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

26 Jun 2022: North Baddesley

26 Jun 2022: Broxhead Common Field Trip

26 Jun 2022: Straits Inclosure

26 Jun 2022: Alice Holt

26 Jun 2022: Browndown/Alver Valley

25 Jun 2022: A walk taking in Yew Hill Reserve.

24 Jun 2022: Moths at West Wood

23 Jun 2022: New WLH location

22 Jun 2022: Return to Botley Wood

21 Jun 2022: Winchester Hill

21 Jun 2022: White-letter Hairstreak at Yew Hill

20 Jun 2022: Havant Thicket

19 Jun 2022: Three Skippers at Peartree Green LNR

17 Jun 2022: Yew Hill Reserve Walk

17 Jun 2022: north baddesley

17 Jun 2022: White Admiral

17 Jun 2022: Whiteley Pastures/Botley Wood

16 Jun 2022: Master of camouflage

16 Jun 2022: Ringlet debut at Huntbourn

15 Jun 2022: Butser Hill