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: Knowle Hill (Broad Chalke)

Thursday 28th July 2016: 11.00am

Join the Wiltshire Branch on their second visit to this area of grassland on the south-west Wiltshire chalk, where we hope to see Dark Green Fritillaries and other summer species of butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Wiltshire: Heaven’s Gate, Longleat

Saturday 6th August 2016: 10am

Join the Wiltshire Branch for a butterfly walk around the extensive woodlands of the Longleat Estate. We shall be walking down to Shearwater and back, which is approximately 3 miles. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Dorset And Wiltshire: Guided Walk - Alners Gorse

Saturday 13th August 2016, 11am-2pm

Join the Dorset and Wiltshire branches on this great opportunity to see the elusive Brown Hairstreak at the Dorset Branch's Alner's Gorse reserve. We also hope to see Purple Hairstreak, Silver-washed Fritillary and other summer woodland 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

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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