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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Event at Gilbert White's House in Selborne on Monday 28th May

The Branch will have a stall (from 10.30 to 17.00) during the Nature Festival. For more information Click here.

Latest Branch e-Newsletter

Here is the latest e-Newsletter from the Branch Chairman.

National Symposium 2018

The next National Symposium will be held at the University of Southampton from 6-8 April 2018. Take the opportunity to hear authorative speakers on the latest breakthroughs in the ecology and conservation of butterflies at a Hampshire venue.

More here ...

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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18 Mar 2018: 25-year transect trends

16 Mar 2018: First sightings, North Baddesley

16 Mar 2018: Peacocks at Monks Walk, Elson, Gosport

13 Mar 2018: Glanvilles on the Island

13 Mar 2018: first small tortoiseshell

13 Mar 2018: Brimstone at Oaklands School. Lord's Hill. Southampton.

17 Feb 2018: Brambridge Garden Centre, nr. Winchester

16 Feb 2018: New Forest - Hampton Ridge Tortoiseshell

07 Feb 2018: Portsdown, Brimstones & Peacock

30 Jan 2018: Red Admiral Monks Walk, Gosport

19 Jan 2018: Red Admiral seen today in N Baddesley

13 Jan 2018: Football Admiral at Fratton Park

10 Jan 2018: Red Admiral out in Axmansford

10 Jan 2018: Marsh Fritillary larval activity

28 Dec 2017: Sub Zero Admiral in Andover

06 Dec 2017: Purple Hairstreak ova

04 Dec 2017: Brimstone at Magdalen Hill Down, Winchester

01 Dec 2017: Red Admiral on the Wing in Gosport!

25 Nov 2017: Alresford

19 Nov 2017: Red Admiral at Hardway, Gosport

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