The Somerset & Bristol Branch covers the ceremonial county of Somerset and the city and county of Bristol.  If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Somerset and Bristol Branch.

For the purpose of recording Lepidoptera the region is divided into two Vice Counties (VC5 & VC6). 

We have four reserves – Stoke Camp and Westbury Beacon in the Mendips, Haddon Moor on the edge of Exmoor and Mount Fancy in the Blackdown Hills. 

As well as the information available here, why not visit our branch website where you can learn more about butterflies and our activities in Somerset and Bristol.

The Somerset Moth Group also have their own website.

Find out more 

Red Admiral on Ivy - Iain Leach

Butterfly first sightings

View this season's first confirmed sightings of butterflies in Somerset & Bristol (click here)

For the latest moth sightings, visit the Somerset Moth group website.

Large Blue female 1_Pete Withers

Somerset & Bristol Branch website

Visit the Branch website for more information about what is happening in Somerset & Bristol.

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  • Somerset & Bristol: Guided Walks (June to Sept 2024)

    Monday 3rd June to Sunday 1st September 2024, 11:00am

    Various locations

    Details of the 2024 walks are published in the spring edition of Arion (issue 127) and have now all been added as events to this BC website.

    In a change to previous years, we request that you reserve a place on the walk by contacting the Walk Leader  (details in Arion & on the walk page on BC Events page). 

    Please see this website, Facebook or X (Twitter) for any late changes or cancellations (or contact the walk leader if any questions)

  • Somerset & Bristol: Crook Peak, Mendip Hills (Guided walk) - 2024

    Friday 26th July 2024, 11:00am-2:00am

    Crook Peak, Mendip Hills

    A walk to the top of the Crook peak to see the Grayling and other limestone grassland species.

    For further information, please click on the link above or on the photo.

    New for 2024 - All guided walks need to be pre-booked.  Please contact the walk leader (up to 24hrs in advance).  Contact details on the event page.

  • Somerset & Bristol: Brean Down (Guided walk) - 2024

    Wednesday 31st July 2024, 11:00am-2:00pm

    Brean Down

    A walk out on Brean Down, the western end of the Mendip Hills stretching into the Bristol channel.

    Please click on the link or photo for more information

    New for 2024 - All guided walks need to be pre-booked.  Please contact the walk leader (up to 24hrs in advance).  Contact details on the event page.

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.

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Contact branch

  • Chairman
    Post vacant
  • Treasurer
    Nick Redman
  • Secretary
    Alison Uren
  • Membership Secretary
    Sue Davies
  • Transect Coordinator
    Peter Bright
  • Butterfly Recorder
    Ross Harley
  • WCBS Champion
  • Andy Danford

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