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. All Butterfly Conservation events, including walking butterfly and moth transects, are cancelled until further notice.

Message from Butterfly Conservation: "We are doing everything we can to provide support and reassurance to our staff, volunteers and supporters in these uncertain and challenging times. We wish to play our part in keeping people healthy and safe.

Following government guidance, we have decided all of our events involving staff and volunteers must be cancelled. This includes both indoor and outdoor activities.

We will review arrangements for future months in due course in light of any updates to government guidance and share updates on our website and social media channels and by email to those registered with us.  These are exceptional times and we will work to support each other and keep you updated."

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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02 Apr 2020: Spring has officially started in Winchester

02 Apr 2020: Milton Lock Nature Reserve

26 Mar 2020: Holly Blue in Hedge End

25 Mar 2020: Magdalen Hill Down

25 Mar 2020: First Holly Blue in our Chandlers Ford garden

24 Mar 2020: Peacock in our Chandlers Ford garden

24 Mar 2020: Peacocks on Portsdown

24 Mar 2020: Holly Blue, Small White . Cromarty Rd pond Field

23 Mar 2020: early sighting N Baddesley.

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

22 Mar 2020: Havant Thicket

22 Mar 2020: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

22 Mar 2020: Woodmancott Down

21 Mar 2020: Peacock on hyacinth in Chandlers Ford

21 Mar 2020: Peacocks aplenty, Great Fontley

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

16 Mar 2020: Havant Thicket

16 Mar 2020: Brimstones at Wootton Coppice

16 Mar 2020: first sightings in N Baddesley

16 Mar 2020: Brimstones at Acres Down

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