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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Small White (underwing) by Jim Asher

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.

Get involved 


  • UK moths battling unfair reputation

    Around three quarters of the UK population (74%) have some negative opinion of moths, with many people believing the majority eat clothes and are pests, a study has revealed.

  • The Blackdowns Butterfly Project

    Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Bob Eade
    Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

    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

  • New Transect Coordinator for Somerset & Bristol branch

    Somerset & Bristol branch has a new Transect Coordinator.  Committee member Peter Bright has taken over from Liz Marsden.

  • Butterflies bounce back in heatwave summer

    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.

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

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