Butterfly Conservation
Saving butterflies, moths and our environment
Hampshire and
Isle of Wight Branch

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.

Butterflies Moths Reserves
Marsh Fritillaries by Maurice Pugh Merveille du Jour by Tim Norris
There are 46 species of butterfly occurring in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Of these, 35 can be seen on our reserves.
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Around 1940 species of moth have been recorded in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, over 600 of these on our reserves.
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Butterfly Conservation has over 25 reserves across the UK, including 3 in Hampshire: Yew Hill, Magdalen Hill Down and Bentley Station Meadow.
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Sponsored ride to raise funds for Butterfly Conservation

Simon Saville, BC Trustee and Chair of the Surrey & SW London Branch, is setting off on a gruelling 1,200 cycle from Land’s End to John o’Groats via over 15 nature reserves next Tuesday (22nd June). Simon set himself this challenge to help raise awareness and funds to fight the decline of threatened butterflies and moths. To help him reach his target of raising £15,000 for Butterfly Conservation click here.

Calling all moth afficianados on the Isle of Wight

There is a call to monitor Tiger Moths on the Island. Read more here

Keeping abreast of Branch Fieldtrips

A member has very helpfully created an online electronic diary of all the Branch Fieldtrips this year. You can subscribe to it by clicking Events then Butterfly Walks to read the instructions. It works with emails like Outlook and most smart phones.

A NEW Challenge for All

Bob Annell, the County Butterfly Recorder, has set us all a new challenge to make observations in the few Tetrads (2km x 2km squares) in our area that remain almost without records. Read more and see a map here.

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.

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 £7.60 (£6.00 for the guide and £1.60 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 Ashley Whitlock on the branch fieldtrips where he is the walk leader (once they resume).

Or to buy a copy online click here ...

To report any inaccuracies in the book please email here.


The branch is pleased to sponsor the excellent HantsMoths website.

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20 Jun 2021: IBM Lake, Cosham

20 Jun 2021: Beaulieu Rd Station Area

20 Jun 2021: White-Letter Hairstreak, Cosham

20 Jun 2021: Browndown (North) Gosport

17 Jun 2021: First Portsdown Marbled White

17 Jun 2021: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

17 Jun 2021: Monks Walk, Gosport - Additional Photos

17 Jun 2021: Early Silver Studded Blues in New Forest?

17 Jun 2021: Eastern Clearing Bentley Wood

16 Jun 2021: Haslar Sea Wall Car Park Scrub - Gosport

15 Jun 2021: Havant Thicket, Rowlands Castle

15 Jun 2021: Portsdown Hill, Paulsgrove

15 Jun 2021: Alver Valley

14 Jun 2021: Chilling Coastal Area, Titchfield

12 Jun 2021: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

12 Jun 2021: Great Fontley highlights

12 Jun 2021: Winchester Garden Small Blue

12 Jun 2021: Oxenbourne Down NNR

11 Jun 2021: Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill

11 Jun 2021: Fort Widley, Portsdown Hill

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