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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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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22 Jul 2014: New Forest Grayling

21 Jul 2014: Oxenbourne Down

20 Jul 2014: Portsdown Hill

20 Jul 2014: Chalton Peak

20 Jul 2014: Chalton Down

20 Jul 2014: Record Species count

20 Jul 2014: Mass Peacock emergence

19 Jul 2014: The cinderella of heaths

18 Jul 2014: Stephens Castle Down

18 Jul 2014: Magdalen Hill Down walk

18 Jul 2014: Southleigh Forest

18 Jul 2014: Dark Green Doing well at Oxenbourne Down

18 Jul 2014: Fading in Havant Thicket

17 Jul 2014: Havant Thicket

17 Jul 2014: Dark Green at Chalton Down

17 Jul 2014: Still at Goose Green

16 Jul 2014: Fading Purple

15 Jul 2014: Yellow, Green and Blue at Chalton Down

15 Jul 2014: White Admiral larva behaviour

15 Jul 2014: Silver-washed Fritillary spectacle

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