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!
Species to look out for
BIG Butterfly Count
Taking place from 16th July 2021 until 8th August 2021
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Sightings and records
Visit the Kent Moth Group for the latest news and sightings.
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Get insider information on our favourite local spots.
The site is known locally as White Hill and is a great location to see many species.
Where have the butterflies gone? Butterfly Conservation launches this year’s Big Butterfly Count with urgent appeal for public’s help after disastrous spring weather.
A surge in enthusiasm for observing moths during the lockdowns has resulted in some UK counties recording their first sightings of rare species. Scientists are now hoping there will be similar exciting finds during this year’s Moth Night (and the public to submit their daytime and nighttime sightings of species, as well as photographs.
Butterfly Conservation has teamed up with expert crafters The Makerss for a special online event to show you how to needle felt your own Large Blue butterfly.
The Heath Fritillary, one of the UK’s rarest butterflies, has been discovered for the first time at the Woodland Trust’s Victory Wood in east Kent.
Sunday 1st August 2021, 11:00am-5:00pm
Open Gardens 2021
Gardens dedicated to providing food, homes and shelter for wildlife. Flowers for pollinators, leaves for caterpillars, ponds, bee houses, wild undisturbed areas, small wildflower lawn and a container vegetable garden. Open Sunday 1 August, 11am to 5pm. Plants, drinks and cakes for sale. Sorry no wheelchair access (steps). Assistance dogs only permitted. Adults £4. Address: 68 South Hill Road, Gravesend, Kent DA12 1JZ. Directions: Follow satnav to postcode. Property is close to top of Windmill Hill, 1/2 a mile from Gravesend town, car parks and station. Unrestricted weekend on-street parking on all nearby roads.
Saturday 7th August 2021, 10:30am-1:00am
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE OF THIS EVENT TO SATURDAY 7TH AUGUST 2021
Join the Kent Branch on a walk to look for Straw Belle, Adonis & Wall.
Sunday 8th August 2021, 10:30am-1:00pm
PLEASE NOTE THE LEADER OF THIS FIELD TRIP HAS CHANGED TO BEN KIRBY
Join the Kent Branch at White Hill Reserve and Fackenden Down looking for late season downland species, Chalkhill Blue.
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.