Our monthly get-together to talk about moths, butterflies and other wildlife. All Welcome. Entrance fee £1.
The day-flying Slender Scotch Burnet only occurs in the UK on Mull, Ulva and Gometra, nowhere else. The moth inhabits sunny, south-facing slopes, with underlying basalt rock where its caterpillar’s sole foodplant, bird’s-foot trefoil, grows in short, flower-rich vegetation, with some bare ground. However, at one of its sites, the cliffs near Kilninian, the moth is threatened by encroachment from Cotoneaster. This invasive non-native shrub has escaped from gardens and has become well-established on the undercliffs and cliffs, threatening the moth's breeding habitat.
Join the Highlands branch clearing Cotoneaster to benefit Slender Scotch Burnet moth on the beautiful Isle of Mull.
An indoor training session, followed by practical butterfly watching on an excellent site
Enrol in advance with Sharon Hearle 01638 731648
This educational event offers an inspiring insight into the natural environment.
We will be searching for caterpillars, hopefully basking in the spring sunshine, and noting their micro-habitat and food plant.
Do come and join us for an afternoon tidying up Snakeholme for the Summer ahead.
Join butterfly expert Dr. Simon Spencer for a tour of Llanymynech Rocks nature reserve.
Celebrate spring moths, Dawn Chorus and butterflies
Twywell Hills and Dales. Roosting butterflies and caterpillar crawl.
Illustrated talks by Alan Dawson and Martin Woodcock who made separate trips to this country in 2013.
During the three separate events this weekend we will be looking for Kentish Glory and Small Dark Yellow Underwing, also Netted Mountain Moth. Please come along to one, two or all!
We are very concerned about the current status of the Kentish Glory and the Small Dark Yellow Underwing, and are hosting a moth extravaganza to target recording at both species. The Kentish Glory is associated with areas regenerating birch. Our event will focus on Forestry Commission Scotland’s Inshriach Forest and the Glenfeshie area. We will also look for the elusive and beautiful day-flying Small Dark Yellow Underwing at sites in the Kingussie and Newtonmore area. This moth is associated with bearberry and has not been recorded in the UK for two years despite previous targeted recording.
Another chance to join butterfly expert Dr. Simon Spencer for a tour of Llanymynech Rocks nature reserve
Join the East Midlands Branch on our first field trip of 2014. Target species for this quarry site are Grizzled Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper and other spring butterflies.
Come and visit our stand at the Scottish Birdfair to find out what we are up to this year, pick up free ID leaflets, and learn more about our exciting new Bog Squad project!
Join the Yorkshire Branch on a field trip to find the Duke of Burgundy.
One of a series of Summer Work Parties to undertake general management ,and upkeep of rides and footpaths of this important BC Reserve. Your help will be very welcome!
First count at King's Archery Site
Enter the wonderful world of butterflies & moths & find out how you can help them. We will first unveil last night’s live moth trap catch to see some spring-flying species found in the area, then drive (car sharing encouraged) to the nearby Cambus O’May bridge car park for a short walk (approx. 2 miles/3km) to find Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies, a speciality of the Cairngorms.
A trip to see Pearl-bordered Fritillary, with a chance of some other butterflies and day-flying moths.
A visit to newly created chalk downland habitat
A talk and then a walk looking for spring butterflies and day-flying moths. Hopefully Chequered Skipper will be on the wing.
East Midlands Branch joins up with South Notts Wildlife Trust for a field trip exploring the disused railway line running south from Bingham. Target species spring butterflies especially Grizzled Skipper.
Twywell Hills & Dales for Spring butterflies
New members who have joined Butterfly Conservation in the last 12-18 months have been invited to a Welcome Event at Manor Farm followed by a guided walk around the reserve managed by our chairman Maurice Avent. This well-known SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest) is well worth a visit at any time. About 30 species are seen each year.
We have been invited by SNH to take part in an all day event they are planning at Craigellachie National Nature Reserve, Aviemore.
Fermyn Woods Country Park Looking for Spring butterflies.
Target species Dingy and Grizzled Skipper.
A guided walk for spring butterflies
This is a long weekend trip leaving very early on Friday morning and returning late on Monday evening. This is still open to anyone wanting to join in.
A gentle two mile walk looking for spring butterflies
In the heart of the National Forest Hicks Lodge is one parcel of Forestry Commission land. This first visit of 2014 is an opportunity to see how this part of the forest is developing for the benefit for wildlife and in particular butterflies.
This prominent hill to the East of Warminster is a super place for butterflies. The South Wiltshire group will be holding a butterfly recognition day here.
Location: Meet at ST91829 (Map 184)
Morning and afternoon walks on this superb butterfly habitat.
First brood Adonis Blue will be flying at this coastal site with its fine views
Come and explore the disused railway line from Barnstone towards the Grantham Canal, a continuation of the line from Bingham, searching for Grizzled Skippers.
Our first Field Trip of the year to Lincolnshire's own Twyford Wood Reserve. Join us to see Grizzled and Dingy Skippers, Green Hairstreaks and many more!
Totternhoe Target species: Duke of Burgundy and Small Blues
Marsh Fritillary is the target species on this afternoon walk
Come and help us keep Snakeholme Pit Reserve neat and tidy for the Summer!
'Raiders of the Park', a bat and moth evening at Wilton Park Lodge, Hawick. A Borders Nature Festival event
This chalk grassland site has spectacular views over Salisbury plain and a rich assortment of butterflies and other wildlife.
Another visit to see the results of habitat management undertaken by enthusiastic branch members. Hoping to see Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper.
A walk through the fine woodland at Paxton House to discover some of our spring-flying butterflies, followed by fun activities for youngsters.
Flower and butterfly rich chalk grassland
This South Wiltshire Group walk will be to look for the Wall Brown and Adonis Blues.
Join us for a morning stroll around specially planted meadows for butterflies at North Somercotes, and after lunch at Donna Nook; bring your camera!
An event specifically to welcome new members to the branch, but everyone is invited. There will be help particularly with identification.
A 2 mile walk around the old spoil heaps of Bevercotes pit. The site is a haven for wildlife with open rides and mixed woodland plantations. Target Species: Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Mother Shipton.
Our Catfield Fen Reserve will once again be open to members and the public for Swallowtails.
The work at Southrey Wood is general wood management and upkeep of the rides and footpaths. Your help would be very welcome!
This is a South Wiltshire Group trip to see and learn to recognise some of our rarer butterflies in the county
Salcey Forest. Joint meeting with the Cambs/Essex branch to look for Wood Whites.
The Isle of Carna is a privately owned 600 acre island. Both the owner and the island’s caretaker/boatman are keen on wildlife and have kindly invited us to spend a night and a day on the island to catalogue as much wildlife as we can, in particular moths and butterflies
Join us to look through moth traps run the night before!
Held in conjunction with The Ted Ellis Trust at Wheatfen Nature Reserve, Surlingham. An opportunity to see Swallowtails.
Come and see our many-legged and winged livestock within the RSPB marquee!
Further targeted light-trapping to ascertain the current status and distribution of Pine-tree Lappet moth in the Kiltarlity area.
The East Midlands Branch annual weekend away this year visits Somerset. Target species include Large Blue, Glanville Fritillary, Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Marbled White.
Moth trapping and guided butterfly walk on Dorset's first butterfly reserve
Join Ian Gorton and Andrew Graham to explore several different species of butterfly at this coastal dune nature reserve
Glapthorn Cow Pastures Searching for Black Hairstreaks.
A group from BC Highland branch memorably discovered Blomer’s Rivulet here in 2013. This was the first time the moth had been recorded in Scotland! This year we hope to confirm its presence and get a better idea of how widespread it is in the area.
Come and join us to keep Snakeholme Pit neat and tidy for the Summer!
The Show, which is the largest annual event in Norfolk, and the largest two-day agricultural Show in the country has a reputation for being a fantastic event full of entertainment for all the family
Butterflies and Orchids at Yelnow New Wood
Join the Lincolnshire Branch for a morning visit to Glapthorn for the Black Hairstreak, and in the afternoon moving on to Harry's Park Wood for possible Wood White sightings! Don't forget your camera!
Moth traps will be set on Friday evening with public examination on Saturday morning at 10.00am.
A leisurely and easy walk in the lovely, unspoiled valley of the Glenkinnon Burn.
A day of events and talks especially for new and recent members. There will be Children's events and a trip to the Great Orme.
A walk around this North Norfolk Community Woodland
A guided walk on limestone grassland
Join me on a day out in the New Forest looking at dragonflies and butterflies of the heathland. We will be starting at Crockford Bridge in the morning and then moving on to other location(s) to taste as the day wears on. The early start is to avoid traffic congestion through the New Forest.
In the heart of the National Forest Hicks Lodge is one parcel of Forestry Commission land. This second visit of 2014 is an opportunity to see how this part of the forest is developing for the benefit for wildlife and in particular butterflies.
Mid-week field trip visiting the beautiful Derbyshire Coombs Dale, searching for Dark-Green Fritillary & Brown Argus.
Join us for a walk along the path between the shore and the village looking for Northern Brown Argus, Small blue, Grayling, and Six-spot Burnet moths
Trapping will take place on Thursday night, and there will be opportunity to observe moths caught on previous evenings. In association with SWT.
Discover fritillary butterflies at Carroglen Burn and see last night's moth catch as well!
National Moth Night - Moth Trap inspection and Guided Walk
National Moth Night and Guided Walks on restored landscape
National Moth Night and Guided Walks inckuding a walk for beginners/learners/new members
This open site for the Large Blue is very popular (hence the early start).
This year we will be holding our National Moth Night event in Martin and Barbara Woodcock’s large and varied private garden near Wiveton.
A chance to search for the Large Heath Butterfly.
Join lots of people all over the British Isles in recording the moths we find to contribute to this year’s national ‘Moth Night’ survey. We will open up light traps set in Drum’s wildlife garden & old wood last night to discover the marvellous moths of all shapes, sizes, colours & patterns at rest inside.
A look through the traps for moths caught in a variety of slightly different woodland habitats on this Woodland Trust property. Possibility of visiting some local butterfly sites in the area in the afternoon if the weather is reasonable.
Come and see this extraordinary reserve situated on the Isle of Axholme, between the rivers Humber and Trent; a stronghold of the Large Heath butterfly.
Norfolk Branch members are helping to lead a walk at 2pm as we join farmer Edward Cross at the Abbey Farm annual Open Day. The walk on this chalk grassland site will last 2 hours.
Work at Southrey Wood is general woodland management, and the upkeep of the rides and footpaths. Your help would be very welcome!
Guided walk with fine views
Guided Walk through Ancient Woodland
Moth trapping and guided walks including a walk for new members and beginners
Come and find out more about the wonderful world of moths. The event will include an introduction about moths and how to attract them, moth traps and other attractants.
Join us for a walk onto the lower slopes of Meall Liath to look for Mountain Ringlet.
Fermyn Woods is part of the ancient Rockingham Forest. It is an attractive site with grassland and ponds as well as the extensive woodland. Home to Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Purple and White-letter Hairstreak.
This is a joint meeting with the Suffolk Branch of BC for Silver-studded Blues.
Mid-week visit to Vicar Water Country Park in conjunction with Derby RSPB Group.
Guided walk with fine views
This is an exploratory walk to see what can be seen at this time of year.
Find out about the butterflies and moths in this interesting mixed habitat, including the recently arrived Small Skipper.
Ashworth's Rustic is a sub species unique to this area. We will be setting traps at 9pm on Saturday. View the catch Sunday morning at 11.00am
An oportunity to visit this Forest Nature Reserve in search of Silver-washed Fritillary.
NEW MEMBERS WALK
An event specifically to welcome new members to the branch, but everyone is invited. There will be help particularly with identification. The third field trip for 2014 to Hicks Lodge on the look out for the summer species.
Join Dorset Branch for a guided walk on this rich butterfly habitat with its stunning views.
We will walk north along the flowery shoreline cliffs. There is plenty of rockrose growing here which is the foodplant of Northern Brown Argus butterfly.
Help us take nature's pulse by joining the big butterfly count.
Join the Yorkshire Branch on a visit to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve at Brockadale where we hope to see Marbled White and Dark Green Fritillary.
Since our last trip to this site in 2010, the Dark Green Fritillary has become established in Cotgrave Forest. The Silver Washed Fritillary was also seen there in 2013 as well as many other sightings in the vicinity.
This is a walk to look for White-letter Hairstreak and other woodland butterflies
A search for Lulworth Skipper on the Fleet
An all day walk of three to four miles along the rides of the Park and out on to Holt Lowes looking for summer butterflies.
Workday at Chambers Farm Wood, near Bardney, to tidy up the Butterfly garden ready for the Open Day & AGM.
Following last year’s successful foray into the Brecks, we will again be organising a visit to the newly restored heathland at Cranwich Camp and Heath, excellent sites for several Breck speciality day-flying moths such as Oblique-striped and Marbled Clover, as well as some excellent Breckland flora.
Join us for a morning walk around the Toton Fields Local NR and Toton Sidings for an approx. 2 to 3 hour walk. This area is full of wildflowers that attract a wide range of butterflies including Marbled White.
Enter the mysterious world of night creatures! This will include setting up sugar and light traps to attract moths – which we will release unharmed after identification - and using detectors to pick up ultrasound of hunting bats.
Several moth traps will be run during the previous night as part of RSPB’s annual monitoring of the rare Dark Bordered Beauty moth which is only found on three sites in Scotland and one site in England.
Moth traps set the night before will be opened at this nursery and pick-your-own fruit farm.
Join us for a bumper Moth Night with some 6 plus lights in various areas - we are hoping for some 100 macro moths.
Join the Lincolnshire Branch for our annual Open Day, which includes a Guided Butterfly Walk. Highly suitable for families!
Join the Yorkshire Branch in their search for Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary.
Fairburn Estate has very kindly given permission for BC to hold this outdoor meet in Glen Orrin. The target species is Scotch Annulet which has been recorded in the glen for the last two years, so moth traps will be put out the night before.
A walk around the site led by Brian and Sue Roberts to discover the butterflies it contains.
An opportunity for new members and learners to aid identification skills.
An all day visit to this NWT site
Discover the amazing variety of moths caught in the live traps set up overnight in the woods on the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve, followed by a search for day-flying moths and butterflies as time allows.
A Guided Walk over diverse farmland habitats
Search for the caterpillars of the rare Small Chocolate-tip moth, recently rediscovered in the Borders.
Visit our stand near the circular herbaceous borders where we hope to have some moths on display from the previous night’s trapping.
Join Dorset and Wiltshire Branches for a search for downland species on the National Nature Reserve including Dark Green Fritillary and woodland species.
An all day trip for summer butterflies.
Discover the nocturnal inhabitants of the Battlehill, including finding out how to use smelly mixtures and bright lights to attract moths plus bat detectors to locate and identify bats. A local astronomer will also be on hand with a telescope to view the wonders of the night sky (or demonstrate what would otherwise be visible if it is cloudy)!
Sharpenhoe Clappers Target species Chalkhill Blue and other summer butterflies
Discover where the Scotch Argus lives - it could be our national butterfly!
It’s a lovely walk along the Averon River to Loch Morie, there is always much of interest to see on the way. Several species of butterfly including Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary are found here, and usually a variety of day flying moths.
Join us for a trip to Aston Rowant searching for Silver-spotted Skippers, Chalkhill Blue and Brown Argus.
Come and join us to help keep Snakeholme Pit Reserve neat and tidy for the Summer!
Get up close and personal with bats and moths. Come and dispel all your fears of these intriguing animals.
Our monthly get-together to talk about moths, butterflies and other wildlife. All Welcome. Entrance fee £1.
The target species is the Wall Brown but there could also be Dark Green Fritillary and the Brown Argus (Peak District Race) dependant on how advanced the butterfly season is.
Work at Southrey Wood is general woodland management, and the upkeep of the rides and footpaths. Your help would be much appreciated!
An illustrated talk by Avril Monteath.
An all day visit for our last summer butterfly to emerge, Brown Hairstreak.
The purpose of this joint field trip with the Lincolnshire and Norfolk Branches is to target the Brown Hairstreak. Do join us.
Join us for another session of clearing and cutting back trackside vegetation and scrub to improve the habitat for Pearl-bordered Fritillary and Dingy Skipper.
Talks, photographic competition and AGM
Our annual Members' Day, an informal chance to meet like-minded butterfly and moth enthusiasts and chat about the wonderfully warm and sunny season we have just had.
N.B. Please note change of date from that originally stated (to avoid the Ryder Cup!).
Wild About Norfolk is an annual wildlife and environmental fair showcasing the local groups and national organisations who protect, enhance and restore Norfolk's wildlife and landscape.
“A Journey across Papua New Guinea”. An illustrated talk by Ann Duff.
Contact: Judy Dunmore, Tel: 01263 822550