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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Big Butterfly Count & Open Day, 14 July

Event at Magdalen Hill Down Reserve, near Winchester on Saturday 14 July, 10.00 to 14.00. Come and help us launch the 2018 Big Butterfly Count and join us for a host of family activities on our flagship reserve! This year we are also celebrating the launch of Wild In Winchester, Butterfly Conservation’s latest education project, by offering free tasters of our activities. Come and hunt for bugs, explore a moth trap, learn how to survey our meadow, take a nature walk or create some wild art, plus take part in the Big Butterfly Count of course! We will also have face painting, badge making, experts and free membership offers!

Directions here ...

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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16 Jul 2018: First Clouded Yellow at Winnall Moors

16 Jul 2018: Purple Hairstreaks on Waterlillies. Cromarty Road Pond

16 Jul 2018: Oxenbourne Down

15 Jul 2018: Another new visitor in our Chandlers Ford garden

15 Jul 2018: big butterfly count

14 Jul 2018: Clouded Yellows at Headbourne Worthy

14 Jul 2018: Swanwick Nature Reserve Field Trip

13 Jul 2018: Ranvilles Lane and Newlands Farm, Fareham

12 Jul 2018: Oxenbourne Down

12 Jul 2018: Chalton Down

12 Jul 2018: Whiteley Pastures Field Trip

11 Jul 2018: Alice Holt

11 Jul 2018: Abbots Wood Inclosure, Alice Holt Forest

11 Jul 2018: Goose Green Inclosure, Alice Holt Forest

11 Jul 2018: Straits Inclosure, Alice Holt Forest

11 Jul 2018: Silver-Studs Joined By Grayling At Hazeley Heath

11 Jul 2018: Grayling at Browndown North

10 Jul 2018: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

10 Jul 2018: Alice's last hurrah, Abbots Wood Inclosure

09 Jul 2018: Purple Hairstreak and mating Silver-washed Fritillary, Havant Thicket

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