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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Wiltshire: Chickengrove Bottom and Knowle Hill

Thursday 26th May 2016: 10.30am
south of Broad Chalke

Join the Wiltshire Branch on a recording exercise on these two sites on the south-west Wiltshire chalk, where we we hope to find a good range of Spring butterfly species. Chickengrove Bottom is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI ) bordering Vernditch Chase.

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North East England: Transect Training

Saturday 4th June 2016: 12.00pm
Bishop Middleham, south-east of Durham

Ian Waller will demonstrate how to set up a transect and monitor the butterflies on it. Guidance on butterfly identification will be given and we will walk part of the Bishop Middleham Transect.

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West Midlands: Mortimer Forest Wood White Survey Day

Tuesday 7th June 2016: 11.00am
Bicton, Kingsland, Leominster, Herefordshire

Join the West Midlands Branch to help with monitoring work for the Wood White butterfly. This is part of the new Making a Stand for the Wood White project.

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Northern Ireland: Copeland Islands Recorders Weekend

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th June 2016, 4pm-5pm
Copeland Islands, Donaghadee

A first for BCNI, we will be travelling to the idyllic Copeland Islands for a relaxed weekend of recording and survey work, in partnership with the Copeland Bird Observatory, the Royal Entomological Society and Buglife.

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Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Butterfly Survey

Thursday 23rd June 2016: 10.30am
Shide Chalk Pit, Pan Hill Meadows And Pan Country Park, Isle Of Wight

Join the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch surveying these sites, which have lots of potential but have not been properly surveyed before.

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Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Duke of Burgundy Larvae Hunt

Sunday 26th June 2016: 10.30am
Butser Hill, south-west of Petersfield

Join the Hants and Isle of Wight Branch at this Natural England site which is a National Nature Reserve (NNR). We are aiming to see early Dark Green Fritillary, Small Heath, Brown Argus and Green Hairstreak butterflies.

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Suffolk: Red Lodge Butterflies & Big Butterfly Count

Saturday 9th July 2016: 10.00am
Bury Saint Edmunds

Join us on this morning and/or afternoon tour of the open heath and woodland margins at Red lodge Heath SSSI to take part in the Big Butterfly Count. Families welcome!

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The Big Butterfly Count

Friday 15th July to Sunday 7th August 2016
Nationwide

Help us take nature's pulse by joining the big butterfly count.

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Cheshire And Peak: Transect and Survey Training

Saturday 16th July 2016, 10.30am-1.00pm
New Ferry Butterfly Park, Bebington

The walk is flat on an excellent surface, so it will be suitable for everyone. We will begin the tour shortly before the transect training event, so we expect a very lively day at the Butterfly Park.

Comma Butterfly

North Wales - Butterfly Search at Pool Parc, Ruthin

Sunday 17th July 2016, 2.00pm-4.30pm
Pool Parc, Ruthin

This former deer park is now an interesting site for butterflies, including white-letter hairstreak and silver washed fritillary. This visit will be a joint event with North Wales Wildlife Trust led by Ian Gorton. Meet at Ruthin Rugby Club layby (GR: SJ117 578).

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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.

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.

Dorset: Butterfly Identification Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016, 1.00pm-4.00pm
Rodwell Trail, Weymouth

Join the Dorset Branch on this butterfly identification walk between Weymouth and Portland. Great for beginners and experts alike!

Dark Green Fritillary

Northern Ireland: Kilbrannish Wood

Saturday 6th to Sunday 7th August 2016, 11.30am-5.00pm
Kilbrannish Wood, County Carlow

Join our third joint meeting with Butterfly Conservation Ireland in the Lepidopteran rich Kilbranish Wood

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Devon: Preston Down Brown Hairstreak Walk and Survey

Sunday 28th August 2016: 11.30am
near Paignton

Join the Devon Branch for two separate walks (11.30am or 1pm) looking for Brown Hairstreak butterflies and their eggs. Surveying for eggs on the Blackthorn hedges will be shown, so you will be able to check your home patches of Blackthorn.

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Devon: Marsh Fritillary Butterfly Larval Web Hunt

Saturday 10th September 2016: 1.30pm
Cookworthy Devon Wildlife Trust Reserve, near Halwill Junction

Join the Devon Branch on a Marsh Fritillary larval web hunt and learn how to spot these webs of this beautiful endangered butterfly, as this is often the best way to record the strength of a colony.