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Use this page to record sightings of species other than birds that may be of interest to others. Please note that records submitted to this website will be shared with the RSPB Croydon Local Group and may also be submitted to the London Natural History Society wildlife recorders. Do not post records on this website unless you are happy for them to be shared with the other organisations mentioned here.

Bird sightings can be viewed and reported on the Latest News page.

Regular contributors identified below by only initials are - John Birkett (JB), Gavin Hawgood (GH),John Hughes (JAH), Mike Netherwood (MJN), Alan Pearson (AJP) and John Watson (JW).

Butterfly recordsEdit

You are encouraged to post all records of butterflies in Croydon on this site. We are cooperating with the Butterflies of London project, who will use our data to help monitor their distribution. Certain sites are regularly surveyed, but many of our open spaces and gardens are not. Every little helps.

October 2018Edit

  • 16th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (1pm): Red Admiral rapidly S through back garden (22°C) (GH)
  • 16th - Sanderstead station: Red admiral flew through at 12:45. (JB)
  • 12th - Chepstow Rise (22:30): A badger on our patio for a minute or two before shuffling off with his/her prize - a 2 week-old bread roll that I had put out for anything that might be passing (john parish)
  • 10th - Queen's Rd Cemetery (Thornton Heath) (2pm): Small White (2), Red Admiral (2) & Speckled Wood (2) (22°C) (GH)
  • 7th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Western conifer seed bug on verandah. (JB)
    Western cone seed bug
  • 7th - Lloyd Park (07:10): Roe Deer (female). (John Parish)
  • 2nd - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (4.30pm): Red Admiral swiftly NE through back garden (20°C) (GH)

September 2018Edit

  • 27th - Addington Hills (am): seen during a bird count:- 1 Green-veined White, 3 Small Copper, 2 Comma, 1 Small Heath, 11 Speckled Wood, 2 Common Darter, many well-distributed Hornets on the wing. (John Parish)
  • 21st - South Norwood Country Park: Dead shrew. (JB)
  • 18th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (7pm): 2 Common Pipistrelles feeding along rlwy embankment (GH)
  • 11th - Hutchinsons Bank: Butterflies this am: Small White, Green-veined White, Small Copper, Common Blue, Brown Argus, Small Heath, Speckled Wood. 20 Brown Hairstreak eggs found in about 15 minutes searching. (John Parish)
  • 11th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Lots of young newts in garden pond. Also 3 frogs. (JB)
  • 10th - Riddlesdown: Roebuck. (JB)
  • 9th - Chepstow Rise: Adult female Southern Oak Bush-Cricket in garden. (John Parish)
  • 9th - Wandle Park: Terrapin in pond - 1st seen here. (JB)

August 2018Edit

  • 29th - Sanderstead (Mitchley Avenue): 2 roe deer in field next to the road. (J&CB)
  • 25th - Addington Hills: Insects encountered during a bird count on a sunny but chilly morning:- 3 Emperor Dragonflies, 2 Small Copper, a Small Heath, a Speckled Wood and 2 Spiked Shieldbugs (John Parish)
  • 24th - South Norwood Country Park: Brown Hairstreak, a few Silver Washed Fritillary and a Comma. (London Birders - Samuel Levy and Arjun Dutta)
  • 23rd - While in Kenley: Male Southern Oak bush cricket noticed on wing mirror of car. May have picked it up in Warlingham and it stayed on the car until we arrived at Bockett's Farm near Leatherhead! (JB)
  • 22nd - Foxley Wood: Lizard. ( Purleybirds Twitter)
  • 21st - Norwood Junction station (1pm): 2 Red Admirals together & 1 male Migrant Hawker (GH)
  • 21st - Coulsdon (Mead Way): 1 migrant hawker, holly blue. (JB)
  • 21st - Farthing Downs: Migrant hawker, common blue, holly blue, brown argus, gatekeeper, meadow brown, small white, large white. (JB)
  • 20th - Coulsdon (Mead Way): 2+ Volucella zonaria hoverflies on snow berry. (JB)
  • 18th - Lloyd Park (11:00): A Brown Hairstreak butterfly seen in one of the three seed-laden ash trees (presumably the 'Master Tree') at the highest point of Thornhill Copse during a sunny interval. Only noticed when it moved its perch position about half-way up the tree by a few inches - presumably a male waiting for a female to turn up. Any one looking for this insect should be aware that a good number of Speckled Woods and one or two Meadow Browns were also showing interest in these trees. (John Parish)
  • 17th - South Norwood Country Park: Jersey tiger moth orange form. (JB)
  • 17th - Brickfields Meadow: Emperor, migrant hawker and common darter dragonflies. Also 2 terrapins. (JB)
  • 15th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (2pm): female Volucella inanis hoverfly hornet mimic (the smaller of the two mimics), feeding on garden buddleia (GH)
  • 11th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Another hornet mimic hoverfly on buddleia, 3 large white, 2 small white and 1 speckled wood butterflies. (JB)
  • 8th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (2pm): sad sight of a recently dead Red Fox in otherwise pristine condition seemingly electrocuted on railway line at bottom of garden; Carrion Crows & bluebottles having a field day! (GH)
    Hornet mimic

    Hornet mimic by John Birkett

    Bee and spider
    Jersey tigers
  • 4th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Minibeasts on buddleia this morning included hornet mimic hoverfly Volucella zonaria, buff-tailed bumblebee and a crab spider. (JB)
  • 4th - Purley (Peaks Hill): A record 27 (twenty seven) Jersey tiger moths in and around moth trap in garden this morning. (DL by email)
  • 3rd - Purley (Peaks Hill): Hornet mimic hoverfly in conservatory (DL by email)
  • 2nd - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Painted lady on buddleia in garden. (JB)
  • 1st - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (7.30am): my 1st of year Volucella zonaria (female) hoverfly hornet mimic, feeding on garden buddleia (GH)

July 2018Edit

To illustrate John's point I took this photo showing peeled off bark at Waddon Ponds a few days later. (JB)
Plane bark
  • 28th - Park Hill Park: Following weeks of high atmospheric temperatures, an overnight temperature drop combined with a small amount of rainfall and a blustery wind had resulted in abundant amounts of bark being shed by the many London Plane trees in the park. (John Parish)
  • 26th - Addiscombe tram stop: Jersey tiger moth. (Ashley Haworth-Roberts by email)
  • 26th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Orange ladybird in house (sheltering from extreme heat?) Jersey Tiger moth in garden in evening. (JB)
  • 25th - Purley (Peaks Hill): Jersey Tiger moths (yellow form) and Southern Hawker ovipositing. (DL by email)
  • 24th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (3pm): my first Volucella inanis hoverfly (female) of the year on garden buddleia (GH)
  • 24th - Coulsdon (The Vale): 2 Jersey Tiger moths (red form) in private garden. (JB)
  • 22nd - Purley (Peaks Hill): 5 Jersey Tiger moths' (red form) in moth trap this morning. (DL by email)
  • 19th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Hummingbird hawk moth in garden. (JB)
  • 15th - Hutchinsons Bank (11:15 - 15:45): Butterflies seen during a walk around the reserve today:- Large White (60 No); Small White (50), Green-veined White (6), Clouded Yellow (1), Brimstone (6), Purple Hairstreak (1), Small Copper (3), Small Blue (25), Holly Blue (3), Brown Argus (1), Common Blue (40), Peacock (2), Comma (5), Dark-green Fritillary (1), Marbled White (20), Meadow Brown (30), Gatekeeper (40), Ringlet (20), Small Heath (2), Speckled Wood (16), 'Smessex' Skipper (6), Large Skipper (6). Also Brown Hawker dragonfly, Slow Worm. (John Parish).
  • 15th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (12pm): my second 2018 Jersey Tiger (orange form this time) in my garden; resting on buddleia (GH)
  • 15th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): First southern hawker has emerged from garden pond. (JB)
  • 14th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Female common blue butterfly (1st here in 24 years), also peacock, green veined white, large white, small white, gatekeeper and meadow brown. Silver y moth. (JB)
  • 14th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (8am): my first 2018 Jersey Tiger (red form) in my garden; resting on buddleia (GH)
  • 13th - Lloyd Park (08:00 - 13:00): Butterflies seen during monthly bird count:- Large White, Small White, Green-veined White, Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper, Holly Blue, Brown Argus, Common Blue, White Admiral, Comma, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Ringlet, Speckled Wood, Small Skipper. (John Parish).
  • 13th - Queen's Road Cemetery, Thornton Heath (12pm): 1 Jersey Tiger (orange form); good numbers of Large & Small Whites, Meadow Browns & Gatekeepers, plus occasional Smessex Skippers, Green-veined Whites, Holly Blues & Speckled Woods; Meadow, Common Field & Common Green grasshoppers & Roesel's Bush-cricket (GH)
  • 6th - West Croydon station: Marbled white. (John Boorman by Twitter)
  • 5th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): My first Jersey Tiger of year flying round buddleja in a nearby garden. (JB)
  • 5th - Coulsdon (Mead Way): Several ringlets in garden. (JB)
  • 5th - Chepstow Rise (09:15): a Green-veined White in the garden - first of the year for me, I think! (John Parish)
  • 4th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (12.30pm): small colony of Field & Meadow Grasshoppers on unkempt patch of grass (ie my front "garden") (GH)
  • 3rd - Shirley Park Golf Course (08:00): Box Tree Moth - my first ever sighting of this alien sp from the Far East first recorded in Britain in 2008. (John Parish)
  • 2nd - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): My first gatekeeper of year in garden. (JB)
  • 1st - Lloyd Park (10:30 - 14:30): Circuit of north fields on a warm sunny day. Butterflies: Large White (12 No), Small White (18), Brimstone (1), Holly Blue (5), Purple Hairstreak (4), Comma (3), Dark-green Fritillary (1), Speckled Wood (3), Meadow Brown (160+), Ringlet (170+), Marbled White (9), Large Skipper (14), "Smessex" Skipper (7, inc 1 confirmed Small Skipper). Dragonflies: Emperor (3), Broad-bodied Chaser (1). (John Parish)

June 2018Edit

  • 29th - South Norwood Lake (9am): 2m Purple Hairstreaks (1 drinking on ground, the other in oak tree) (JW per GH)
  • 29th - South Norwood Country Park: Painted Lady. (JAH)
  • 26th - Hutchinsons Bank (11:00 - 15:00): Butterfly count during a walk around the reserve in warm sunshine:- Large White (7no), Small White (2), Brimstone (4), Small Blue (8), Common Blue (12), White Admiral (1), Comma (4), Silver-washed Fritillary (2), Dark-green Fritillary (1), Marbled White (290), Meadow Brown (90), Ringlet (200), Small Heath (5), Speckled Wood (6), Large Skipper (23). (John Parish)
  • 24th - South Norwood Country Park: 27 Marbled White (JAH)
  • 23rd - South Norwood Country Park: In recent years one or two Marbled Whites have been seen in the Park but this year they are here in greater number. Today 5 seen in one small area near the mound. (JAH)
  • 21st - Addington Hills (08:45 - 13:30): Other wildlife encountered during monthly bird count: Bracken higher than my head along some paths. Roe Deer (doe & fawn). Emperor Dragonflies (5 no). Butterflies:- Holly Blue (2), Meadow Brown (47), Ringlet (5), Small Heath (2), Speckled Wood (6), Large Skipper (14). (John Parish)
  • 13th - Lloyd Park (08:00 - 12:30): I added butterfly counting to my monthly bird count around the park. Result:- Large White (1 No), Holly Blue (1), Common Blue (1), Small Copper (1), Red Admiral (2), Meadow Brown (68), Speckled Wood (12), Large Skipper (7). (John Parish)
  • 13th - Queen's Rd Cemetery (Thornton Heath) (12-2pm): very poor butterfly count, given the favourable weather conditions (22°C, mostly sunny, no wind): Small White (2), Large Skipper (1) (GH)
  • 10th - Hutchinsons & Chapel Banks: Butterflies recorded during guided Orchid Walk (11:15 - 15:00) Large White (1), Small White (2), Brimstone (15), Green Hairstreak (1), Small Copper (1), Small Blue (100s on the vast scrape on Slimming's Down - now covered with kidney vetch; 20+ elsewhere), Holly Blue (2), Adonis Blue (1 fem), Common Blue (46), Red Admiral (1), Comma (2), Meadow Brown (22), Ringlet (3), Small Heath (8), Speckled Wood (14), Dingy Skipper (10 still), Large Skipper (5). (John Parish)
  • 8th - Selsdon (Selsdon Rd area) (late pm): nectaring Hummingbird Hawk moth (Joel Butler - JW's grandson - per GH)
  • 8th - Farthing Downs: Common blue, brimstone, small heath and small white butterflies. (JB)
  • 8th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): 2 pairs of large red damselflies ovipositing, 2 azure blue damselflies, speckled wood.(JB)
  • 2nd - Lloyd Park, 0930: Sun breaking through for the first time and a few Longhorn Moths (Nemophora degeerella) were dancing. Only Butterflies seen by this time were Small Heath and Speckled Wood (one of each). (John Parish)

May 2018Edit

  • 28th - Coombe Lane area (nr Heathfield Pond) (pm): small water feature produced Large Red Damselfly (several), Common Blue Damselfly (several) & Broad-bodied Chaser (2) (Sheila Mason per GH)
  • 21st - Wandle Park: Male broad-bodied chaser. (JB)
  • 20th - Hutchinsons Bank (13:30 - 1630) : Butterflies:- Large White (2), Small White (5), Orange Tip (2), Brimstone (23), Holly Blue (7), Common Blue (10), Small Blue (28 - 15 of these within 5m of sw gate from Bridle Way to Slimming's Down), Green Hairstreak (1), Small Heath (9), Comma (1), Peacock (1), Speckled Wood (9), Dingy Skipper (9), Grizzled Skipper (2). (John Parish)
  • 18th - Lloyd Park (08:00 - 13:00): Butterflies:- Small White (3), Orange Tip (1), Holly Blue (1), Comma (1), Painted Lady (1 at 11:45), Speckled Wood (5). Also 14-spot Ladybird (black spots/yellow ground form). (John Parish)
  • 17th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Large red damselfly, blue-tailed damselfly, holly blue. (JB)
  • 8th - Queen's Rd Cemetery (Thornton Heath) (early pm): Small White (10), Green-veined White (2), Brimstone (1m), Holly Blue (2) (26°C) (GH)
  • 7th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road). Female muslin moth, brimstone, orange tip. 5+ frogs and 5+ newts in pond. 2 large red damselflies. (JB)
  • 7th - Chapel Bank and areas of Hutchinsons Bank not visited on 5th May (10.45 - 15:15): Slow Worm (1 - on path into Hutch Bank from tram stop); Butterflies:- Large White (8+), Small White (2+), Orange Tip (8+), Brimstone (50+), Holly Blue (9), Green Hairstreak (11), Peacock (6), Speckled Wood (5), Grizzled Skipper (1), Dingy Skipper (1). (John Parish)
  • 5th - Hutchinsons Bank (10:30 - 14:30): Common Lizard (1); Butterflies:- Large White (1+), Small White (9+), Orange Tip (16+), Brimstone (50+), Holly Blue (c30), Green Hairstreak (3), Peacock (3), Comma (1), Small Tortoiseshell (3), Speckled Wood (12), Grizzled Skipper (2); Ferns:- several examples of Common Adder's Tongue. (John Parish)
  • 5th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Orange tip, holly blue, speckled wood, small white & large white butterflies, large red damselfly, bee fly, hairy-footed flower bee. 3 frogs, 3+ newts in garden pond5). (JB)
  • 5th - Riddlesdown: Peacock butterfly. (J&CB)
  • 4th - Shirley Park Golf Course (07:00): 1 female Roe Deer. (John Parish)
  • 4th - Lloyd Park (09:30 - 10:00): Small White (3), Brimstone (2), Holly Blue (3), Speckled Wood (6), Meadow Saxifrage in flower. (John Parish)
  • 4th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (1pm): Small White (8), m Brimstone (1), Holly Blue (5) (20°C) (GH)
  • 3rd - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): 2 hairy-footed flower bees on pulmonaria, 1 tree bee, 1 bee fly, many small hoverflies of forget-me-nots, small white butterfly. Many newts in garden pond. (JB)
  • 1st - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (2pm): Small White (2), Holly Blue (2) (10°C) (GH)
  • 1st - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Male brimstone. (JB)

April 2018Edit

  • 26th - Park Hill Park (10:00-11:00): Butterflies:- 3 Holly Blue, 2 Speckled Wood. Bees:- A variety of small dark bees entering the numerous holes in the mortar of ancient brickwork around the herb garden beside the southwest corner of the grassed area. I believe Blue Mason Bees were present but unable to identify any others. (John Parish)
  • 19th - Lloyd Park (14:15-16:15): 5 Small White, 3 Orange Tip, 3 Brimstone, 5 Holly Blue, 6 Small Tortoiseshell, 5 Comma, 3 Peacock. (John Parish)
  • 19th - Outside East Croydon Medical Centre, Addiscombe Road (11:30): Small White, Orange Tip, Holly Blue. (John Parish)
  • 19th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (1pm): Peacock butterfly feeding on dandelion (foy) (27°C) (GH)
  • 18th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (8am onwards): Small Tortoiseshell feeding on dandelion, Small White, f Brimstone & Holly Blue through (all foy) (21°C) (GH)
  • 15th - Hutchinsons Bank (work day): 1 Viviparous (Common) Lizard. 1 Comma, only butterfly of the day. (John Parish)
  • 14th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (3.45pm): female Hairy-footed Flower bee Anthophora plumipes feeding on red dead-nettle (foy) (GH)
  • 13th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Several buff-tailed bumblebees feeding on pulmonaria in front garden. (JB)
  • 11th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (8.45pm): significant Common Pipistrelle activity through back gardens this evening (9°C) (GH)
  • 8th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): 10+ newts getting friendly in garden pond. (JB)
  • 6th - South Norwood Country Park: 2 terrapins. (John Kirby by email)
  • 5th - Lloyd Park (08:30 - 12:30): A Weasel near the LP/Shirley Park Golf Course boundary. Also butterflies: 4 Brimstone (all male), 1 Peacock, 2 Comma. (John Parish)
  • 5th - New Addington (Birch Wood) (12.30pm): male Brimstone through (Michael Hampton per GH)
  • 5th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (12pm): male Brimstone through S (11°C) (GH)
  • 3rd - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): 4 newts, 1st seen this year in garden pond. (JB)

March 2018Edit

  • 26th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): 1st wasp of year, queen buff-tailed bumblebee, 2-spot ladybird, brimstone butterfly. (JB)
  • 26th - Queen's Rd Cemetery, Thornton Heath (12.30pm): 1 Red Admiral & a queen Buff-tailed bumblebee through (GH)
  • 23rd - Addington Hills: Large deposit of frog-spawn in one of former ponds at eastern end of restored wood pasture area. No water in ponds, just damp moss and grass at base! (12:00-12:30): Small Tortoiseshell in heathland area, male Brimstone inside well-shaded mixed woodland, and queen Red-tailed Bumblebee inspecting leaf-litter in area of beech woodland. (John Parish)
  • 21st - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (10am): Red Admiral N through back gardens (6°C) (GH)
  • 16th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (1pm): Queen Buff-tailed bumblebee through back gdns (GH)
  • 15th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (6.15pm): 1/2 Common Pipistrelles (foy) foraging through the back gardens (11°C) (GH)
  • 15th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) (2.15pm): Comma (foy) wafted S through garden (12°C, sunny) (GH)
  • 15th - Sanderstead, Briton Hill Road: small unidentified hoverfly in garden. (JB)
  • 13th - Sanderstead, Briton Hill Road: Bumblebee in garden. (JB)
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  • 13th - Hutchinsons Bank (work day): (11:55) Male Brimstone, first of the year. (John Parish)
  • 6th - Sanderstead, Briton Hill Road: Frog in garden pond; first of the year. (JB)

February 2018Edit

  • 26th - Wandle Park: 2 water voles. (Sue Henning by email)
  • 18th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Buff-tailed bumblebee in garden. (JB)
    Bee on snowdrops
  • 16th - Sanderstead (West Hill): 6+ bees (yellow-legged mining bees, andrena flavipes?) feeding on snowdrop flowers. (J & C B)
  • 16th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) 11.30am): queen Buff-tailed bumblebee through garden (8°C) (GH)
  • 7th - Sanderstead (Briton Hill Road): Unidentified bee sp (believed buff-tailed) in garden. (JB)

January 2018Edit

  • 14th - Lloyd Park: (13:00) Fresh female Roe Deer carcass (partly butchered - hind-quarters removed) lying outside the scout camp on track between Coombe and Oaks Farms. (John Parish)
  • 8th - South Norwood (Pittville Gdns) 2.30pm: Large bumblebee queen (probably Buff-tailed) flying rapidly S through garden (4°C) (GH)
  • 2nd - Kings Wood: More molehills; different part of wood from yesterday. (JB)
  • 1st - Kings Wood: Fresh molehill.(JB)

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