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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Pete Eeles: Marsh Christian Trust award

I am delighted to share the news that our very own Pete Eeles, former Chair of the Branch, received a Marsh Christian Trust award for the Promotion of Lepidoptera Conservation at Butterfly Conservationís recent AGM in Nottingham. This is well deserved recognition of someone who has made a wonderful contribution to the conservation of butterflies over many years. Pete was instrumental in the development of the UK Butterflies website. This site receives over 60,000 hits a month in the summer and is undoubtedly one of the most important resources for information on butterflies in the UK and beyond. He has also developed BCís online educational resources including the new Garden Butterfly Survey website. This initiative will make it much easier to monitor changes in the abundance and distribution of our garden butterfly species.

On behalf of everyone connected with the Hampshire & IoW branch, many many congratulations Pete!

Clive Wood, Chairman

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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03 Dec 2016: Pete Eeles award

30 Nov 2016: Speckled Wood seen on 30.11.2016

13 Nov 2016: Red Admiral enjoying late nectar

06 Nov 2016: Red Admirals at Southwick

06 Nov 2016: Red Admiral

03 Nov 2016: The Hibernaculum Habits of the White Admiral Butterfly

02 Nov 2016: Not bad for November

30 Oct 2016: Fresh Holly Blue

25 Oct 2016: Autumn Sightings

23 Oct 2016: Late Red Admiral Activity at Knowle

22 Oct 2016: Last Knockings

09 Oct 2016: Eastney Beach

05 Oct 2016: Branch Members' Day and AGM

03 Oct 2016: Painted Lady

03 Oct 2016: Lifes a Beach

02 Oct 2016: A nice surprise

02 Oct 2016: Magdalen Hill Down

02 Oct 2016: Magdalen Hill Down

25 Sep 2016: Woodmancott Down SU5643

25 Sep 2016: Admirals Ahoy

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