First Sightings 2020

IMPORTANT: We can continue to receive your sightings but please remember that, in accordance with current UK Government restrictions, you MUST NOT make any journeys away from home in order to record butterflies and moths, as these would be considered non-essential journeys. More information on recording during the current circumstances can be found on the Butterfly Conservation website.


This page shows the first confirmed sighting of butterflies in Somerset sent to the County Recorder.

If you think you have seen a butterfly which could be a first sighting of that species for the current year, please send your record with the species name, date seen, site name/location and grid reference (1 km) to the County Butterfly Recorder  (

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Last updated:  4th April 2020


   1st Sighting date


          Grid Ref




 Dingy Skipper


 Essex Skipper


 Grizzled Skipper


 Large Skipper


 Small Skipper


 Whites and Yellows



  5th February 2020   Wookey & Hellenge Hill    ST5145 & ST5457

 Clouded Yellow


 Green-veined White

  22nd March 2020   Wellington    ST1220

 Large White

  3rd April 2020   Combwich & Wookey    ST2542 & ST5245


  29th January 2020   Winscombe    ST4256

 Small White

  16th March 2020   Combwich    ST2542

 Wood White




 Brown Hairstreak


 Green Hairstreak


 Purple Hairstreak


 White-letter Hairstreak


 Blues and Coppers


 Adonis Blue


 Brown Argus


 Chalk-hill Blue


 Common Blue


 Holly Blue

  22nd March 2020   North Curry   ST3125

 Large Blue


 Small Blue


 Small Copper





  11th March 2020   Shapwick Heath Reserve    ST4440

 Painted Lady



  1st January 2020    Beckington, Frome    ST8051

 Purple Emperor


 Red Admiral

  5th January 2020    Radstock    ST6954

 Small Tortoiseshell

  5th January 2020    West Monkton    ST2628

 White Admiral




 Dark Green Fritillary


 Heath Fritillary


 Marsh Fritillary


 Silver-washed Fritillary


 Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary




 Duke of Burgundy








 Marbled White


 Meadow Brown




 Small Heath


 Speckled Wood

  25th March 2020   Wookey   ST5245














The first sighting dates for 2019 are available on a separate page ( click here )