59.011 .... B&F 1625
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus (Linnaeus, 1771) 
Status .....The Gatekeeper has passed through over two decades with wildly varying fortunes, including a three year low between 2006 and 2008, which most other Satyrinae also experienced. Whilst it is now a very common and widespread butterfly of mature hedgerows, along woodland rides and edges on a range of soils, it hasn't always been so. This is another butterfly which in the early 1980's, was hard to find in Nottinghamshire, but then underwent a considerable range expansion during the 1990's. It is now found across the county and has a distribution almost identical to that of the Meadow Brown.d
Female, photographed at Sherwood Forest CP August 2010   Male, photographed at Eakring Flash July 2003
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Gatekeeper 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Tom Shields. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottingham City Council. Martin Harvey. Pauline Bradford. Wil Heeney. Meg Skinner. Darren Matthews. Steve Horne. Duncan Lyon. Peter Kirby (Bentinck Tip & Void Invertebrate survey 2007). Lound Moth Group. NBGRC. Barry Lygo. Graham Birkett. Brian Wetton. David Shaw. Nick and Samantha Brownley.

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Updated January 2024

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