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.


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

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

Please see our recording pages

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

Mar 2015: Planning transects on the North Downs west of Dorking: (L-R) John Curtin, Bill Downey, Amanda McCormick (NT Ranger), Phil Boys, Cathy Mead, Gail Jeffcoate


National AGM & Members' Day

Saturday 14th November 2015, 9.30am-5.15pm

Held in Surrey this year, all welcome. Hilton Cobham, Seven Hills Rd, Surrey KT11 1EW. 3km NE of M25/A3, jct10

Surrey AGM & Members' Day

Saturday 21st November 2015, 10.30am-4.00pm

Friends Life Sports & Social Club, Pixham Lane, Dorking

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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: Dorking in November
Skipper magazine: March & October

Surrey ReserveOaken Wood

Species to look out for (above)
Scroll images to see Surrey's 42 species. Click image to reveal full details, life-cycle photos & video

Websites from Sep 2014

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Surrey news

Please email notable sightings, photos or other news to
See below for our Facebook page &
Twitter @BC_Surrey

Sep 2, Pewley Down: 20 members, 13 species. Adonis: 4+ males, 2 fems, incl mating pair. See Sightings

Sep 1: 3 members ignore the postponement and see Pewley’s 1st Adonis (Nigel Jackman) for 2 years

Aug 28, Bookham: 3 Brown Hairstreaks. See Facebook & Surrey People

Aug 25: Moth Group UPDATE

Aug 19, Bookham: 35 trippers, 20 species, incl 2 fem Brown Hairstreaks & vagrant Chalkhill Blue on Fleabane (Geoff Eaton). See Surrey People

Aug 15, Wisley/Boldermere: 22 trippers, 8 butterflies, 14 odonata.

Aug 8, Gomshall>Dorking:
30 trippers, 26 species, incl Clouded Yellow on Scabious. FK 

Aug 4, Pirbright: 20 trippers, 19 species, incl 12 Graylings. See Sightings

Aug 2: Martin Warren's Big Butterfly Hike

Aug 2egg on Horseshoe Vetch confirms Chalkhill Blue is now breeding at Hutchinson’s Bank. Martin Wills

Aug 1, Vale End: 35 trippers, 23 species, many cakes. See Facebook photo

Aug 1Facebook 124 likes
Twitter 298 followers
Website 279 unique visitors last week
iRecord 1,929 Surrey records in 2015

Jul 30, Reigate Hill: 21 trippers, 24 species, incl Essex Skipper pair (multitasking fem top) on Thistle. FK

Aug-Oct: Surrey branch is one of 3 chosen charities at John Lewis, Purley Way, Croydon. Sophie Pettit

Jul 28, Betchworth>Dorking: 13 members, 25 species, incl White-letter Hairstreaks. See SIGHTINGS

Jul 25, Thursley: 17 members, 9 guests, 13 butterflies, 7 odonata & Raft Spider with egg sac (Roger Beck)

Jul 23: Purple Emperor on BBC News

Jul 23, Headley Heath: 26 species, notably 12+ Purple Hairstreaks & male Purple Emperor at Bridges Oaks TQ19885275. Simon Saville

Jul 21, Broadstreet Common: 9 members, 19 species, incl Large Skipper pair. FK

Jul 14, Juniper Top, Box Hill: 7 members, 13 species, incl Silver-spotted Skipper male on Marjoram. FK

Jul 9, Epsom Common: 23 members, 17 species. Judith McNickle & Ken Owen watch 2 Purple Emperors mineralising (Clive Huggins)

Jul 7, Sheepleas: 20 members, 15 species, incl Purple Emperor atop his usual Oak (Nigel Jackman)

Jul 3Facebook 106 likes
Twitter 248 followers
Website 206 unique visitors last week
iRecord 1,237 Surrey butterfly records

Jun 25, Roundshaw Downs: Dave Warburton, Sutton BC Biodiversity Officer, showed 11 members around the borough’s flagship reserve.

He demonstrated the results of the different management methods: scrapes where cattle had access produced a more varied flora. We were late in the season for Small Blue but found one worn individual. The butterfly flew here for the first time this year after Kidney Vetch was planted in 2012-14. We recorded 14 species, including Marbled White, which flourishes in this urban oasis. FK

White-letter HairstreakDave Page, Elmbridge BC Countryside Estates Officer, would appreciate records from the Esher Commons
via iRecord or Three downloadable maps show likely sites: Elms1, Elms2, Elms3

Jun 19Fritillary feast!
Heaths & High Browns in Devon: see Mick Rock's posts on our Facebook page
2 20+ Dark Greens feeding on Dogwood, Albury Downs, TQ03934909. FK


JunPensford Field Environmental Trust, who manage a small nature reserve in Kew (TQ192763), would like a butterfly survey. Please contact Mary Smith

Jun 7: Glanvilles (Richard Sergeant)
back at Wrecclesham! see Sightings

MayInsight into the lives of butterflies
Blog by Nick Broomer (Cranleigh)

AprSep: our branch will be represented at these Surrey shows.
Phil Boys would appreciate any help

Apr: National AGM & Members' Day will be in SURREY, Sat 14 Nov, at the Cobham Hilton

Mar: Dr Martin Warren, BC Chief Executive, booked as guest speaker for Surrey Members' Day, Sat 21 Nov

Branch magazine

County Atlas

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

Also available:
Larger Moths of Surrey
Smaller Moths of Surrey