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 New Members Day, By Invitation Only

Sunday 18th May 2014: 10am

New members who have joined Butterfly Conservation in the last 12-18 months have been invited to a Welcome Event at Manor Farm followed by a guided walk around the reserve managed by our chairman Maurice Avent. This well-known SSSI (Special Site of Scientific Interest) is well worth a visit at any time. About 30 species are seen each year.

Wiltshire: (Butterfly Recognition) Cotley Hill

Saturday 24th May 2014: 11.00am

This prominent hill to the East of Warminster is a super place for butterflies. The South Wiltshire group will be holding a butterfly recognition day here. Location: Meet at ST91829 (Map 184)

Wiltshire: Field Trip, Sidbury Hill

Saturday 31st May 2014: 11am

This chalk grassland site has spectacular views over Salisbury plain and a rich assortment of butterflies and other wildlife.

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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

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Butterfly Walks in Wiltshire book released

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This guide directs you to the best places in Wiltshire to see these interesting butterflies. Amply supplied with habitat and species photographs, it also gives the most useful information about how and when to find butterflies and some moths at these sites, with clear maps to get you to them easily.

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