Surrey & SW London branch

Colley Hill, Surrey

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.


Jul 17–Aug 9Big Butterfly Count

Painted Ladylast invasion was 2009;
please report sightings to 
Migrant Watch

For general records, please use iRecord, via computer or APP,
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


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Our branch

Surrey & SW London branch was created in 1995 from the original London 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

Surrey easyfundraising

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2 Nominate as your chosen charity: Butterfly Conservation – Surrey & SW London branchThank you

Surrey news

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

Jul 11 & 12: Purple Emperor safaris at Knepp Rewilding, West Sussex. Sunday's total: 77

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

Jul 26Juniper Hall BioBlitz, 10.00-16.30, incl butterfly walks

Jul 22: Big Butterfly Count, Horniman Museum & Gardens, Forest Green SE23, with Richard "Bugman" Jones

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)

MayJul: Surrey Recorders' EVENTS.
Contact Harry Clarke if you can help

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