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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Devon: Field Trip

Sunday 18th June 2017: 11.00am
Lydford Old Railway Reserve

Join the Devon Branch at Lydford Old Railway Reserve on a walk looking for the rare Heath Fritillary. (BC members only).

Ardersier Butterfly Walk

Sunday 18th June 2017, 10.30am-1.30pm
Ardersier Common

We’ll have a walk around the Ardersier Common area looking for Small Blue. Other species could include Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Small Copper and Speckled Wood.

Surrey: Field Trip

Wednesday 21st June 2017, 10.30am-1.00pm
Roundshaw Downs, Wallington

Join the Surrey Branch for a field trip to Roundshaw Downs; target: grassland species

Large Heath

Field Trip To Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Crowle Moors NNR

Saturday 24th June 2017, 10.00am-4.30pm
Crowle Moors NNR

Crowle Moors NNR is one of the richest lowland peat vegetation areas in the north of England and home of the Large Heath, our target species for this Field Trip. Do join us to view this astonishing areal.

Surrey: Field Trip

Sunday 25th June 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Norbury Park, Bookham

Join the Surrey Branch for a field trip to Norbury Park; target: down/woodland species

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Devon: Field Trip

Sunday 25th June 2017: 1.00pm
Ashclyst Forest nr. Exeter

Join the Devon Branch for a walk in Ashclyst Forest (near Exeter) which is a good site for White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary butterflies, as well as the rather spectacular Scarlet Tiger moth...

Surrey: Field Trip

Tuesday 27th June 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
St Martha’s & Newlands Corner, east of Guildford

Join the Surrey Branch for a field trip to Newlands Corner; target: Dark Green Fritillary

Silver-washed Fritillary

Surrey: Field Trip

Thursday 29th June 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Whitmoor Common, Worplesdon

Join the Surrey Branch for a field trip to Whitmoor Common; target: Silver-studded Blue, Silver-washed Fritillary, White Admiral

Heath Fritillary - Thrift Wood

East Midlands: Field Trip Essex Weekend

Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd July 2017, 10.00am-3.00pm
Essex

Weekend Trip to Essex Target species: Heath Fritillary , White-letter Hairstreak and other summer butterflies - also good for dragonflies.

Meadow Browns

Cornwall: Open Day

Saturday 1st July 2017: 12pm
Penadlake, north-west of Looe

Philip (Chairman of the Cornwall Branch of Butterfly Conservation) and Faith Hambly invite you to their farm at Lethytep, near Looe, with its wonderful wildlife area with walks and lakes...

Tomintoul Moths

Sunday 2nd July 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Tomintoul

There are outcroppings of limestone in the Tomintoul-Glenlivet area which support a lime-loving flora which is very localised in the Highlands. Our moth trapping will target such an area near Tomintoul since it is possible that there are moth species present whose foodplants are part of the lime-loving plant community.

Marbled White

East Midlands: Field Trip Toton Sidings

Tuesday 4th July 2017, 10.00am-1.00pm
Toton Sidings, Long Eaton, south-west of Nottingham

Join this field trip to an area just north of Long Eaton full of wildflowers that attract a wide range of butterflies, including Marbled White...

Silver-studded Blue

Cornwall: Field Trip

Tuesday 4th July 2017: 11am
Upton Towans, north-east of Hayle

Join the Cornwall Branch on a walk through this extensive sand dune complex situated between Gwithian and Hayle, a Cornwall Wildlife Trust reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)...

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Cornwall: Field Trip

Saturday 8th July 2017: 11am
Penlee Reserve and Penlee Point, south of Plymouth

Join the Cornwall Branch at Rame Head (south of Plymouth) for a field trip led by moth expert and Cornwall Moth Recorder Leon Truscott. We will be looking for Marbled White, Small Heath, Dark Green Fritillary butterflies and...

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Devon: Field Trip

Saturday 8th July 2017: 11.00am
Aish Tor Nr Poundsgate

Join the Devon Branch for a walk at Aish Tor looking for High Brown and Dark Green Fritillaries.

Purple Emperor

East Midlands: Field Trip Fermyn Woods

Saturday 8th July 2017, 9.30am-3.00pm
Fermyn Woods

Fermyn Woods is part of the ancient Rockingham Forest. It is an attractive site with grassland and ponds as well as the extensive woodland. Target species: Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Purple and White-letter Hairstreak, and a range of other woodland and grassland species.

Purple Emperor

Field Trip to Fermyn Woods, Northamptonshire

Saturday 8th July 2017, 9.30am-4.30pm
Fermyn Woods, Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire's Fermyn Woods are ancient woodlands containing predominantly oak and ash, along with some conifer plantations, and are also one of the very best sites for the beautiful Purple Emperor butterfly. Do join us to see this amazing butterfly

Silver-washed Fritillary

East Midlands: Field Trip Borders Wood

Sunday 9th July 2017, 10.30am-1.00pm
Borders Wood, Owthorpe, south-east of Nottingham

Join the East Midlands Branch for a circular walk (approximately 2 miles) using public footpaths and bridleways through Borders Wood, near Owthorpe. We are hoping to see woodland species of butterflies, including Silver-washed Fritillary and possibly Purple Emperor...

River Averon Butterfly Walk

Sunday 9th July 2017, 10.30am-2.30pm
Ballavoulen, north-west of Alness

This walk, approx. 4 miles in total, mostly on a reasonably flat track, will take us to Loch Morie. On a good day we would hope to see several species of butterfly, a number of different dragonflies and of course some day flying moths.

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Devon: Field Trip

Sunday 9th July 2017, 11.00am-2.00pm
Heddon Valley, North Devon

Explore this rich butterfly habitat, which is one of the best High Brown Fritillary sites in north Devon...

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Devon: Moth Trapping

Friday 14th July 2017, 9.00pm-0.00am
Andrew's Wood, Loddiswell, nr Kingsbridge

A moth trapping evening near Kingsbridge with the Devon Branch Chairman & moth expert, Barry Henwood...

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Big Butterfly Count - Nationwide Survey

Friday 14th July to Sunday 6th August 2017
All Over The UK

Big Butterfly Count is the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Anyone can take part - simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather during the event, which runs from 14 July-6 August. The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.

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Cornwall: Field Trip

Saturday 15th July 2017: 1pm
Cabilla Woods, Glyn Valley, east of Bodmin

Join the Cornwall Branch on this walk through the Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) reserve three miles east of Bodmin, described as “one of the largest and possibly finest ancient woodland in Cornwall”...

Purple Hairstreak

East Midlands: Field Trip Cotgrave Forest

Sunday 16th July 2017, 11.00am-1.00pm
Cotgrave Forest

This was the most popular walk in 2015 possibly because of the presence of Purple Emperor which a few were lucky enough to see. Parking on the roadside verges is not ideal so please consider car sharing if you can.

Marbled White

East Midlands: Field Trip Bagworth Heath Woods Country Park

Tuesday 18th July 2017: 11am
Bagworth Heath Woods Country Park, Coalville, West Of Leicester

Join the East Midlands Branch on a field trip near Bagworth (west of Leicester), where we hope to see Marbled White and other summer butterflies...

Silver-washed Fritillary

East Midlands: Field Trip Wyre Forest

Saturday 22nd July 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Wyre Forest

This large forest is designated as a Forest Nature Reserve, much of it being a Site of Special Scientific Interest and several areas are managed as National Nature Reserves, which include the meadows we will be making for in the valley by the Dowles Brook

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Cornwall: Field Trip

Saturday 22nd July 2017: 10am
Penhale, near Cubert, north-east of Perranporth

Join the Cornwall Branch for a closer look at the wild flowers, butterflies and moths to be found on Penhale Sands Army Training Camp ( near Cubert), which is not normally open to the public. Booking essential...

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Devon: Field Trip

Sunday 23rd July 2017: 11am
Goat Island And Undercliffs Nr. Seaton

Join the Devon Branch for a butterfly walk through the complex of “off piste” pathways through the Undercliffs to arrive at Goat Island.

Dark Green Fritillary

East Midlands: Field Trip Hoe Grange Quarry

Sunday 23rd July 2017, 11.00am-3.00pm
Hoe Grange Quarry Nature Reserve, Longcliffe, Brassington

You are welcome to the first Open Day for Hoe Grange Quarry, Derbyshire’s first butterfly reserve (near Brassington) on Sunday 23 July, from 11am to 3pm...

Grayling

Cornwall: Field Trip

Sunday 23rd July 2017: 1pm
Newlyn Downs, near St Newlyn East

Join the Cornwall Branch in exploring this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). We’ll be searching for Grayling butterflies, Bog Bush-crickets, Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies and much more...