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).  There is an informative page and map explaining the Somerset Vice Counties on the Somerset Moth Group website.

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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Butterfly first sightings

View this season's first confirmed sightings of butterflies on the branch website.

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

  • No place like home

    No place like home: species are on the move, but many have nowhere to go

  • The Butterfly Effect

    The Butterfly Effect. In Gloucestershire, we've borrowed a term associated with Chaos Theory, a curious idea that postulates that a butterfly flapping its wings in one place could cause a massive storm elsewhere.

  • No let-up in net loss of UK’s nature

    The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated.

  • Holy Grail of moth recording reappears in Britain

    Numerous recent sightings of a moth that became extinct in the UK in the 1960s, suggest that it has recolonised and is now breeding across southern Britain.

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • Conservation in the South-West uplands: challenges and solutions

    Tuesday 26th November 2019, 9:30am-4:15pm

    University of Exeter, Great Hall, EX4 4PY

    As part of the end of project activities for the All the Moor Butterflies project, a conference is being held at Exeter University.

  • Somerset & Bristol: Branch AGM and Members' Day

    Saturday 30th November 2019, 2:00pm-5:00pm

    Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Road, Ruishton, Taunton TA3 5JD

    Somerset & Bristol branch Annual General Meeting & Members' Day.

    All members welcome.

    (This meeting will follow Somerset Moth Group AGM that will be held at 10.30am)

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 & acting Treasurer
    John Andrews
  • Transect Coordinator
    Peter Bright
  • Butterfly Recorder
    Ross Harley
  • Macro Moth Recorder
    Chris Iles

Full Contacts List