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.

White-Letter Hairstreak

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: A Lunchtime Butterfly Walk

Friday 22nd July 2016, 12.30pm-1.30pm
Regent's Park, London, NW1

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch on a leisurely lunchtime walk through the park to introduce people to the delights of urban butterflies. 21 butterfly species have been recorded here, including Marbled White and White-letter Hairstreak. This event is part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.

Chalk Hill Blue

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Reserve Visit

Saturday 23rd July 2016: 2pm
Yew Hill Reserve, south-west Winchester

Join the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch at their Yew Hill reserve to see birds and butterflies, especially Chalkhill Blue butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Painted

Somerset And Bristol: Guided Walk

Saturday 23rd July 2016: 11.00am
Steart Marshes, on the Steart Peninsula, by Bridgwater Bay

Join the Somerset and Bristol Branch on a walk at this exciting new Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust reserve, located between the Severn Estuary and the mouth of the River Parrett. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Ringlet

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 23rd July 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm
Marshall's Heath, near Wheathampstead, Herts

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch for a butterfly walk to see Marbled White, Ringlet and other grassland butterflies and the Pale Shining Brown moth. We will also be opening the moth trap, to see what moths were caught overnight. This event is part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.

Chalk Hill Blue

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Saturday 23rd July 2016: 10.30am
West Wycombe Hill And Butlers Hangings, High Wycombe, Bucks

Join the Upper Thames Branch on a walk to see summer butterflies and, hopefully, some of the rarer species on Buttlers Hanging, including Silver-spotted Skipper, Dark Green Fritillary and Chalk Hill Blue. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Essex Skipper

North East England: Field Trip

Saturday 23rd July 2016: 10.30am
Cowpen Bewley, Billingham, Middlesborough

On this North East Branch field trip, the target species is the Essex Skipper butterfly, discovered in County Durham for the first time in 2015. We will focus on the identification of this species and how to distinguish it from the very similar Small Skipper. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Chalk Hill Blue

Sussex: Moths And Butterflies Of Swanborough Hill

Saturday 23rd July 2016, 10am-3pm
Swanborough Farm, near Lewes

Join the Sussex Branch for a stroll near Lewes looking for downland butterfly and moth species, including Chalk Carpet. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Cornwall: Wildflowers and Butterflies of Penhale

Saturday 23rd July 2016: 10.30am
near Cubert, south of Newquay

Join the Cornwall Branch and the Cornwall Botanical Group for a closer look at the wild flowers, butterflies and moths to be found on Penhale Sands Army Training Camp, not normally open to the public. Led by botanist Ian Bennallick and accompanied by Dave Thomas. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Surrey: Family Big Butterfly Count Day!

Saturday 23rd July 2016, 10.00am-3.00pm
nr Chipstead, Coulsdon, Surrey

Get the children taking part in the Big Butterfly Count at this free Family Nature Day organised by BC's Surrey Branch on Chipstead Downs!

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Highlands And Islands: Kentish Glory Moth Larval Search

Saturday 23rd July 2016, 10.30am-2.00pm
Culbin Forest, near Forres, Moray

Join the Highlands and Islands Branch on a field trip aiming to find the impressive larvae of the Kentish Glory moth, which is only found in the central and eastern Scottish Highlands. It used to be found in southern Britain, hence the name, but hasn’t been seen there since about 1970. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Chalk Hill Blue

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Guided Walk

Saturday 23rd July 2016: 1.00pm
Carisbrooke Castle, Newport, Isle of Wight

Join the Hants and Isle of Wight Branch on a walk where we are aiming to see Chalk Hill Blue, Marbled White and skipper butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

White-Letter Hairstreak

West Midlands: Baggeridge Country Park

Saturday 23rd July 2016: 11am
south of Wolverhampton

Join the West Midlands Branch on a walk around Baggeridge Country Park, where we are hoping to see White-letter Hairstreak butterflies and Six-belted Clearwing moths. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Silver-washed Fritillary

West Midlands: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 23rd July 2016: 2pm
Haugh Wood, Woolhope, south-east of Hereford

Join the West Midlands Branch for a butterfly walk where we hope to see Silver-washed Fritillaries. This event takes place during the Big Butterfly Count.

Purple Hairstreak

Surrey: Wimbledon Common

Sunday 24th July 2016, 11am-3pm
Wimbledon, London

Join the Surrey Branch on a walk on Wimbledon Common led by Malcolm Bridge. We hope to find Purple Hairstreak and grassland species. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Grayling

Cornwall: Newlyn Downs

Sunday 24th July 2016: 1.00pm
near St Newlyn East, east of Perranporth

Join the Cornwall Branch on 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. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Devon: Little Breach Reserve Field Trip

Sunday 24th July 2016: 1.30pm
south-west of Wellington

Another chance to see how our own Branch Reserve is getting on; Marbled Whites and other grassland species should be plentiful and there are some lovely views from the trail. The Big Butterfly Count will be on, so download your sheets to get ready!

Dark Green Fritillary

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Field Trip

Sunday 24th July 2016: 10.30am
Head Down And Holt Down, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, south of Petersfield

Join the Hants and Isle of Wight Branch on a walk where we are aiming to see Silver-Washed Fritillary, Marbled White, Dark-Green Fritillary and possibly Purple Emperor butterflies. This is fabulous Beech woodland, with a mix of other trees and good ride-side flora. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Small Heath

Wiltshire: The Coombes, Hinton Parva

Sunday 24th July 2016: 11.00am
between Wanborough and Bishopstone, east of Swindon

Join the Wiltshire Branch on a summertime walk to look for grassland-loving butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Kent: High Elms Country Park

Sunday 24th July 2016: 10.30am
Farnborough

Join the Kent Branch on a walk in High Elms Country Park to see Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral butterflies, amongst others. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Grayling

Lincolnshire: Field Trip & Big Butterfly Count

Sunday 24th July 2016, 10am-4.30pm
Conesby Quarry - Phoenix Slag Banks, Scunthorpe

Join us on our Field Trip to find the Grayling butterfly at Conesby Quarry (10 a.m.) and Phoenix Slag Banks (2 p.m.). This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Northern Brown Argus

East Scotland: Butterflies & Moths In The Foothills Of The Lammermuirs

Sunday 24th July 2016, 11am-3pm
Abbey St Bathans, Borders

Join the East Scotland Branch for a walk near the Southern Upland Way to see a Northern Brown Argus butterfly colony and other butterflies and moths found in this gently hilly country. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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North East England: Butterfly Survey

Sunday 24th July 2016: 10.30am
Coatham Stob, between Darlington and Middlesbrough

Join the North East England Branch searching for Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak and White-letter Hairstreak butterflies. None of these species has previously been recorded at this site, but there is suitable habitat present. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 24th July 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm
Millhoppers Pasture Reserve, Wilstone, north-west of Tring

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch on a walk at our Millhoppers Pasture reserve and for top tips on how to manage grassland to encourage butterflies and wild flowers. This event is part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.

White-Letter Hairstreak

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 24th July 2016, 10.00am-12.30pm
High Elms Country Park, Farnborough

At the invitation of the Kent Branch, the Herts and Middlesex Branch are going on a walk to see Silver-washed Fritillary, White-letter Hairstreak and other species of butterflies. There will be the option in the afternoon of exploring the nearby downland habitat. All welcome. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 24th July 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm
Panshanger Park, near Hertford

Join Andrew Wood of the Herts and Middlesex Branch on a walk organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (a donation of £3 will be requested). This event is part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.

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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.

Les

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.