A rare butterfly introduced to part of Exmoor two years ago has more than doubled its population at the site...
Species to look out for
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Butterfly Walks in Somerset and Bristol
This beautifully illustrated guidebook provides everything you need to know on where to spot every species of butterfly this part of the country has to offer, including the previously extinct Large Blue.
Butterfly Conservation (BC) is calling on wildlife enthusiasts around Somerset’s Polden Hills to help stop the decline of a beautiful moth by planting Wild Liquorice seeds on a nature reserve.
More than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies have declined in the last 40 years with some common species suffering significant slumps, a major scientific study has revealed.
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.
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.
Join the Somerset and Bristol Branch on a walk at this ancient lead-working site now owned by the Somerset Wildlife Trust. It holds both Small and Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Ringlet butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.
View this season's first sightings or submit your own Somerset and Bristol branch region butterfly and moth records