Surrey & SW London branch

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Species to look out for


Welcome to Surrey & SW London branch of Butterfly Conservation.

If you live in our area and join BC you automatically become a branch member.

Scroll images above to see Surrey's 42 species.
Click image to reveal full details

See below for our Field Trips,
Facebook page &
Twitter @BC_Surrey


Jan 16 − Mar 6: RHS Garden, Wisley
Butterflies In The Glasshouse
Branch stand: Feb 6-12
Feb 20: East Horsley
Surrey Recorders Meeting
Mar 5: Dorking
SE Regional Branch Meeting
Mar 19: Birmingham & Midland Institute
National Butterfly Recorders Meeting
Mar 19: Juniper Hall, Dorking
British Dragonfly Society Spring Meeting
Jun 9 – 11: Moth Night
Jul 15 – Aug 7Big Butterfly Count


There are no events scheduled for the requested area. Field events are mostly held during the summer months and are arranged in the early spring.


For general records, please use iRecord, via computer or App (smartphone/tablet), or email spreadsheet to Harry Clarke

Painted Lady (last invasion 2009) & Hummingbird Hawk-moth: please record at Migrant Watch

Please see our recording pages

1 Recording Guide
2 Transects: weekly fixed route
: record for just one hour, four times a year!
4 Champions: could you champion a square or species?

Our Branch

Surrey & SW London branch was created in 1995 from London (1980-94) branch. Membership reached 1,000 in Oct 2014.

Benefits include
40+ field trips
New Members' Day
Members' Day: November, Dorking
Skipper magazine: March & October

Surrey ReserveOaken Wood

Websites from Sep 2014

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Surrey News

Please email Notable Sightings, photos or other news to
Please use iRecord for general records

Feb 6-12: Geoff Eaton & Clive Huggins thank those who volunteered on our stand at Butterflies in the Glasshouse RHS Garden, Wisley. See Surrey People

Jan 31: Brown Hairstreak map further updated; thank you to those who have submitted egg records

Jan 29, Cranleigh: 9 hunters, 75 mins, 56 Brown Hairstreak eggs;
success rate: 5.0 eggs per hour

Jan 13: Chief Exec Martin Warren to step down in Dec

Jan 5Horton CP: 16 hunters, 90 mins, 83 Brown Hairstreak eggs;
success rate: 3.5 eggs per hour.
See Surrey People

Jan 1, Bookham Common: 8 hunters, 77 mins, 15 Brown Hairstreak eggs;
success rate: 1.5 eggs per hour

Dec 17, Chipstead Downs: 15 hunters, 100 mins, 92 Brown Hairstreak eggs;
success rate: 3.7 eggs per hour.

BH egg (left) contrasts with smooth/oval egg of Blue-bordered Carpet moth, which also lays on blackthorn.
Ken & Gillian Elsom

Dec 15State of UK Butterflies 2015:
quinquennial report for 2010-14 finds
76% of species have declined in last 40yrs

Dec 15Regional Action plan updated:
Surrey Areas of Biodiversity Opportunity

Dec 11, Priest Hill: 15 hunters, 75 mins, 58 Brown Hairstreak eggs;
success rate: 3.1 eggs per hour

Dec 9Sussex Long-tailed Blue video

Dec 1, Newdigate: 11 hunters, 90 mins, 114 Brown Hairstreak eggs (Ken Elsom);
success rate: 6.9 eggs per hour

DecNick Broomer's blog:
Speckled Wood life cycle

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    Branch Magazine

    County Atlas

    Surrey AtlasPublished 2013. £16 (+ p&p) from

    Also available:
    Larger Moths of Surrey
    Smaller Moths of Surrey