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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North East England: Gibside Big Butterfly Day

Monday 25th July 2016
Gibside, south-east of Newcastle upon Tyne

Join the North East Branch of Butterfly Conservation and the National Trust for this Summer Holiday Family Fun day at Gibside in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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East Scotland Aberdeenshire: Moths In The Morning

Tuesday 26th July 2016, 10.00am-12.30pm
Muir Of Dinnet NNR, Aberdeenshire

Discover the marvellous moths caught in live traps set overnight on the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR), followed by a search for day-flying moths and butterflies as time and weather allow. You can also find out how you can take part in this year’s Big Butterfly Count.

Grayling

Somerset And Bristol: Guided Walk

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm
Bossington, near Porlock, Minehead

Join the Somerset and Bristol Branch on a walk at this rugged coastal site, which has stunning views along the coast towards Porlock Weir. Our target species is the Grayling butterfly. but other species likely to be present include Dark Green Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Lancashire/Cumbria: Big Butterfly Count Event

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Brigsteer Park Wood, Levens, Kendal, Cumbria

Join the Cumbria and Lancashire Branch on this Big Butterfly Count (BBC) walk through Brigsteer Park Wood to see as many BBC butterfly species as possible, like the Common Blue, but also to see the Silver-washed and Dark Green Fritillaries found in this wood!

Dark Green Fritillary

Wiltshire: Knowle Hill (Broad Chalke)

Thursday 28th July 2016: 11.00am
south-east of Salisbury

Join the Wiltshire Branch on their second visit to this area of grassland on the south-west Wiltshire chalk, where we hope to see Dark Green Fritillaries and other summer species of butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Devon: Plymbridge Woods Moth Event

Friday 29th July 2016: 9.00pm
north-east Plymouth

Mothing in fabulous mixed woodland; this event will no doubt produce an exciting plethora of records!

Chalk Hill Blue

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Friday 29th July 2016, 2.00pm-3.30pm
Hexton Chalk Pit, north of Luton

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch on this walk to see summer butterflies including, hopefully, Chalk Hill Blues. Organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, so a donation of £3 will be requested. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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East Scotland Aberdeenshire: A Wild Night At Carnie Woods

Friday 29th July 2016, 8.30pm-0.00am
Westhill, West Of Aberdeen

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.

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West Midlands: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 30th July 2016: 1.45pm
Wigmore Rolls, Herefordshire

Join the West Midlands Branch on a butterfly walk of approximately two miles. This is a Big Butterfly Count event.

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Lancashire/Cumbria: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 30th July 2016
to be confirmed

A joint walk with the Cumbria and Lancashire Branches - place and details available nearer the time.

Chalk Hill Blue

Surrey: Vale End, Albury

Saturday 30th July 2016, 10.30am-4pm
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Join the Surrey Branch on a walk along the Tillingbourne Valley led by Mike Weller, where we hope to see Chalkhill Blue butterflies. This event is for members & guests only.

Silver-washed Fritillary

Norfolk: Field Trip To Holt Country Park And Lowes

Saturday 30th July 2016, 10.30am-1pm
Holt Country Park And Lowes

Join the Norfolk Branch at Holt Country Park to find beautiful butterflies in the woods! We will walk round this North Norfolk Council Reserve looking for summer butterflies, including Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral, and other wildlife. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

White Admiral

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Saturday 30th July 2016: 10.30am
Fence Wood, Hermitage, North-east Of Newbury, Berks

Join the Upper Thames Branch at this site which is good for White Admiral butterflies, with many other species possible along this wide woodland ride. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Dorset: Butterfly Identification Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016, 1pm-4pm
Rodwell Trail, Weymouth

Join the Dorset Branch on this butterfly identification walk between Weymouth and Portland. Great for beginners and experts alike! This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Essex Skipper

South West Scotland: Golden Skippers Butterfly Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Birkshaw Forest, Near Lockerbie DG11

Organised by our D&G subgroup the target species are Small & Essex Skippers but there should be many other species too including possibly Large Skipper - the 3rd member in our area of what are known as the Golden Skippers. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Chalk Hill Blue

Somerset And Bristol: Guided Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm
Brean Down, south of Weston-super-Mare

At the western end of the Mendips, jutting into the Bristol Channel, the National Trust’s Brean Down can be somewhat windswept at times, but on a good day is an idyllic site. For this walk we will be looking for Chalkhill Blues plus Dark Green Fritillary, Brown Argus, Grayling, Marbled Whites and other butterfly species as well as some interesting flora. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Purple Hairstreak

Cornwall: Godolphin Woods

Sunday 31st July 2016: 1.30pm
near Godolphin Cross, between Hayle and Helston

Join the Cornwall Branch on an interesting walk through Godolphin Woods. There will be a wide variety of Lepidoptera, with the target species being the Purple Hairstreak butterfly. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Peacock

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Sunday 31st July 2016: 10.30am
Oven Bottom, Aston Upthorpe, Didcot, Oxon

Join the Upper Thames Branch on a walk to find butterflies of high summer. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Holly Blue

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016, 10.00am-12.30pm
Heartwood Forest, Sandridge, Herts

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch on a leisurely walk through newly planted areas of forest to see a vivid display of summer butterflies, including, hopefully, skippers, Marbled White, blues and browns. Handy tips will be provided to help you learn how to identify individual species. This event is part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.

Wood White

Devon: Undercliffs National Nature Reserve

Sunday 31st July 2016, 1.30pm-4.00pm
between Axmouth and Lyme Regis

This event centres on the Humble Glades area of this unique NNR and will encompass several glades, mostly recently created by Natural England, woodland areas, and the beach itself. Warden Tom Sunderland is keen to get Wood White butterfly records from these glades, to assess the success of the management work being undertaken. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Lincolnshire Branch Open Day, AGM And Big Butterfly Count Guided Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016: 10.00am
Chambers Farm Wood nr. Bardney

Join the Lincolnshire Branch for our Annual Open Day, which includes a popular Guided Butterfly Walk. The day is very suitable for families. Our AGM also takes place today & starts at 3 p.m. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Brown Argus

Devon: Orley Common Field Trip

Sunday 31st July 2016: 1.30pm
west of Ipplepen

Join the Devon Branch on a field trip to see the Brown Argus butterfly. which is not at all common in Devon. There will be very interesting limestone flora, which is also scarce in Devon. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Kent: Denge Wood

Sunday 31st July 2016: 10.30am
Waltham

Join the Kent Branch on a walk looking for summer butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Essex Skipper

Warwickshire: Coughton Wood Butterfly Walk

Wednesday 3rd August 2016: 11.00am
Redditch

Join the Warwickshire Branch for a butterfly walk in Coughton Wood led by Mike Slater. We are hoping to see Essex Skipper butterflies. (Free event) This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Silver-spotted Skipper

Surrey: Reigate & Colley Hills

Wednesday 3rd August 2016, 11am-3pm
Reigate, Surrey

Join Mike Weller from the Surrey Branch looking for Silver-spotted Skipper and Chalk Hill Blue butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Wednesday 3rd August 2016, 11am-1pm
Therfield Heath, near Royston

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch during Big Butterfly Count. We hope to see Chalk Hill Blue and other butterflies.

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Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Wednesday Wander

Wednesday 3rd August 2016: 10.30am
Magdalen Hill Down, just east of Winchester

Join the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch on their Magdalen Hill Down Reserve and enjoy the month's butterflies on a leisurely walk with friendly company. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Grayling

Norfolk: Field Trip To Winterton Dunes

Thursday 4th August 2016, 10.30am-1pm
Winterton-on-Sea, north of Great Yarmouth

Join the Norfolk Branch for a walk round this Natural England reserve looking for summer butterflies, including Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.