Mottled Beauty

Mottled Beauty Well camouflaged against the bark. © Pauline Lillico
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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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Jun 14, 2014 - Field Trip to Crickley Hill 8th June

Fourteen of us gathered at the Visitor Centre for the field trip at Crickley Hill. Bob Wills who currently does the transect there and David Perkins who used to do the transect came along to show us the best places to see the butterflies.

May 25, 2014 - Bill Smyllie and Masts Field Event

Thirteen people attended this event today. Led by Tricia Atkinson and John Coates, the clouds parted right on cue, the sun shone and the butterflies (and a few moths) came out to play!

May 19, 2014 - Brimscombe and Thrupp Grand Village Fête

                        The sun had his hat on, as did the morris dancers, for the Brimscombe and Thrupp Grand Village Fête. A team of volunteers and several somewhat press ganged moths manned a stand at the show.

May 01, 2014 - Website changes 1st May 2014

A short summary of the changes made and an invitation to contribute photos.

Apr 22, 2014 - Hidden Beauty – a celebration of British insects

Cath Hodsman is one of our branch members and a professional wildlife artist. Some of you will remember her visit to our 2013 AGM when in addition to her pictures she brought microscopes, butterfly wings and other ‘bits of insect’ so that we could see and admire beauty close up. Now can all see this at Ruskin Mill from 23rd May to 16th June.

Events occurring soon

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Jul 19, 2014 - Big Butterfly Count

More details later.

Jul 27, 2014 - New members ID training day

An event for branch members joining after July 2012.

Jul 27, 2014 14:00 - Cannop Stoneworks

Our target species are Silver-washed Fritillary and Purple Hairstreak.

Aug 3, 2014 14:00 - Prestbury Reserve

A second visit to the reserve, this time mainly looking for the Chalkhill Blue.

Aug 9, 2014 19:45 - Moth evening at Barnwood Arboretum

A third chance to see some of the moths at the Arboretum.