First Sightings 2020

More information on recording during the current circumstances (Covid-19) 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:  23th July 2020


   1st Sighting date


          Grid Ref




 Dingy Skipper

  21st April   Tucking Mill   ST7661

 Essex Skipper

  11th June   Shute Shelve   ST4255

 Grizzled Skipper

  8th April   Axbridge   ST4354

 Large Skipper

  22nd April   Chew Stoke   ST5562

 Small Skipper

  25th May   Lollover   ST4732

 Whites and Yellows



  5th February   Wookey & Hellenge Hill   ST5145 & ST5457

 Clouded Yellow

  24th May   Bridgwater   ST2835

 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

   21st July   Horton   ST3115

 Green Hairstreak

  10th April   Axbridge   ST4354

 Purple Hairstreak

  3rd June   Taunton   ST2027

 White-letter Hairstreak

  13th June (Twitter)   Brent Knoll  

 Blues and Coppers


 Adonis Blue


 Brown Argus

  21st April   Langport   ST4226

 Chalk Hill Blue

 12th July

  Hatch Hill


 Common Blue

  22nd April   Crook Peak   ST3855

 Holly Blue

  22nd March   North Curry   ST3125

 Large Blue

  27th May   Green Down   ST5128

 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

  9th June   Shapwick Heath   ST4440



 Dark Green Fritillary

  26th May   Green Down   ST5128

 Heath Fritillary

  19th May   Haddon Hill  

 Marsh Fritillary

  6th May   Milborne Port   ST6819

 Silver-washed Fritillary

  6th June   Wellow   ST7358

 Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary

  8th May   Axbridge   ST4355



 Duke of Burgundy





  6th June   Nr North Newton   ST3029


  16th June   Hurlstone Point   SS8949

 Marbled White

  27th May   Lollover Hill   ST4732

 Meadow Brown

  15th May   Shute Shelve   ST4255


  22nd May   Dundon   ST4831

 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 )