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Green Hairstreak. By Philip Kirk. Calverton Pit Top.
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Green Hairstreak. By Philip Kirk. Calverton Pit Top.
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Clifden Nonpareil - Calke Park 14th October - Iain McGowan.
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Jersey Tiger Moth – Clowne – 9th September 2020 – per Marc Pearson.

Archived Branch News

Past issues of our East Midlands newsletter, Butterfly.
Butterfly Issue 67 Autumn 2020

Please see below an example of the new signs designed by our Newsletter Editor, Eliot Taylor, which will be soon in place at The Scone & Devon Park, Newark, Vicar Water at Clipstone and Sherwood Heath at Ollerton roundabout. The Branch wishes to thank Eliot for creating these really fantastic signs. We also wish to thank Lynn Preece at Newark & Sherwood District Council for her enthusiasm and support for the Branch.

The lovely Jane and Melanie have been busy today at Sconce and Devon Park in Newark, planting Bird’s-foot Trefoil on the historic Sconce.

NEW NOTTINGHAMSHIRE RECORDER

We are pleased to announce that the new Nottinghamshire Recorder will be Steve Mathers. The whole of the committee has extended a very warm welcome to Steve, who will be spending the next few weeks sorting through the Notts Records with Suzanne. We are also pleased that Suzanne will be staying on the EM committee. All Nottinghamshire recorders can contact Steve on: smbutterflies11@gmail.com.

With the new butterfly season fast approaching, would all recorders, especially transects recorders, WCBS recorders or member who are wishing to set up their own transect, please contact their County Recorders to show they are happy to continue recording during the 2021 season. Ken is most anxious to reach No 1 in the transect branch list and the East Midlands Branch is nearly there.

2020 Annual General "Meeting"

Not a normal year and not a normal AGM.

This has the branch officer's reports and shows the significant amount of work undertaken for and on behalf of the branch during 2020.

Find a Purple Emperor larva

Matthew Oates (author of His Imperial Majesty) has sent some tips, via our own Purple Emperor guru, Dennis Dell, about how to seek out and find over-wintering caterpillars.

Purple Emperor (Iris)

Dennis Dell, the East Midlands Champion for the iconic Purple Emperor would welcome any records for the butterfly in any of the 4 Counties in our Branch. These would be sightings at any location or photographs if possible. Please email these to Dennis at litanis78@yahoo.com.

A BIG THANK YOU to Shipley Birdwatchers Group...

...who have recently donated £50 to EMBC. During these difficult times any donations would be very welcome. We hope that Chris along with EMBC members and Notts BAG will be back with work parties for the Grizzled Skipper over the coming winter. Any donations we receive will help towards local conservation activities.

Retirement of Bill Bacon

Our former chairman Bill Bacon, has decided to step down from the committee and his role as Grizzled Skipper Project Officer after many decades of hard work for the Branch.

17th August 2020

A Thank You From The Committee

The East Midlands Branch Committee wishes to say thank you to all those members....


2019 Nottinghamshire Transect Summary

County Recorder Suzanne Halfacre has put together a summary of the 31 butterfly transects undertaken in Nottinghamshire in 2019.

Numbers of butterflies and species is given for each site, followed by the top 5 species recorded.

A lot of hard work must have gone into collating this data - Thanks Sue


The Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey Annual Newsletter 2019 Season is now available.


The East Midlands Branch Spring 2020 Newsletter is now available but will not be mailed out as paper copy because of the coronavirus pandemic.

You should have received this by email if you have set your preferences up to do so. You can change what communications you want and how you receive them HERE


Despite the widespread loss of mature elms, White-letter Hairstreaks are still found in the wider countryside, making use of the suckering regrowth in the hedgerows. This one was photographed by James Playle, ovipositing between Colston Bassett and Langar on June 25th 2020.

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White-letter Hairstreak by James Playle.

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