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London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

 

 

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 The London Butterfly Atlas Project is a collaborative effort to produce an accurate picture of the state of London's butterflies.

To get involved please read the information opposite; It guides you on how to participate in a variety of ways.

Welcome to this London Natural History Society project, working with other organisations and individuals in London. Thank you for all the records to date.

Given a day or more of good weather during the early autumn, there could still be opportunities to record adults flying particularly for those with second and third broods. Possibilities include the Small White, Large White, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, possibly a few late Meadow Browns, Small Copper and Common Blue. And there may be the occasional Speckled Wood flying, or Red Admiral over-wintering or flying during the winter.

The project managed to cover, at least fleetingly, a good number of the priority tetrads during the summer. Visits were also made to parts of Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest. But a visit on a single day may miss much of the total butterfly species present during the year. So the priority list remains for now – and in other areas there will be gaps for species that have still to be recorded.

And please send your records through your usual channels – or to the LNHS project.

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  Ringlet in Harrow garden, June 2017, photo: Leslie Williams.

 

Recording anywhere in Greater London

Records simply contain the details of: Species name; Date (preferably to the day); Location (a grid reference and/or any of the following: postcode, street name, place name); and your name. If you wish add numbers seen, habitat, behaviour, life-stage if eggs or caterpillars, and any other details. Record anywhere in Greater London:

  • Gardens.
  • Commuter routes, town centres, residential roads, footpaths, local parks, churchyards, cemeteries, and local wildlife sites (SINCs): all the local places that make up London. 
  • Recreational paths: Thames Paths, Capital Ring, London Loop, and others.

This website has more information, with links to social media at:
https://lnhs.org.uk/index.php/about-us/recording/london-butterfly-atlas-project.
and identification charts for common species: https://lnhs.org.uk/index.php/learning/school-packs.

Gaps

See the list and map of localities at the end of this update that have few records. The project has been visiting some of these – but as, typically, only a few species are recorded per visit, visits by different people and at different during the season helps to compile a fuller species list. Species priorities include those with single, short flight periods. Records of all species and from anywhere in London are welcome.

Flow Of Records

Records can be sent to the email at the end of this briefing; or to Leslie Williams; or entered online on the GiGL (Greenspace Information for Greater London) site; on iRecord, or via Butterfly Conservation branches, or via the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme for transect walks, or on paper.

Photography

The project is photographing London’s butterflies and their environments. Photographs of butterfly habitat, or with iconic features and London landmarks are welcome. Please provide information with the photograph/s, including your name, contact details, date, location, species name and any other information that adds to the picture. All photographs used will be acknowledged.

Hertfordshire and Middlesex atlas

Hertfordshire and Middlesex Butterfly Conservation, and the Hertfordshire Natural History Society have produced a new atlas of butterflies. Details are available on the website of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society.

Aims of the London butterfly atlas project
London Natural History Society (LNHS) aims to map the distribution of butterfly species in Greater London, updating ‘The Butterflies of the London Area’ of 1980-86. Much has changed since to butterflies in London; while London itself has changed and is continuing to change. Survey information will improve knowledge to help the conservation of butterflies, habitats and other wildlife in London. The project is primarily concerned with the Greater London area – that of the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London. The aim is to map to the tetrad (2km x 2km) level. The project is using records from 2015, with surveying during 2016 and into 2017. As this is a ‘dots-on-the-map’ survey, records are needed from suburban and urban areas, gardens, streets and as seen during commuting; and from green spaces.

Leslie Williams
Recorder: Lepidoptera (butterflies), London Natural History Society
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PRIORITY TETRADS FOR SURVEYING
September 2017
Tetrads for which there are no or sometimes only a few 2016-2017 or recent records.

Priority Tetrads Feb2017

‘Essex in London’ tetrads are not highlighted on the map above, but there are plenty of places to explore in north-east London.

Locality

Grid

Tetrad

 

Bromley Borough and area particularly the North-East,

 

 

 

East and South.

 

 

 

Longlands, New Eltham, Lamorbey

TQ

44 72

 

Sidcup, Albany Park

TQ

46 72

 

Sundridge

TQ

40 70

 

Elmstead, Chislehurst West

TQ

42 70

 

St Mary Cray / St Paul’s Cray

TQ

46 68

 

Cray Valley, Cray Park, Hockenden

TQ

48 68

 

Swanley

TQ

50 68

 

Bromley Common, Southborough

TQ

42 66

 

Ramsden, Derry Downs

TQ

46 66

 

Kevingtown

TQ

48 66

 

Hayes Common, Keston

TQ

40 64

 

Locksbottom

TQ

42 64

 

Farthing Street

TQ

42 62

 

Green Street Green

TQ

44 62

 

Hazelwood

TQ

44 60

 

Norsted Lane

TQ

46 60

 

Biggin Hill (town)

TQ

40 58

 

Aperfield, Berry’s Green

TQ

42 58

 

Cudham, Horns Green

TQ

44 58

 

South Street, Westerham Hill

TQ

42 56

 

Cudham Frith

TQ

44 56

 

South London

 

 

 

Newington, Walworth

TQ

32 78

 

Bermondsey, Rotherhithe

TQ

34 78

 

Herne Hill, North Dulwich, East Dulwich

TQ

32 74

 

Norwood, Gipsy Hill

TQ

32 70

 

Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood

TQ

32 68

 

Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill

TQ

30 72

 

The West End and nearby

 

 

 

South Kensington, Brompton, Knightsbridge

TQ

26 78

 

West Kilburn, Maida Vale

TQ

24 82

 

Notting Hill, Bayswater, Westbourne, Green

TQ

24 80

 

The South-West

 

 

 

Wallington, South Beddington, Woodcote Green

TQ

28 62

 

Carshalton Beeches

TQ

26 62

 

Wimbledon Park, Southfields

TQ

24 72

 

West Sutton to Sutton Common

TQ

24 64

 

Cheam, Belmont

TQ

24 62

 

New Malden

TQ

20 68

 

Norbiton, Kingston

TQ

18 68

 

To the South of Richmond Park

TQ

18 70

 

Marble Hill, Ham

TQ

16 72

 

Hampton Hill, Fullwell, Teddington

TQ

14 70

 

Areas around Heathrow including Harmondsworth and

 

 

 

Sipson

 

 

 

West Bedfont

TQ

06 74

 

Harrmondsworth /Heathrow West

TQ

0476

 

Harmondsworth East / Sipson / Heathrow

TQ

06 76

 

West Drayton / Heathrow

TQ

04 78

 

Essex / North-East London: Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Newham, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, and Havering.

 

 

 

 

Urban,
suburban and rural.

Rainham Marshes are covered.

Other

 

 

 

Stanmore – Northern parts near the M1

TQ

16 94

 

Grim’s Dyke Golf Course

TQ

12 92

 

William Girling Reservoir, King George Reservoir

TQ

36 94

 

Upper Edmonton, Lower Edmonton

TQ

34 92

 

Bayhurst Wood Country Park, Mad Bess Wood

TQ

06 88

 

Hanworth

TQ

10 70

 

Forster Memorial Park, Higher Green Cemetery, Catford

TQ

38 72

 

Grove Park, Mottingham

TQ

40 72