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Green Veined White This butterfly can't tell the time by the butterfly clock as tea time is long since finished! © Sue Smith

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.

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May 18, 2015 - Stroud Festival of Nature

The Stroud Festival of Nature is a two week celebration of nature of all forms in and around Stroud. There will be a launch event on Saturday 13th June at the Subscription Rooms in the centre of Stroud followed by a wide range of events – including butterflies and moths.

Apr 22, 2015 - Moth Crossword – solution

The spring 2015 issue of Antennae contained a ‘Moth Crossword’. If you are not ready to see the solution yet then please do not click the link.

Dec 18, 2014 - A Tale Of The Hare And The Butterfly

A statue of a hare has helped raise funds for a newly opened National Nature Reserve in the Cotswolds set to become home to a previously extinct butterfly.

The hare, decorated in butterfly and moth paintings by Gloucestershire artist Cath Hodsman, was sold at auction along with 49 others as part of the Cirencester March Hare Festival over the summer.

Dec 07, 2014 - Hailey Wood Work Party

Led by Chris Tracey, fourteen people met at the Bathurst Estate sawmill at 10am on 6th December on a beautiful, crisp, frosty morning with unbroken sunshine and soon we were hard at it, clearing scrub and unwanted birch saplings to “open up” areas for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary and the Grizzled Skipper.

Dec 07, 2014 - Reserve Work Parties

Why not join us on one of our regular work parties? Here are some photos to show you what a great time we all have. Most of the activities involve scrub clearance and tools are provided if required. You can do as little or as much as you like, just turn up at any time from 10am on the advertised days.

Events occurring soon

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May 30, 2015 11:00 - Strawberry Banks

Strawberry Banks is an SSSI consisting of unimproved limestone grassland surrounded by trees. It has a particularly good range of plants and invertebrates. The main target of this visit is the Marsh Fritillary butterfly but other butterflies will be seen.

Jun 6, 2015 11:00 - Miserden

We will follow a transect route. Expect to see Brimstone, Orange Tip, Common Blue and Speckled Wood. We may also see Small Copper, Dingy and Large Skipper and Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Jun 7, 2015 00:00 - Westley Farm

Westley Farm has been improved for wildlife in general over the last few years and especially for wildflowers and butterflies – it is one of the few places where the Marsh Fritillary can be seen.

This event is a picnic with the chance to experience the wildlife.

Jun 9, 2015 09:30 - Magnificent Meadows At Night

This is organised by the Magnificent Meadows Project and is about moths, represented by Peter Cranswick, and bats. More details at

Jun 9, 2015 10:00 - Wild Farming – a guided walk on Cleeve Common

Farming wildlife instead of wheat?! As part of the Saving Our Magnificent Meadows project, join us on this guided walk, lead by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens with our Senior Ranger David Stevenson and our Conservation Officer Ellie Phillips, to discover Cleeve Common as a working farm.