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.

New Members Day In South Wilts

Saturday 23rd May 2015, 10am-3.00pm
Codford Village Hall , Cotley Hill

New members who have joined Butterfly Conservation in the last 12-18 months have are invited to a Welcome Event at Codford Village Hall followed by a guided walk around nearby Cotley Hill. This prominent hill to the East of Warminster is a super place for butterflies.

Field Trip: Sidbury Hill

Saturday 30th May 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm
Sidbury Hill

This chalk grassland site has spectacular views over Salisbury Plain and has a rich assortment of butterflies and other wildlife.

Field Trip: Grovely Wood

Sunday 31st May 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm
Grovely Wood

This trip is planned to see, and get familiar with, common and some of the uncommon of our spring butterflies. Bring a packed lunch. Approximate walking distance 5 miles.

Field Trip: Bratton Castle

Saturday 6th June 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm
Bratton Castle

This South Wiltshire Group walk will be to look for the Wall Brown and Adonis Blues.

Field Trip: Whitesheet Hill

Sunday 7th June 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm
Whitesheet Hill

This trip will be to review the state of the reserve in the South West of the County. Marsh Fritillary occurred in good numbers in the past but did poorly in 2014.

Field Trip: Landford Bog

Saturday 13th June 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm
Landford Bog

This is a South Wiltshire Group trip to look for Silver-studded Blue and is an unusual acid-based habitat for Wiltshire

Field Trip: Somerford Common & Webb’s Wood

Sunday 14th June 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm
Somerford Common & Webb’s Wood

It has been a while since we have visited Somerford Common as a field trip. The clay soil in this area can be muddy at the best of times so sturdy boots or wellies are recommended if there has been recent rain.

Field Trip: Haddon Hill (Exmoor) And Collard Hill (Somerset)

Tuesday 23rd June 2015, 10.30am-4.00pm
Haddon Hill (Exmoor) And Collard Hill (Somerset)

This is a weekday trip to try and see a couple of our rarer British Butterflies. We will start out at Haddon Hill and then move to Collard Hill in the afternoon.

Field Trip: Chase Woods

Saturday 4th July 2015, 11.00am-3.30pm
Chase Woods

This is a joint trip with the Dorset Branch to explore and do some recording too. If possible, bring a clipboard and Ordnance Survey map Explorer 118 covering the area.

Family Day Iford Manor

Sunday 5th July 2015: 11.30am
Iford Manor

A great FREE family day out. Guided walks, moth trap displays, bat roost viewing by infra-red camera, arts and crafts, face-painting and story-telling, butterfly-friendly plants for sale etc.

Field Trip: Martin Down

Saturday 11th July 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm
Martin Down

This is a joint trip with the Dorset Branch. Martin Down National Nature Reserve is worth a visit at any time during the butterfly season.

Field Trip: Bentley Wood

Thursday 16th July 2015, 10.00am-3.30pm
Bentley Wood

This is a South Wiltshire Group trip to see and learn to recognise some of our rarer butterflies in the county.

Field Trip: Black Dog Woods (near Frome)

Saturday 18th July 2015, 11.00am-3.30pm
Black Dog Woods (near Frome)

This short trip is an opportunity to explore this wood which is on the border with Somerset..

Field Trip: Danks Down (near Ford)

Sunday 19th July 2015, 11.00am-3.30pm
Danks Down (near Ford)

This walk includes a steep South West facing section of limestone down. This is a quiet mid Summer period for many species but our objective will be to find a White-letter Hairstreak.

Field Trip: Stonedown Wood

Saturday 25th July 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm
Stonedown Wood

South Wilts Walk (Butterfly Recognition): This is a joint trip with the Dorset branch.

Field Trip: Stonedown Wood

Saturday 25th July 2015, 11.00am-3.45pm
Stonedown Wood

South Wilts Walk (Butterfly Recognition): This is a joint trip with the Dorset branch

Field Trip: Clearbury Down

Saturday 8th August 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm
Clearbury Down

This is a really good site for the Chalkhill Blue.

Field Trip: Win Green (Ashcombe Bottom)

Saturday 15th August 2015, 10.00am-3.00pm
Win Green (Ashcombe Bottom)

This is a re-visit with the Dorset branch to this reserve at the South West corner of the county. This time we are looking for Chalkhill Blue.

Field Trip: Aston Rowant (Oxfordshire)

Sunday 16th August 2015, 10.30am-3.00pm
Aston Rowant (Oxfordshire)

There is a strong colony of Silver-spotted Skipper at this location. Depending on the size of the party the afternoon meeting will visit another location looking for Brown Hairstreak.

Field Trip: Beacon Hill & Oliver’s Castle

Saturday 22nd August 2015, 11.00am-3.30pm
Beacon Hill & Oliver’s Castle

This visit is to explore one of the walks from the Butterfly Walks in Wiltshire booklet. Bring a packed lunch.

Field Trip: Ballard Down (Dorset)

Sunday 23rd August 2015, 11.00am-4.00pm
Ballard Down (Dorset)

This joint trip with Dorset Branch is targeting good views of Adonis Blue and other high summer species. Bring a packed lunch.