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<p><b>Orange-tailed Clearwing</b> Like most of the Clearwings, this moth is usually found using a pheromone lure to attract males. This specimen came to a lure at GWT Lancaut reserve by the River Wye, but nearly all of our records are from Cotswold sites where the larvae mine inside twigs/branches of Wayfaring Tree, or possibly Guelder Rose. The moth has been recorded here in June and July. <b>©</b> Guy Meredith

Orange-tailed Clearwing Like most of the Clearwings, this moth is usually found using a pheromone lure to attract males. This specimen came to a lure at GWT Lancaut reserve by the River Wye, but nearly all of our records are from Cotswold sites where the larvae mine inside twigs/branches of Wayfaring Tree, or possibly Guelder Rose. The moth has been recorded here in June and July. © Guy Meredith

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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

Feb 06, 2017 - Minutes of 2016 AGM

The Gloucester branch AGM was held on 29th October. The minutes can be seen on the Downloads page.

Jan 22, 2017 - Atlas of UK Butterflies 2010-2014

Butterfly Conservation has produced an atlas of UK butterflies. It is not available in paper form but you can view and/or download a PDF version at our downloads page. The Wall map is shown here as an example, click to enlarge the map.

Oct 18, 2016 - More website changes

There have been two sets of changes to the website in the last two or three weeks. If you see anything ‘strange’ then this is the place to look.

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Events occurring soon

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Feb 25, 2017 10:00 - Longwood Common / Nottingham Hill work party

Joint scrub bashing work party with the Save Our Magnificent Meadows project.

Mar 9, 2017 10:00 - Rough Bank Work Party

Work party for scrub clearance.

Mar 11, 2017 10:00 - Ravensgate Common Work Party

Scrub clearing to improve habitat for Duke of Burgundy and other butterflies.

Mar 25, 2017 10:00 - Rough Bank Work Party

Work party for scrub clearance.

Apr 10, 2017 20:00 - Stroud Indoor meeting

Caroline Bulman, Head of Species Ecology at Butterfly Conservation, will talk to us about a topic of current interest.