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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New Member's Day: Saturday, 30 August, 2014

On behalf of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight branch of Butterfly Conservation, I am delighted to invite you to a New MemberÕs Day on Saturday 30 August, 2014. (Please ignore this invitation if you have already accepted a place). The event is open to all members who joined the branch since 1 January, 2013, and provides an excellent opportunity to find out more about what we are doing to save butterflies, moths and our environment. Short presentations will be given on:

  • butterfly and moth recording methods
  • our three Reserves
  • our involvement in wider conservation projects
  • our range of volunteering opportunities

The event is an excellent way of meeting fellow members and asking any questions you may have. We also plan to offer a short, optional, guided walk of our adjoining Magdalen Hill Down reserve, subject to the vagaries of the weather.

The New Member's Day will be held at The Winchester Masonic Association, 124 Alresford Road, Winchester, SO21 1HB (map ref: SU 498 294). The event will commence at 10am with doors opening from 9.15am for registration, tea and coffee. We would expect to commence the walk between 12.15pm and 12.30pm, finishing by around 2pm.

Free car parking is available on a first come, first served basis but there should be plenty of space. Further details of the agenda and a location map can be found on the Events page of our website at: http://www.hantsiow-butterflies.org.uk/events.php

Please bring a packed lunch to eat on the Reserve if you are planning to join the walk together with strong shoes and appropriate clothing. The ground is very uneven in places. We will offer a choice of walks on reasonably flat and steeper sections subject to the weather and numbers.

We still have a number of places available so do please advise Clive Wood, Vice Chair, by e-mail at clivepwood@btinternet.com or by telephone on 01962 852620 if you would like to attend. It would be very helpful if you could provide the names of those attending and whether you intend to join the walk.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible on the 30 August.

With kind regards,

Mike Wall, Chairman

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 June Bailey Education Fund

Awards of up to £500 each are available in support of individuals or organisations involved in educational activities that promote increased awareness, knowledge and conservation of butterflies and moths in Hampshire & Isle of Wight. The branch has been able to offer this educational opportunity thanks to the support of June and Ken Bailey - whose generosity has allowed us to establish the June Bailey Education Fund. Click here to access the application form.


The branch is pleased to sponsor the excellent HantsMoths website.

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20 Aug 2014: Noar Hill (Part 4)

20 Aug 2014: Red Admiral on my knee at 6.30 am.

19 Aug 2014: 2013 Butterfly and Moth Report

19 Aug 2014: Milton Allotments/Foreshore

18 Aug 2014: Grayling at Browndown North

18 Aug 2014: Common blue at Seafield Park

18 Aug 2014: Small Coppers

18 Aug 2014: Old Winchester Hill

18 Aug 2014: Doings on the IOW

16 Aug 2014: More brown hairstreaks at Noar hill

16 Aug 2014: Sandy Point

15 Aug 2014: Wall Turns Up At Broughton Down

14 Aug 2014: Possible rare sighting of a Small Blue

13 Aug 2014: Still Yellow at Chalton Down

08 Aug 2014: Old Winchester Hill at its best

08 Aug 2014: Eastney Migrants

07 Aug 2014: Clouded yellow at Brading

07 Aug 2014: Brown Hairstreak at Noar Hill

07 Aug 2014: Old Winchester Hill

07 Aug 2014: Noar Hill (Part 3)

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