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 and Bristol (VC5 & VC6) 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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May 2020 - Please not that the Recorder email address has changed slightly (no hypen now), but emails sent to the old email address (with hyphen) are still being received.

Last updated:  19th May 2020


   1st Sighting date


          Grid Ref




 Dingy Skipper

  21st April   Tucking Mill   ST7661

 Essex Skipper


 Grizzled Skipper

  8th April   Axbridge   ST4354

 Large Skipper

  22nd April   Chew Stoke   ST5562

 Small Skipper


 Whites and Yellows



  5th February   Wookey & Hellenge Hill    ST5145 & ST5457

 Clouded Yellow


 Green-veined White

  22nd March   Wellington    ST1220

 Large White

  3rd April   Combwich & Wookey    ST2542 & ST5245


  29th January   Winscombe    ST4256

 Small White

  16th March   Combwich    ST2542

 Wood White




 Brown Hairstreak


 Green Hairstreak

  10th April   Axbridge   ST4354

 Purple Hairstreak


 White-letter Hairstreak


 Blues and Coppers


 Adonis Blue


 Brown Argus

  21st April   Langport   ST4226

 Chalk-hill Blue


 Common Blue

  22nd April   Crook Peak   ST3855

 Holly Blue

  22nd March   North Curry   ST3125

 Large Blue


 Small Blue

  14th May   Downhead   ST6945

 Small Copper

  26th April   Merriott   ST4412




  11th March   Shapwick Heath Reserve    ST4440

 Painted Lady

  25th March   Nr Minehead    SS9646


  1st January    Beckington, Frome    ST8051

 Purple Emperor


 Red Admiral

  5th January    Radstock    ST6954

 Small Tortoiseshell

  5th January    West Monkton    ST2628

 White Admiral




 Dark Green Fritillary


 Heath Fritillary

 19th May  Haddon Hill  

 Marsh Fritillary

 6th May  Milborne Port  ST6819

 Silver-washed Fritillary


 Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary

  8th May   Axbridge  ST4355



 Duke of Burgundy








 Marbled White


 Meadow Brown

  15th May  Shute Shelve  ST4255



 Small Heath

  27th April   Hellenge Hill   ST3457

 Speckled Wood

  25th March   Wookey   ST5245


  16th April   Fiddington   ST2140












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