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...

The 2022 UKBMS Report has now been published.

Click here ... to access the report.

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

12 Apr 2024: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

12 Apr 2024: Butterflies at Fishlake Meadows

09 Apr 2024: St Giles Hill Graveyard

09 Apr 2024: Hollybank Woods

08 Apr 2024: Sun and sand, Hogmore Inclosure

07 Apr 2024: Spring butterflies in the Itchen Valley

06 Apr 2024: St Giles Hill Graveyard, Winchester

06 Apr 2024: Study in Speckled Wood - Monks Walk, Gosport

06 Apr 2024: Ashdown Copse

05 Apr 2024: Havant Thicket

05 Apr 2024: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

01 Apr 2024: Easter Eight - Monks Walk Gosport

01 Apr 2024: Isle of Wight Speckled Wood

31 Mar 2024: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

30 Mar 2024: Havant Thicket

30 Mar 2024: First Orange-tip, Bishop's Waltham

30 Mar 2024: First Orange Tip, North Baddesley

30 Mar 2024: Brimstones galore at Havant Thicket!

29 Mar 2024: Hummingbird Hawkmoth, Lee on Solent

27 Mar 2024: Small mercies at Great Fontley