Last year my first sighting of Butterflies was in the middle of March.
In fact I first observed all the below species on the same day (16th).
It must also be said that most things in nature were up to 6 weeks in advance last year.
So be on the look out for your first sightings any time now as there have already been reports.
Of course this will differ in various parts of the Country as to what you may see first, having regard to weather conditions. How various species fared last year with the success or otherwise of breeding, will also have an impact.
I remain hopeful that I can see some of these beauties in March this year.
Brimstone (Top Left). Peacock (Top right). Small Tortoiseshell (Bottom left). Comma (Bottom right)
Another likely candidate which I didn't see at that stage last year will be the Red Admiral.