Sightings Update

Those elusive Brownies are being seen all over the country now! Reports are in from Dorset, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Worcestershire and Pembrokeshire that i know of so far.

Multiple adults have been seen at Alners Gorse, Dorset so far, including the first female seen by Martin Warren on 26th July. Also, good numbers reported from Knepp, Sussex. Emergence is now beginning at well known sites such as Chambers Farm Wood (Lincolnshire), Grafton Wood (Worcestershire) and West Williamston (Pembrokeshire), with additional reports of sightings at Rushbeds Wood (Buckinghamshire), RSPB Otmoor (Oxfordshire), Bookham Common (Surrey) and Selborne Common (Hampshire).

There has also been a possible Brownie sighting in central Bristol by Lee Gardiner, reported via Twitter. These little guys could be living in our urban garden ash trees and blackthorn bushes before we know it!

From what i can tell, sightings have been mostly of males so far which indicates the flight period has only just begun. Females will likely begin to emerge in southern England over the next week or so.

All Brown Hairstreak photographs and sightings reported on Twitter are retweeted on the Ash Brownies Twitter account so be sure to visit regularly to keep up to date with all of the latest goings on. Tweet us your sightings @betulae or hashtag #ashbrownies.

Also, please get in touch if you'd like to personally blog your sightings and photographs. Everyone is welcome!


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