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Sightings of Butterflies in Suffolk - 2021

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The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the Recording page. 
We are always interested in sightings of any butterflies in any location in Suffolk but we are particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species:
BAP species; Dingy Skipper, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, White Admiral, Grayling, Small Heath, Wall Brown
Others; Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary, Purple Emperor, Chalkhill Blue
(not Devil's Dyke)

Send Sightings by email to (please make sure you enter a subject) and they will appear below within a few days.
Clicking on the link should launch your usual email program.  If this does not seem to work just use the email address.

Please include the date, how many of each butterfly species seen, location with an ordnance survey grid reference if possible, and your name (if you want to).
If you would like to contribute to the annual survey please read the notes on the Recording page.

If you report a Brimstone this record will also be passsed to the Brimstone and Buckthorn project

Regular recorders are urged to use this sightings page to inform others of interesting sightings, but please do continue to send all your records to the county recorder, James Corton, at the end of the season.

Coronavirus - Butterfly Recording

Please follow the latest advice from the government. Follow social distancing rules and wear a mask where necessary.

If visiting Purdis Heath, Pipers Vale and Landseer Park (or any other site for that matter) please keep to footpaths and recognised tracks and do not trample heather, ant nests or any other vegetation.  There are plenty of places where you can see butterflies from the paths.  Keep dogs on a lead.

Butterflies seen (and other relevant information).  First Sighting of Year in Bold or Bold for rarer species
For a summary of First Sightings see the Suffolk Butterflies Page - click here
Location Grid Reference Name
Febuary SWT DS ES SS LS OT LW SW GVW CY B WB SPW SH R MB GK MW GR SWF DGF WA PE RA PL P ST C LT CMB SCC LT CMB SC PH GH WLH BH HB SSB BA CB CHB SB LTB - Total species seen 4       (📷 photo click here) 
21 Feb  Brimstone Butterfly on 21st February 2021 at Wadehall Lane, North Cove   Jane Ferguson 
21 Feb  I broke my duck today. One bright Brimstone flying strongly over the garden.   Exning     Twm Wade
21 Feb I saw 6 Brimstones as we walked back along North End - between 12.00 and 12.30 pm. It was lovely to see them in the sunshine; hopefully Spring is on the way!   Exning    Carolyn Low  
21 Feb After hearing of other sightings of brimstones, I happened to notice a male in the distance as I watched a red kite with 9 buzzards.  Thurston    Trevor Goodfellow
21 Feb One male brimstone seen today at The Crankles, Bury St Edmunds  TL858641  David  
21 Feb My first garden butterfly of 2021 - male Brimstone in warm sunshine. Really lifted my spirits! ,     Middleton TM433677  Kim Randall
21 Feb Brimstone: a male in our front garden at West Road, today (21st). Bury St Edmunds  TL842639  Martin Peers
21 Feb A lovely male Brimstone in our garden in Flowton today, 21 Feb. Flowton TM085470 Rob Clements
21 Feb A Brimstone has just flown across the garden! Worlingham   Lilian Pitt
21 Feb Pretty sure I saw a Peacock fly past the window yesterday when I was on the phone but definitely a bright yellow Brimstone this morning!  Risby   Nigel Hannay
21 Feb  Just seen my first butterfly for this year in  a garden across the road on the house wall a Red Admiral   Lowestoft    t Robert Quadling 
20 Feb One male brimstone seen today at Natterer’s Wood Bury St Edmunds TL866646 David
20 Feb It is 20th February, and I have just seen my first butterfly of the year. Close to home, almost in the B&Q Car Park; flying strongly in the sun at 12:20 One male Brimstone. maybe it is spring! Bury St Edmunds TL850645 Rob Parker
5 Feb Peacock: one seen near The Paddock at Nowton Nowton TL861613 Martin Peers
5 Feb Sunshine on Friday brought out 1st butterfly, a Peacock  (📷 photo click here Ipswich Golf Club   t
5 Feb Saw my first peacock also today Newmarket   t
5 Feb A Peacock was seen today 5/2 at Stonham barns. Stonham barns   Gary Coppard
5 Feb My first butterfly of the Suffolk year today- Peacock flying through my garden in glorious sunshine Trimley St Mary   t Bill Stone
4 Feb A Peacock flew over us on our very sunny walk and landed nearby. (📷 photo click here) Dunwich   David and Lilian Pitt
2 Feb Time 12.15pm - one Comma, Millennium Cemetery Ipswich   David Clark
26 Jan Peacock on footpath 4pm, just starting to rain, carried in cupped hands and released under shelter of pile of cut fir tree branches Halesworth   Derek Norris
25 Jan Saw my first Peacock on the wing in the sunshine this morning Barsham   t Dick Walden
25 Jan First butterfly of the year in lunch!!! A Peacock sunning itself on ivy - it’s only 2 degrees out Bury St EDmunds   t Dove Step
22 Jan Red Admiral - In flight Boxford Playing fields CO10 5PB  11.45 am Boxford   Melvyn Eke
22 Jan Small Tortoiseshell flew by us today at Lound Lakes, and that was out on Reserve Lound Lakes   t SWT Lound Lakes Warden
19 Jan Peacock seen in flight Woodbridge Woodbridge   Val Sherwen
11 Jan  Surprised to see Peacock in flight in my garden briefly today. Temperature around 8 degrees. Lowestoft    Bill Whybrow

Sightings from previous years  2012    2013    2014    2015    2016    2017    2018    2019    2020

Photographs from 2021 Sightings  (all pictures are the copyright of their owners)

Peacock - photo  David & Lilian Pitt

Peacock - photo 

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