Welcome

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

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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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Events

  • Cleeve Common and Prestbury Hill Reserve

    Friday 31st May 2024, 11:00am-2:00pm

    Family Fun Friday: Bug Hunting & Butterfly Spotting
    Join us and Cleeve Common Trust for a walk to discover the butterflies, moths and other insects of Prestbury Hill and Cleeve Common. We’ll have art and craft activities, spotting challenges and bug hunting! Bring a picnic with you and enjoy the view.

    Booking for walk required or just turn up for the activities. Parking by the Masts SO993247, postcode not given as unreliable, W3W often.indicate.timer.

     

    If bad weather is forecast you might like to check if the event or walk is cancelled. All events are free unless stated otherwise. We are also looking for volunteers to help at events. Please contact events leaders, Rosie and Christine @email if you think you can help.

    Some of the walks are on rough ground so please wear suitable footwear and come prepared for the weather.

  • Cinderford Linear Park

    Saturday 1st June 2024, 2:00pm-4:30pm

    A walk along mainly level woodland tracks (just one quite long uphill section) to see Wood White, and if we are very lucky, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.  You are advised to wear long trousers and sleeves, socks and shoes due to the quantity of ticks present in the woodland. 

    Meet in the parking area at SO649127, nearest postcode GL14 3EZ, What3words unpacked.castle.teaching.

     

     If bad weather is forecast you might like to check if the event or walk is cancelled. All events are free unless stated otherwise. We are also looking for volunteers to help at events. Please contact events leaders, Rosie and Christine @email if you think you can help.

    Some of the walks are on rough ground so please wear suitable footwear and come prepared for the weather.

  • Prestbury Hill Reserve

    Thursday 6th June 2024, 2:00pm-4:30pm

    The branch has been asked to lead a walk on the Prestbury Hill Reserve during the Cheltenham Science Festival that runs from 4th – 9th June.  If you are interested in attending, please see the festival brochure available in due course at https://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/science
    Please note booking will be required and a charge payable.

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Volunteer with us

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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