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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New Committee and Organisational Structure

Following the AGM, the membership of some committees and some other roles within the Branch have changed. These can be accessed by clicking on About > Committees at the top of this page. Some browsers will not immediately recognise the new organisation diagrams. If that happens go to your browser's Settings and click on Clear Browser Cache.

Distribution of the Autumn newsletter and the 2019 Annual Butterfly Report

Please note that, due to various complications arising from the Covid-19 restrictions, all members of the Branch will be receiving a hard copy of the Branch’s Autumn newsletter in the post as well as a hard copy of the 2019 Annual Butterfly Report.  We hope to be able to honour your preferences by the time the next newsletter comes out in the Spring.

Photo Competition Result

The winning photo in the 'Butterflies in Lockdown' Competition can be seen 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 £7.60 (£6.00 for the guide and £1.60 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 Ashley Whitlock on the branch fieldtrips where he is the walk leader (once they resume).

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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28 Feb 2021: Hummingbird hawkmoth in Cosham

28 Feb 2021: Red Admiral at Monks Walk, Gosport

28 Feb 2021: Large Tortoiseshell (part 2) in Cosham

27 Feb 2021: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

27 Feb 2021: Peacock @ Horsea Lane Allotments, Portsmouth

27 Feb 2021: Large Tortoiseshell in Cosham

26 Feb 2021: Northington Down

26 Feb 2021: Butterflies in the upper Itchen Valley

26 Feb 2021: Brimstone in Portsmouth

26 Feb 2021: First butterfly sightings of the year

26 Feb 2021: Milton Lock NNR

26 Feb 2021: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

26 Feb 2021: An early Peacock- Burridge

26 Feb 2021: First of the Year

23 Feb 2021: Brimstones in the Itchen Valley

23 Feb 2021: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

01 Feb 2021: Brown Hairstreak eggs in Cosham

30 Jan 2021: 25-year transect trends now available

29 Jan 2021: Cows return to Magdalen Hill Down

28 Dec 2020: Brown Hairstreak Egg, Stockbridge Down

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