Recording your Sightings

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Re: Recording your Sightings

Postby Dave McCormick » Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:36 pm

I was talking to one memeber of BCNI (Butterfly conservation Northern Ireland) and he has a device that records the map reference. I think it uses GPS and converts it into a map reference so it can be used for ordinance servays. I have to ask him what it was he was using, looked like good tool for telling you whereabouts you are as he was able to tell me by reading the device what map reference we were in by saying the first 3 digits of the map reference to me.

I was going to create a excel spreadsheet for recording butterflies, it will have all species ever recorded in UK, plus a part for other butterfly sightings. I was using this attached spreadsheet for recording moths in Ireland (very good IMO) and thought I could do similar for butterfly sightings if nothing like it has been done before. Best way of recording sightings IMO.
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Moths of Ireland recording spreadsheet (Includes micro moths)
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Re: Recording your Sightings

Postby JDAllan » Sat Oct 17, 2009 9:53 pm

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, however if it's not I'm sure someone will let me know.

Location Cupar, Fife.

Sightings - 12 Red Admirals, 1 Comma and 1 Peacock on 17th Oct, 2009. (After an overnight frost.)

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Re: Recording your Sightings

Postby Paul » Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:11 pm

Regarding the question of which county.... I suggest you tap the OS ref ( via get-a-map) into the following site, which is fantastic for identifying which VC your sighting is in... the recorder's details should be available via the BC website chased down to County level....
I am The VC65 recorder and echo the above observations... anyone seeing stuff in my VC... I would really welcome your records!!!

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Penhale Dunes

Postby Lawts » Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:36 am

I was curious to see if I would score with this species at Penhale Cornwall whilst on holiday. The site is excellent for butterflies, but most August holidays fall too late to catch up with Silver-studded.

However, for anyone going, the best place to search is close to the boundary of the MOD site, a few hundred yards north of the obvious cross on the dunes. There is a small gulley that runs for some distance, presumably down to the sea. It's a concentration of flowers, and any late butterflies seem to congregate here. On the 2nd August I managed to see one male and one female Silver-studded, as well as two Dark-green Fritt's.

I did try again a week later and didn't see any Silver-studded. I saw a frit. sp. disappear into the MOD bit, but wasn't sure if it was Dark-green or Small Pearl from the brief views.

I couldn't get any info beforehand as to whether Silver-studded would still be on the wing. Clearly with the numbers it's at the very end of the flight period, but this gulley may give you a chance.

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Re: Recording your Sightings

Postby Wildmoreway » Sun Feb 03, 2013 10:15 pm

I saw what looked like Buff-tailed Bumblebee queen looking for a place to make a nest in Hollicombe gardens near Paignton this afternoon.

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Re: Recording your Sightings

Postby AJSteele » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:48 pm

Not seen by me but a family member had a comma in the garden yesterday

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