Gloucestershire is a wonderful county for nature and offers something for everyone. We have a wide range of habitats including urban areas in Gloucester and North Bristol, wild areas in the Forest of Dean, open commons such as Minchinhampton and Rodborough, old quarries like Breakheart near Dursley.

There are well over 100 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) containing a variety of rare and interesting plants, insects and other wildlife. Butterfly Conservation owns three reserves in the county - the Bill Smyllie Reserve, the Masts Reserve and Rough Bank.

Nearly 50 species of butterfly and over 1700 species of moth have been recorded in the county.

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Small Elephant Hawk-moth - James O'Neill

Discover moths at Rough Bank Reserve

Moth recording has been taking place at Rough Bank since Butterfly Conservation purchased the site in 2012. We now have records for hundreds of species, so take a look at our list of what you can find at the site.

Marbled White - Iain H Leach

Butterfly walks booklet

Sale now on - save up to 33%

The 2nd Edition of the Butterfly Walks in Gloucestershire booklet is now available. As well as walks, we've added an extra list of good butterfly sites around the county and a guide to the flight times of our butterflies to help you decide which walk to do and when.

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  • Gloucestershire: Habitat management day

    Saturday 9th March 2024, 10:00am-3:30pm

    Saturday 9 March 10am - 3.30pm

    Rough Bank Reserve

    Practical conservation work party.

    Detailed information:

    Contact: Graeme Davis 07881912835, @email

    Meeting place: Meet at the car park at SO914087, about 0.5km south of The Camp village. what3words: dislodge.football.cracker.  There is a fairly long walk to the work site which is on a steep slope.

    You don’t need to book a place but we would appreciate it if you could let the work party leader know by phone or email if you plan on attending. This helps us plan the work, the tools we need to take and can advise you should the event be cancelled at short notice e.g. in the event of poor weather conditions.

  • Gloucestershire: Habitat management day

    Sunday 24th March 2024, 10:00am-3:30pm

    Sunday 24 March 10am - 3.30pm

    Rough Bank Reserve

    Practical conservation work party.

    Detailed information:

    Contact: Graeme Davis 07881912835, @email

    Extra date if required - please contact Graeme to check whether it is going ahead

  • Gloucestershire: Talk by Sally Oates

    Monday 25th March 2024, 7:30pm-9:45pm

    Sally Oates – ‘My garden is a Wild Space, welcoming wildlife’

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Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.

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