First Sightings 2024 - Somerset & Bristol

This page shows the first confirmed sighting of butterflies in Somerset and Bristol sent to the Branch Butterfly Records Coordinator.

If you think you have seen a butterfly which could be a first sighting of that species for the current year (outside & active), please send your record with the species name, date seen & site name/location to the Branch Butterfly Records Coordinator.  Click here to send email

Click here to view last year's (2023) first sightings page.

Click here to view 2022 first sightings page.

Click here to view 2021 first sightings page.

Last updated: 10th June 2024
  Species 1st Sighting date Location
  Dingy Skipper 4th May Axbridge & Sandford
  Essex Skipper    
  Grizzled Skipper 20th April Shute Shelve
  Large Skipper

25th May

  Small Skipper    
Whites & Yellows      
  Brimstone 15th Feb Several locations
  Clouded Yellow    
  Green-veined White 5th April Lords Wood
  Large White 28th March Portishead
  Orange-Tip 17th March Seavington St Michael
  Small White 24th March Stoke-sub-Hamdon
  Brown Hairstreak    
  Green Hairstreak 20th April Charterhouse
  Purple Hairstreak


  White-letter Hairstreak    
Blues & Coppers      
  Adonis Blue    
  Brown Argus 10th May Shute Shelve
  Chalk Hill Blue    
  Common Blue 9th May Hallatrow & Taunton
  Holly Blue 8th March Westbury-sub-Mendip
  Large Blue 24th May Green Down
  Small Blue 18th May Bruton
  Small Copper 24th April Bossington
  Comma 10th Feb Gold Corner
  Painted Lady

12th May (Somerset)

15th May (Bristol)



Bristol Botanic Gardens

  Peacock 22nd Jan Norton-sub-Hamdon
  Red Admiral 6th Jan Bristol & Taunton area
  Small Tortoiseshell 10th Feb Langport
  White Admiral    
  Dark Green Fritillary    
  Heath Fritillary 28th May Bossington area
  Marsh Fritillary 11th May (Reported)
  Silver-washed Fritillary    
  Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary 25th May Axbridge
  Marbled White 9th June Green Down
  Meadow Brown

19th May

Dundon Beacon
  Small Heath 12th May Lympsham
  Speckled Wood 19th March Stretcholt
  Wall 9th May Brean Down,  Crook Peak & Westbury Beacon
  Long-tailed Blue

20th May