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). There is an informative page and map explaining the Somerset Vice Counties on the Somerset Moth Group website.
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.
Species to look out for
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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.
Somerset and Bristol BC branch, in collaboration with the Devon BC branch will be funding ‘The Blackdowns Butterfly Project’ which will be looking at four species of butterfly.
We are keen to try to prevent any further decline or loss to the Duke of Burgundy and the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and to see if it is possible to re-establish the Marsh Fritillary and the Wood White in the Blackdown Hills
Somerset & Bristol branch has a new Transect Coordinator. Committee member Peter Bright has taken over from Liz Marsden.
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.
Somerset Wildlife Trust has received a grant of £22,000 from Aggregate Industries through their Local Partnerships Fund to improve habitats for Mendip butterflies. The project, ‘Making Space for Butterflies’, will involve woodland management work at Cheddar Wood and grassland and hedgerow restoration in East Mendip around Aggregate Industries’ Torr Works Quarry site.
Saturday 4th May 2019, 11:00am-1:30pm
Worley Hill Private Reserve, Compton Dundon, Somerton.
The first of our guided walks this season is to a private reserve in the Polden Hills.
Sunday 5th May 2019, 11:00am-1:30pm
Buckland Wood, Blackdown Hills.
A second guided walk over the Bank Holiday weekend - this time to Buckland Wood in the Blackdown Hills.
Sunday 5th May 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Bristol Botanic Gardens, Stoke Park Rd, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 1JG
Gardening for Butterflies - a talk by Jan Miller-Klein.
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.
In your area
- Chairman & acting Treasurer
- Transect Coordinator
- Butterfly Recorder
- Macro Moth Recorder