Butterfly Conservation
Saving butterflies, moths and our environment
Hampshire and
Isle of Wight Branch
Celebrating our 40th Anniversary!
1982 - 2022

Butterfly Walks

BUTTERFLY WALKS ARE FOR EVERYONE! You most emphatically do NOT have to be an expert to come on a butterfly walk. Butterfly walks can be enjoyed by anyone with any level of knowledge (or none). Photographers, children (with adult supervision), first-time participants, you are ALL welcome.

If the weather looks doubtful please check with the leader in advance. For walks that start in the morning it is advisable to bring lunch. For your safety and comfort wear strong shoes and appropriate clothing, use sunscreen, carry a drink, heed all safety advice, watch out for hazards such as rabbit holes and check for ticks after the walk. Also remember to inform the leader if you wish to leave early.

For beginners interested in moths a good way to learn is to go along to one of the moth evenings organised by members. Some are listed below, whilst others, which may be arranged at short notice, will be posted on the Branch Yahoo! email newsgroup.

Additional daytime field meetings may also be arranged and will be advertised on the website. We look forward to welcoming everyone, whatever your level of knowledge, on our butterfly walks. We cannot guarantee seeing the wildlife but the Hampshire countryside is lovely and there will be time to enjoy it (weather permitting!).

NEW feature. In addition, a link to an online Calendar of all walks arranged by the Branch is now being provided. If you use calendars in your email software or on your phone you should be able to subscribe to a single calendar file of all Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Reserves butterfly walks here but please note that we are not in a position to assist you or rectify any problems you may have in linking to the calendar file.

Advice on how to subscribe to the calendar file is available at the following sites,
Outlook on the web, or
Outlook.com and
Apple and iPhone.

Note that for technical reasons a walk duration is always given on the calendar as four hours but the actual walk could be either shorter or longer. If you wish to obtain the grid reference of where to meet please consult the relevant PDF file (see below).

Butterfly walks are subject to amendment particularly due to the weather or the current status of the Covid pandemic. Please consult your online calendar or this page for any changes to the events calendar.

Hampshire Butterfly Walks in 2022

Click here to open a PDF file containing a list of the Hampshire Butterfly Walks.

Isle of Wight Butterfly Walks in 2022

Click here to open a PDF file containing a list of the Isle of Wight Butterfly Walks.

Hampshire Butterfly Walks in 2022 on the Branch's Reserves.

Click here to open a PDF file containing a list of walks on our Reserves.

Reserve Meeting Points

  • Yew Hill. Meet at at end of Old Kennels Lane (SU451 269) near junction Port Lane/ Millers lane or join us on the Reserve. (SU455264).
  • Bentley Station Meadow. Meet as per event details. Vistors to Bentley Station Meadow are reminded that tickets have to be purchased to park in the station car park at all times it seems. Double yellow lines now exist along much of Station Road. A forest car park is available at SU802432. The usual warning for countryside car parks regarding thefts from cars applies, sadly.
  • Magdalen Hill Down. Meet in the gravel car park opposite Magdalen Hill Cemetery on the B3404 ( approximately 0.5 miles west of Percy Hobbs Roundabout. Grid reference SU511295). Magdalen Hill Down is a splendid example of chalk downland. The original reserve is ancient downland and is quite steep but has a path along the top and a diagonal path from top to bottom and a rougher path along the eastern side of the bottom. The extension to the reserve situated to the east (behind Magdalen Hill cemetery) is not as steep and affords easy walking conditions. It was an ex-arable field sown with native grasses and wild flowers in 1997. Magdalen Hill Down North is an imaginative project jointly undertaken with Hampshire County Council in 2004 and now part of the reserve, which now extends to 110 acres.

updated 16/3/22

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