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.

Photo Competition Result

The winning photo in the 'Butterflies in Lockdown' Competition can be seen here ...

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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06 Aug 2020: Female Brown Hairstreak In Egg-laying Mode At Shipton Bellinger

04 Aug 2020: Wall at Shipton Bellinger

03 Aug 2020: Clouded Yellow at Stockbridge Down

03 Aug 2020: rare sighting (this year) North Baddesley

03 Aug 2020: Oxenbourne Down

02 Aug 2020: Magdalen Hill Down 2 August 2020

01 Aug 2020: Sockbridge Down Blues (and Skippers)

01 Aug 2020: Broughton Down

01 Aug 2020: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

01 Aug 2020: Moth Trap

31 Jul 2020: Brown Hairstreak at Shipton Bellinger

31 Jul 2020: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

31 Jul 2020: Oxenbourne Down

31 Jul 2020: strange sighting at North Baddesley

31 Jul 2020: Moth trap in our garden at Leigh Park

30 Jul 2020: Shipton Bellinger

30 Jul 2020: Brown Hairstreak Prove Hard Work In The Afternoon Heat, But Show Up Eventually

30 Jul 2020: Browndown (North) Gosport

29 Jul 2020: Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill

29 Jul 2020: Ashdown Copse and Bedlam Plantation

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