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


46 species of butterfly can be found in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In any year, between 30 and 40 of these species 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...

Garden Butterfly Survey

Butterfly Conservation are running a UK-wide Garden Butterfly Survey again. You can join it here. Results of previous surveys in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can be found here.

New Committee and Organisational Structure

Following the 2020 AGM, the membership of some committees and some other roles within the Branch have changed as shown here.

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 a copy of the book, please visit the NHBS web site - search under the Bookstore tab - or click here.
  • 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).
  • To report any inaccuracies in the book please email here.


The branch is pleased to sponsor the excellent HantsMoths website.

Hants Moths Website

13 Aug 2022: Browndown (South), Gosport

13 Aug 2022: Ackender Wood, Alton

13 Aug 2022: A scorching visit to Noar Hill!

13 Aug 2022: Thirty up in City of Portsmouth

11 Aug 2022: Old Winchester Hill

11 Aug 2022: Convolvulus Hawk Moth Sighting, IoW

10 Aug 2022: Selbourne Hill and Noar Hill

10 Aug 2022: At Last on Portsdown Hill

09 Aug 2022: Scarce swallowtail in the New Forest

08 Aug 2022: Shipton Bellinger & Broughton Down

08 Aug 2022: Meon Valley Hairstreaks

08 Aug 2022: Fort Widley and garden

08 Aug 2022: Shipton Bellinger

07 Aug 2022: St Catherine's Hill

07 Aug 2022: Unexpected sighting in North Baddesley

05 Aug 2022: Oxenbourne Down

05 Aug 2022: White Admiral larvae

04 Aug 2022: The Wrong Hairstreak

04 Aug 2022: Bedlam Plantation

03 Aug 2022: Stockbridge Down Part 1