Cumbria Butterfly Sightings: Purple Hairstreak

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Date Species Number Site Town Grid Ref. V. County Recorder Comment Image
12 Sep 2020 Purple Hairstreak 1 Wallholme, river Irthing Brampton NY584642 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard Very worn female descended from oak into grass. Must be my (...) 29284.jpeg
13 Aug 2020 Purple Hairstreak 2 High Stand Plantation Armathwaite NY489479 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard 15:15. 21 degrees, full sunshine.
12 Aug 2020 Purple Hairstreak 1 Scarness Bassenthwaite NY218302 VC70 Cumberland Anthony Marsh Flying around upper branches of an Oak Tree. Very cropped photo (...) 28655.jpeg
10 Aug 2020 Purple Hairstreak 10 Miltonrigg Wood Brampton NY5561 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard In usual SW sector. 16:55-17:30, 22 degrees, 40% sunshine.
8 Aug 2020 Purple Hairstreak 1 Millans Park garden Ambleside NY374046 VC69 Westmorland Pete Martin in garden feeding on fennel flower 28449.jpeg
24 Jul 2020 Purple Hairstreak 4 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY4691154685 VC70 Cumberland Thomas Garner In elm alongside 1 white-letter hairstreak. Seen from the (...) 28018.jpeg
21 Jul 2020 Purple Hairstreak 5 Rickerby Park Carlisle NY40115689 VC70 Cumberland Martin Keiller Minimum count. Sometimes 2 would spiral together drifting on the (...)
20 Jul 2020 Purple Hairstreak 2 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones
16 Jul 2020 Purple Hairstreak 2 Rickerby Park Carlisle NY40145691 VC70 Cumberland Martin Keiller At least 2 were sometimes flying near the top on the sheltered (...)
12 Jul 2020 Purple Hairstreak 6 Miltonrigg Wood Brampton NY5561 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard 17:05-17:35. 19 degrees, 80% sunshine.
18 Jun 2020 Purple Hairstreak 1 Skelwith Bridge Ambleside NY339036 VC69 Westmorland Pete Martin On rock... 26756.jpeg
12 Aug 2019 Purple Hairstreak 2 Humphrey Head Allithwaite SD391738 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick
8 Aug 2019 Purple Hairstreak 2 Undermillbeck Common Bowness-on-Windermere SD425947 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick
4 Aug 2019 Purple Hairstreak 1 Garden Grange over Sands Grange over Sands SD396767 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick Basking in canopy of an oak in a private garden. Weak sunshine, (...)
3 Aug 2019 Purple Hairstreak 1 Abbey Gills Lanercost NY549641 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard Male basking in mid canopy of oak
3 Aug 2019 Purple Hairstreak 1 Dodger Wood Oxen Park SD306880 VC69 Westmorland Tom and Felix Fitter
2 Aug 2019 Purple Hairstreak 10 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones
1 Aug 2019 Purple Hairstreak 1 Old Park Wood Holker SD332785 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick one in oak by the foreshore. Cloudy and a light breeze
1 Aug 2019 Purple Hairstreak 5 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones 17.00 to 18.15 Sunny periods
28 Jul 2019 Purple Hairstreak 4 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones
24 Jul 2019 Purple Hairstreak 11 Miltonrigg Wood Brampton NY557608 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard 6pm. In SW section of wood. 21oC, 10%sun, wind - SW2
23 Jul 2019 Purple Hairstreak 1 Arnside Knott Arnside SD451772 VC69 Westmorland Mike Gregory 26 deg full sun. No wind 6pm - 8pm.
20 Jul 2019 Purple Hairstreak 3 Finglandrigg Wood Wigton NY283571 VC70 Cumberland Mike Porter Top of Oak tree near carpark.
15 Jul 2019 Purple Hairstreak 20 Flashbank Wood Levens SD4887188066 VC69 Westmorland Robert Pocklington In large oak tree along track from second gate. 7pm. Hard to (...)
14 Jul 2019 Purple Hairstreak 1 Meathop Moss, track to Levens SD444819 VC69 Westmorland Lou cross 21255.jpeg
14 Jul 2019 Purple Hairstreak 5 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones at 18.30 cloud cover and cool breeze
13 Jul 2019 Purple Hairstreak 3 Hay Bridge Nature Reserve Bouth SD336876 VC69 Westmorland Tom and Felix Fitter
2 Jul 2019 Purple Hairstreak 1 Yewbarrow Witherslack SD4384 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick BC field trip. Five observers wandered over much of Yewbarrow. (...)
31 Aug 2018 Purple Hairstreak 2 Broughton Mills Broughton in Furness SD222905 VC69 Westmorland Tom and Felix Fitter
9 Aug 2018 Purple Hairstreak 3 Humphrey Head Allithwaite SD393736 VC69 Westmorland Finn Bugge
8 Aug 2018 Purple Hairstreak 3 Ulpha Ulpha SD198935 VC70 Cumberland Peter Ritson 3pm
5 Aug 2018 Purple Hairstreak 3 Latterbarrow Witherslack Witherslack SD440828 VC69 Westmorland Sarah Mitchell
4 Aug 2018 Purple Hairstreak 2 Old Park Wood Holker SD336786 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick On a small oak by the car park
1 Aug 2018 Purple Hairstreak 1 Arnside Knott Arnside SD453773 VC69 Westmorland Jeremy Bartlett
31 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 2 Arnside Knott Arnside SD451771 VC69 Westmorland Neil Freeman Flying high up around Oak.
27 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 20 Old Park Wood Holker SD334788 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick 30 minutes walk between acr park and stile to caravan park. (...)
26 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 2 Old Park Wood to Barker Scar Holker SD333788 VC69 Westmorland Colin
26 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 1 Cummacatta Wood Grange in Borrowdale NY253169 VC70 Cumberland David Thomason Single female on bracken beside path from Bowder Stone car park (...)
25 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 2 Barker Scar near to estuary Holker SD332786 VC69 Westmorland Lynne Farrell Flying and perching on old oak tree along edge of bank. Seen (...)
25 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 1 How Farm, Our Garden,next to Portinscale NY247242 VC70 Cumberland Tony Marsh Unexpected sighting from an upstairs window. In a Rowan Tree, (...) 15680.jpeg
22 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 2 Arnside Knott Arnside SD453773 VC69 Westmorland Mike Gregory 19degrees, overcast, light breeze
21 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 1 Arnside Knott Arnside SD455773 VC69 Westmorland Mike Gregory very faded and tatty but still jostling with one anther
21 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 20 Miltonrigg Wood Brampton NY5560 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard Minimum count. In usual SW sector. 1745-1825; 19oC; 25% (...)
15 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 54 Finsthwaite Heights valley SW of Finsthwaite SD3618488402 VC69 Westmorland David Hardaker On mature oaks north of Chapel House Farm towards High Dam. (...)
15 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 2 Hay Bridge Nature Reserve Rusland SD336875 VC69 Westmorland Tom and Felix Fitter
14 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 1 Beacon Tarn Water Yeat SD282892 VC69 Westmorland Tom and Felix Fitter
12 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 1 Low Crag Wood Witherslack SD444853 VC69 Westmorland Dave Wainwright
10 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 11 Rickerby Park Carlisle NY40155693 VC70 Cumberland Martin Keiller Total seen active around 6pm high up on 5 Oak trees bordering (...)
9 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 6 Rickerby Park Carlisle NY401569 VC70 Cumberland Martin Keiller My first sighting of this in Carlisle. Flying near the top of a (...)
9 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 6 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral Carlisle NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones
8 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 1 Hutton Roof NNR Clawthorpe SD555786 VC69 Westmorland David Phillips Sunny 26C. Single seen flying near the top of an oak tree
8 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 1 Yealand Hall Allotment Yealand Storrs SD492761 VC60 West Lancashire Mike Gregory on LHS oak along the first ride just as you exit the trees 14853.jpeg
8 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 6 Finglandrigg Wood Kirkbampton NY273568 VC70 Cumberland Tony Marsh Actively flying around at mid-level of Oak Trees just before the (...) 14848.jpeg
7 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 1 Brigsteer Park Wood Brigsteer SD486876 VC69 Westmorland Mike Gregory
7 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 8 Miltonrigg Wood Brampton NY5560 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard 1805-1845. 24degrees, 100%sun. In usual SW sector of the wood
4 Jul 2018 Purple Hairstreak 3 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY468546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones At usual site at east end of viaduct .Presumably warm weather (...)
30 Jun 2018 Purple Hairstreak 1 Barkbooth Lot Witherslack SD417907 VC69 Westmorland Mike Gregory seen on the second large oak along the road as you enter the (...)
1 Sep 2017 Purple Hairstreak 1 Crooklands Crooklands SD533835 VC69 Westmorland Andrew Rhodes Brown and worn seen flying low level near the canal.
1 Sep 2017 Purple Hairstreak 1 Edenhall Penrith NY561296 VC69 Westmorland Sarah Mitchell Flying, then landed on a Sycamore in the sun.
27 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 16 Miltonrigg Wood Brampton NY5561 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard In SW sector; 1820-1900. 15oC, 60% sun.
18 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 14 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones full sun light east wind -therefor wood sheltered . Count only (...)
17 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 4 Miltonrigg Wood Brampton NY5554 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard In SW sector. 1740-1810. 21oC, 100% SS, wind - W.3
17 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 4 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones full sun but light/mod breeze . On both sides of viaduct at east (...)
16 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 2 Humphrey Head Allithwaite SD391738 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick At least two, possibly more in lower canopy of oak by the wood (...)
13 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 1 Car Park, Great Wood Borrowdale NY271214 VC70 Cumberland Tony Marsh Landed in middle of car park, then flew up into low bush. Very (...)
12 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 15 Hay Bridge Nature Reserve Haybridge SD336876 VC69 Westmorland David Hardaker At least 15 high in SW facing oaks in the reserve car park.
12 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 2 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469547 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones at 18.30 hrs full sun but slight/mod breeze
11 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 1 Low Fell Plantation, Barkbooth Lot Crosthwaite SD422909 VC69 Westmorland Chris Winnick 100% cloud 17oC Flying at shoulder height...just emerged.
8 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 3 Holker Estate Holker SD360771 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick In canopy of large oak in the gardens.
3 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 1 Brigsteer Park Wood Brigsteer SD486879 VC69 Westmorland Sarah Mitchell It flew across the path in front of me at eye level then settled (...) 10157.jpeg
1 Jul 2017 Purple Hairstreak 1 Roudsea Road Greenodd SD326825 VC69 Westmorland Colin On grass across path from single oak just close to the Holker (...) 10237.jpeg
25 Jun 2017 Purple Hairstreak 1 Chamley Bank Ickenthwaite SD3222989665 VC69 Westmorland Allan Sumner 9864.jpeg
17 Aug 2016 Purple Hairstreak 17 Miltonrigg Wood Brampton NY5560 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard In south-western sector. 1720-1820. 22 degrees, sunny spells.
15 Aug 2016 Purple Hairstreak 1 Crag Wood Meathop SD460807 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick
15 Aug 2016 Purple Hairstreak 4 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones at least 4 active
31 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 2 Roudsea Moss and Woods Haverthwaite SD347805 VC69 Westmorland James Bradbury
31 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 1 Barkbooth Lot Hubbersty Head SD417907 VC69 Westmorland Tom Dunbar Descended to ground level momentarily. 6620.jpeg
29 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 1 Humphrey Head Allithwaite SD393737 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick
29 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 3 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones still stiff breeze at times
27 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 4 Flashbank Wood Brigsteer SD490879 VC69 Westmorland Chris Winnick 19oC 90% sun
27 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 10 Undermillbeck Common Winster SD425947 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick Oak copse by the Green lane. Five in one tree and others in (...)
27 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 5 Finglandrigg Wood Kirkbampton NY274567 VC70 Cumberland Paul Kennedy In the lower branches of a single oak tree near the gate to (...)
22 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 2 Hay Bridge Nature Reserve Bouth SD3285 VC69 Westmorland David Hardaker Showing in the late afternoon quite high in Oaks on the edge of (...)
21 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 10 Finsthwaite Heights Finsthwaite SD367878 VC69 Westmorland David Hardaker Fairly common in tall, mature oaks in sheep fields north of (...)
19 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 3 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469547 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones
19 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 1 Wetheral Woods Wetheral NY467540 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones regular site - in old oak by entrance to woods
18 Jul 2016 Purple Hairstreak 2 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY469546 VC70 Cumberland R H Jones in oaks in sheltered spot on south side of railway , at extreme (...)
23 Aug 2015 Purple Hairstreak 2 Brundholme Woods Keswick NY287243 VC70 Cumberland Tom O'Boyle Seen from old railway bridge
23 Aug 2015 Purple Hairstreak 1 Threlkeld Oak in road verge Threlkeld NY295251 VC70 Cumberland Tom O'Boyle In field to east of woods
12 Aug 2015 Purple Hairstreak 1 Grange over Sands Grange over Sands SD396767 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick One male on oaks on private land off Allithwaite rd.
12 Aug 2015 Purple Hairstreak 1 Humphrey Head Allithwaite SD392738 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick only one found in the oaks on the southern edge of the wood (...)
12 Aug 2015 Purple Hairstreak 15 Miltonrigg Wood Brampton NY5561 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard 1615-1730; 20 deg,sunny, wind-beaufort 1
3 Aug 2015 Purple Hairstreak Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY468546 VC70 Cumberland Ian Tallon 5.00pm Sunny but windy. Poor photo attached - butterfly top (...)
3 Aug 2015 Purple Hairstreak 2 Wetheral Viaduct Wetheral NY468546 VC70 Cumberland Ian Tallon 5.00pm Sunny but windy. Poor photo attached - butterfly top (...) 3166.jpeg
25 Jul 2015 Purple Hairstreak 6 Haverthwaite woods Haverthwaite SD351818 VC69 Westmorland Michael Foley 3018.jpeg
25 Jul 2015 Purple Hairstreak 3 Finglandrigg Wood Kirkbride NY275567 VC70 Cumberland Michael Williams
24 Jul 2015 Purple Hairstreak 1 Arnside Knott Arnside SD4477 VC69 Westmorland Peter Howard male
7 Aug 2014 Purple Hairstreak 1 Allithwaite Road Grange over Sands SD396767 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick female on the gravel drive about 100m from nearest oak
7 Aug 2014 Purple Hairstreak 5 Humphrey Head Allithwaite SD391738 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick Warm and sunny. Many observers from a joint field trip of (...)
4 Aug 2014 Purple Hairstreak 50 Finsthwaite Heights Finsthwaite SD365884 VC69 Westmorland David Hardaker Still plentiful in the Finsthwaite heights and surrounding areas (...)
24 Jul 2014 Purple Hairstreak 7 Lambhowe Plantation Kendal SD414914 VC69 Westmorland Tom Dunbar Moving on and between mature oaks. 27 deg C. Wondered about (...)
23 Jul 2014 Purple Hairstreak 6 Rusland Newby Bridge SD344887 VC69 Westmorland David Hardaker Using large single oak along farm track on the right just before (...)
22 Jul 2014 Purple Hairstreak 16 Blackstock point Bassenthwaite NY223274 VC70 Cumberland K Hamilton Showing well in evening sunshine
21 Jul 2014 Purple Hairstreak 5 Haverthwaite Haverthwaite SD38 VC69 Westmorland Michael Foley Some worn, some fresh
20 Jul 2014 Purple Hairstreak 80 Finsthwaite Heights Finsthwaite SD365884 VC69 Westmorland David Hardaker Finsthwaite appears to be a real stronghold for this species. (...) 1070.jpeg
16 Jul 2014 Purple Hairstreak 8 Finsthwaite Finsthwaite SD369878 VC69 Westmorland David Hardaker Second sheep field opposite Finsthwaite church following public (...)
11 Jul 2014 Purple Hairstreak 10 Finglandrigg Wood Kirkbampton NY274567 VC70 Cumberland Paul Kennedy Warm and sunny with a slight breeze blowing. Two found in the (...) 942.jpeg