Butterfly Conservation
Saving butterflies, moths and our environment
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch
Celebrating our 40th Anniversary!
1982 - 2022
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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

46 species of butterfly can be found in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In any year, between 30 and 40 of these species can be seen on our reserves.
More about our butterflies...

Moths

Around 1940 species of moth have been recorded in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, over 600 of these on our reserves.
More about our moths...

Reserves

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...

A digital (non-pdf) version of the 2023 Branch butterfly report is now available

Click here to access the report online.

The 2022 national UKBMS Report has now been published.

Click here ... to access the report.

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.

Sponsorship

The branch is pleased to sponsor the excellent HantsMoths website.

Hants Moths Website

18 May 2024: Green hairstreaks near Great Deane Wood

15 May 2024: Field Trip to New Forest Pignal and Pig Bush Inclosure

15 May 2024: Pearls aplenty at Parkhill

15 May 2024: Green Hairstreaks at Parkhill Inclosure

15 May 2024: Martin Down

15 May 2024: Painted Lady at Freshwater Bay.

15 May 2024: Painted Lady at Freshwater Bay.

14 May 2024: Painted Lady in my Freshwater garden.

12 May 2024: Small Blue out near Wonston!

12 May 2024: Field Trip West Wood and Pitt Down

11 May 2024: First Pearl-Bordered Fritillaries of 2024 at Parkhill

11 May 2024: Small Blues at Freshwater.

11 May 2024: Small Blues at Freshwater.

10 May 2024: Orange Tips (M & F) - Church Crookham

10 May 2024: Pearls on the wing around Brockenhurst

09 May 2024: Noar Hill

09 May 2024: Dukes at West Wood

08 May 2024: Portsdown Hill (East)

08 May 2024: Noar Hill

07 May 2024: Hayling Island Cycle Path