Welcome to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch of
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 number of butterflies and moths
on the wing continues to declines as autumn turns
into winter. The number of butterfly species
recorded in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight falls to
just over 10 species. There is also a fall 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.
Merveille du Jour
Grey Pine Carpet
Large Yellow Underwing
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:
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
Two awards of up to £300 each are available
annually 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
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
Application Form with full details available