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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Kent: High Elms Country Park

Sunday 24th July 2016: 10.30am
Farnborough

Join the Kent Branch on a walk in High Elms Country Park to see Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral butterflies, amongst others. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 24th July 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm
Millhoppers Pasture Reserve, Wilstone, north-west of Tring

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch on a walk at our Millhoppers Pasture reserve and for top tips on how to manage grassland to encourage butterflies and wild flowers. This event is part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.

White-Letter Hairstreak

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 24th July 2016, 10.00am-12.30pm
High Elms Country Park, Farnborough

At the invitation of the Kent Branch, the Herts and Middlesex Branch are going on a walk to see Silver-washed Fritillary, White-letter Hairstreak and other species of butterflies. There will be the option in the afternoon of exploring the nearby downland habitat. All welcome. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 24th July 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm
Panshanger Park, near Hertford

Join Andrew Wood of the Herts and Middlesex Branch on a walk organised by Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (a donation of £3 will be requested). This event is part of the Big Butterfly Count programme of butterfly walks.

Northern Brown Argus

East Scotland: Butterflies & Moths In The Foothills Of The Lammermuirs

Sunday 24th July 2016, 11am-3pm
Abbey St Bathans, Borders

Join the East Scotland Branch for a walk near the Southern Upland Way to see a Northern Brown Argus butterfly colony and other butterflies and moths found in this gently hilly country. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Grayling

Lincolnshire: Field Trip & Big Butterfly Count

Sunday 24th July 2016, 10am-4.30pm
Conesby Quarry - Phoenix Slag Banks, Scunthorpe

Join us on our Field Trip to find the Grayling butterfly at Conesby Quarry (10 a.m.) and Phoenix Slag Banks (2 p.m.). This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Devon: Little Breach Reserve Field Trip

Sunday 24th July 2016: 1.30pm
south-west of Wellington

Another chance to see how our own Branch Reserve is getting on; Marbled Whites and other grassland species should be plentiful and there are some lovely views from the trail. The Big Butterfly Count will be on, so download your sheets to get ready!

Small Heath

Wiltshire: The Coombes, Hinton Parva

Sunday 24th July 2016: 11.00am
between Wanborough and Bishopstone, east of Swindon

Join the Wiltshire Branch on a summertime walk to look for grassland-loving butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Grayling

Cornwall: Newlyn Downs

Sunday 24th July 2016: 1.00pm
near St Newlyn East, east of Perranporth

Join the Cornwall Branch on this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). We’ll be searching for Grayling butterflies, Bog Bush-crickets, Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies and much more. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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North East England: Butterfly Survey

Sunday 24th July 2016: 10.30am
Coatham Stob, between Darlington and Middlesbrough

Join the North East England Branch searching for Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak and White-letter Hairstreak butterflies. None of these species has previously been recorded at this site, but there is suitable habitat present. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Dark Green Fritillary

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Field Trip

Sunday 24th July 2016: 10.30am
Head Down And Holt Down, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, south of Petersfield

Join the Hants and Isle of Wight Branch on a walk where we are aiming to see Silver-Washed Fritillary, Marbled White, Dark-Green Fritillary and possibly Purple Emperor butterflies. This is fabulous Beech woodland, with a mix of other trees and good ride-side flora. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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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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Surrey: Great Train Journey East: Dorking-Betchworth

Tuesday 26th July 2016, 9.10am-4pm
Dorking Deepdene Station, Dorking

Join the Surrey Branch for a 6km return walk led by Mike Weller. On last year's trip we saw 25 species of butterfly, including Chalkhill Blue, Silver-spotted Skipper and White-letter Hairstreak. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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!

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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.

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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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.

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.

Peacock

Upper Thames: Field Meeting

Sunday 31st July 2016: 10.30am
Oven Bottom, Aston Upthorpe, Didcot, Oxon

Join the Upper Thames Branch on a walk to find butterflies of high summer. 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.