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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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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.

Dec 07, 2014 - Plumed Prominent Event at Lineover Wood

After much deliberation this annual event to search for the Plumed Prominent moth duly went ahead on 22nd November at Lineover Wood, near Cheltenham and was a success – see the pictures!

Events occurring soon

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May 7, 2015 20:00 - Cheltenham and North Cotswolds Recorders meeting

This meeting is for current and prospective butterfly recorders who live in the Cotswolds north of Stroud. We want to review recording that has taken place and plan this summer’s recording.

May 16, 2015 10:30 - Transect recorders training day at Rough Bank Reserve

This training day is for current and prospective transect walkers. If you have always wondered whether you fancy doing transect recording then please come along. There would be no obligation to take on transect recording afterwards.

May 17, 2015 00:00 - Prinknash Butterfly Garden Open

The Gloucestershire Butterfly Conservation branch opened it’s first butterfly nectar garden at The Monastery Garden at Prinknash in 2010. So far well over 100 different varieties of plants have gone into making a very attractive area within the old walled garden that was originally tended by the monks of the Monastery. The garden is visited by a good variety of butterflies, moths, bees and other insects.

May 24, 2015 14:00 - Prestbury Hill Reserve

Field trip to look for (mainly) Duke of Burgundy and Small Blue.

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.