Butterfly recording on The Lizard

Can you help us monitor six butterfly species?

On a sunny day in spring and summer, The Lizard is full of butterflies, some of which are rare or struggling nationally. We are keen to record as many sightings of six of these rarer species as possible, to see how they’re doing locally: the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Heath, Grayling, Silver-studded Blue, Marsh Fritillary, and Wall. We’re asking residents and visitors to help us do this, with an easy-to-use free app, iRecord.

See below for:

  • A link to a PDF leaflet with fuller images and descriptions of the six species we want to monitor. You can either print off the leaflet or download it to your Smartphone (if the latter, we recommend downloading it in advance, as reception on The Lizard can be patchy)
  • A link to instructions for downloading and using iRecord. Using the app means that the records are sent to a national database, which we can access locally, helping us to monitor the butterfly populations.

Full details of the six butterflies we’d like to have more records of are included in the PDF; we've given some briefer details below. Some of these will have already passed their main flight period, but in 2022 there’s still time to record Small Heath, Silver-studded Blue, Grayling, and second-brood Wall; and then we can start over again in 2023!

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary © Cerin Poland

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
Flight period: Mid May to late June; occasional partial second brood in August.
Photo: © Cerin Poland

Small Heath © Natural England / Allan Drewitt

Small Heath
Flight period: Generations often overlap and can first be seen in April or May right through to July. A second, late summer brood is on the wing in August and September.
Photo: © Natural England/Allan Drewitt

Grayling © Cerin Poland

Grayling
Flight period: Mid July to late August.
Photo: © Cerin Poland

Silver-studded Blue © Amanda Scott

Silver-studded Blue
Flight period: Mid June to late July
Photo: © Amanda Scott

Marsh Fritillary © Natural England/Allan Drewitt

Marsh Fritillary
Flight period: Mid May to mid June; usually peaks in a one- to two-week period late May/early June.
Photo: © Natural England/Allan Drewitt

Wall butterfly © Cerin Poland

Wall
Flight period: Mainly May, although in Cornwall occasionally seen in March or April. A second, sometimes larger brood is seen in July and August.
Photo: © Cerin Poland

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