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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Search for Brown Hairstreak eggs, Sunday 20th January 2019

Ashley Whitlock is organising a search for Brown Hairstreak eggs in Soberton on Sunday 20th January. If you are interested in taking part please let him know either by ringing 02392 731266 or 07752 182340 or by e-mailing him at ashleyrwhitlock@virginmedia.com asap.

Upcoming Photographic Exhibition

Here's a date for your diary. John Vetterlein will be exhibiting his butterfly photos at the Harbour Lights Gallery, Southampton from 2nd to 27th February 2019. See the attached flyer 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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14 Jan 2019: Red Admiral at Hardway, Gosport (2)

14 Jan 2019: Red Admiral joins Nordic Walk, QE Country Park

11 Jan 2019: Red Admiral at Hardway, Gosport

05 Jan 2019: Red Admiral activity in Axmansford

01 Jan 2019: First butterfly sighting of 2019: Chilworth to Valley Park

08 Dec 2018: Plenty of Brown Hairstreak eggs, Soberton

02 Dec 2018: Red Admiral activity in Axmansford

30 Nov 2018: Spotted today in Havant

29 Nov 2018: Red Admirals out in all conditions

05 Nov 2018: Northington Down

05 Nov 2018: Holly Blue in Shirley

03 Nov 2018: Peacock, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood in Knowle

03 Nov 2018: Titchfield Haven foreshore & Brownwich Cliffs

03 Nov 2018: Monks Walk, Frater Fields & Woods, Gosport

03 Nov 2018: Titchfield Haven foreshore & Brownwich Cliffs

02 Nov 2018: Eastney Beach keeps on trucking Part 3

27 Oct 2018: Red Admiral

26 Oct 2018: Eastney Beach keeps on trucking Part 2

25 Oct 2018: It ain't over till the fat lady sings.....Eastney Beach

24 Oct 2018: Extraordinary Speckled Wood, Ports Down

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