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.

Orange Tip

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Field Trip

Sunday 1st May 2016: 10.30am
Catherington Down, Waterlooville, Hampshire

A chance to see a lesser known site (Hampshire County Council land) in the Meon Valley with good flora and fauna; hopefully we will see Brimstone, Orange Tip and other early butterflies and moths.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Devon: Great Torrington Commons Field Trip

Sunday 1st May 2016: 1.00pm
Great Torrington

Join the Devon Branch for an afternoon on this common, where the Commoners have been doing a lot of managed scrub clearance and making rides through the bracken to encourage Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies.

Pearl BF

Sussex: Fritillaries For The Future Project Event

Sunday 1st May 2016, 10.30am-4.30pm
Rewell Wood, near Arundel

Join us for the first of the Fritillary for the Future morning walks with an optional afternoon workshop looking at Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment.

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Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Wednesday Wander

Wednesday 4th May 2016: 10.30am
Magdalen Hill Down Reserve, east of Winchester

Join the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch on their Magdalen Hill Down Reserve for a leisurely walk with friendly company and enjoy the month's butterflies and the spectacular display of cowslips.

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Cambs And Essex: Beginner's Butterfly Walk

Wednesday 4th May 2016: 12.30pm
Mill Road Cemetery, Mill Road, Cambridge

Nick Ballard of the Friends of Mill Road Cemetery will lead a guided walk around the cemetery, where a variety of general butterflies can be seen. Come and find out how the 'Friends' are creating a wildlife oasis right in the middle of Cambridge city.

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Yorkshire: YNU Field Meeting To Fountains Abbey

Friday 6th May 2016
Fountains Abbey

The YNU are planning a field meeting to Fountains Abbey, 111 years to the day since their visit to the site which is described in The Naturalist from 1905.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies

Devon: Great Haldon Field Trip

Saturday 7th May 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
Buller's Hill, Haldon, Near Exeter

Join the Devon Branch on this field trip to see Pearl-bordered Fritillaries and other early butterflies. Numbers of Pearl-bordered Fritillaries have been steadily rising and the breeding areas increased at this site, following conservation management by the Forestry Commission.

Pearl BF

Sussex: Fritillaries for the Future Project event

Saturday 7th May 2016, 10.30am-4.30pm
Rewell Wood, near Arundel

Join us for the second of the Fritillary for the Future morning walks with an optional afternoon workshop looking at Pearl-bordered Fritillary monitoring and habitat assessment.

Duke of Burgundy

Hampshire And Isle Of Wight: Field Trip

Saturday 7th May 2016: 10.30am
Little Butser Hill, Clanfield, Hampshire

Join the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch at this National Nature Reserve, where there is a substantial colony of Duke of Burgundy butterflies and spectacular views towards Ashford Hill and the Meon Valley. We will hopefully also see Skylarks, Buzzards, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper and Small Heath butterflies, as well as early moths.

Denbies Hillside

Saturday 7th May 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
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Robert Edmondson

Green Hairstreak

Northern Ireland: Slieve Gullion

Saturday 7th May 2016: 10.30am
Slieve Gullion Courtyard, Co. Armagh

Join us in early May for a joint outing between BCNI and the County Armagh Wildlife Society in the rugged and under-recorded landscape of south Armagh.

Duke of Burgundy

Wiltshire: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 8th May 2016: 11.00am
Battlesbury Hill (near Warminster), south Wiltshire

Join the Wiltshire Branch on a walk on this ancient hill fort to improve your recognition of spring butterfly species. We may possibly see Duke of Burgundy butterflies.

Oaken Wood

Sunday 8th May 2016, 11.00am-3.00pm
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Malcolm Bridge

Duke of Burgundy

Somerset And Bristol: Buckland Wood Guided Walk

Sunday 8th May 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm
south-east of Wellington in the Blackdown Hills

Join the Somerset and Bristol Branch on this Forestry Commission reserve, managed by BC and the Neroche Project under a HLS Grant. See butterflies of woodland and flowery grassland, with Duke of Burgundy, Dingy Skipper and Grizzled Skipper butterflies the principal target species.

Orange Tip

Upper Thames Field Meeting

Sunday 8th May 2016: 11.00am
Homefield Wood, Bockmer End, Bucks

This is our first field meeting of the year to look for early Spring butterflies.

Duke of Burgundy

Sussex: Dukes at Heyshott (Steyning Downland Scheme Event)

Wednesday 11th May 2016, 10.45am-3.00pm
Heyshott Escarpment, Heyshott

A chance to see the Duke of Burgundy butterfly on one of the best local sites and to meet Neil Hulme the “butterfly whisperer” and Butterfly Conservation’s own Fritillaries for the Future project officer who will guide you around Heyshott and tell you about how the habitat management that has been carried out to conserve this spring butterfly and other downland species on the site.

Green Hairstreak

North East England: Stanley Moss Field Trip

Friday 13th May 2016: 10.30am
Stanley Moss, Crook, County Durham

Join the North East England Branch on a joint field trip with Durham Wildlife Trust, led by BC's Dave Wainwright. We hope to see the Green Hairstreak butterfly and Emperor Moth.

Spring Brimstone

Hertfordshire And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 14th May 2016, 10.30am-1.00pm
Bovingdon Brickworks

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch at the invitation of the Box Moor Trust for a morning walk to see spring butterflies, including Dingy Skipper and day flying moths. This is also a good site for solitary bees and wasps, as well as having a significant array of wildflowers.

Duke of Burgundy

Herts And Middlesex: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 14th May 2016: 11.00am
Ivinghoe Beacon, Bucks

Join the Herts and Middlesex Branch at the invitation of the Upper Thames Branch on their walk to see spring butterflies, including Duke of Burgundy.

Duke of Burgundy

Gloucestershire: Field Trip

Saturday 14th May 2016, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Edge Common (Rudge Hill), between Edge and Pitchcombe

Join the Gloucestershire Branch on a walk where we are hoping to see Duke of Burgundy, Green Hairstreak and Dingy Skipper butterflies.