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.


Dorset And Wiltshire: Conservation Work Party

Saturday 25th February 2017: 9.30am

Join the Wiltshire and Dorset Branches on this work party at Stratford Tony Down in south Wiltshire. We will be clearing tree seedlings and scrub to improve part of this extensive area of chalk grassland...

Wiltshire: Find Out More About Butterflies & Moths In Your Area

Saturday 4th March 2017: 1.30pm

Did you know that Wiltshire is home to some of the richest and rarest butterfly habitats in Britain? Join the Wiltshire Branch at this free Open Afternoon in Middle Woodford to find out more about the butterflies and moths in your area...

Wiltshire: Work Party

Friday 10th March 2017: 11am

Join the Wiltshire Branch on a scrub clearance day at West Yatton Down SSSI, north-west of Chippenham. These work parties are held on the second Friday of the month to conserve the environment on this beautiful site which supports nine species of orchid and more than thirty species of butterfly...

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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

Latest News

Dr Martin Warren awarded OBE

World-renowned butterfly scientist Dr Martin Warren has been awarded with an OBE for services to the environment.

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