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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IMPORTANT NOTICE (14 May 2020). Although all Butterfly Conservation events, including walks and meetings, remain cancelled until further notice it is now permissible to carry out UKBMS transects in England only.

If you are a transect walker in England please go to the Transect News page for further details.

NEW Report on the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey in 2019

Click here ...

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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27 May 2020: Faded, jaded, but still rockin-n-rollin

26 May 2020: sightings North Baddesley

26 May 2020: Tortoiseshells on the wing in Great Fontley

26 May 2020: Alver Valley Country Park (West of River), Gosport

26 May 2020: Old Winchester Hill NNR

25 May 2020: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

25 May 2020: Moths in the garden

24 May 2020: New Forest, Ashurst

24 May 2020: Northington Down

24 May 2020: Larval highlights, Great Fontley

24 May 2020: West Butser and Lower Butser Slope

23 May 2020: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

22 May 2020: Oxenbourne Down

21 May 2020: Alver Valley Country Park (AVCP), Gosport

21 May 2020: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

21 May 2020: Meadow Brown at Magdalen Hill Down

21 May 2020: Pheromone Sucess

21 May 2020: First garden Painted Lady,Cromarty Rd,Lordshill

20 May 2020: Martin Down National Nature Reserve South

20 May 2020: Martin Down North

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