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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The Big Butterfly Count

Friday 17th July to Sunday 9th August 2015
Nationwide

Help us take nature's pulse by joining the big butterfly count.

Painted

Highlands And Islands - Butterfly Weekend Trip

Either Friday 24 July to Sunday 26 July OR Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August 2015
Silverdale, Cumbria

Join the Highlands & Islands Branch on this long weekend trip to the Silverdale area leaving early Friday morning and returning late on the Sunday, looking for the High Brown Fritillary butterfly and many more.

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Dorset: The Great Dorset And Wiltshire Butterfly Scramble

Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd August 2015, 10.00am-3.00pm
The Dorset Countryside

Join us on this weekend of butterfly counting, with participants splitting into teams to see who can see the most species! Prizes for the winners and a chance to take part in the Big Butterfly Count too.

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Dorset: Butterfly Identification Walk

Sunday 02nd August 2015, 1pm-4pm
Rodwell Trail, Weymouth

Join the Dorset Branch on this butterfly identification walk between Weymouth and Portland. Great for beginners and experts alike!

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West Midlands: Wildlife Trust Butterfly Blitz

Sunday 2nd August 2015, 11am-3pm
Wolseley Centre, near Rugeley

The Staffordshire Wildlife Trust are running a Big Butterfly Count in conjunction with the West Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation - come and join us!

Marbled White

Hertfordshire and Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 2nd August 2015, 10.00am-12.30pm
Heartwood Forest

A leisurely walk through newly planted areas of forest to see a vivid display of summer butterflies. Target species include Marbled White, skippers and blue and brown butterflies. Handy tips will be provided to help you learn how to identify individual species.

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Purple Hairstreaks in Godolphin Woods

Sunday 2nd August 2015: 1.30pm
GODOLPHIN WOODS, Near Godolphin

Join Butterfly Conservation's Cornwall Branch for this interesting walk through Godolphin Woods, where we will be looking for the Purple Hairstreak butterfly.

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Sussex Branch: Big Butterfly Count Family Event!

Sunday 2nd August 2015, 10.30am-0.00am
Next to Mouse Cottage, Steyning.

Please join Butterfly Conservation's Sussex Branch and the Steyning & District Community Partnership for this free, family day out counting butterflies!

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Sussex Branch: Blackcap & Ashcombe Bottom Adventure

Monday 3rd August 2015, 10.30am-3.30pm
Ashcombe Bottom, near Lewes

Please join the Sussex Branch on this butterfly walk to see downland and possible woodland butterflies. There is also a chance to take part in The Big Butterfly Count!

Dark Green Fritillary

Cumbria: Butterflies Of Arnside Knott

Wednesday 5th August 2015, 10.00am-2.00pm
South Lakeland

Join the Cumbria Branch to see Scotch Argus and Fritillary butterflies in the Arnside and Silverdale AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)

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Lincolnshire Work Party - Southrey Wood

Wednesday 5th August 2015, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Southrey Wood nr. Bardney

Work at Southrey Wood is general woodland management, and the upkeep of the rides and footpaths. Your help would be much appreciated! Southrey is an important BC Reserve owned by the Forestry Commission.

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Northern Ireland: Lúnasa Festival Butterfly Safari

Thursday 6th August 2015, 11.00am-4.00pm
Slieve Gullion Forest Park, Newry

As part of the Lúnasa Festival and the Big Butterfly Count, we have teamed up with Ring of Gullion to invite you and your family, to join us on a butterfly safari among the rich heritage of the Ring of Gullion area

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Northern Ireland: Mount Eagles Bat And Moth Night

Friday 7th August 2015: 7pm
Dunmurry

Join us to discover the secret lives of moths and learn how to trap moths; a few moth traps will be available to borrow to discover which of these amazing creatures live in your back garden!

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North Wales: Moths at Plas yn Rhiw and Big Butterfly Count

Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th August 2015, 9.00pm-11.00am
Plas Yn Rhiw, Gwynedd

A privileged opportunity to trap for moths at the National Trust’s property, Plas yn Rhiw on Lleyn and perhaps a chance to take part in The Big Butterfly Count when we check the trap the next morning.

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Cambridgeshire And Essex: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 8th August 2015: 11.00am
Canvey Wick Local Nature Reserve, Essex

Join the Cambs & Essex Branch for a field trip hoping to see migrants such as Clouded Yellow and possibly second brood Wall butterflies.

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Cambridgeshire And Essex: Bioblitz Survey

Saturday 8th August 2015, 10.00am-5.00pm
Copt Hall Marshes (National Trust), Great Wigborough, Essex

Join the Cambs & Essex Branch for a National Trust organised survey, during which there will be guided walks.

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Kynance Cove Butterflies

Sunday 9th August 2015: 11.00am
Kynance Cove, Near The Lizard

Join the Cornwall Branch on this wonderfully scenic coastal walk on the Lizard as we look for Clouded Yellow, Grayling and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies and many more species.

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Somerset And Bristol: Hatch Hill Big Butterfly Count

Sunday 9th August 2015
The Poldens, South Of Street

Join Butterfly Conservation's Somerset & Bristol Branch at this Big Butterfly Count event in the Poldens. Hatch Hill is also a fantastic site to see the Chalkhill Blue butterfly.

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East Scotland: Angus - Barry Buddon Joint Meeting

Sunday 16th August 2015, 9.45am-5.00pm

Barry Buddon is the largest and best area of sand dunes and dune slacks in this part of Eastern Scotland. By arrangement, we are allowed to spend a day freely exploring the wildlife delights of this valuable array of habitats. Moth traps will be run overnight at Cowbyres and there are over 14 species of butterfly recorded for this site.

Dark Green Fritillary

Lands End Butterfly Walk

Sunday 16th August 2015: 10.30am
Gwennap Head And Porthgwarra, Near Land’s End

Join the Cornwall Branch at this beautiful location to search for Grayling butterflies, Dark Green Fritillaries, Clouded Yellows and many more!

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East Midlands: Field Trip To Longstone Edge

Sunday 23rd August 2015: 10.30am
Peak District, Derbyshire

The target species is the Wall butterfly, but there could also be Dark Green Fritillary and the Brown Argus (Peak District Race), depending on how advanced the butterfly season is.