• Somerset & Bristol: Guided Walks (June to Sept 2024)

    Monday 3rd June to Sunday 1st September 2024, 11:00am

    Various locations

    Details of the 2024 walks are published in the spring edition of Arion (issue 127) and have now all been added as events to this BC website.

    In a change to previous years, we request that you reserve a place on the walk by contacting the Walk Leader  (details in Arion & on the walk page on BC Events page). 

    Please see this website, Facebook or X (Twitter) for any late changes or cancellations (or contact the walk leader if any questions)

  • Winged & Watery Wonders

    Wednesday 24th July 2024, 10:00am-12:00pm

    Burnett Park, Banchory

    Meet some wee woodland beasties and discover who is lurking in the pond at Burnett Park, Banchory!

  • Big Butterfly Count Family Walk at Salcey Forest, Northants

    Wednesday 24th July 2024, 10:30am-12:30pm

    Salcey Forest, Wootton Road, NN7 2HX

    Join us for a family-friendly celebration of the Big Butterfly Count at Salcey Forest!

  • Butterflies of Ainsdale Sand Dunes

    Thursday 25th July 10.30 - 14.30

    Ainsdale Sand Dunes

    A fascinating guided walk around Ainsdale Sands led by Chris Ambrose who has been surveying and recording butterflies on this site for very many years. His expertise should enable sightings of Grayling, Wall, Purple Hairstreak and many others.

  • Deep Dean near Wilmington for Graylings

    Friday 26 July 2024, 10:30

    Deep Dean, Wilmington

    Tim Squire will be leading a trip in Deep Dene to find Graylings.

  • Somerset & Bristol: Crook Peak, Mendip Hills (Guided walk) - 2024

    Friday 26th July 2024, 11:00am-2:00am

    Crook Peak, Mendip Hills

    A walk to the top of the Crook peak to see the Grayling and other limestone grassland species.

    For further information, please click on the link above or on the photo.

    New for 2024 - All guided walks need to be pre-booked.  Please contact the walk leader (up to 24hrs in advance).  Contact details on the event page.

  • Opening of Moth Traps at CWT Plumgarths

    Saturday 27th July 2024, 8:30am-11:00am

    CWT Plumgarths

    Traps opening Saturday 27 July from 08:30.  An opportunity to add to the 180 species previously recorded at this site.

  • Surrey field trip: car journey west

    Saturday 27th July 2024, 9:30am-4:00pm

    Dorking RH5 6SR

    Target: Silver-spotted Skipper


    Saturday 27th July 2024, 10:00am-1:00pm

    RSPB Insh Marshes near Kingussie

    Moth trapping to monitor the rare Dark Bordered Beauty moth.

  • An Upper Thames Branch Guided Walk at Shotover Country Park, led by Ivan Wright

    Saturday 27th July 2024 at 10:30 am

    Shotover Country Park, Oxon

    We will be looking for woodland butterflies including, hopefully, White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary.

  • Woodland Walk for Silver-washed Fritillaries and White Admiral

    Saturday 27th July 2024, 10:30am-12:30pm

    Woodland Walk for Silver-washed Fritillaries and White Admiral

  • Moth Event at Woodhall Spa

    Saturday 27th July 2024, 9:00pm-2:00am

    Lincolnshire Branch are running a moth night for anyone interested in seeing some of the wonderful variety of species that fly in our county or learning more about moth trapping and identifying species.

  • A Wild Night Out at Kincorth Hill Local Nature Reserve

    Saturday 27th July 2024, 9:00pm-11:30pm

    Kincorth Hill, Aberdeen

    Join the Countryside Rangers and learn about all the amazing wildlife that we can only see at night!

  • Identification and Recording Day at Levens Village Hall

    Saturday 28th July 10:00 - 16:00

    Levens Village Institute

    A morning indoor session will look at how to identify and record butterflies and day-flying moths with an afternoon trip to nearby White Scar to put theory into practice.

  • Crickley Hill.

    Sunday 28th July 2024, 10:00am-4:00pm

    Family Fun Day and Big Butterfly Count.
    Why not come dressed as a butterfly or moth, bring a picnic and enjoy the views?
    There will be guided butterfly safaris (11.30am and 2.30pm), a self-guided butterfly trail, bug hunts, craft activities as well as colourful moths to discover.
    Explore the wildflowers, birds and bugs that make Crickley Hill special.
    Held in partnership with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the National Trust. Park at SO929163, nearest postcode GL4 8JY. W3W downturn.cowboy.listening.
    Note that there is a charge for parking. To reserve a place on one of the guided safaris email: [email protected].

  • Identification and Recording Day at Levens Village Hall (No charge) Date Rearranged to 11 August

    Sunday 28th July 2024, 10:00am-4:00pm

    Levens Village Hall Date changed to 11 August

    Sorry: date has been moved to 11 August.  Full details found there
    Morning spent on how to identify butterflies and day-flying moths and followed by putting learning into practice in the afternoon at nearby White Scar

  • Surrey field trip: Dawney Heath & Brookwood Cemetery

    Monday 29th July 2024, 11:00am-3:00pm

    Pirbright GU24 0JE

    Target: Grayling

  • Surrey field trip: River Mole & Box Hill

    Tuesday 30th July 2024, 10:30am-1:00pm

    Hillier Garden Centre, Reigate Road, Dorking RH4 1NP

    Target: Silver-spotted Skipper, Adonis Blue & summer butterflies

  • Brilliant Butterflies walk - Weldon Woodland Park

    Wednesday 31st July 2024, 10:30am-12:00pm

    Weldon Woodland Park, nr Corby, NN17 3JQ

    Family butterfly walk as part of the Big Butterfly Count


  • Somerset & Bristol: Brean Down (Guided walk) - 2024

    Wednesday 31st July 2024, 11:00am-2:00pm

    Brean Down

    A walk out on Brean Down, the western end of the Mendip Hills stretching into the Bristol channel.

    Please click on the link or photo for more information

    New for 2024 - All guided walks need to be pre-booked.  Please contact the walk leader (up to 24hrs in advance).  Contact details on the event page.

  • Field Trip: Claybury Park - August 1st 2024

    Thursday 1st August 2024, 9:00am-11:30am

    Claybury Park, Woodford Bridge, Essex.

    Join us to see the Brown Hairstreak, the branch's newest resident species.

  • Moth morning at Aberfeldy

    Thursday 1st August


    Join us at Aberfeldy for a moth morning!


    Thursday 1st August 2024, 11:00am-1:00pm

    Milldown, Blandford

    Easy walking and family friendly


    Friday 2nd to Saturday 3rd August 2024, 7:00pm-1:00pm

    Bishops Down near Sherborne

    A return visit to Ryewater Nursery - join us for a weekend of mothing and a butterfly walk.


    Saturday 3rd August 2024, 9:30am-1:00pm

    Abriachan Forest Trust

    Looking through some moth traps set the night before to see what we can find!

  • An Upper Thames Branch identification session at Grangelands, Bucks, led by Nick Bowles

    Saturday 3rd August 2024 at 10:30 am

    Grangelands, Bucks

    A field meeting to help embed the summer butterfly and day-flying moth ID skills presented in the 4th July Zoom meeting.

  • Somerset & Bristol: Westbury Beacon (Guided walk) - 2024

    Saturday 3rd August 2024, 11:00am-1:00am

    Westbury Beacon BC Reserve, Mendip Hills

    For this walk, we visit our fourth and newest Butterfly Reserve.

    Please click on the link or photo for more information.

    New for 2024 - All guided walks need to be pre-booked.  Please contact the walk leader (up to 24hrs in advance).  Contact details on the event page.

  • Moths & Bats at Burn O'Vat

    Saturday 3rd August 2024, 8:45pm-11:30pm

    Burn O'Vat, Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

    Learn about the fascinating world of bats and moths at the Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve.

  • Surrey field trip: Box Hill 2

    Sunday 4th August 2024, 11:00am-3:00pm

    Dorking KT20 7LB

    Target: Adonis Blue