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.

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East Scotland: Highland Butterflies and Moths course

Friday 19th to Monday 22nd August 2016, 5pm-4pm
near Pitlochry, north-west of Dundee

This Field Studies Council course will consist of illustrated talks with colour slides, daytime field visits to a variety of habitats and overnight mercury vapour lights run in the extensive wooded grounds at Kindrogan. Help and advice will be given on identification, ways of recording and classification.

Adonis Blue

Wiltshire: Guided Walk

Saturday 20th August 2016: 10.30am
Shipton Bellinger & Boscombe Down, south of Tidworth

Join the Wiltshire Branch in the morning at Shipton Bellinger; this area on the edge of the plain is supposed to be a good place for looking for Brown Hairstreak butterflies. After lunch we shall move to nearby Boscombe Down, to look for Adonis Blue butterflies.

Adonis Blue

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Saturday 20th August 2016: 10.30am
Lardon Chase, West Of Streatley, Berks

Join the Upper Thames Branch on a walk to look for the second brood of Adonis Blue butterflies and other late summer butterflies. There will be very steep grass slopes.

Les

Highlands And Islands: Speyside Centre Moths

Sunday 21st August 2016, 10am-1pm
Speyside Centre near Dulnain Bridge

The Speyside Centre provides a sheltered car park surrounded by woodland. Moth traps will be run here the previous night and we will see what we catch. Hopefully, moths may be attracted by the range of flowers in the garden centre.

Comma and hawk-moth on buddleia

Cumbria: Late Summer Butterflies of Kendal

Sunday 21st August 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Bankfield, Kendal

Join the Cumbria Branch on a walk around the town, its gardens and parks, looking especially for buddleia plants with Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma, Painted Lady and Red Admiral butterflies.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Warwickshire: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 21st August 2016: 11am
Watlington Hill, Christmas Common, between Oxford and High Wycombe

Join the Warwickshire Branch on a butterfly walk led by Keith Warmington, when we shall be looking for Silver-spotted Skipper and other species. (Free event)

Brimstone

Gloucestershire: Prinknash Butterfly Nectar Garden Open Day

Sunday 21st August 2016, 0.00pm-4.30pm
Prinknash Abbey, Cranham, south-east of Gloucester

The Butterfly Nectar Garden at Prinknash is part of the walled garden owned by the monks at Prinknash Abbey. Members of the Gloucestershire Branch will be on hand to answer questions about butterflies and plants and Butterfly Conservation in general.

Painted

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Sunday 21st August 2016: 10.30am
Paices Wood, Aldermaston, Berks

A walk to look at the varied habitats of this country parkland which supports a variety of species.

Adonis Blue

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Guided Walk

Sunday 21st August 2016: 10.30am
St Catherine’s Hill Down, south Winchester

Join the Hants and Isle of Wight Branch at this Wildlife Trust site with spectacular views of Winchester from the hill fort and maze. We are aiming to see Adonis Blue and Silver-Spotted Skipper butterflies.

Chalk Hill Blue

Wiltshire: Fontmell Down

Sunday 21st August 2016: 11am
Spread Eagle Hill, Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury

This south-facing steep downland in Dorset still holds a good colony of Silver-spotted Skipper butterflies. We also hope to see Chalk Hill Blue and Adonis Blue butterflies.

Adonis Blue

Dorset: Butterfly Walk on Ballard Down

Sunday 21st August 2016, 11am-2pm
Swanage

Join the Dorset Branch and Dorset Wildlife Trust on a visit to enjoy the butterflies of Ballard Down and the fine views.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Kent: Lydden Down

Sunday 21st August 2016: 10.30am
Lydden Down, Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve

Join the Kent Branch at this Kent Wildlife Trust reserve, where we hope to see Silver-spotted Skipper and other downland species of butterflies.

Chalk Hill Blue

Surrey: Denbies Hillside

Sunday 21st August 2016, 11am-3pm
north-west of Dorking

Join Dave Warburton from the Surrey Branch on a walk to see blue butterflies including Adonis Blue, Chalk Hill Blue, also Silver-spotted Skippers. NB very steep!

Upper Thames Work Party

Sunday 21st 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.

Brown Hairstreak

Surrey: Bookham Common

Wednesday 24th August 2016, 10.30am-1.00pm
west of Leatherhead

The Herts and Middlesex Branch will be joining the Surrey Branch on a repeat visit of last week's morning-only walk to look for the Brown Hairstreak butterfly.

Brown Hairstreak

Lancashire/Cumbria: Butterflies of Gait Barrows

Wednesday 24th August 2016, 10.00am-2.00pm
Carnforth

Join the Cumbria and Lancashire Branches for a chance of seeing late summer butterflies in one of Britain's most important areas of limestone landscape, including a hunt for Brown Hairstreak. This species was seen there in 2015; is it still there?

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Lincolnshire: Work Party

Wednesday 24th August 2016, 2pm-4pm
Snakeholme Pit BC Reserve, near Bardney

Do join us for an afternoon tidying up our Snakeholme Pit BC Reserve. This is one of a series of work parties to maximise the habitat for butterflies.

Wall

Dorset: Guided Walk At Osmington

Thursday 25th August 2016, 11am-3.30pm
Osmington, east Of Weymouth

Enjoy a leisurely coastal downland and country lane walk with the Dorset branch. We shall be looking for at least 15 species of butterfly, including Adonis Blue and Wall.

Moth Trapping

East Scotland Borders: Moth-ing @ Harestanes

Friday 26th August 2016, 8.00pm-10.30pm
Harestanes Country Visitor Centre

An opportunity to see some colourful late summer moths in the wooded areas of Harestanes Country Visitor Centre.

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Gloucestershire: Mothing by Moonlight

Friday 26th August 2016, 8.30pm-11pm
Slimbridge Wetland Centre, Near Dursley, South-west Of Gloucester

Join the Gloucestershire Branch at this Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust event at Slimbridge. Though far less well known than their day-time cousins, there are 50 times more moths than butterflies, they are much more diverse, and their stories are much more amazing.

Woodland

Dorset: The Stock Gaylard Oak Fair

Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th August 2016
Stock Gaylard Park, south-east of Sherborne

Come and find the Dorset Branch stall at this 2-day fair, which is all about woodcraft, timber, conservation and the countryside . We will be on Conservation Row with a display of butterflies and moths, children’s activities and sales.

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Surrey: Ash Ranges

Saturday 27th August 2016, 10.30am-3.30pm
Pirbright, between Farnborough and Guildford

Join Francis Kelly from the Surrey Branch on this open dry heathland owned by the MoD. We will be looking for dragonflies and butterflies. Wellies are advised.

Brown Hairstreak

Kent: Field Trip to West Sussex

Sunday 28th August 2016: 11am
Steyning, West Sussex

Join the Kent Branch on a field trip to see the Brown Hairstreak butterfly in West Sussex.

Brown Hairstreak

Devon: Preston Down Brown Hairstreak Walk and Survey

Sunday 28th August 2016: 11.30am
near Paignton

Join the Devon Branch for two separate walks (11.30am or 1pm) looking for Brown Hairstreak butterflies and their eggs. Surveying for eggs on the Blackthorn hedges will be shown, so you will be able to check your home patches of Blackthorn.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Hampshire and Isle of Wight: Guided Walk

Sunday 28th August 2016: 10.30am
Beacon Hill National Nature Reserve (NNR), south-east of Winchester

Join the Hants and Isle of Wight Branch on this Natural England site where we are aiming to see Silver-Spotted Skipper, Brown Argus and Clouded Yellow butterflies and the spectacular view of the Meon Valley.