Welcome

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.


Find out more 

Peacock - Neil Hulme

Sightings

View sightings in the Wiltshire region or submit your own records online.

Purple Emperor - Iain H Leach

Transect monitoring

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.

Elephant Hawk-moth - Shane Farrell

Join our Flickr group

Share your photographs of butterflies or moths with our Wiltshire Flickr group. 

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News

  • 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.

  • New sites for rare beetle discovered

    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.

  • Street lights affect wildflower pollination

    Street lighting operating all night can alter the natural pollination of a common wildflower, a study involving Butterfly Conservation (BC) has revealed.

  • Environment Bill

    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.

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • Wiltshire: Iford Manor Butterfly Day

    Sunday 7th July 2019, 11:00am-4:00pm

    Iford Manor, Iford, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2BA

    A FREE family event in the orchard at beautiful Iford Manor, Bradford upon Avon

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.