Upper Thames branch

Holtspur Bottom

Species to look out for


Welcome to the Upper Thames Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

AdmiralThe Upper Thames Branch covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, which includes the beautiful rolling hills of the Chilterns. It is home to several rare species of butterfly and moth, including the Black Hairstreak, Adonis Blue and Striped Lychnis Moth.

If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Upper Thames branch.


New Year's Day Egg-stravaganza At Otmoor!

Thursday 1st January 2015, 10.30am-1.00pm

Families in and around Oxford are being invited to work off those Christmas mince pies and see in the New Year searching for rare butterfly eggs with Butterfly Conservation's Upper Thames Branch

Tidy & Bonfire At Holtspur Bottom

Sunday 11th January 2015, 10.00am-1.00pm

A chance to have a nice walk on this beautiful reserve near Beaconsfield and take part in conservation work for the rare moth and butterfly species found here...

Conservation Work Party & Bonfire

Sunday 11th January 2015, 10.00am-1pm

Join the Upper Thames Branch in protecting the future of the beautiful butterflies and moths found at this reserve near Beaconsfield. All tools are provided.

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Latest News

New Year’s Egg-Stravaganza!

Families in and around Oxford on New Year's Day are being invited to work off those Christmas mince pies by getting outside and helping to search for rare butterfly eggs.

Pollinators Pushed Up The Agenda

Butterfly Conservation welcomes the Government’s National Pollinator Strategy. The newly published document is a clear steer from Government that the declines in bees and wild pollinators including butterflies and moths are being taken seriously.

Horror Moth Ghosts In For Halloween

The UK’s scariest moth caused pandemonium in a suburban street after appearing unexpectedly in a back garden, just days before Halloween.

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