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.
|There are 46 species of butterfly occurring in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Of these, 35 can be seen on our reserves.
More about our butterflies...
|Around 1940 species of moth have been recorded in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, over 600 of these on our reserves.
More about our moths...
|Butterfly Conservation has over 25 reserves across the UK, including 3 in Hampshire: Yew Hill, Magdalen Hill Down and Bentley Station Meadow.
More about our reserves...
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 £7.30 (£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
The branch is pleased to sponsor the excellent HantsMoths website.
28 Dec 2020: Brown Hairstreak Egg, Stockbridge Down
24 Dec 2020: More eggs at Stockbridge Down
20 Dec 2020: Red Admiral sighting in Kings Worthy
08 Dec 2020: Brown Hairstreak egg search
22 Nov 2020: Garden sighting of Holly Blue
07 Nov 2020: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport
04 Nov 2020: Red Admiral at Hillier Gardens
04 Nov 2020: Meonshore to Brownwich Cliffs, Titchfield Haven
04 Nov 2020: Beacon Hill Exton
03 Nov 2020: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport
21 Oct 2020: Common Blue at Portchester
19 Oct 2020: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport
15 Oct 2020: Havant Thicket
15 Oct 2020: Late Peacock at Great Fontley
15 Oct 2020: Meonshore Beach to Brownwich Cliffs, Titchfield Haven
12 Oct 2020: surprising sighting North Baddesley
12 Oct 2020: Humming-bird Hawk-moth in Hook in the rain
11 Oct 2020: Late sightings at Magdalen Hill Down
11 Oct 2020: Portsdown Hill
11 Oct 2020: Meonshore Beach to Brownwich Cliffs, Titchfield Haven