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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*** Field trip cancellation. ***

In view of the current weather forecast the field trip to Broughton Down on Thursday 16th August has been cancelled.

Appeal for Purple Emperor records

Ashley Whitlock, the Branch Purple Emperor Co-ordinator, is preparing a report for the Forestry Commission and Southern Water who are planning to go ahead with a planned reservoir affecting Havant Thicket, The Holt and Staunton Park. The impact of the reservoir and its surroundings on butterflies is being assessed. Ashley would like any observers who have records of Purple Emperors from the years 2000-2013 inclusive to get in touch by phone or email (ashleyrwhitlock.AT.virginmedia.com).

New National Moth Newsletter for April, 2018

Head Office has just released this newsletter. It provides an update on the National Moth Recording Scheme and news of moth conservation activities.

It can be read here ...

Recent National Press Release re Butterflies in 2017

A press release on the state of butterflies in 2017 was released by Head Office on 11th April 2018.

It can be read 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 7.30 (6.00 for the guide and 1.30 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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15 Aug 2018: Moth Trap Wickham

14 Aug 2018: Old Winchester Hill

14 Aug 2018: Chalton Down

14 Aug 2018: Noar Hill

14 Aug 2018: Wall Brown in Emsworth

14 Aug 2018: Old Winchester Hill NNR (Car-park slope)

11 Aug 2018: Old Winchester Hill NNR

08 Aug 2018: Martin Down.

08 Aug 2018: Adonis Blue Take Wing On St Catherine's Hill

07 Aug 2018: Noar Hill

07 Aug 2018: In our garden at Leigh Park

07 Aug 2018: Beacon Hill impromptu Field Trip

06 Aug 2018: Shipton Bellinger

06 Aug 2018: Old Winchester Hill

06 Aug 2018: Tiger in our garden in Sway

05 Aug 2018: Silver-spotted Skippers at St.Catherine's Hill

05 Aug 2018: Oxenbourne Down

05 Aug 2018: Ackender/Bushy Lease Wood (Alton) August 2018

05 Aug 2018: Broughton Down NNR

05 Aug 2018: Keyhaven - No Wall Browns

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