57.005 .... B&F 1527
Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola (Ochsenheimer, 1808) 
Status .....Following a dramatic expansion of its UK range, the Essex Skipper was recorded as being new to Nottinghamshire in 1995, when found at Colwick Country Park (Dennis, M.). In 1996, it was recorded across the River Trent from Colwick at Holme Pierrepont, before a more widespread set of Essex Skipper records came from new sites at Bingham, Carlton and Granby, in addition to further records from both Colwick Country Park at Holme Pierrepont. The butterfly's range expansion into Nottinghamshire from the south-east continued and by 1998, it had reached as far north as Girton, Langford Lowfields and Spalford Warren north of Newark. Such an expansion of range is hardly likely to have occurred within a single year and it is probable that it had been previously overlooked by recorders.
Photographed near Sherwood Forest CP July 2009   Photographed at Warsop Main Pit Top July 2009
Photographed near Eakring village July 2003   Photographed near Eakring village July 2003
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Essex Skipper
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Netherfield Wildlife Group. Pauline Bradford. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Lound Moth Group. NBGRC. Brian Wetton. Nick and Samantha Brownley. David Shaw.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2024

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