Wiltshire branch

Wiltshire branch

Species to look out for

Welcome

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.

Events

Field Trip: Martin Down

Saturday 11th July 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm

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

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

Field Trip: Burning Cliff

Friday 17th July 2015, 11.00am-4.00pm

This part of the coast is good for Lulworth Skippers and in a good year attracts various migrants. Bring a packed lunch.

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Sightings

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.

Photos

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

Latest News

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