The Upper Thames Branch covers Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, which includes the beautiful rolling hills of the Chilterns. It is home to several rare species of butterfly and moth, including the Black Hairstreak, Adonis Blue, Silver-spotted Skipper and the Striped Lychnis.
If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Upper Thames branch.
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Send us your sightings and find out what has been spotted near you.
Take a look at the moths you could find in your area, and send your sightings to our moth recorders.
One of the UK’s most highly threatened and unusual beetles has been discovered in a number of new locations in the Cotswolds thanks to an innovative conservation scheme.
In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.
Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected.
Sunday 24th February 2019, 10.30am-1.00pm
Work party at Caversham Lakes, Oxon
Saturday 2nd March 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm
Maiden Erlegh Nature Reserve, Lakeside, Earley, Reading, Berks. RG6 5QE
A free introduction to Butterfly and Moth Identification, Surveying & Recording
Saturday 2nd March 2019, 10.30am-1.00pm
Brown Hairstreak egg hunt at Bernwood Meadows, Bucks.
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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.