• Sim Elliott

My Public Transport (Low Carbon) Butterfly Year 2022. Thirty-Seven Species by foot, bus and train.

My Public Transport (Low Carbon) Butterfly Year 2022, from an Orange Tip in April to mating Long Tailed Blues in August.


This Butterfly Year I saw 37 species. These photos are the records of the first time I saw each species across the year; mostly they are not the best photographs of these species that I took this year!


I travelled only by train and/or bus and foot to see these butterflies, except the Adonis Blue, Common Blue, Large White and Long-Tailed Blues, which I saw just by walking to Bevendean Down and Whitehawk Hill (both in Brighton) from my house.


Most of these butterflies were seen in my home county, Sussex, but some of these butterflies were seen in Hampshire, Surrey and Essex. All of these butterflies were seen on day trips.



1 Orange Tip 19.04.22 Newdigate Brickworks Nature Reserve, nr. Crawley, Surrey Newdigate Brickworks | Surrey Wildlife Trust (photo: 20.05.22 Bevendean Down NR, Brighton, East Sussex). This the only “cheat” photo. The photo I took of my first Orange Tip, on 19.04.22, at Newdigate Brickworks NR, is completely unrecognizable as a butterfly, so I have used the Orange Tip photo I took on 20.05.22 at Bevendean NR.


For details of how to get to Newdigate by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Newdigate Brickworks Nature Reserve (Surrey Wildlife Trust). Wild Flowers. 19.04.22 (am) (simelliott.net)


2 Speckled Wood 3 Brimstone 4 Comma 5 Red Admiral 23.04.22 Horseshoe Plantation, Beachy Head, East Sussex. Butterfly Conservation - Sussex Branch - PAGE TITLE (sussex-butterflies.org.uk)


For details of how to get to Horseshoe Plantation by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Butterflies at Birling Gap & Friston Forest, wild flowers, and Swallows at Cuckmere Haven. 23.04.22. (simelliott.net)


6 Peacock 26.04.22 Hope Gap, Seaford Head Nature Reserve, East Sussex; 7 Wall Brown 26.04.22 Cuckmere Haven, East Sussex. Seaford Head | Sussex Wildlife Trust


For details of how to get to Seaford Head and Cuckmere Haven by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: South Downs National Park, fauna & flora from Seaford Head to Friston Gallops. 26.04.22 (simelliott.net)


8 Small White 9 Green-Veined White 30.04.22 Canvey Wick Nature Reserve, Essex. Canvey Wick - Buglife


For details of how to get to Canvey Wick by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Conservation & Canvey Island. Brownfield (Canvey Wick) & Greenfield (West Canvey Marsh). 30.04.22 (simelliott.net)


10 Holly Blue 02.05.22 Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, Hampshire. Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)


For details of how to get to Titchfield Haven by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Birds, Insects & Plants. Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve. 02.05.22 (simelliott.net)


11 Adonis Blue 12 Common Blue 09.05.22 Bevendean Down Nature Reserve, Brighton, East Sussex. Bevendean Down (brighton-hove.gov.uk)


I walked to Bevendean Down from my house in East Brighton. From central Brighton you can get to Bevendean NR by the 28 bus, 48 - Churchill Square-Lower Bevendean | Brighton & Hove Buses For details about Bevendean NR and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: 09.05.22/1. Bevendean Down Nature Reserve. Blue Adonis, other butterflies and House Martins. (simelliott.net)


13 Pearl-Bordered Fritillary 14 Small Heath 15 Dingy Skipper 16.05.22 Rowland Wood NR, nr. East Hoathly, East Sussex. Rowland Wood, East Sussex | Butterfly Conservation (butterfly-conservation.org)


For details of how to get to Rowland Wood Nature Reserve (a Butterfly Conservation Sussex Nature Reserve) by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Butterflies at Rowland Wood/Park Corner Heath butterfly reserve (Butterfly Conservation). 16.05.22 (simelliott.net)


16 Meadow Brown 17.05.22 High and Over (National Trust), nr. Alfriston, East Sussex. Over hill and under vale at Frog Firle Farm | National Trust


For details of how to get to High and Over by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Butterflies at High & Over and Kittiwakes at Splash Point, Seaford. 17.05.22 (simelliott.net)


17 Green Hairstreak 21.05.22 Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve, nr. Chichester; 18 Small Tortoiseshell, Mill Hill, 28.05.22 nr Shoreham, West Sussex. Kingley-Vale-Hidden-Trail-Final-web-version.pdf (southdowns.gov.uk)


For details of how to get to Kingley Vale by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve. Ancient Yews, Iron-Age Monuments & Butterflies. 21.05.22 (simelliott.net)


18 Small Tortoiseshell Mill Hill Nature Reserve, 28.05.22 nr. Shoreham, West Sussex. Mill Hill - Adur & Worthing Councils (adur-worthing.gov.uk)


For details of how to get to Mill Hill by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Butterflies. Mill Hill NR, Anchor Bottom NR & Many Adonis Blues, Cissbury NR, 28.05.22 (simelliott.net)


19 Small Blue 20 Painted Lady 06.06.22 Castle Hill National Nature Reserve, nr. Brighton, East Sussex. Castle Hill - National Nature Reserve (brighton-hove.gov.uk)


For details of how to get to Castle Hill NR by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Butterflies, Moths, Birds and Wild Flowers in the Castle Hill National Nature Reserve. 06.06.22 (simelliott.net)


21 Grizzled Skipper 11.06.22 Castle Hill National Nature Reserve, nr. Brighton, East Sussex. Castle Hill - National Nature Reserve (brighton-hove.gov.uk)


For details of how to get to Castle Hill by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Castle Hill National Nature Reserve and the Rottingdean Undercliff. A GBC trip. 11.06.22 (simelliott.net)


22 Marbled White 23 Large Skipper 24 Small Skipper 13.06.22 Malling Down Nature Reserve, nr. Lewes, East Sussex. Malling Down | Sussex Wildlife Trust


For details of how to get to Malling Down by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Butterflies in Stanmer Park & Malling Down NR. 13.06.22 (simelliott.net)


25 Dark Green Fritillary 17.06.22 Devil’s Dyke, nr. Brighton, East Sussex. Devil's Dyke butterfly walk | National Trust


For details of how to get to Devil's Dyke by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Birds and Butterflies. Devil's Dyke & Castle Hill National Nature Reserve. 17.06.22 (simelliott.net)


26 White Admiral 27 Ringlet 27.06.22 Bookham Common, Surrey. Bookham Commons | National Trust


For details of how to get to Bookham Common by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Bookham Commons. Birds, Wild Plants & Butterflies. White Admiral. 27.06.22 (simelliott.net)


28 Silver-Studded Blue 01.07.22 Iping Common NR, nr. Midhurst, West Sussex. Iping and Stedham Commons | Sussex Wildlife Trust


For details of how to get to Iping Common by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Silver-Studded Blue Butterflies, Birds & Bees at Iping Common. 01.07.22 (simelliott.net)


29 Large White 30 Silver-Washed Fritillary, 09.07.22 Ranmore Common, nr. Dorking, Surrey. Ranmore Common | Surrey Hills


For details of how to get to Ranmore Common by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Butterflies at Denbies Hillside and Ranmore Common (Surrey Hills AONB). 09.07.22 (simelliott.net)


31 Chalkhill Blue 09.07.22 Denbies Hillside, nr. Dorking, Surrey. Denbies Hillside | National Trust


For details of how to get to Denbies Hillside by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Butterflies at Denbies Hillside and Ranmore Common (Surrey Hills AONB). 09.07.22 (simelliott.net)


32 Small Copper 33 Brown Argos 34 Gatekeeper 35 Clouded Yellow, 28.07.22 Steyning Downland Scheme, West Sussex. Home | Steyning Downland Scheme


For details of how to get to the Steyning Downland Scheme by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Steyning Downland Scheme. 17 species of Butterflies, 3 Moths, 1 Grasshopper, and a Leaf! 28.07.22 (simelliott.net)


36 Silver-Spotted Skipper 30.07.22 Anchor Bottom, Beeding Hill, nr. Shoreham, West Sussex. OA-Map-6-Beeding-Hill-2014.pdf (friendsofthesouthdowns.org.uk)


For details of how to get to Anchor Bottom by public transport and to see more photos from my trip to this site see: Mill Hill, Anchor Bottom and Devil's Dyke. Butterflies. Silver-Spotted Skippers. 30.07.22 (simelliott.net)


37 Long-Tailed Blue 25.08.22, Brighton, East Sussex.


To see more photos from my trip to this site see: Mating Long-Tailed Blue Butterflies. Brighton. 25.08.22 (simelliott.net)



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