Butterfly Conservation Hampshire and
Saving butterflies, moths and our environment 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.  Most British butterfly species remain in decline.

We aim to halt and reverse these declines. Our vision is of a world rich in butterflies for future generations to enjoy.  We are also committed to the conservation of moths, which are close relatives of butterflies and are in rapid decline.

Butterflies and moths you can see now

The first month of spring brings a more substantial increase in the number of butterflies and moths on the wing..  The number of butterfly species recorded in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight rises to just over 15 species.  There is also a rise in the number of recorded moth species to around 130.  Listed below are selections of those that can be seen this month.  Most of the moths will only be seen when attracted to light.

Hebrew Character
Clouded Drab
Early Grey
Oak Beauty
Twin-spotted Quaker
Yellow Horned
March Moth
Small Brindled Beauty
Dotted Border
Double-striped Pug
Brindled Pug
Small Tortoiseshell
Red Admiral
Marsh Fritillary
Small White
Speckled Wood
Holly Blue
Purple Hairstreak
Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Butterflies are beautiful and intrinsically valuable. Together with moths, their sensitivity to environmental change makes them valuable indicators of the health of the countryside.  We are dedicated to the conservation of:

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 1950 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...


You can now support our ongoing butterfly and moth conservation work when you buy products and services on-line.  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.

Application Form with full details available HERE...


The results of the 2013 Photographic Competition are HERE...

A new article "Landscape-scale conservation in practice: Tytherley Woods" by Clive Wood can be found HERE...


The Hampshire & IoW Moth Conference this year will be held on
Saturday 15 February 2014 at the Littleton Village Hall, The Hall Way, SO22 6QL Details HERE...


Notes from the 2014 National Moth Recorder's Conference HERE...

Those also interested in moths are recommended to visit our associate site Hantsmoths:

Hants Moths Website

Become a member


18.04.14: April 2014 Newsletter now available in the Members' Area

17.04.14: 2014 Events and Field Trips HERE...

11.04.14:Latest news on the UK BAP Priority Species HERE...

06.04.14: 2013 AGM Minutes now in Members' Area

23.03.14: Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey 2013 - year 5 sightings HERE...

06.03.14: Note on Blackthorn management at Noar Hill HERE...

01.03.14: 2014 Report on Desease Resistant Elm Cultivars HERE...

23.02.14: Transect Walker training dates HERE...

04.02.14: Notes from the 2014 National Moth Recorders Conference HERE...

23.01.14: January 2014 edition of E-Moth HERE...

15.01.14: Details of the 2014 Moth Conference HERE...

03-12-13: Reserves Update added HERE...

26.11.13: New article by Clive Wood "Landscape-scale conservation in practice: Tytherley Woods " HERE...

31.10.13: 2013 Photographic competition winners shown HERE...

31.10.13: Latest edition of E-Moth available HERE...

14.10.13: Details of Members Day posted on Sightings page

22.09.13: September newsletter now available in Members' Area

10.09.13: 2013/14 Work Party Dates HERE...

10.09.13: Updated version of the Elm Report HERE...

23-01-12: Botanical Trends at Magdalen Hill Down Extension - a New Report. HERE...

01.01.13: Details of Disease resistant elm cultivars HERE...


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