Be Nice to Nettles Week
  a CONE initiative
“Stingers are a vital part of growing up, giving us one of the most painful early memories of close contact with nature.

It is much later in life that most of us realise just how valuable they are, especially for some of our most beautiful wild creatures.

Without stinging nettles, peacock, small tortoiseshell and red admiral butterflies would have nowhere to lay their eggs, so do please find a space for nettles somewhere in your neighbourhood.”

Professor Chris Baines
Environmentalist and Broadcaster



Cramlington Comma Survey

 Comma - Polygonia c-album 
 Copyright Alan Barnes
© Alan Barnes
We are interested to see how quickly the Comma butterfly is spreading northwards.

If you do see commas in and around Cramlington please complete the form below and then click on the submit button. Please submit one form for each time you see a Comma.

Don't worry if you don't live in Cramlington we'll take the reports from wherever you are!

You may also like to visit the Butterfly Conservation website to participate in the Garden Butterflies Count

If you want more information on recognising the butterfly visit our Comma page.

Date of sighting:

please enter date in the following format:
e.g. 23/05/2002
How many commas?

please enter number in figures,
e.g. 1, 2, etc.

please enter post code or
Ordnance Survey Grid Reference

What were the commas doing?
Feeding Other activity
BaskingPlease state:

Your details:
If you would like us to contact you when the results are posted please enter your name and e-mail address here.


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Did you know?
The Latin name of the nettle Urtica comes from the word 'uro' which means to burn!
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