Events

You can brush up your identification skills, help on a conservation task, see a rare species or just enjoy a beautiful site.

To find an event near you just select your branch area (see In Your Area to find the closest branch to you) and then click the Filter button. You can also refine your selection using the Categories on the left-hand panel.

Chalk Hill Blue

Bedfordshire And Northamptonshire: Sharpenhoe Clappers And Moleskin

Saturday 6th August 2016: 10.00am
Sharpenhoe, north of Luton, Beds

The Herts and Middlesex Branch have been invited to join the Beds and Northants Branch on a field trip to see Chalk Hill Blue and other summer butterflies. Sharpenhoe is one of the best sites in south Bedfordshire for this species - they can be seen in hundreds in the Moleskin section. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Dorset: A Day On Portland

Sunday 7th August 2016, 2pm-3.30pm
Perryfields Butterfly Reserve

If you don't have time to join the Dorset Branch in the morning at Tout Quarry (11am), you can join them in the afternoon (2pm) at their Perryfields Butterfly Reserve. The target species of butterflies will be the Silver-studded Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Lulworth Skipper and the cretaceous form of Grayling. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Gloucestershire: New Members’ Butterfly ID Training Day

Sunday 7th August 2016, 10.30am-4pm
Royal William Hotel, Cranham

Every summer the Gloucestershire Branch runs an identification day, which starts at The Royal William hotel in Cranham and is especially for new members. This event is always popular and is a chance to improve your skills and meet fellow butterfly enthusiasts.

Common Blue

Cornwall: Kynance Cove

Sunday 7th August 2016: 11am
near the Lizard

Join the Cornwall Branch on this wonderfully scenic coastal walk on the Lizard as we look for Clouded Yellow, Grayling, Common Blue and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies, and many more species. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Chalk Hill Blue

Kent: White Hill Reserve

Sunday 7th August 2016: 10.30am
Shoreham, north of Sevenoaks

Join the Kent Branch at our White Hill reserve, where we hope to see Chalk Hill Blues butterflies, amongst others. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Silver-studded Blue

Dorset: A Day On Portland

Sunday 7th August 2016, 11am-3.30pm
Portland Quarries

Join the Dorset Branch in exploring two of Portland's quarries, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The target species of butterflies will be the Silver-studded Blue, Chalkhill Blue, Lulworth Skipper and the cretaceous form of Grayling. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Silver-washed Fritillary

Somerset And Bristol: Guided Walk

Sunday 7th August 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm
Hatch Hill, the Poldens, south of Street

Join the Somerset and Bristol Branch on this woodland and limestone grassland site, which has a very good range of species and is especially important for its population of Chalk Hill Blue butterflies. Other species of butterflies likely to be flying include Brown Argus, Common Blue, Silver-washed Fritillary, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Chalk Hill Blue

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Sunday 7th August 2016: 10.30am
Hackpen Hill, Outh-west Of Wantage, Oxon

Join the Upper Thames Branch on a walk to see the Chalk Carpet moth and summer butterflies. Steep slopes will require suitable footwear. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Brown Hairstreak

West Midlands: Blackthorn Bash (am) and Butterfly Walk (pm)

Sunday 7th August 2016, 10am-3.30pm
Grafton Flyford, Worcester

Join the West Midlands Branch for scrub bashing in the morning at a private woodland near Grafton, followed by an afternoon walk in search of Brown Hairstreak butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Chalk Hill Blue

Cambridgeshire And Essex: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 7th August 2016: 11am
Magog Down, East Of Great Shelford, Cambs

Join the Cambs and Essex Branch on a walk to see summer butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world - why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event?

Burnet and Marbled White

West Midlands: Butterflies and Moths Course

Monday 8th to Friday 12th August 2016
Preston Montford, north-west of Shrewsbury

This Field Studies Council course will cover aspects of butterfly and moth identification, trapping and information on the national notable species and life histories, and suggest methods to encourage these fascinating insects and their close relatives into our gardens.

Upper Thames Work Party

Tuesday 9th August 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Holtspur Bottom, Oxon

Join us for a ragwort-pulling session on our own reserve. We start at 10am and work for up to three hours.

White Admiral

Work Party - Southrey Wood Nr Bardney

Wednesday 10th August 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Southrey Wood nr. Bardney

A Summer Work Party to generally manage the woodland including upkeep of the rides and footpaths. All help very welcome!

Grayling

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Guided Walk

Thursday 11th August 2016: 10.30am
Mottistone Down, Isle of Wight

Join the Hants and Isle of Wight Branch on a walk where we hope to see Grayling and other downland butterflies.

Scotch Argus

Highlands And Islands: River Spey From Cromdale

Saturday 13th August 2016, 10.30am-2.30pm
Spey near Cromdale

We’ll walk upstream beside the Spey on a Fisherman’s track past farm fields to an open area beside woodland. We are hoping to see Scotch Argus, Small Tortoiseshell, Small Heath, Common Blue and Speckled Wood butterflies, amongst others.

Dark Green Fritillary

West Midlands: Far Forest Show

Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th August 2016, 9.40am-5.45pm
Tenbury Road (A456), Callow Hill, Rock, Kidderminster, Worcs

Join the West Midlands Branch at the Far Forest Show, where we will be running a stand.

Peacock Butterfly

Gloucestershire: Butterfly and Wildlife Walk

Saturday 13th August 2016, 2pm-4pm
Poors Allotment, Tidenham Chase, north of Chepstow

Join the Gloucestershire Branch on Poors Allotment (a Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust reserve), a fantastic example of acid grassland and heathland that, over the years, has allowed a wide range of fascinating wildlife to flourish.

Wall

Lincolnshire Field Trip

Saturday 13th August 2016, 10.30am-4.30pm
Saltfleetby - Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR (Rimac)

Our last Field Trip of the year is to Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes NNR (Rimac) to see the Wall Brown and other Summer butterflies.

White Admiral

Warwickshire: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 13th August 2016: 11am
Wolford Wood, Great Wolford, east of Cheltenham

Join the Warwickshire Branch on a walk led by Mike Slater. We hope to see White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary and other woodland butterflies. (Free event)

Chalk Hill Blue

Somerset And Bristol: Guided Walk

Saturday 13th August 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm
Westbury Beacon on the Mendips Scarp, south-east of Cheddar

Join the Somerset and Bristol Branch at Westbury Beacon, the newest of our reserves, where we are reintroducing grazing after a gap of many years. It is an important site for Chalk Hill Blue butterflies and, in clear weather, the view over the northern Levels and away west to Exmoor is superb.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Idsworth Down Guided Walk

Saturday 13th August 2016: 10.30am
near Waterlooville

Join the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch on a walk where we hope to see typical chalk downland species of butterflies, such as Chalk Hill Blue, Common Blue and possibly Silver-Spotted Skipper.

Chalk Hill Blue

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Stockbridge Down

Saturday 13th August 2016, 2.00pm-5.00pm
east of Stockbridge (south of Andover)

Join the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch and the Hampshire Wildlife Trust for a walk on this chalk downland reserve to see butterflies and flowers.

Grayling

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Saturday 13th August 2016: 10.30am
Hundred Acre Piece, Mortimer, South-west Of Reading, Berks

The wide flowery rides through the conifer plantations on the Berks/Hants border are one of the local hotspots for the Grayling butterfly.

Brown Hairstreak

Dorset And Wiltshire: Guided Walk - Alners Gorse

Saturday 13th August 2016, 11am-2pm
Alners Gorse Reserve, near Hazelbury Bryan

Join the Dorset and Wiltshire branches on this great opportunity to see the elusive Brown Hairstreak at the Dorset Branch's Alner's Gorse reserve. We also hope to see Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary and other summer woodland butterflies.

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Warwickshire: Moth Night

Saturday 13th August 2016: 8pm
Coughton Park, south of Redditch

Join the Warwickshire Branch for a Moth night led by David Brown. We are hoping to see True Lovers Knot, Autumnal Rustic and Angle-striped Sallow moths in this rich, now chiefly deciduous, woodland. (Free event)

Moth Trapping

Wiltshire: Moth Night

Saturday 13th August 2016: 8pm
Stanton Country Park, Staple Fitzwarren, North Of Swindon

Join the Wiltshire Branch at Stanton Country Park for one of three moth events being run here this summer. This is an ideal event to bring children who are interested in wildlife. Owls may be heard and Bats should be seen.

Grayling

Cornwall: Gwenapp Head and Porthgwarra

Sunday 14th August 2016: 10.30am
St Levan, near Land's End

Join the Cornwall Branch at this beautiful location, which boasts an abundance of butterflies, including Grayling, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Clouded Yellow, Small Heath and many more. You might also spot a Chough!