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.

Mountain Ringlet

Cumbria: Mountain Ringlets at Haweswater

Saturday 9th July 2016, 10.00am-5.00pm
Hartsop, Penrith

For this year's second Mountain Ringlet walk, we're revisiting Kidsty Pike / High Raise to see one of Lakeland's most thriving colonies of this butterfly.

Marbled White

Cornwall: Penlee Reserve and Penlee Point

Saturday 9th July 2016: 11.00am
near Rame Head, south of Kingsand

Join the Cornwall Branch on a walk led by moth expert and Cornwall Moth Recorder Leon Truscott. We will be looking for Marbled White butterflies, as well as Small Heaths and Dark Green Fritillaries. Six-belted Clearwing and Thrift Clearwing moths can also be found here, with the help of pheromone lures.

Moth Trapping

Wiltshire: Moth Night

Saturday 9th July 2016: 8.45pm
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.

Purple Emperor

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 9th July 2016: 10.30am
Bernwood Forest, Bucks

A walk to see the Purple Emperor and other summer butterflies.

White Admiral

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Saturday 9th July 2016: 10.30am
Bowdown Wood, Berks

A walk through Bowdown Wood, a BBOWT reserve near Newbury, in search of the White Admiral.

White Admiral

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Two Butterfly Walks

Saturday 9th July 2016, 10.00am-12.30pm
Bricket Wood, Herts

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch on a morning walk to see White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary butterflies. We will also be looking to repeat the sightings of Purple Emperor made in previous years from 12:30-3pm; bring a packed lunch and binoculars if you wish to stay for the afternoon.

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Lancashire: Branch Members Day and AGM

Saturday 9th July 2016, 10.30am-3.30pm
Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR, half way between Ainsdale and Formby, Southport, Merseyside

Do you live in or near Lancashire and have an interest in moths or butterflies? Join the Lancashire BC Branch for a day of interesting talks on local species and conservation work, amazing photography and a guided walk to find butterflies!

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Wiltshire: Chase Woods

Saturday 9th July 2016: 11.00am
just north of Sixpenny Handley

Join the Wiltshire Branch on a joint trip with the Dorset Branch to explore this mixed woodland that straddles both counties.

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Suffolk: Red Lodge Butterflies & Big Butterfly Count

Saturday 9th July 2016: 10.00am
Bury Saint Edmunds

Join us on this morning and/or afternoon tour of the open heath and woodland margins at Red lodge Heath SSSI to take part in the Big Butterfly Count. Families welcome!

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Cambridgeshire And Essex: Focus in on Micro-Moths of Epping Forest

Saturday 9th July 2016, 9.45am-4.00pm
south-east of Waltham Abbey

This one-day course is aimed at anyone with an interest in moths and provides an introduction to micro-moths; their identification, natural history and conservation. Although small, many micro-moths are brightly coloured and distinctive, while others are less easy to identify. This course will help you sort out the different groups, and learn how to find and record them.

White-Letter Hairstreak

Sussex: Hello To The Hairstreak

Saturday 9th July 2016: 11.30am
Hollingbury Park, Brighton

Join us on a walk around Hollingbury Park to look for the White-Letter Hairstreak amongst Brighton’s national collection of Elms.

Purple Emperor

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: The Purple Emperor Experience

Sunday 10th July 2016: 10.30am
Havant Thicket and Southleigh Forest, east of Waterlooville

Join the Hants and Isle of Wight Branch on a visit to Havant Thicket. We will move on to Southleigh Forest in the afternoon to look at a Purple Emperor assembly point. Following the success of the field trip in 2015, hope is high that this year could be even better!

Comma Butterfly in garden

West Midlands: Plant Pots for Pollinators

Sunday 10th July 2016, 10am-5pm
Webbs Garden Centre, Droitwich

The West Midlands Branch will have a stand inside the main entrance promoting the Plant Pots for Pollinators campaign, as well as the new book.

Green Veined White

West Midlands: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 10th July 2016
Grafton Wood, Grafton Flyford, near Worcester

Join the West Midlands Branch for a butterfly walk in their Grafton Wood reserve, a remnant of the royal forest of Feckenham that covered much of this part of Worcestershire in the Middle Ages.

Meadow Brown

Guided Walk At Bonnybridge

Sunday 10th July 2016, 11am-0.30pm
Bonnyfield Local Nature Reserve

A guided walk around Bonnyfield Local Nature Reserve to have a closer look at the butterflies flying there.

Common Blue

Guided Walk At Fallin

Sunday 10th July 2016, 11am-0.30pm
Fallin Bing

A guided walk around Fallin Bing to have a closer look at the butterflies flying there.

White Admiral

Devon And Dorset: Field Trip To Ashclyst Forest

Sunday 10th July 2016: 1.30pm
Near Broadclyst, North-east Of Exeter

Join the Devon and Dorset Branches at this extensive forest area. This will be the most likely event of the year to see the magnificent White Admiral butterfly in Devon, with a good chance of photographing Purple Hairstreak butterflies.

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Kent: Dene Park Wood

Sunday 10th July 2016: 10.30am
North Of Tonbridge

Come along to hopefully see the Purple Emperor butterfly

Burnet and Marbled White

Gloucestershire: Stroud Nature 2016

Sunday 10th July 2016, 9.30am-5.00pm
Stratford Park

Stroud Nature 2016 is bigger and better than ever with events running from June into September. This is the main event, when many conservation groups, artists, photographers and others with an interest in nature - including Butterfly Conservation - have stalls to show visitors what they do. There will be something for everyone.

Marbled White

Gloucestershire: Bill Smyllie and The Mast Reserves

Sunday 10th July 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Prestbury, east of Cheltenham

The Bill Smyllie and Masts reserves are owned by Butterfly Conservation and are connected to form what is sometimes called the Prestbury Hill reserve. Together they have a wide range of butterflies, moths and other invertebrates, together with a good selection of wild flowers. On this walk we particularly hope to see Dark Green Fritillary and Marbled White butterflies.

Silver-washed Fritillary

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Woodland and Heathland Walk

Sunday 10th July 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm
Hertford Heath and Balls Wood

We hope to see Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary and other summer butterflies on this woodland and heathland walk, which has been organised by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (a donation of £3 has been requested).

Purple Emperor

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Purple Emperor Watching

Sunday 10th July 2016: 0.00pm
Hampstead Heath, London

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch with the City of London Corporation watching Purple Emperor butterflies. Bring binoculars; it is essential to have good neck muscles and be able to look directly up above your head.

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 10th July 2016: 10.30am
Bernwood Forest, Bucks

A walk to see the Purple Emperor and other summer butterflies.

Large Heath

East Scotland: Auchencorth Moss Field Trip

Sunday 10th July 2016, 10.30am-3.30pm
Penicuik, Lothians

Join the East Scotland Branch for a walk over this moss to the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) part of it, to try and confirm the presence of the Large Heath butterfly.