Join the Wiltshire Branch at this moth night where many species of moths will be caught and displayed, showing the diversity of these interesting insects. This is an ideal event for children who are interested in wildlife. Many species of moths will be caught and displayed showing the diversity of these interesting insects. Owls may be heard and bats should be seen...
Species to look out for
Welcome to the Wiltshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation.
The 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.
Join the Wiltshire Branch on a south Wiltshire butterfly recognition walk near Odstock, where we hope to see Chalk Hill Blue and other summer butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count...
Join the Wiltshire Branch on this trip to Ballard Down in Dorset to look for summer migrants and familiarise yourself with downland butterflies. If the season isn’t too advanced, there's a chance of seeing the odd Lulworth Skipper...
View sightings in the Wiltshire region or submit your own records online
Transect 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.
Share your photographs of butterflies or moths with our Witshire Flickr group
Julie Williams has been elected as the new Chief Executive of wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC), taking on the role after Dr Martin Warren OBE retired from the post last year.
Sir David Attenborough has warned that UK butterflies face a critical summer after a string of poor years has seen the numbers of many common species decline.
A naturalist who almost single-handedly saved a rare butterfly from extinction in Sussex, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his long-standing services to wildlife conservation.