Events

You can brush up your identification skills, help on a conservation task, see a rare species or just enjoy a beautiful site.

To find an event near you just select your branch area (see In Your Area to find the closest branch to you) and then click the Filter button. You can also refine your selection using the Categories on the left-hand panel.

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North East England: Gibside Big Butterfly Day

Monday 25th July 2016
Gibside, south-east of Newcastle upon Tyne

Join the North East Branch of Butterfly Conservation and the National Trust for this Summer Holiday Family Fun day at Gibside in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Yorkshire: Butterflies and Moths

Monday 25th to Friday 29th July 2016, 4pm-3pm
Malham Tarn, north of Skipton, Yorkshire Dales

This course introduces the subject of butterflies and moths in a practical and enjoyable way. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Les

East Scotland Aberdeenshire: Moths In The Morning

Tuesday 26th July 2016, 10.00am-12.30pm
Muir Of Dinnet NNR, Aberdeenshire

Discover the marvellous moths caught in live traps set overnight on the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve (NNR), followed by a search for day-flying moths and butterflies as time and weather allow. You can also find out how you can take part in this year’s Big Butterfly Count.

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Lincolnshire: Work Party & Big Butterfly Count

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Chambers Farm Wood Butterfly Garden, near Bardney

Join the Lincolnshire Branch on a work party day at Chambers Farm Wood, near Bardney, to tidy up the Butterfly Garden ready for the Open Day and AGM. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Grayling

Somerset And Bristol: Guided Walk

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm
Bossington, near Porlock, Minehead

Join the Somerset and Bristol Branch on a walk at this rugged coastal site, which has stunning views along the coast towards Porlock Weir. Our target species is the Grayling butterfly. but other species likely to be present include Dark Green Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Comma, Meadow Brown and Gatekeeper. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Child with Privet-hawk Moth

Northern Ireland: Butterfly Conservation Stand @ Clogher Valley Show

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 10am-5pm
Clogher Valley Show, Augher, Co. Tyrone, BT77 0BD

Come and find Butterfly Conservation’s stand at the Clogher Valley Show. We’ll be promoting all-things butterflies and moths along with Butterfly Conservation’s ‘Pot for Pollinators’ initiative. Come and ‘have a go’ at moth identification and hear about the life cycle of our butterflies and moths and what you can do to help them in your garden or on the farm. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Suffolk: Wildlife Day At Holywells Park

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 12.00pm-4.00pm
Holywells Park

Join the Suffolk Branch at this family wildlife day and Big Butterfly Count event which takes place at Holywells Park.

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Lancashire/Cumbria: Big Butterfly Count Event

Wednesday 27th July 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Brigsteer Park Wood, Levens, Kendal, Cumbria

Join the Cumbria and Lancashire Branch on this Big Butterfly Count (BBC) walk through Brigsteer Park Wood to see as many BBC butterfly species as possible, like the Common Blue, but also to see the Silver-washed and Dark Green Fritillaries found in this wood!

Dark Green Fritillary

Wiltshire: Knowle Hill (Broad Chalke)

Thursday 28th July 2016: 11.00am
south-east of Salisbury

Join the Wiltshire Branch on their second visit to this area of grassland on the south-west Wiltshire chalk, where we hope to see Dark Green Fritillaries and other summer species of butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Upper Thames Work Party

Thursday 28th July 2016, 10.00am-1.00pm
Holtspur Bottom, Oxon

Join us for a ragwort-pulling session on our own reserve. We start at 10am and work for up to three hours.

High brown fritillary

Highlands And Islands: Trip To Silverdale, Cumbria

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016
Silverdale

This is a Highlands and Islands Branch long weekend trip to Cumbria, leaving early Friday morning and returning late on the Sunday. Attendees will stay at Challan Hall B&B and visit several sites around the Silverdale area. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Devon: Plymbridge Woods Moth Event

Friday 29th July 2016: 9.00pm
north-east Plymouth

Mothing in fabulous mixed woodland; this event will no doubt produce an exciting plethora of records!

Chalk Hill Blue

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Friday 29th July 2016, 2.00pm-3.30pm
Hexton Chalk Pit, north of Luton

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch on this walk to see summer butterflies including, hopefully, Chalk Hill Blues. Organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, so a donation of £3 will be requested. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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East Scotland Aberdeenshire: A Wild Night At Carnie Woods

Friday 29th July 2016, 8.30pm-0.00am
Westhill, West Of Aberdeen

Enter the mysterious world of night creatures! This will include setting up sugar and light traps to attract moths - which we will release unharmed after identification - and using detectors to pick up ultrasound of hunting bats.

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Surrey: Chalk and Limestone Grassland Moths

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st July 2016, 5.30pm-4.00pm
Juniper Hall, Old London Road, Mickleham

This course will be based at Juniper Hall, which nestles in a valley of the North Downs close to Box Hill, with a backdrop of woodland and rolling chalk grassland habitats. It is aimed at anyone - total beginners to those with more advanced knowledge - who would like to learn more about identifying moths from chalk and limestone grassland habitats. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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West Midlands: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 30th July 2016: 1.45pm
Wigmore Rolls, Herefordshire

Join the West Midlands Branch on a butterfly walk of approximately two miles. This is a Big Butterfly Count event.

Elephant Hawk

Lincolnshire Moth Night

Saturday 30th July 2016, 9.30pm-11.55pm
Chambers Farm Wood nr. Bardney

Join us for a bumper Moth Night with some six lights in various areas - we are hoping for 100+ macro moths!

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Warwickshire: Moth Night

Saturday 30th July 2016: 8.30pm
Fenny Compton Tunnels, 7 miles north of Banbury

Join the Warwickshire Branch at this Moth Night led by David Brown, where we hope to see Double Dart, Marbled Green and Oak Eggar moths. (Free event)

Purple Hairstreak

Northern Ireland: Earlsgift Wood

Saturday 30th July 2016: 10.30am
Earlsgift Wood, Donemana, County Tyrone

These two woodlands are seldom visited by BCNI and are certainly under-recorded in terms of lepidoptera. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Les

Highlands And Islands: Moth Trapping At Kiltarlity

Saturday 30th July 2016, 10am-1pm
Highland Liliums Garden Centre, Kiltarlity

This event will be part of an open day held by Highland Liliums Garden centre. If weather conditions are reasonable, a good variety of moths should have been caught in the traps placed in the surrounding area the night before. EARLY JULY - LATE AUGUST; DATE TO BE CONFIRMED. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Lancashire/Cumbria: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 30th July 2016
to be confirmed

A joint walk with the Cumbria and Lancashire Branches - place and details available nearer the time.

Chalk Hill Blue

Surrey: Vale End, Albury

Saturday 30th July 2016, 10.30am-4pm
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Join the Surrey Branch on a walk along the Tillingbourne Valley led by Mike Weller, where we hope to see Chalkhill Blue butterflies. This event is for members & guests only.

Silver-washed Fritillary

Norfolk: Field Trip To Holt Country Park And Lowes

Saturday 30th July 2016, 10.30am-1pm
Holt Country Park And Lowes

Join the Norfolk Branch at Holt Country Park to find beautiful butterflies in the woods! We will walk round this North Norfolk Council Reserve looking for summer butterflies, including Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral, and other wildlife. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Dorset: The Second Great Dorset Butterfly Scramble

Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st July 2016
The Dorset Countryside

Join the Dorset Branch on this weekend of butterfly counting, with participants splitting into teams to see who can see the most species! This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

White Admiral

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Saturday 30th July 2016: 10.30am
Fence Wood, Hermitage, North-east Of Newbury, Berks

Join the Upper Thames Branch at this site which is good for White Admiral butterflies, with many other species possible along this wide woodland ride. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Dorset: Butterfly Identification Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016, 1pm-4pm
Rodwell Trail, Weymouth

Join the Dorset Branch on this butterfly identification walk between Weymouth and Portland. Great for beginners and experts alike! This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Essex Skipper

South West Scotland: Golden Skippers Butterfly Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016, 11.00am-4.00pm
Birkshaw Forest, Near Lockerbie DG11

Organised by our D&G subgroup the target species are Small & Essex Skippers but there should be many other species too including possibly Large Skipper - the 3rd member in our area of what are known as the Golden Skippers. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Chalk Hill Blue

Somerset And Bristol: Guided Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm
Brean Down, south of Weston-super-Mare

At the western end of the Mendips, jutting into the Bristol Channel, the National Trust’s Brean Down can be somewhat windswept at times, but on a good day is an idyllic site. For this walk we will be looking for Chalkhill Blues plus Dark Green Fritillary, Brown Argus, Grayling, Marbled Whites and other butterfly species as well as some interesting flora. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Purple Hairstreak

Cornwall: Godolphin Woods

Sunday 31st July 2016: 1.30pm
near Godolphin Cross, between Hayle and Helston

Join the Cornwall Branch on an interesting walk through Godolphin Woods. There will be a wide variety of Lepidoptera, with the target species being the Purple Hairstreak butterfly. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.