Minutes of 2016 AGM

The Gloucester branch AGM was held on 29th October. The minutes can be seen on the Downloads page.

Atlas of UK Butterflies 2010-2014

Butterfly Conservation has produced an atlas of UK butterflies. It is not available in paper form but you can view and/or download a PDF version at our downloads page. The Wall map is shown here as an example, click to enlarge the map. Read more …

More website changes

There have been three sets of changes to the website in the last two or three weeks.

The first batch of changes were to make maintenance of the website a lot easier. Most of them should have been invisible to everyone.

The second batch of changes were all about visibility.

Their purpose was to make the website responsive – this simply means it will look different depending on your screen. Previously pages had a fixed width and so on a narrow screen bits were chopped off; now the page becomes narrower to fit the screen. This can have unexpected results, for example the menu that is normally at the left of the screen may be moved to the bottom and everything may be a bit too small on a phone.

Finally, pictures in blog posts and some pages, e.g. the life cycle of the Orange-tip butterfly (now updated with more pictures), are expanded more conveniently than previously when clicked.

The pages accessed via Species & Habitats and Moth Maps on the menu are not responsive as they have been constructed in a different way.

If you encounter any problems with the changes please contact me via Web Master on the Committee & Contacts page.

Minutes of 2015 AGM

The Gloucesterhire Branch AGM was held on 7th November. Here are the minutes of the AGM and the reports presented during the afternoon. Read more …

Butterfly bonanza in Gloucestershire

Southwest Section members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management  were very fortunate to see both imago and egg stages of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly Euphydryas aurinia at a beautiful limestone grassland reserve in Chalford, Gloucestershire. Read more …

Rough Bank Field Visit, Sunday 21 June 2015


The car park overflowed!

About 30 people attended the open afternoon along with Jennifer and myself. We split into three groups of ten to a group. Jennifer and I opted to join the group being led by Sue and Bob as we had met them before. It was our first visit to the reserve and as we set off along the bottom path with quite a breeze blowing we were all apprehensive as to maybe what we would see. Read more …

Stroud Festival of Nature

Stroud Festival of Nature Logo

The Stroud Festival of Nature is a two week celebration of nature of all forms in and around Stroud. There will be a launch event on Saturday 13th June at the Subscription Rooms in the centre of Stroud followed by a wide range of events – including butterflies and moths. Read more …

Moth Crossword – solution

The spring 2015 issue of Antennae contained a ‘Moth Crossword’.

If you are not ready to see the solution yet then please do not click the link. Read more …

A Tale Of The Hare And The Butterfly

Cath Hodsman and Mariposa the hareA statue of a hare has helped raise funds for a newly opened National Nature Reserve in the Cotswolds set to become home to a previously extinct butterfly.

The hare, decorated in butterfly and moth paintings by Gloucestershire artist Cath Hodsman, was sold at auction along with 49 others as part of the Cirencester March Hare Festival over the summer. Read more …

Hailey Wood Work Party

Once a year, usually during early December, the branch organises a work party at Hailey Wood, on the Bathurst Estate to help manage the habitat for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Led by Chris Tracey, fourteen people met at the sawmill at 10am on 6th December on a beautiful, crisp, frosty morning with unbroken sunshine and soon we were hard at it,  clearing scrub and unwanted birch saplings to “open up” areas for the fritillary and also the Grizzled Skipper.
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