Wiltshire branch

Wiltshire branch

Species to look out for


Welcome to the Wiltshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

AdmiralThe future of our butterfly and moth populations in Britain is under threat with many specialist species in serious decline. Butterfly Conservation's reason for being is to save these populations by identifying the causes for the decline and carrying out corrective measures to halt and reverse the trend.

To do this successfully we need volunteer help locally in Wiltshire, particularly from those who may not yet members of BC, to record what is out there by conducting butterfly transects and moth trapping. We have to know what species we have and how they are prospering if we are to save them. Help with scrub clearance on important sites is also a vital role for volunteers.

In parallel we need to educate the community and in particular the younger generation about moths and butterflies by way of public events such as the annual Bird & Butterfly Day at Iford Manor near Bradford on Avon.


Wiltshire: Spring Treasure Hunt

Saturday 7th May 2016: 11.00am

Join the Wiltshire Branch on a fun day to help improve your butterfly identification and recording skills.

Wiltshire: Butterfly Walk

Sunday 8th May 2016: 11.00am

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.

Wiltshire: Butterfly Walk

Saturday 14th May 2016: 11.00am

Join the Wiltshire Branch on a five mile walk planned to see, and get familiar with, common and some of the more uncommon of our spring butterflies. The target species are Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue and Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies.

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Test thumb 1View sightings in the Wiltshire region or submit your own records online

Transect Monitoring

People walking through meadowTransect walking is a method for assessing butterfly abundance and involves walking a fixed route, called the transect, through an area at least once a week.


Flickr Share your photographs of butterflies or moths with our Witshire Flickr group

Latest News

40 year slump for UK Butterflies

More than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies have declined in the last 40 years with some common species suffering significant slumps, a major scientific study has revealed.

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