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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Moth Event Logo

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)

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.

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.

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.

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)

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!

Brown Hairstreak

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Sunday 14th August 2016: 10.30am
Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon

Join the Upper Thames Branch on a walk to look for the Brown Hairstreak butterfly.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Dorset And Wiltshire: Guided Walk - Martin Down

Sunday 14th August 2016, 11am-4pm
Martin Down, Hants/Dorset Border

Join the Dorset and Wiltshire Branches for a guided walk over superb chalk grassland habitat. Martin Down National Nature Reserve (NNR) is worth a visit at any time during the butterfly season. We hope to see Silver-spotted Skipper, Chalk Hill Blue and, hopefully, second-brood Adonis Blue butterflies.

Adonis Blue

Surrey: Box Hill

Sunday 14th August 2016, 11am-3pm
north-east of Dorking

Join Robert Edmondson from the Surrey Branch on Box Hill, where we hope to see blue butterflies including the Adonis Blue and Chalk Hill Blue, also Silver-spotted Skippers.

Silver-spotted Skipper

East Midlands: Field Trip To Aston Rowant (Oxfordshire)

Sunday 14th August 2016: 9.30am
Aston Rowant, North-west Of High Wycombe (Oxfordshire)

Join the East Midlands Branch on this field trip where we hope to see Silver-spotted Skipper, Chalk Hill Blue and Brown Argus butterflies, as well as notable plants, including Chiltern Gentian.

White Admiral

Devon: Kerswell Downs Field Trip

Sunday 14th August 2016: 1.30pm
near Kingskerswell

Join the Devon Branch on a walk through Kerswell Downs, managed for the last two years by Kingskerswell Natural History Society. Several areas of unimproved limestone grassland and woodland glades have been opened up to improve the floral and lepidopteral interest. Brown Argus should be on the wing and the area also now supports Marbled White and White Admiral.

Peacock Butterfly

Gloucestershire: Prinknash Butterfly Nectar Garden Weeding Session

Tuesday 16th August 2016, 7pm-9pm
Prinknash Abbey

Join the Gloucestershire Branch preparing for the next open day of the Prinknash Butterfly Nectar Garden. Helpers are always welcome, but if you are not a regular, then please phone in advance, in case of a late change of time or day.

Brown Hairstreak

Surrey: Bookham Common

Wednesday 17th August 2016, 10.30am-1.00pm
west of Leatherhead

The Herts and Middlesex Branch will be joining the Surrey Branch on a morning walk to look for the Brown Hairstreak butterfly.

Adonis Blue

Dorset: The Butterflies Of Lulworth

Wednesday 17th August 2016, 11.00am-1.00pm
Bindon Hill, Lulworth, Purbeck

Join the Dorset Branch on this guided walk with fine views, targeting the Adonis Blue butterfly.

Upper Thames Work Party

Thursday 18th 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.

Grayling

Dorset: Upton Heath Moths and Butterflies

Friday 19th August 2016, 9.00am-1.00pm
Upton Heath near Poole

Join the Dorset Branch and Dorset Wildlife Trust at 9am for an inspection of the overnight moth trap, followed at 11am by a butterfly walk looking for Grayling butterflies and other wildlife.