I am lucky enough to be employed as a Nature Conservation Officer for the local authority here in Spalding, Lincolnshire. I run a small nature reserve on the edge of town (The Vernatt's LNR) I was sitting sharing a well earned cuppa with one of my volunteers over two weeks ago (early/Mid April)and we were contemplating clearing a particularly thick area of bramble beside the steps on which we were sitting. The sun was quite strong and we were both surprised and amazed to see two Comma butterlies crawl from deep in the thicket, spread their wings and dry themselves out before flying off an hour later. The thicket is still there :-)
Since then the occasional sunny spells we get here on the Fens have been thick with Commas, Peacocks, Brimstones and various whites. Not seen any of the blues yet, but still time. Thanks for the blog, useful source of information and entertainment.