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.
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...

Matthew Oates on TV talking about butterflies in our area

Click here, run the programme (purple square, bottom left) and drag the slider to 17.30 (until end of April)

Partnership helps species come back from the brink

Some of the UK's most threatened species, including the Chequered Skipper butterfly, will be brought back from the brink of extinction, as part of an ambitious 4.6 million project funded by the National Lottery.

More here ...

The Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey needs help from Branch members.

Click here ... for details.

NEW book on 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 7.25 (6.00 for the guide and 1.25 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 Jayne Chapman on the Wednesday Wanders, and Ashley Whitlock on the branch fieldtrips where he is the walk leader.

Or to buy a copy online click here ...

To report any inaccuracies in the book please email here.

Easy Fundraising

You can now support our ongoing butterfly and moth conservation work when you buy products and services online. Simply click on the easyfundraising.org.uk logo and select "Butterfly Conservation - Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch".

How does it work? Firstly you have to register with easyfundraising and name the charity you wish to support (need to provide name, email and a password). Then when you wish to purchase something on-line go to the easyfundraising website, select Butterfly Conservation - Hampshire & Isle of Wight Branch and then click through to the company you wish to buy from. There are over 2000 companies registered there. It doesn't cost you any extra as the company you purchase from pays a small sum directly to the Branch. If you wish to know more please go to the easyfundraising.org.uk website.


The branch is pleased to sponsor the excellent HantsMoths website.

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27 Apr 2017: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

24 Apr 2017: Oxenbourne Down

23 Apr 2017: Butser Hill

23 Apr 2017: Four Marks

23 Apr 2017: Mockbeggar

23 Apr 2017: Early Small Copper in our garden (Lane End, nr. Beauworth)

23 Apr 2017: Buster Hill Circuit

23 Apr 2017: Brown Argus

22 Apr 2017: Around Four Marks

22 Apr 2017: Chalton Down, Old Idsworth

21 Apr 2017: Noar Hill

20 Apr 2017: Ten Species at Monks Walk, Gosport

20 Apr 2017: Heritage Way, Priddys Hard, Gosport

19 Apr 2017: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

19 Apr 2017: Fort Brockhurst Station, Woods & Field Gosport

19 Apr 2017: Browndown (South) Gosport

18 Apr 2017: IOW Glanvilles

18 Apr 2017: Duke And Dingies Make Appearance At Rake Bottom

18 Apr 2017: Martin Down.

18 Apr 2017: Monks Walk & Frater Fields Gosport

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