First Sightings 2021 - 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

Last updated: 23rd July
  Species 1st Sighting date Location
Skippers      
  Dingy Skipper 17th April Fry's Hill, Axbridge
  Essex Skipper 26th June Asham Wood
  Grizzled Skipper 17th April Mendips (various sightings) & Tucking Mill, Bath
  Large Skipper 31st May Brent Knoll
  Small Skipper 8th June Compton Dundon
Whites & Yellows      
  Brimstone 22nd January Wincanton
  Clouded Yellow 5th June Frome
  Green-veinded White 30th March Mark
  Large White 4th April Several locations
  Orange-Tip 30th March Several locations
  Small White 4th April Combwich & Kittisford
Hairstreaks      
  Brown Hairstreak 23rd July Netherclay LNR
  Green Hairstreak 17th April Fry's Hill, Axbridge
  Purple Hairstreak 8th June Compton Dundon
  White-letter Hairstreak 24th June Clifton Downs
Blues & Coppers      
  Adonis Blue 8th June Hatch Hill
  Brown Argus 25th  April Crook Peak
  Chalk Hill Blue 18th July Westbury Beacon & Draycott Sleights
  Common Blue 20th April Crook Peak
  Holly Blue 30th March Several locations
  Large Blue 7th June Green Down
  Small Blue 29th May Stoke Camp BC Reserve
  Small Copper 20th April South Somerset
Vanessids      
  Comma

24th February

25th February

Eastville

Wellington

  Painted Lady 20th April Crook Peak
  Peacock 8th January Westbury-sub-Mendip
  Red Admiral 5th February Chew Magna
  Small Tortoiseshll 22nd February Coombe Hay
  White Admiral 23rd June Shapwick Heath
Fritillaries      
  Dark Green Fritillary 13th June Bossington
  Heath Fritillary 31st May Halse Combe
  Marsh Fritillary 15th May Milborne Port
  Silver-washed Fritillary 23rd June Lord's Wood
  Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary 19th May Clatworthy Reservoir
Browns      
  Gatekeeper 1st July Wellington
  Grayling 2nd July Crook Peak
  Marbled White 12th June Green Down
  Meadow Brown

25th May (poss. 7th May)

Cheddar
  Ringlet 14th June Goblin Combe area
  Small Heath 30th March Bleadon Hill
  Speckled Wood 30th March Bishops Hull
  Wall 30th March Bleadon Golf Club
Others