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.
More about our reserves...

Calling all moth afficianados on the Isle of Wight

There is a call to monitor Tiger Moths on the Island. Read more here

Keeping abreast of Branch Fieldtrips

A member has very helpfully created an online electronic diary of all the Branch Fieldtrips this year. You can subscribe to it by clicking Events then Butterfly Walks to read the instructions. It works with emails like Outlook and most smart phones.

A NEW Challenge for All

Bob Annell, the County Butterfly Recorder, has set us all a new challenge to make observations in the few Tetrads (2km x 2km squares) in our area that remain almost without records. Read more and see a map here.

New Committee and Organisational Structure

Following the AGM, the membership of some committees and some other roles within the Branch have changed. These can be accessed by clicking on About > Committees at the top of this page. Some browsers will not immediately recognise the new organisation diagrams. If that happens go to your browser's Settings and click on Clear Browser Cache.

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 a copy of the book, please visit the NHBS web site - search under the Bookstore tab - or click here.

Copies will also be available for purchase (cash only) from Ashley Whitlock on the branch fieldtrips where he is the walk leader (once they resume).

To report any inaccuracies in the book please email here.


The branch is pleased to sponsor the excellent HantsMoths website.

Hants Moths Website
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Isle of Wight Facebook page
Hampshire/IoW Twitter page


29 Sep 2021: Old Winchester Hill

08 Sep 2021: Browndown South, Gosport

08 Sep 2021: Moth Trap

07 Sep 2021: Noar Hill

07 Sep 2021: Our garden in Leigh Park

07 Sep 2021: Brown Hairstreak at Great Fontley again

06 Sep 2021: Portsdown Hill, Paulsgrove

05 Sep 2021: Chilling & Brownwich Coastal Area, Titchfield

05 Sep 2021: Brown Hairstreak in Froyle

05 Sep 2021: Old Winchester Hill Field Trip

04 Sep 2021: Old Winchester Hill

04 Sep 2021: Old Winchester Hill

04 Sep 2021: Noar Hill

04 Sep 2021: Old Winchester Hill

04 Sep 2021: Meonstoke - Brown Hairstreaks back at last.

04 Sep 2021: Stockbridge Down blues

03 Sep 2021: Haslar Sea Wall Car Park Scrub - Gosport

03 Sep 2021: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

03 Sep 2021: Moth trap

03 Sep 2021: Butser Hill

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