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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Yorkshire: Butterflies and Moths

Monday 25th to Friday 29th July 2016, 4pm-3pm
Malham Tarn, north of Skipton, Yorkshire Dales

This course introduces the subject of butterflies and moths in a practical and enjoyable way. 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!

Child with Privet-hawk Moth

Northern Ireland: Butterfly Conservation Stand @ Clogher Valley Show

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 10am-5pm
Clogher Valley Show, Augher, Co. Tyrone, BT77 0BD

Come and find Butterfly Conservation’s stand at the Clogher Valley Show. We’ll be promoting all-things butterflies and moths along with Butterfly Conservation’s ‘Pot for Pollinators’ initiative. Come and ‘have a go’ at moth identification and hear about the life cycle of our butterflies and moths and what you can do to help them in your garden or on the farm. This event takes place during 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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Lincolnshire: Work Party & Big Butterfly Count

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden, near Bardney

Join the Lincolnshire Branch on a work party day at Chambers Farm Wood, near Bardney, to tidy up the Butterfly Garden ready for the Open Day and AGM. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Suffolk: Wildlife Day At Holywells Park

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Holywells Park

Join the Suffolk Branch at this family wildlife day and Big Butterfly Count event which takes place at Holywells Park.

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.

High brown fritillary

Highlands And Islands: Trip To Silverdale, Cumbria

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016
Silverdale

This is a Highlands and Islands Branch long weekend trip to Cumbria, leaving early Friday morning and returning late on the Sunday. Attendees will stay at Challan Hall B&B and visit several sites around the Silverdale area. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Surrey: Chalk and Limestone Grassland Moths

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016, 5.30pm-4.00pm
Juniper Hall, Old London Road, Mickleham

This course will be based at Juniper Hall, which nestles in a valley of the North Downs close to Box Hill, with a backdrop of woodland and rolling chalk grassland habitats. It is aimed at anyone - total beginners to those with more advanced knowledge - who would like to learn more about identifying moths from chalk and limestone grassland habitats. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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.

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.

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Dorset: The Second Great Dorset Butterfly Scramble

Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st July 2016
The Dorset Countryside

Join the Dorset Branch on this weekend of butterfly counting, with participants splitting into teams to see who can see the most species! 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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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.

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.

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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.

Purple Hairstreak

Northern Ireland: Earlsgift Wood

Saturday 30th July 2016: 10.30am
Earlsgift Wood, Donemana, County Tyrone

These two woodlands are seldom visited by BCNI and are certainly under-recorded in terms of lepidoptera. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Les

Highlands And Islands: Moth Trapping At Kiltarlity

Saturday 30th July 2016, 10am-1pm
Highland Liliums Garden Centre, Kiltarlity

This event will be part of an open day held by Highland Liliums Garden centre. If weather conditions are reasonable, a good variety of moths should have been caught in the traps placed in the surrounding area the night before. EARLY JULY - LATE AUGUST; DATE TO BE CONFIRMED. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Highlands And Islands: Tomintoul Moths

Sunday 31st July 2016, 10am-2pm
Tomintoul Area

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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.