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

Field Trip: Sidbury Hill

Saturday 30th May 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm

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

Field Trip: Grovely Wood

Sunday 31st May 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm

This trip is planned to see, and get familiar with, common and some of the uncommon of our spring butterflies. Bring a packed lunch. Approximate walking distance 5 miles.

Field Trip: Bratton Castle

Saturday 6th June 2015, 11.00am-3.00pm

This South Wiltshire Group walk will be to look for the Wall Brown and Adonis Blues.

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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

Pollinators Pushed Up The Agenda

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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