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<p><b>Purple Hairstreak</b> Photographed at Sherborne 27th July 2013. A couple were seen, fortunately at a low level, on the edge of an oak woodland. <b>©</b> Terry Fenton

Purple Hairstreak Photographed at Sherborne 27th July 2013. A couple were seen, fortunately at a low level, on the edge of an oak woodland. © Terry Fenton

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Welcome to the Gloucestershire Branch of Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Walks front coverOur new Gloucestershire Walks booklet is now available so you can discover for yourself some of the wonders of our beautiful county. Click here for details about purchasing your own copy.

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.

Recent articles

Aug 24, 2017 - Rough Bank Tour

Read about our photographic tours of Rough Bank.

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Events occurring soon

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Saturday, Oct 28, 2017 14:00 - Gloucestershire Branch AGM

Peter Eeles who runs the www.ukbutterflies.co.uk website will be our speaker.

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 09:30 - Butterfly Conservation AGM and Members’ Day

Butterfly Conservation national AGM in Cheltenham.

Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 10:00 - Rough Bank Work Party

Work party to improve habitat for butterflies, moths and other fauna and flora.

Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 10:00 - Prestbury Hill Work Party – Masts Section

Work party for reducing area of scrub to maintain grassland.

Saturday, Nov 25, 2017 10:30 - Strawberry Banks GWT Work party

Strawberry Banks is a GWT site mainly known for the Marsh Fritillary but also has a wide variety of wild flowers. This work party is mainly for scrub clearance to maintain the habitat and its diversity.