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Pearl Bordered Fritillary on bugle © Chris Tracey

Welcome to the Gloucestershire Branch of Butterfly Conservation

Gloucestershire is a wonderful county for nature and offers something for everyone. We have a wide range of habitats including urban areas in Gloucester and North Bristol, wild areas in the Forest of Dean, open commons such as Minchinhampton and Rodborough, old quarries like Breakheart near Dursley.

There are well over 100 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) containing a variety of rare and interesting plants, insects and other wildlife. Butterfly Conservation owns three reserves in the county – the Bill Smyllie Reserve, the Masts Reserve and Rough Bank.

Nearly 50 species of butterfly and almost 1700 species of moth have been recorded in the county.

To learn more about the Gloucestershire branch of Butterfly Conservation please look at our About page or just start exploring the website.

Recent articles

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Dec 09, 2015 - 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.

Jun 26, 2015 - 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.

Jun 25, 2015 - Rough Bank Field Visit, Sunday 21 June 2015

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 […]

May 18, 2015 - Stroud Festival of Nature

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.

Apr 22, 2015 - 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.

Events occurring soon

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Jun 5, 2016 11:00 - May Hill and Newent Woods

Most of us recognise May Hill as a landmark with its clump of trees on the top. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This is a chance to explore May Hill and the adjacent Newent Woods to look for Wood White, Grizzled Skipper and Green Hairstreak butterflies.

Jun 9, 2016 00:00 - Moth Night 2016

Organised by Atropos and Butterfly Conservation, Moth Night is the annual celebration of moth recording throughout Britain and Ireland by enthusiasts with local events aimed at raising awareness of moths among the general public.

Jun 10, 2016 09:30 - Moths of Bisley Road Cemetery

Bisley Road Cemetery is a nature reserve and comprises the Victorian Chapel of Rest, old gravestones, unimproved limestone grassland, scrub, plantation woodland, specimen trees and boundary walls. Bob Smith will show and talk about the moths trapped overnight – last year produced some surprises!

Jun 10, 2016 20:30 - Mothing Evening in Stratford Park

Discover the night-time world of the moths of Stratford Park with expert guide Mike McCrea. Bring a torch, wear sturdy shoes/boots and meet outside the Museum.

Jun 11, 2016 09:30 - Moths at Yew Tree Farm

Yew Tree Farm has an ‘unimproved’ field, which simply means it has never been ploughed or fertilised and is therefore a rare and precious part of our countryside, it has also been designated a Key Wildlife Site. A short survey last summer revealed a good range of butterflies, day-flying moths, other insects and wild flowers in the field. We confidently expect the traps set overnight to contain an amazing selection of moths, including large hawkmoths.