Welcome

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.


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Red Admiral on Ivy - Iain Leach

Butterfly first sightings

View this season's first confirmed sightings of butterflies in Somerset & Bristol

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

Chalk Hill Blue - Peter Eeles

Butterfly Walks in Somerset and Bristol (guidebook)

This beautifully illustrated guidebook provides everything you need to know on where to spot every species of butterfly this part of the country has to offer, including the previously extinct Large Blue.

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News

  • Moth motorways could help resist climate change impact

    Moths struggling to move north to adapt to climate change in the UK could be assisted by pinpointing areas where habitat restoration can give them a smoother journey.

  • Half of British butterfly species on new Red List

    Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation is warning that time is running out to save some of Britain’s best-loved insects, with the latest Red List assessment of butterflies published today, revealing a 26% increase in the number of species threatened with extinction.

  • Half of British butterfly species on new Red List

    Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation is warning that time is running out to save some of Britain’s best-loved insects, with the latest Red List assessment of butterflies published today, revealing a 26% increase in the number of species threatened with extinction.

  • Moth Night 2022 - Public urged to hunt for woodland moths

    Moth enthusiasts, conservationists and the public will be heading for the woods for the UK's largest annual Moth Night event - running on days and nights from 19th - 21st May.

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Events

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.

In your area

Contact branch

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

Full Contacts List