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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Special Event on Thursday 8th September

As part of Winchester Heritage Open Days 2016 (Sept 8 to 11 - go to here or here for more information on all 43 events being organised), the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch of Butterfly Conservation (BC) are involved in an event at Matterley Bowl, a chalk grassland andSSSI in the South Downs National Park. BC Reserves Manager Jayne Chapman and Ashley Whitlock will be leading walks, looking for flora and butterflies, at 9.00, 11.00 and 13.00 - no pre-booking required. This is an opportunity to learn about the involvement of the Hants IoW Branch of BC in the management of the area, as an example of our influence on the wider landscape outside our reserves, to discover its recent history and to watch demonstrations of hedge-laying and hurdle-making skills. Vehicle access is off the south side of the A31 dual-carriageway (Alresford Road) about 2 miles east of the M3 at GR SU531294. The event is unsuitable for small children. Good footwear and a waterproof are recommended.

The Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey needs help from Branch members.

Please go to the Members' Area 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 7.25 (6.00 for the guide and 1.25 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.

Easy Fundraising

You can now support our ongoing butterfly and moth conservation work when you buy products and services online. Simply click on the easyfundraising.org.uk logo and select "Butterfly Conservation - Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch".

How does it work? Firstly you have to register with easyfundraising and name the charity you wish to support (need to provide name, email and a password). Then when you wish to purchase something on-line go to the easyfundraising website, select Butterfly Conservation - Hampshire & Isle of Wight Branch and then click through to the company you wish to buy from. There are over 2000 companies registered there. It doesn't cost you any extra as the company you purchase from pays a small sum directly to the Branch. If you wish to know more please go to the easyfundraising.org.uk website.


The branch is pleased to sponsor the excellent HantsMoths website.

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Isle of Wight Facebook page


24 Aug 2016: Gilkicker Fort

23 Aug 2016: Chalton Down Clouded Yellow

23 Aug 2016: Noar Hill

23 Aug 2016: Sparkling Blue, Silver Spots And Deep Yellow At Old Winchester Hill Part 2

22 Aug 2016: Portsdown Hill

22 Aug 2016: Clouded Yellows at Chalton Down

22 Aug 2016: Sparkling Blue, Silver Spots And Deep Yellow At Old Winchester Hill

22 Aug 2016: Back Garden

22 Aug 2016: Wall Brown at Fort Gilkicker.

21 Aug 2016: Jersey Tigers in my Gosport garden.

21 Aug 2016: Arreton downs, Isle of Wight

18 Aug 2016: Two Forts

18 Aug 2016: Chalton Down

18 Aug 2016: Oxenbourne Down

17 Aug 2016: Sinah Common

16 Aug 2016: Portsdown Hill Sites

15 Aug 2016: Noar Hill

15 Aug 2016: Beacon Hill NNR

14 Aug 2016: Oxenbourne Down

14 Aug 2016: Golden Brown Double Streak

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