the Sanctuary I recorded my first Silver-washed Fritillary of the year. I was also pleased to record 12 Marbled White just on the transects at the Glades."
22nd June: Martin Kew reports.....
Saw my first Marbled White of the year at the Glades today. Also recorded my first Ringlets - a couple on each reserve. The Painted Ladies have arrived here as well and I sighted five in between the reserves.
8th June: Martin Kew reports...........
Walked the Transects on Saturday morning . It was quite warm with sunny spells and there were plenty of butterflies on the wing. Recorded: 40+ Common Blue, 17 Small Heath , 14 Dingy, 8 Grizzled and my first Large Skipper of the year . Also a couple of Green Hairstreak and a Small Copper.
26th May: Field Trip
9 Members defied the gloomy weather forecast to embark on our 2nd. Field Trip of the season. It was good to have Jane Ostler amongst us as she was instrumental in helping me set up our BC Reserves here with the Forestry Commission when she was working for the then Nature Conservancy Council (now Natural England) about 30 years ago!
We went by the usual route on foot into the wood, and around in an anti-clockwise direction, visiting both the Sanctuary and Glades BC Reserves and the broken concrete runways and tracks in between. We payed particular attention to the excellent habitat at the edges.
The sun actually shone in brief episodes when it was warm, but mostly it was bright but cloudy with a stiff breeze. There were a few light, but thankfully short, rain showers,
We were pleased to find all the rarer target butterfly species, and some in good numbers, but many common species failed to show themselves.
Recording was undertaken for each site, sub-site and area for our Recording Schemes, but for the purposes of this brief Report the totals of the species seen were;
Grizzled Skipper 33
Dingy Skipper 38
Green Hairstreak 1
Common Blue 33
Brown Argus 4
Small Copper 3
Small Heath 12
Speckled Wood 1
Green-veined White 1
Burnet Companion 3
Cinnabar 3 + sev larvae
Latticed Heath 1
Burnet Moth larva 1
Common Spotted Orchid - several
Dyer's Greenweed - large clump
Devil's-bit Scabious - several. groups
Peter Cawdell - Leader
Alan Armstrong reports.......Absolutely loved it here. Was hoping to see Grizzled Skippers and was not disappointed. Saw dozens!!
A great little butterfly that I had only seen once before. Also saw numerous Dingy Skippers, as well as Brown Argus and Common Blues. Also heard 2 cuckoos.
I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the place. Those huge runways and their role in the Normandy campaign. I will go back there every Spring now. I am a member of the East Midlands butterfly conservation group, but I am very impressed with the Lincs. branch.
George Pears reports.......
Good turnout on this intermittently sunny day at Twyford. Butterflies spotted were the Brown Argus, Common Blue, Green-veined White, Orange-tip, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper and the Small Copper. Moths included the Treble-bar, Cinnabar, Mint, Cream Wave and the Green long horned moth. Hundreds of moth caterpillars found included those of the Mottled Umber, Blood-vein and the Pale Brindled Beauty among a few other (as of yet unidentified) species.
David Phillips made a visit to Twyford Wood.
Weather sunny periods 16c with a easterly wind.
Warm in the sunshine but the wind kept insects low.
His counts are:-
Dark-edged bee-fly x 1
Orange-tip x 4
Speckled Wood x 3
Dingy Skipper x 16
Common Blue x 3
Green Hairstreak x 3
Large White x 1
Small White x 1
Grizzled Skipper x 9
Brimstone x 1 (male)
Good supporting cast with Buzzard
and Red Kite over and continually serenaded
by warblers and a Cuckoo.
12th May: Martin Kew reports.........
Walked the Transects today and with the better weather Skipper numbers are improving with a total of 17 Grizzled and 21 Dingy recorded on the two reserves. Also first this season sightings of a Common Blue and a Small Copper.
Bit cool for butterflies but caterpillars about including this Mottled Umber.
Fir Cones look nice as well...........
Martin Kew reports........"Recorded my first Grizzled of the year today. One at the Sanctuary and one at the Glades. Also good numbers of Brimstones and Peacocks , several Orange Tips and a couple of Speckled Woods."
March 9th: Seven volunteers turned up to give our 2 sites their annual trim. A female Brimstone inspected our work at the Glades.