Somerset and Bristol branch

Mount Fancy Reserve

Species to look out for


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Butterfly Walks in Somerset and Bristol

Butterfly Walks booklet This beautifully illustrated guidebook provides everything you need to know on where to spot every species of butterfly this part of the country has to offer, including the previously extinct Large Blue.

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Latest News

Liquorice-Loving Moth Needs Your Help!

Butterfly Conservation (BC) is calling on wildlife enthusiasts around Somerset’s Polden Hills to help stop the decline of a beautiful moth by planting Wild Liquorice seeds on a nature reserve.

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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Somerset And Bristol: Guided Walk

Sunday 31st July 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm

At the western end of the Mendips, jutting into the Bristol Channel, the National Trust’s Brean Down can be somewhat windswept at times, but on a good day is an idyllic site. For this walk we will be looking for Chalkhill Blues plus Dark Green Fritillary, Brown Argus, Grayling, Marbled Whites and other butterfly species as well as some interesting flora. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Somerset And Bristol: Guided Walk

Saturday 6th August 2016, 11am-1.30pm

Join the Somerset and Bristol Branch on a walk at this ancient lead-working site now owned by the Somerset Wildlife Trust. It holds both Small and Essex Skipper, Common Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small Heath and Ringlet butterflies. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Somerset And Bristol: Guided Walk

Sunday 7th August 2016, 11.00am-1.30pm

Join the Somerset and Bristol Branch on this woodland and limestone grassland site, which has a very good range of species and is especially important for its population of Chalk Hill Blue butterflies. Other species of butterflies likely to be flying include Brown Argus, Common Blue, Silver-washed Fritillary, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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