Wiltshire branch

Wiltshire branch

Species to look out for

Welcome

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.

Events

Wiltshire: Summer Treasure Hunt

Saturday 2nd July 2016: 11.00am

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

Wiltshire: Iford Manor Butterfly Day

Sunday 3rd July 2016: 11.30am

All welcome at this great FREE family day out, with guided walks, moth trap displays, bat roost viewing by infra-red camera, arts and crafts, face-painting and story-telling, butterfly-friendly plants for sale and more.

Wiltshire: Chase Woods

Saturday 9th July 2016: 11.00am

Join the Wiltshire Branch on a joint trip with the Dorset Branch to explore this mixed woodland that straddles both counties.

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Sightings

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.

Photos

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

Latest News

Wiltshire: Common Blue Butterfly Struggling

Nature lovers are being asked to look out for a blue butterfly in Wiltshire this summer following concerns that it may be struggling, Butterfly Conservation (BC) can reveal.

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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