Welcome to the Gloucestershire Branch of Butterfly Conservation

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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 over 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.

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<p><b>Pearl-bordered Fritillary chrysalis</b> Penelope Pearl-bordered Fritillary caterpillar and subsequently chrysalis came from Overley Wood as one of two eggs I brought home after seeing a silly girl laying on bracken. I will of course take her back there once she emerges! <b>©</b> Chris Tracey

Pearl-bordered Fritillary chrysalis Penelope Pearl-bordered Fritillary caterpillar and subsequently chrysalis came from Overley Wood as one of two eggs I brought home after seeing a silly girl laying on bracken. I will of course take her back there once she emerges! © Chris Tracey

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