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

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
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.
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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.
More about our reserves...

Garden survey for all

Butterfly Conservation are running a UK-wide Garden Butterfly Survey again. You can join it here. Results of the 2020 garden survey in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can be seen here.

New Committee and Organisational Structure

Following the 2020 AGM, the membership of some committees and some other roles within the Branch have changed. These can be accessed by clicking on About > Committees at the top of this page. Some browsers will not immediately recognise the new organisation diagrams. If that happens go to your browser's Settings and click on Clear Browser Cache.

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.


The branch is pleased to sponsor the excellent HantsMoths website.

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27 May 2022: Butser Hill NNR

26 May 2022: Martin Down NNR Field Trip

24 May 2022: Old and new at Great Fontley

22 May 2022: Shalden

22 May 2022: Stockbridge Down Field Trip

21 May 2022: Defence Munitions, Gosport

21 May 2022: Marsh Fritillary at West Down , Chilbolton

20 May 2022: clouded yellow at north baddesley

20 May 2022: Magdalen Hill Down and New Forest

19 May 2022: Northington Down

19 May 2022: Martin Down + Pignal Inclosure

18 May 2022: Stockbridge Down

18 May 2022: West Wood and Pit Down Field Trip

18 May 2022: Legal immigrant lands at Portchester Castle

17 May 2022: Two more Painted Ladies.

17 May 2022: Painted Lady in my Garden

16 May 2022: sightings

15 May 2022: Painted Lady on Emsworth shore.

14 May 2022: Marsh Fritillary

14 May 2022: Pearls at New Copse and Perrywood Inclosures

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