Clouded Yellow

Clouded Yellow A passing Clouded Yellow refuelling at a garden Buddleia. This butterfly fed actively for an hour or two before leaving as suddenly as it had arrived. Ablington, August 2013 © Ruth Wollen
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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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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.

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.

Events occurring soon

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Sep 6, 2014 18:45 - Moth evening at Barnwood Arboretum

The final visit to the Arboretum in 2014, this time to see the autumn moths.

Sep 7, 2014 10:00 - Leaf-mining micro moth course

A chance to learn about these tiny moths.

Sep 14, 2014 - Frampton Country Fair

Your chance to volunteer to help at a large event.

Sep 15, 2014 14:30 - Prinknash weeding session

Volunteers needed to prepare the garden for the next open day.

Sep 19, 2014 19:30 - The Magic of Moths

This talk by Peter Hugo, the county moth recorder, will cover all aspects of the natural history of moths and mothing in Gloucestershire.