Butterfly Conservation
Saving butterflies, moths and our environment
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch
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1982 - 2022
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Welcome to the New Forest Butterfly Transect Group. The New Forest Butterfly Transect Group was established in 2011 and is now responsible for more than 50 transects across the New Forest and surrounding area (click here for a map).

The group has been given the responsibility for a number of new transects in recent years at the request of Butterfly Conservation, Natural England, The National Trust and the Forestry Commission (now Forestry England). In addition we have now started specific monitoring of scarcer species to aid their conservation, including Grayling and Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Sadly the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary has not been recorded in the New Forest for a number of years, however we keep looking.†Any butterfly and moth sightings that you make and send in on your own will be much appreciated as there are still parts of the the New Forest and South West Hampshire that need better coverage, especially if it is one of the scarcer species. Sightings can be submitted by using one of the methods described in the Recording-Submit Records page of this website.

The group coordinates the recording rota, reporting and record checking for the transects it is responsible for. Each transect is walked once per week for 26 weeks from April 1st, by a team of up to 6 walkers. If you would like to join one of these teams or for more information please contact the New Forest Transect Group at