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.

Small Tortoiseshell on Rudbeckia

Gloucestershire: Prinknash Butterfly Nectar Garden Open Day

Sunday 22nd May 2016, 12.00pm-4.30pm
Prinknash Abbey, near Cranham, 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, plants and Butterfly Conservation in general.

Green Hairstreak

Cheshire & Peak: Introduction To Butterfly Recording

Sunday 22nd May 2016: 9.00pm
Teggs Nose Country Park, Cheshire

Do you want to learn to record butterfly numbers in a more formal way to contribute to the scientific knowledge base? Join us for an “Introduction to Butterfly Recording” course...

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Kent: Abbots Wood, Sussex

Sunday 22nd May 2016: 10.30am
Sussex

Come along to hopefully see the Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly

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Wiltshire And Dorset: Guided Walk

Sunday 22nd May 2016, 10.30am-4.00pm
Stratford Tony And Throope Down, SW Of Salisbury

The Dorset and Wiltshire Branches are teaming up to survey two areas of chalk grassland at Stratford Tony And Throope Down, south west of Salisbury. Join us and see what butterflies we can find!

Northamptonshire: Old Sulehay Forest And Ring Haw

Tuesday 24th May 2016: 11.00am
Old Sulehay Forest And Ring Haw

Old Sulehay Forest and Ring Haw, a joint visit with the Desborough Wildlife Group to two sites in the north of the county notable for Dingy and Grizzled Skippers, Green Hairstreaks and other spring species.

Recording & Monitoring Lochaber's Butterflies

Tuesday 24th May 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
Fort William - Voluntary Action Lochaber Offices at An Drochaid, Claggan Road

The event will focus on different techniques for recording and monitoring butterflies including timed counts and transects. It will also include an introduction to the butterflies of Lochaber covering all 22 species recorded in the area but paying particular attention on the scarce Chequered Skipper and Pearl-bordered Fritillary. This will be followed by an afternoon field trip.

Moth Monitoring At Fort WIlliam

Wednesday 25th May 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm
Fort William - Voluntary Action Lochaber Offices at An Drochaid, Claggan Road

Come and find out more about the fascinating and wonderful world of moths. We will be checking the contents of moth traps set locally the night before. All moths caught will be released unharmed.

Adonis Blue

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Field Trip

Wednesday 25th May 2016, 10.30am-3.30pm
Old Winchester Hill, Warnford, west of Petersfield

Join Brian Fletcher from the Hants and Isle of Wight Branch for a walk at this chalk downland National Nature Reserve (NNR) to see spring flowers, butterflies such as skippers and blues and other wildlife.

Blue

Work Party - Snakeholme Pit Nr Bardey

Wednesday 25th May 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Snakeholme Pit - Nr Bardney

Do come and join us for an afternoon tidying up Snakeholme Pit BC Reserve for the Summer ahead.

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Cornwall: Poldice Field Trip

Thursday 26th May 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
near St Day, Redruth

A walk through disused mining sites in the Poldice Valley area to search for a small, well-camouflaged butterfly that loves bare ground: the Dingy Skipper. This butterfly is a conservation priority species that is becoming increasingly rare in Cornwall.

Orange Tip

Somerset And Bristol: Mount Fancy Farm Reserve Walk

Thursday 26th May 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm
The Blackdown Hills, between Taunton and Chard

Join the Somerset and Bristol Branch on their reserve, where we hope to see Brimstone, Orange-tip, Green-veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock and Speckled Wood, plus possibly Holly Blue and Common Blues butterflies.

Norbury Park

Thursday 26th May 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
KT23 4BP, TQ146543

Mike Weller

Adonis Blue

Wiltshire: Chickengrove Bottom and Knowle Hill

Thursday 26th May 2016: 10.30am
south of Broad Chalke

Join the Wiltshire Branch on a recording exercise on these two sites on the south-west Wiltshire chalk, where we we hope to find a good range of Spring butterfly species. Chickengrove Bottom is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI ) bordering Vernditch Chase.

Green Hairstreak

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Field Trip

Friday 27th May 2016: 10.30am
Compton, Freshwater, Isle of Wight

Join the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch on a walk at this National Trust site to see Glanville Fritillary, Wall, Green Hairstreak and Small Blue butterflies.

Brown Argus

Wiltshire: Butterfly Walk on Sidbury Hill

Saturday 28th May 2016: 11.00am
north of Tidworth

Join the Wiltshire Branch on this chalk grassland site, which has spectacular views over Salisbury Plain and a rich assortment of butterflies and other wildlife. We hope to see Green Hairstreak, Brown Argus and Marsh Fritillary butterflies.

Adonis Blue

Upper Thames Field Trip

Saturday 28th May 2016: 10.30am
Lardon Chase, Streatley, Berks

A field meeting targeting Adonis Blue and other spring species.

Polmaily Butterfly Walk - Near Drumnadrochit

Saturday 28th May 2016, 10.30am-2.30pm
Polmaily - 2 miles west of Drumnadrochit

MAY BE SUNDAY THE 29TH MAY. A visit to see the rewards of previous habitat management undertaken by members of Highland branch.

Marsh Frit

Northern Ireland: Murlough Field Trip

Saturday 28th May 2016: 10.30am
Murlough Nature Reserve, County Down

Our annual joint outing with the Belfast Naturalists' Field Club sees us visiting the very best site for Lepidoptera in the country.

Marsh Frit

Gloucestershire: Strawberry Banks Field Trip

Saturday 28th May 2016, 11.00am-1.00pm
Oakridge Lynch, east of Chalford Hill

Strawberry Banks is best known for the Marsh Fritillary butterfly and a wide range of wild flowers; it consists of two fields surrounded by scrub and woodland.

D Skipper

Dingy Skipper Butterfly Walk

Saturday 28th May 2016, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Littlemill Bing, near Rankinston, KA6

A walk to see one of the rarer butterfly species in our area (& whose name does not do it justice).

Marsh Frit

Cornwall: Predannack Field Trip

Sunday 29th May 2016: 11.00am
near Mullion, The Lizard

The Cornwall Branch has organised this trip in partnership with the Natural England team on the Lizard. We’ll be looking for newly emerged Marsh Fritillaries, as well as hearing about the habitat management work NE have been undertaking for this protected butterfly.