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.


Find out more 

Red Admiral on Ivy - Iain Leach

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 

News

  • An update for our supporters

    Please be aware that all our offices, including Manor Yard at Lulworth, are now closed due to government advice re Coronavirus Covid-19.

  • Butterflies bounce back to their best year in over 20 years

    The summer of 2019 boosted UK butterfly population to give them their best year since 1997 according to a study.

  • Coronavirus update

    While this is an uncertain and anxious time for everyone, I want to update you on how the Coronavirus Covid-19 is likely to affect our work and assure you that we are adapting and rising to the challenge of continuing our fight for nature.

  • Tackling anxiety and isolation at home with Butterfly Conservation

    As we’re all being encouraged to spend more time in our homes and feeling the worry and anxiety of 24/7 news coverage of the global pandemic, Butterfly Conservation is suggesting a way to look after your mental health by spending time in your garden or outdoor spaces.

Catch up on all our news

Events

Due to COVID-19 all Branch events are cancelled until further notice. Please check with your Branch or event organiser for further details.
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
    John Andrews
  • Secretary
    Julian Rawlins
  • Transect Coordinator
    Peter Bright
  • Butterfly Recorder
    Ross Harley
  • Macro Moth Recorder
    Chris Iles

Full Contacts List