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.

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)

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.