Butterfly Conservation
Saving butterflies, moths and our environment
Hampshire and
Isle of Wight Branch

Welcome to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch of Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation was formed by a small group of dedicated naturalists in 1968 following the alarming decline of many beautiful butterflies and moths, a decline that the society aimed to reverse. Our vision is of a world rich in butterflies and moths for future generations to enjoy. Butterflies are beautiful and intrinsically valuable. Together with moths, their sensitivity to environmental change makes them valuable indicators of the health of the countryside.

Butterflies Moths Reserves
Marsh Fritillaries by Maurice Pugh Merveille du Jour by Tim Norris
There are 46 species of butterfly occurring in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Of these, 35 can be seen on our reserves.
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Around 1940 species of moth have been recorded in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, over 600 of these on our reserves.
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Butterfly Conservation has over 25 reserves across the UK, including 3 in Hampshire: Yew Hill, Magdalen Hill Down and Bentley Station Meadow.
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*** BRANCH AGM, 17 NOVEMBER 2019 ***

The Branch AGM will take place at 12.00 on 17 November in Littleton Millennium Memorial Hall.

Click here for details.

Click here to access a map and postal address of the Hall.

Bioblitz for Moth Night 28th September, St Mark's Meadow, Basingstoke

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust are running an event for children at St Mark's Meadow, Hatch Warren in Basingstoke. Click here for details.

A moth trap will be opened during the event in the hope of finding a Clifden Nonpariel.

Butterfly Transect Recording, 2019 season

Help required please click here.

The Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey needs help from Branch members.

Click here ... for details.

NEW book on Butterly Walks in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

You can inspect some sample pages from the book here ...

The Press Release about the book is available here ...

To order your copy send a cheque for 7.30 (6.00 for the guide and 1.30 for postage and packing) made payable to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch Butterfly Conservation, together with your name and postal address to:
Kevin Freeborn, c/o Butterfly Conservation, Unit 2, Bull Pens, Manor Farm, Itchen Stoke, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0QT

Copies will also be available for purchase (cash only) from Jayne Chapman on the Wednesday Wanders, and Ashley Whitlock on the branch fieldtrips where he is the walk leader.

Or to buy a copy online click here ...

To report any inaccuracies in the book please email here.


The branch is pleased to sponsor the excellent HantsMoths website.

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15 Oct 2019: Testwood lakes

10 Oct 2019: Last of the Summer Wine at Great Fontley Farm

08 Oct 2019: Another Portchester Clouded Yellow

08 Oct 2019: Abbotstone Down

18 Sep 2019: Moth Trap

17 Sep 2019: Chalton Down

17 Sep 2019: Old Winchester Hill

15 Sep 2019: Vanessid census Longstock

13 Sep 2019: Noar Hill

13 Sep 2019: Noar Hill

12 Sep 2019: Portsdown Hill (East)

12 Sep 2019: north baddesley sightings

12 Sep 2019: Moth Trap

10 Sep 2019: Garden Buddleia

09 Sep 2019: Eastney Beach and Fort Cumberland

08 Sep 2019: Noar Hill

08 Sep 2019: Brown Hairstreak, Soberton

07 Sep 2019: Titchfield Haven

06 Sep 2019: North Baddesley

05 Sep 2019: Moth Trap

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