Kent is a large county with an impressive range of habitats. Ancient woodland, chalk grassland and miles of coastal parks are home to over forty species of butterflies and some of the rarest moths in the country. If you live in our region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Kent & South East London branch.  

Our committee and members are active throughout the year and hold regular field trips, work parties and meetings. We are always in need of new people to help with conservation, data recording and fund raising so do get in touch with any of us on the committee - you are guaranteed a warm welcome!


White Hill Reserve Work Party - Sunday 24th March 2019 - CANCELLED

The White Hill Reserve work party  on Sunday 24th March 2019 has been cancelled, due to the winter work being completed early.  Our thanks to everyone that came along to help and support the reserve and we look forward to seeing you on the field trips there this year.

Branch Newsletter Editor Update

After many years, Margaret Riley has stepped down as the branch newsletter editor.  We would like to thank her for all the hard work and time she spent in producing the newsletters.

If members have any articles, news, stories or photos they would like to provide for the newsletters (going forward) please send them directly to Nathan Jones (Branch Chairman).

Anything already sent in for the Spring 2019 newsletter will be forwarded on.

Sightings and records 

Elephant Hawk-moth - Shane Farrell

Moth sightings and recording

Visit the Kent Moth Group for the latest news and sightings. 

Small Blue - Rob Solomon

Submit your butterfly sightings

iRecord is now our recommended recording platform for online recording\records.  Please visit the iRecord website to register and to find out more information on how to register and use the system.

Find out more 

Angle Shades - Bob Eade

Branch news

Keep up to date on our latest news and sign up to our newsletter. 

Brimstone - Matt Berry

Local Hotspots

Get insider information on our favourite local spots. 

Dark Green Fritillary - Nigel Kiteley

White Hill Reserve

The site is known locally as White Hill and is a great location to see many species. 

Get involved 


  • Butterflies bounce back in heatwave summer

    UK butterflies bounced back in 2018 following a string of poor years, thanks in part to last year’s heatwave summer, a study has revealed.

  • Street lights affect wildflower pollination

    Street lighting operating all night can alter the natural pollination of a common wildflower, a study involving Butterfly Conservation (BC) has revealed.

  • Environment Bill

    In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.

  • The nocturnal pollinators: scientists reveal the secret life of moths

    Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected.

Catch up on all our news


  • Kent & SE London: White Hill And Fackenden Down

    Sunday 5th May 2019, 10:30am-1:00pm

    Shoreham, Kent

    Join the Kent Branch at White Hill Reserve and Fackenden Down looking for early downland species

  • Sussex/Kent: High Weald Springtime Skippers

    Saturday 11th May 2019, 10:00am-1:00pm

    Hargate Forest, Broadwater Down, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5NY

    Join the Sussex Branch on this leisurely walk through a lovely forest near the Kent border. We hope to encounter a good range of springtime butterfly species - families and dogs on leads welcome!

  • Kent & SE London: Denge Wood

    Sunday 12th May 2019, 10:30am-1:00am


    Come along for a walk and see the Duke of Burgundy and a display of orchids

See all our upcoming events

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.

Find out how to get involved.