Cumbria Butterfly Sightings: Small Blue

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Date Species Number Site Town Grid Ref. V. County Recorder Comment Image
24 Aug 2020 Small Blue 1 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX994300 VC70 Cumberland Anthony Marsh Bravely flying up to challenge all the larger butterflies that (...) 29022.jpeg
20 Aug 2020 Small Blue 2 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD192712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 8.50-11.10. 17-19c. 100% sun. 28859.jpeg
17 Aug 2020 Small Blue 4 Coastal path Workington NX992283 VC70 Cumberland Hayley Howard 2nd brood 28783.jpeg
14 Aug 2020 Small Blue 1 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD192792 VC70 Cumberland Helen Wallace 11.05-12.50. 100%sun. 20'sC.
7 Aug 2020 Small Blue 4 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD192712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace Sunny intervals.
7 Aug 2020 Small Blue 2 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190710 VC69 Westmorland Ian Tallon & Mike Roberts 10.40am - 12.40pm Another pair mating 28371.jpeg
7 Aug 2020 Small Blue 3 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190710 VC69 Westmorland Ian Tallon & Mike Roberts 10.40am - 12.40pm
3 Aug 2020 Small Blue 10 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow SD190711 VC69 Westmorland Dinesh Patel Close to path near railway lines 28293.jpeg
3 Aug 2020 Small Blue 2 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190715 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick 85 minute circuit of the slag bank. Dull and breezy. temp 16C
3 Aug 2020 Small Blue 6 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190711 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick Bright sunshine later in the afternoon. Now at least six Small (...) 28309.jpeg
31 Jul 2020 Small Blue 7 Ormsgill Slagbanks Barrow-in-Furness SD192712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 10.50-12.20. 100% sun. 25c.
20 Jul 2020 Small Blue 3 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD192712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace Windy. Mostly dull. 27789.jpeg
25 Jun 2020 Small Blue 3 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD192712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 9.30-10.25. 24c. 100% sun, wind 2.
19 Jun 2020 Small Blue 3 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD188711 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 20c. 20% sun.
13 Jun 2020 Small Blue 13 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD188711 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 11.00-13.00. 21C 80% sun. Worn. 26436.jpeg
7 Jun 2020 Small Blue 15 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 16C. 20% sun. 10.45-12.10. 26279.jpeg
31 May 2020 Small Blue 4 Maryport Marina Maryport NY029366 VC70 Cumberland Derek McAlone 26033.jpeg
29 May 2020 Small Blue 4 Maryport Coastal Park Maryport NY029360 VC70 Cumberland Andy Warner Kidney Vetch quite profuse. Sunny, warm
29 May 2020 Small Blue 12 Maryport Coastal Park Maryport NY031361 VC70 Cumberland Andy Warner Small colony? Sparse Kidney Vetch. Sunny, warm 25957.jpeg
29 May 2020 Small Blue 3 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NY029366 VC70 Cumberland Derek McAlone 26034.jpeg
29 May 2020 Small Blue 9 Lowca Brows Whitehaven NX979217 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills
29 May 2020 Small Blue 10 Micklam brickworks site Whitehaven NX979221 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills
28 May 2020 Small Blue 25 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD192712 VC69 Westmorland Ian Tallon
27 May 2020 Small Blue 4 Maryport Marina Maryport NY029365 VC70 Cumberland Mike Porter
20 May 2020 Small Blue 10 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX993299 VC70 Cumberland Anthony Marsh Estimated numbers on a stroll around. Actively flying bright (...) 25666.jpeg
20 May 2020 Small Blue 48 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD192712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 21c. 11.10-13.10 circular walk.
20 May 2020 Small Blue 1 Siddick, near wind turbines Workington NX995303 VC70 Cumberland Mike Porter
20 May 2020 Small Blue 3 Siddick, near wind turbines Workington NX996303 VC70 Cumberland Mike Porter
15 May 2020 Small Blue 7 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 1 laying eggs on K. vetch.
15 May 2020 Small Blue 3 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189711 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace Ascending path below slag.
15 May 2020 Small Blue 1 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190711 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace Triangle where paths meet.
11 May 2020 Small Blue 2 Maryport Coastal Park Maryport NY028359 VC70 Cumberland Keith Hamilton 25523.jpeg
7 May 2020 Small Blue 1 Maryport Coastal Park Maryport NY028360 VC70 Cumberland Keith Hamilton First one of the year, by the new scrapes
3 Jul 2019 Small Blue 2 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 20c. Breezy in places.
19 Jun 2019 Small Blue 20 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace North slag bank. Full sun. 75 mins.
10 Jun 2019 Small Blue 12 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD188711 VC69 Westmorland Brian Chandler Early morning full sun
10 Jun 2019 Small Blue 1 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD188711 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace Northern slagbank. Overcast.
6 Jun 2019 Small Blue 2 Oldside Wind Turbines Workington NX99623035 VC70 Cumberland Andy Warner Fleeting sun, cool. Good areas of Kidney Vetch
6 Jun 2019 Small Blue 3 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189711 VC69 Westmorland David Phillips 100% sun. 15c SW breeze. 1 hour visit from 14.45 hrs. Small (...) 19325.jpeg
3 Jun 2019 Small Blue 4 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190712 VC69 Westmorland Copland Smith
3 Jun 2019 Small Blue 3 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190714 VC69 Westmorland Copland Smith
3 Jun 2019 Small Blue 4 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190715 VC69 Westmorland Copland Smith
3 Jun 2019 Small Blue 6 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190713 VC69 Westmorland Copland Smith
3 Jun 2019 Small Blue 55 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189711 VC69 Westmorland Dave Wainwright
1 Jun 2019 Small Blue 2 Townend farm car park (NT) Troutbeck Cumbria NY377041 VC69 Westmorland Sally Garner Flying in small wildflower meadow ajoining car park and leading (...)
28 May 2019 Small Blue 55 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189711 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 16c. Wind 3 in parts.
26 May 2019 Small Blue 45 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189711 VC69 Westmorland Chris Winnick Dull....except 60 mins. sun!
25 May 2019 Small Blue 6 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189711 VC69 Westmorland Tom and Felix Fitter
23 May 2019 Small Blue 2 Old railway south of Maryport docks Maryport NY031361 VC70 Cumberland Andy Warner Sunny but cool. Patchy Kidney Vetch, good Birdsfoot Trefoil 19050.jpeg
20 May 2019 Small Blue 20 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189711 VC69 Westmorland Ian Tallon Breezy 18964.jpeg
17 May 2019 Small Blue 36 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD188712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 20c. Wind 2. Butterflies all over the site.
12 Sep 2018 Small Blue 2 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD192712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 75 mins walk. 90% sun. Wind 3. On Ivy. 17315.jpeg
5 Sep 2018 Small Blue 5 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD192712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 70 min walk. 100% sun. 17c. Including a pair. 17191.jpeg
31 Aug 2018 Small Blue 2 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD193720 VC69 Westmorland Chris Winnick 21oC 100% sun...second generation
29 Aug 2018 Small Blue 2 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD192712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace Possibly 4 sighted.2 hour walk. 19C 95% sun.
19 Aug 2018 Small Blue 1 Workington Wind Farm Workington NX991298 VC70 Cumberland Mike Gregory
13 Aug 2018 Small Blue 10 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace Even 1 before the tunnel.
6 Aug 2018 Small Blue 8 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD193725 VC69 Westmorland Chris Winnick 19oC overcast A second generation!
6 Aug 2018 Small Blue 4 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189711 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace Overcast. 19C. 2 hr site walk with Chris Winnick. 2nd brood. 16363.jpeg
24 Jul 2018 Small Blue 4 Mealpot Rd Maryport NY036361 VC70 Cumberland Keith Hamilton
1 Jul 2018 Small Blue 2 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189710 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 28C. 95 min walk.
24 Jun 2018 Small Blue 11 Lowca Brows Whitehaven NX979219 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills
22 Jun 2018 Small Blue 3 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190711 VC69 Westmorland Andrew Rhodes Alongside railway.
12 Jun 2018 Small Blue 12 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189710 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 25c. Overcast.
12 Jun 2018 Small Blue 1 St Bees Head St Bees NX95871188 VC70 Cumberland Nigel Voaden
6 Jun 2018 Small Blue 11 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX9948530731 VC70 Cumberland Tom Dunbar Egg-laying Small Blue. Force 6 wind. 13660.jpeg
5 Jun 2018 Small Blue 24 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190712 VC69 Westmorland G Ashworth All sightings on the eastern side, and adjacent to the railway (...) 13639.jpeg
5 Jun 2018 Small Blue 22 Glasson Maryport NY029359 VC70 Cumberland Martin Keiller Several females in egg-laying activity 13643.jpeg
3 Jun 2018 Small Blue 30 Maryport Marina Maryport NY030361 VC70 Cumberland Chris Winnick 19oC...most just emerged...some mating.
3 Jun 2018 Small Blue 40 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX992299 VC70 Cumberland Chris Winnick 19oC most still fresh....mating and egg laying. KV in scrapes (...)
3 Jun 2018 Small Blue 6 Micklam brickworks site Lowca NX979218 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills
1 Jun 2018 Small Blue 37 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190710 VC69 Westmorland Peter Hughes Warm and sunny. Walked length and breadth of site over a couple (...) 13544.jpeg
31 May 2018 Small Blue 11 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190710 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace Including 1 pair
27 May 2018 Small Blue 20 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD188710 VC69 Westmorland Tom and Felix Fitter
25 May 2018 Small Blue 20 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189714 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 20 . Overcast, windy.
24 May 2018 Small Blue 60 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190718 VC69 Westmorland Chris Winnick 23oC 100% sun all very fresh......numbers still building up
20 May 2018 Small Blue 8 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190710 VC69 Westmorland Ian Tallon 10.00-12.30 Female 13190.jpeg
20 May 2018 Small Blue 8 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190710 VC69 Westmorland Ian Tallon 10.00-12.30 Male 13191.jpeg
19 May 2018 Small Blue 35 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189712 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick 110 minutes slow walk around the N slag bank. Full sun, light (...)
17 May 2018 Small Blue 6 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190712 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace At least 6.
12 Jul 2017 Small Blue 1 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189711 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 100% sun. 20C Wind 2.
14 Jun 2017 Small Blue 8 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189714 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 120 mins. 80% overcast but temp in mid teens. 5 females.
14 Jun 2017 Small Blue 7 Maryport Marina Maryport NY037365 VC70 Cumberland Linda
14 Aug 2016 Small Blue 1 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX979217 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason
27 Jul 2016 Small Blue 2 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX979221 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason
27 Jul 2016 Small Blue 2 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189713 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace Full sun. 1pm-2.30pm
15 Jun 2016 Small Blue 1 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX979219 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason
11 Jun 2016 Small Blue 3 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX980217 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason 5565.jpeg
9 Jun 2016 Small Blue 6 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189713 VC69 Westmorland Helen Wallace 3.30-4.30pm. 18c. Sunny.
9 Jun 2016 Small Blue 10 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189713 VC69 Westmorland Ian Tallon 10.15 am - 12.00pm 5537.jpeg
9 Jun 2016 Small Blue 40 Workington Wind Farm Workington NX994303 VC70 Cumberland Jonathan Scragg Easily located across the whole site, several pristine (...)
8 Jun 2016 Small Blue 8 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD193725 VC69 Westmorland Chris Winnick 19oC Dull
8 Jun 2016 Small Blue 5 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189712 VC69 Westmorland Michael Foley At S end, hot/humid but overcast. 5473.jpeg
7 Jun 2016 Small Blue 2 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX980217 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason
6 Jun 2016 Small Blue 10 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD190711 VC69 Westmorland David Eastlick at least 10 not seriously counting over 20 mins. The Small Blue (...) 5411.jpeg
5 Jun 2016 Small Blue 5 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX980217 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason
4 Jun 2016 Small Blue 2 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX980217 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason
3 Jun 2016 Small Blue 3 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX980217 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason
3 Jun 2016 Small Blue 8 Lowca Cliff Path Lowca NX978215 VC70 Cumberland Irene Stephenson 5296.jpeg
3 Jun 2016 Small Blue 70 Ormsgill Slag Banks Barrow-in-Furness SD189712 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick Approximate numbers seen in 140 minutes during a Butterfly (...)
30 May 2016 Small Blue 6 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX980217 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason 2 pairs doing what they have to do.
30 May 2016 Small Blue 20 Barrow-in-Furness Barrow-in-Furness SD189712 VC69 Westmorland Martin Chadwick Slag banks north of the railway bridge in 2 hours
29 May 2016 Small Blue 5 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX979210 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason
29 May 2016 Small Blue 95 Workington Wind Farm Workington NX9930 VC70 Cumberland K Walton Miniumum number, only covered very small area near car park, too (...)
29 May 2016 Small Blue 16 Lowca Brows Whitehaven NX979219 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills
29 May 2016 Small Blue 30 Micklam brickworks site Lowca NX981223 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills Some on kidney vetch flowers.
27 May 2016 Small Blue 9 Lowca rugby club brows Lowca NX979220 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason 5068.jpeg
22 May 2016 Small Blue 61 Derwent Howe Workington NX991278 VC70 Cumberland K Hamilton This is quite a large area but still a great count early in the (...)
16 May 2016 Small Blue 1 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX995303 VC70 Cumberland Sarah Mitchell 4980.jpeg
15 May 2016 Small Blue 4 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX995305 VC70 Cumberland Ian Tallon
14 May 2016 Small Blue 3 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX985284 VC70 Cumberland K Hamilton Nice and fresh my first of the year 4919.jpeg
31 Aug 2015 Small Blue 7 Steelworks Site Workington NX985271 VC70 Cumberland K Hamilton
30 Aug 2015 Small Blue 5 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX995308 VC70 Cumberland K Hamilton
27 Jun 2015 Small Blue 3 Workington Wind Farm Workington NX993300 VC70 Cumberland Ian Tallon Fairly worn 2458.jpeg
23 Jun 2015 Small Blue 9 Lowca Brows Whitehaven NX978220 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills Enjoying sheltered spots.
23 Jun 2015 Small Blue 9 Lowca Brows Whitehaven NX978220 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills
14 Jun 2015 Small Blue 10 Glasson, opposite nursing home Maryport NY030360 VC70 Cumberland Peter Howard 3pm, sunny, 14 degrees
12 Jun 2015 Small Blue 10 Lowca rugby club brows Whitehaven NX979217 VC70 Cumberland Chris Mason
9 Jun 2015 Small Blue 72 Workington Wind Farm Workington NY005287 VC70 Cumberland Clive Bew Sightings between 12.30 - 15.00 Sunny Day light breeze
9 Jun 2015 Small Blue 26 Lowca Brows Whitehaven NX978220 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills Over wider area probably separate groups
7 Jun 2015 Small Blue 96 Workington Workington NX9928 VC70 Cumberland K Hamilton
4 Jun 2015 Small Blue 3 Lowca Brows Whitehaven NX978220 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills Their sheltered spot at 17 degrees C. Nice!
3 Jun 2015 Small Blue 3 Windfarm Workington NX995305 VC70 Cumberland Michael Williams windy conditions!
3 Jun 2015 Small Blue 4 Lowca Brows Whitehaven NX978220 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills
26 May 2015 Small Blue 30 Moss Bay Workington NY005287 VC70 Cumberland Martyn Shutt Varying groups up and down the costal path 2048.jpeg
20 Jun 2014 Small Blue 6 Lowca Brows Whitehaven NX978210 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills
14 Jun 2014 Small Blue 13 Workington Wind Farm Workington NX993297 VC70 Cumberland Martin Chadwick In 2hrs in full sun between above grid ref. and NX997309
14 Jun 2014 Small Blue 16 Lowca Brows Whitehaven NX978210 VC70 Cumberland Mike and Lyn Mills
8 Jun 2014 Small Blue 38 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX994303 VC70 Cumberland Stephen Lowther
6 Jun 2014 Small Blue 7 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX994303 VC70 Cumberland Steven Flynn 522.jpeg
2 Jun 2014 Small Blue 40 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX994299 VC70 Cumberland Chris Winnick An excellent year....almost double last year!
30 May 2014 Small Blue 3 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX992300 VC70 Cumberland Andrew Cockroft
26 May 2014 Small Blue 7 Wind Farm Workington NX994304 VC70 Cumberland Brian
21 May 2014 Small Blue 8 Wind Farm Workington NX996308 VC70 Cumberland Michael Williams
18 May 2014 Small Blue 5 Oldside Wind Farm Workington NX995305 VC70 Cumberland K Hamilton 372.jpeg