A spectacular European butterfly has travelled to the UK and for the first time on record, survived the British winter, Butterfly Conservation can reveal.
Species to look out for
Welcome to the Wiltshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation.
The 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.
There are no events scheduled for the requested area. Field events are mostly held during the summer months and are arranged in the early spring.
View sightings in the Wiltshire region or submit your own records online
Transect 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.
Share your photographs of butterflies or moths with our Witshire Flickr group
Butterfly Conservation welcomes the Government’s National Pollinator Strategy. The newly published document is a clear steer from Government that the declines in bees and wild pollinators including butterflies and moths are being taken seriously.
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