Sunday 14th July 2024, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Bannerdown Common, Nr Batheaston


  • Geoff Hiscocks
  • 01225 425921 or 07711 299178

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Bannerdown Common, Nr Batheaston

This is a joint meeting with the Wiltshire branch and is an afternoon walk that starts at 1.30pm and should finish around 3.30 to 4pm.
An opportunity for those in north Somerset to visit a local butterfly haunt close to the county’s border with Wilts and Glos. and for those further south to see what the north of Somerset has to offer.

A circular walk and mainly easy. level going with a steep bank (with steps) at the southern end.

Walk Leaders: Geoff Hiscocks

Large Skipper (male/upperwing) - Iain Cowe
Large Skipper

Target species include: Large and Small Skipper, Marbled White, Gatekeeper, Ringlet & Common Blue. Usually at this time of year we also see one or two Small Copper, Purple Hairstreak, Brown Argus and Silver-washed Fritillary.

Day-flying moths and Roesel’s Bush Crickets are also prevalent on the Common.

DirectionsMeet at the parking area on Bannerdown (Roman) Road.  OS ref ST794 689.  Parking is limited; car sharing is recommended.  (Nearest postcode  BA1 8EG)

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Public toilets:  Batheaston carpark, London Road.

Useful information.  For more information and photos of Bannerdown Common, visit out Self-Guided Walks page: Bannerdown Common 

Information that applies to all our guided walks

  • New for 2024 - All guided walks need to be pre-booked.  Please contact the walk leader (up to 24hrs in advance).  Contact details (email and/or phone) are on the left hand side of this event page.
  • There is no charge for the walks. Children and beginners are especially welcome.
  • Butterfly Conservation members from other branch areas are welcome to join us.
  • No dogs please as some of the sites have livestock on them.
  • Except where indicated, all walks start promptly at 11.00 am; please take care to arrive in good time.  They are taken at an easy pace and we aim to finish around 1.00 - 1.30 pm.
  • Many sites include steep, rough or wet ground so stout shoes, boots or wellies are recommended. Please inform the walk leader if you have health problems that might affect you on the walk.
  • Please be aware of the growing risk of Lyme Disease and take appropriate precautions against ticks. (click here for more information about ticks and Lyme disease)
  • If the weather is wet or unseasonably cold and dull, the walk will be cancelled. If you have a query about the walk please phone the Walk Leader.