Items to download
- Website butterfly-conservation.org/surrey
- Branch Calendar
- Oaken Wood, our Branch reserve in Chiddingfold Forest, is managed under licence from the Forestry Commission.
- Surrey Skipper, our Branch magazine, is published online in March & October.
County Atlas, written/produced by Branch members, published by Surrey Wildlife Trust 2013
Surrey & SW London Branch was created on Jan 1, 1995 (along with Herts & Middlesex) when the original London Branch (1980-94) was split in two - north and south of the Thames. We embrace Surrey (VC17), which includes eight London boroughs:
Croydon, Kingston, Lambeth, Merton, Richmond (south of Thames), Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth.
Household membership reached 1,000 in 2014 and 1,500 in 2020.
2016 Simon Saville
2009 David Gardner
2001 Martin Ellis
1997 Howard Whiting
1995 Stephen Jeffcoate (354 members)
1994 Stephen Jeffcoate
1989 Tony Hoare
1986 Harold Hughes
1980 Ian Hardy
Surrey's 44 butterflies
Purple Hairstreak, Small Copper. Blues: Common & Holly; Brown Argus. Whites: Large, Small & Green-veined; Brimstone, Orange-tip. Skippers: Large, Small & Essex. Browns: Gatekeeper, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath, Speckled Wood. Nymphalidae: Comma, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell
Grayling, Silver-studded Blue
Other specialists 14
Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Wood White; Blues: Adonis, Chalkhill & Small; Fritillaries: Dark Green & Silver-washed; Hairstreaks: Brown, Green & White-Letter; Skippers: Dingy, Grizzled & Silver-spotted
Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady
Unofficial releases 3
Glanville Fritillary: 2001 Wrecclesham Sandpit, 2011 Hutchinson's Bank
Black Hairstreak: colony discovered Epsom Common 2020, source unknown; since recorded at Ashtead Common, Horton CP & Nonsuch Park. Seems to be spreading.
Duke of Burgundy: 2020 Chapel Bank
SURREY's priority species in BC’s SE Conservation Strategy 2016:
Highest Priority (4): Grayling, Wood White; Adonis & Silver-studded Blues.
High Priority (10): Dark Green Fritillary, White Admiral, Purple Emperor; Dingy, Grizzled & Silver-spotted Skippers; Brown & White-letter Hairstreaks; Chalkhill & Small Blues.
LOST, with year of last record
*indicates subsequent short-lived releases
2007 Pearl-bordered Fritillary*
1997 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary*
1997 Duke of Burgundy*
1990s Wall Brown odd records since
1970s Marsh Fritillary*
1960s High Brown Fritillary
Ashtead Common, Bookham Common, Box Hill, Chobham Common, Denbies Hillside, Epsom Common, Howell Hill, Hutchinson's Bank & Chapel Bank, Newlands Corner, Oaken Wood, Pewley Down, Sheepleas, Thursley Common
Nearest regions for GB's other species
Kent Duke of Burgundy, Heath Fritillary, Wall Brown
Sussex Duke of Burgundy, Pearl & Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Wall Brown, Black Hairstreak: introduced 1970s, rediscovered 2017
NE Hants Marsh Fritillary: reintroduced 2018
Isle of Wight Glanville Fritillary
West Country High Brown Fritillary, Large Blue, Lulworth Skipper
North Chequered Skipper, Large Heath, Mountain Ringlet, Northern Brown Argus, Scotch Argus
|2013 Butterflies of Surrey Revisited|
|2012 Smaller Moths of Surrey|
|1997 Larger Moths of Surrey|
|1995 Butterflies of Surrey – out of print|
State of UK's Butterflies (quinquennial)
2022 (covers 2015-19)