The future of our butterfly and moth populations in Britain is under threat with many specialist species in serious decline. Butterfly Conservation's reason for being is to save these populations by identifying the causes for the decline and carrying out corrective measures to halt and reverse the trend.
To do this successfully we need volunteer help locally in Wiltshire, particularly from those who may not yet members of BC, to record what is out there by conducting butterfly transects and moth trapping. We have to know what species we have and how they are prospering if we are to save them. Help with scrub clearance on important sites is also a vital role for volunteers.
In parallel we need to educate the community and in particular the younger generation about moths and butterflies by way of public events such as the annual Butterfly Day at Iford Manor near Bradford on Avon.
Species to look out for
Find out more
View sightings in the Wiltshire region or submit your own records online.
Transect walking is a method for assessing butterfly abundance and involves walking a fixed route, called the transect, through an area at least once a week.
Share your photographs of butterflies or moths with our Wiltshire Flickr group.
Winnie the Pooh is encouraging families to enjoy the great outdoors this summer by joining Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count.
A beautiful blue butterfly which has been struggling for the last 40 years could be making a comeback.
Chris Packham is urging wildlife lovers to take part in the world’s largest insect citizen science survey to help reveal if the UK is experiencing a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon.
A previously extinct butterfly has bred successfully in an English woodland for the first time in more than 40 years as part of the ambitious conservation project, Back from the Brink.
Saturday 24th August 2019, 11:00am-3:30pm
Fontmell Down, Near Shaftesbury, Dorset
Join the Dorset and Wiltshire Branches at this joint event near Shaftesbury to find the Silver-spotted Skipper and other species...
Saturday 28th September 2019, 9:00pm
Ravensroost Wood (west of Swindon); Grid reference SU 02437 87695
Moth trap evening at this lovely nature reserve. All welcome - a great event for children interested in wildlife.
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.