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Large Blue egg © Richard Morris

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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Nov 08, 2014 - Maps and pictures – website changes

You can now show a small OS map for a grid reference that you specify. There is a change to the way the pictures on the home page work. And we need more pictures!

Oct 22, 2014 - Butterfly Conservation Gloucestershire Branch AGM

Christchurch Abbeydale, Heron Way, Abbeydale, Gloucester, GL4 5EQ, at 2 pm on Saturday 8th November 2014.

Come and hear how the branch and its reserves have fared in the last year and enjoy the refreshments at ‘half-time’.

The AGM ends with a talk by Mike Slater of the Warwickshire branch about the Small Blue and how it has been helped by habitat restoration.

Please remember your photos for the competition.

Sep 03, 2014 - A selection of photos from the Rough Bank opening

Here are some photos taken at the Rough Bank opening on 28th August 2014.
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Sep 02, 2014 - Rough Bank Field Meeting, 30th August

Our first field trip to Rough Bank after the official opening was to look for late summer butterflies, especially the Adonis Blue.

Sep 02, 2014 - Opening of the Rough Bank Reserve, 28 August 2014

At last, the site has finally been officially opened! Numerous supporters were present to witness the Chair of Natural England, Mr Andrew Sells, officially declare the reserve open.

Events occurring soon

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Nov 1, 2014 00:00 - Annual Plumed Prominent Event

This national event takes place annually on one or more nights during November at locations in the Cotswolds. Possible sites this year are Lineover Wood and Miserden. You will need to pre-register your interest for this event as it takes place at very short notice to coincide with optimum weather conditions.

Nov 22, 2014 10:00 - Bill Smyllie Reserve Work Party

Location: Meet at entrance to reserve. Grid Ref: SO993244. Contact: John Coates 01242-510946 or 07776-142482, Rob Mabbett 01242-233792

Nov 23, 2014 10:00 - Bill Smyllie Reserve Work Party

Location: Meet at entrance to reserve. Grid Ref: SO993244. Contact: John Coates 01242-510946 or 07776-142482, Rob Mabbett 01242-233792

Nov 28, 2014 10:00 - Rough Bank Work Party

Meet at the entrance, grid reference SO914087. Contact: Sue Smith 01453-882127, Chris Wiltshire 01453-545509.

Dec 6, 2014 10:00 - Hailey Wood

Winter work party: scrub bashing and cutting down silver birch saplings for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Meet at 10.00 am at Hailey Wood Sawmill which is open for business so drive through the yard and park by barn on right hand side. Gates are locked at 12 noon after which access is through the wood. (Grid […]