Wiltshire branch

Wiltshire branch

Species to look out for


Welcome to the Wiltshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

AdmiralThe future of our butterfly and moth populations in Britain is under threat with many specialist species in serious decline. Butterfly Conservation's reason for being is to save these populations by identifying the causes for the decline and carrying out corrective measures to halt and reverse the trend.

To do this successfully we need volunteer help locally in Wiltshire, particularly from those who may not yet members of BC, to record what is out there by conducting butterfly transects and moth trapping. We have to know what species we have and how they are prospering if we are to save them. Help with scrub clearance on important sites is also a vital role for volunteers.

In parallel we need to educate the community and in particular the younger generation about moths and butterflies by way of public events such as the annual Bird & Butterfly Day at Iford Manor near Bradford on Avon.


Wiltshire: Field Trip, Martin Down & Vernditch Chase

Sunday 3rd August 2014: 11.00am

This is a joint trip with the Dorset Branch. The day starts with a walk across Martin Down to see Dark Green Fritillary and downland species. After returning to the car park for lunch we will cross the A354 into Vernditch Chase woods at 14:00 to look for woodland species including White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary.

Wiltshire: Field Trip, Alners Gorse

Saturday 9th August 2014: 11.00am

South Wiltshire Group to familiarise yourself with woodland butterflies and learn how a woodland can be managed for them.

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Test thumb 1View sightings in the Wiltshire region or submit your own records online

Transect Monitoring

People walking through meadowTransect walking is a method for assessing butterfly abundance and involves walking a fixed route, called the transect, through an area at least once a week.


Flickr Share your photographs of butterflies or moths with our Witshire Flickr group

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Butterfly Walks in Wiltshire book released

Butterfly Walks in Wiltshire book released

This guide directs you to the best places in Wiltshire to see these interesting butterflies. Amply supplied with habitat and species photographs, it also gives the most useful information about how and when to find butterflies and some moths at these sites, with clear maps to get you to them easily.

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