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Welcome to Surrey & SW London branch of Butterfly Conservation.

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Next three events

Surrey: Field Trip

Sunday 23rd July 2017, 11am-3.00pm

Join the Surrey Branch for a field trip to Wimbledon Common; target: Purple Hairstreak butterflies. You could also take part in Big Butterfly Count....

Surrey: Field Trip

Tuesday 25th July 2017, 9.10am-4.00pm

Join the Surrey Branch for a Great Train Journey East from Dorking Deepdene (NOT Main) to Betchworth; 6km return walk via Brockham & Box Hill; target: 25+ species. This is an opportunity to take part in Big Butterfly Count...

Surrey: Field Trip

Saturday 29th July 2017, 10.30am-4.00pm

Vale End to Albury Downs, members & guests only; target: Chalk Hill Blue.

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Surrey News

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For general records, please use iRecord, via computer or App (smartphone/tablet)

Garden Butterfly Survey
Big Butterfly Count
: Jul/Aug
Migrant Watch: Hummingbird Hawk-moth
Painted Lady (last invasion 2009)
Transects: weekly fixed route
WCBS: record for one hour, 4 times a year

Please see our Recording Guide

Our Branch

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

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

Surrey reserveOaken Wood


Surrey Noticeboard

First/notable records: see Sightings
General records: see iRecord 

Jul 26: Butterfly walks at
Horton CP BioBlitz

Jul 23: Moth field events updated 

Jul 20, Headley Heath. 16 trippers on lucky streak: 22 species, incl Purple & White-letter Hairstreak (Frank Boxell)
See Surrey People

Jul 18, Broadstreet Common: Purple Emperor female in Oak for 2nd year running. Nigel Jackman

Jul 14–Aug 6: Big Butterfly Count

The Big Butterfly Count is also good for YOU, because 15 minutes spent watching butterflies in the summer sunshine is priceless; spending time with butterflies lifts the spirits and reinvigorates that sense of wonder in the natural world.
Sir David Attenborough

Jul 13, Ashtead: 19 species, 18 trippers. See Surrey People

Jul 9: Purple Emperor in Countryfile, with Matthew Oates & Neil Hulme

Jun 27, Newlands Corner: 3 trippers & 13 species defy the forecast, including Dark Green Fritillaries. Richard Stephens

Jun 5: Surrey 2016 Annual Report
available to download

Mar 10, Spring Skipper online:
please click image to download


Archive: older news

County Atlas

Surrey AtlasPublished 2013: £16 (+ £3 p&p)
from Branch Treasurer Peter Camber

Also available
Larger Moths of Surrey
Smaller Moths of Surrey


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