Annual Photographic Competition

Gloucestershire Branch Annual Photographic Competition
The annual photographic competition is free and open to all members of Gloucestershire
Branch and their children and grandchildren. All entrants must be a member of Gloucestershire Branch of Butterfly Conservation or the
child or grandchild of a member.

2023 BC Gloucestershire Branch Photo competition Winners

Garden Butterflies or Moths – David Elder “Gatekeeper on Shasta Daisy”

Overseas Butterflies or Moths – Graeme Davis – “Long-tailed Blue”

UK Moths – David Elder – “Mother Shipton”

UK Butterflies – Paul Sadley – “Orange Tips” – also overall winner

Judge’s special commendation for Rowen Allen, aged 11.  From the My Garden Butterflies category a Common Blue in its habitat from a young photographer with great potential

GDPR and Recording

Anyone submitting either butterfly or moth records should be aware Butterfly Conservation’s position on GDPR.

Butterfly Recording

Article from Spring 2016 issue of Antennae with information about butterfly recording. This also includes the ‘White Squares’ map for years 2000-2014 that followed the article.

Article from Spring 2015 issue of Antennae that is referred to by the article above.

White Squares .pdf
The white square map showing the distribution of butterfly records, has been updated since the 2016 article above. We still desperately need volunteers to record in the ‘white’ areas – these are areas for which there are no records. If you live in or near these places or regularly visit them and can confidently identify butterflies, please could you do some butterfly recording there? It may only involve a couple of visits, but more if you get the bug! Please submit your records on a casual recording form – see instructions in red.

Please contact Chris Wiltshire, the County Butterfly Recorder at or Vic Polley, Assistant Butterfly Recorder at if you have any queries.

The recording forms below are provided in Excel format. The files can also be opened with free spreadsheet programs such as LibreOffice and OpenOffice. It is a big help if they can be used and emailed because this saves re-typing and the possible introduction of errors.

Please email casual recording forms to Chris Wiltshire at Key site and habitat forms should be sent to Tricia Atkinson at and to your area coordinator.

Butterfly Key Site Recording Form.

Butterfly Casual Record Form for recording site/locality, OS Map reference, habitat type, date, and butterfly seen.

Habitat form for use of recorders.

Key butterfly sites surveyed
A summary of the key sites surveyed and the butterflies recorded since 2009 is available on request from Tricia Atkinson at


This is the new (2018) leaflet in a form that can be printed on an A4 printer – unfortunately it means that the map gets split across two pages! The paper version is A3 size and will be available at all Gloucestershire branch events from summer 2018.

Here are some pages about the species found on Rough Bank:
Butterflies, Moths, Rare and scarce moths, Other invertebrates.

This is the content of the Prestbury Hill leaflet but in a form that can be downloaded and printed. The leaflet itself is a single A3 sized sheet.

Gloucestershire Branch AGM Minutes
AGM minutes-2023.pdf


This was the original State of Nature report. The partnership producing the report consisted of 25 organisations.
For the second State of Nature report the partnership producing the report has grown to more than 50 organisations.

Atlas of UK Butterflies 2015-2019
This report presents UK distribution maps for all resident and regular migrant butterfly species (apart from the Large Blue Maculinea arion) based on the most recent five-year survey of the Butterflies for the New Millennium (BNM) recording scheme (2015-2019). (The report is not available in printed form.)

The report Landscape-scale conservation for butterflies and moths: lessons from the UK by Sam Ellis, Nigel Bourn and Caroline Bulman provides concrete evidence that projects aimed at conserving butterflies and moths at a landscape-scale have enabled threatened species to flourish after decades of decline. A landscape-scale approach works by improving and connecting land for wildlife by the coordinated conservation management of numerous sites for a range of species across a large natural area.

This is Matt Brierley’s final report for the Butterfly Effect project.

Other Documents

Some useful books and websites for butterflies and moths. Also a few of the useful places on Butterfly Conservation websites.

A list of all the plants in the Prinknash Butterfly Garden.

Prinknash Leaflet
Information leaflet about the Butterfly Nectar Garden.

This is a short introduction to the papers by Bill Smyllie that follow. It contains some background, references and links.
Some data from Bill Smyllie about the variation underwing eye-spots on Brown Argus and Common Blue butterflies and a possible link to hybridisation.
This reports on further research done in 2016.

Most biological record keeping is based on vice-counties. The vice-county (VC) boundaries were defined in the 1850s and since then have provided a constant reference for all kinds of records. However, since that time there have been several county boundary changes, e.g. Avon has been and gone, Rutland went and came back, etc., so that the modern county boundaries do not always match the vice-counties.

Gloucestershire has two vice-counties, VC33 and VC34. This map, together with its notes, was produced by Robert Homan and shows where those VC boundaries are, how they are split between the three moth recorders and how county boundary changes have created strange anomalies around the edges of the county.