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Apr 18, 2014 - Changes to the Website

There have been some changes to the website. Here is a brief summary of what has been done and why.

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20 Apr 2014 19 Jun 2014May 12, 2014 19:00 - Prinknash weeding session

Volunteers needed to prepare the garden for the next open day.

May 18, 2014 12:00 - Prinknash Butterfly Garden Open

One of our summer open days at the nectar garden created to attract butterflies at the Prinknash Monastery.

May 25, 2014 14:00 - Prestbury Reserve

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

Jun 7, 2014 20:00 - Moth Evening

Moth evening – come and see what’s flying after dark!

Jun 8, 2014 14:00 - Crickley Hill

Come and see the butterflies at this National Trust site.

Rough Bank

Rough Bank

It is hoped that there will be an open day on Rough Bank in the summer of 2014 to celebrate the purchase of this wonderfull reserve. However, we are still awaiting planning permission for the entrance and car park. We look forward to welcoming visitors once this work has been completed.

Hatching Orange-tip egg

The life cycle of the Orange-tip butterfly by James Weightman.

James Weightman has written an article about the life cycle of the Orange-tip butterfly and the techniques he used to photograph it.

Butterfly Walks

The Gloucestershire branch's booklet 40 Butterfly Walks in Gloucestershire  is still available at £4.80 to include postage and packing from Butterfly Conservation, 11 Stony Riding, Chalford Hill, Stroud, GL6 8ED.

Small Tortoiseshell

Do have a look at our Species and Habitats web pages and maybe you will be encouraged to go out and look for some of these fascinating creatures.  You might like to grow nectar friendly plants in your garden or create a wildlife friendly area - you will be surprised at what comes to visit you.

Marbled White

The Branch is always grateful for any records members can send in and our Species Champions would be especially grateful for information on White Letter Hairstreak, Brown Hairstreak, Silver Washed Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary, Duke of Burgundy, Wall Brown, Adonis Blue, Large Blue, Wood White, White Admiral, Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary, Grayling.

You may use the Contact us  form or, better still, pass on your records to the official county recorder - Chris Wiltshire - using one of the Reporting Forms.

Mompha propinquella

There are a good number of moth recorders in the county and our records have been used to create distribution maps and species lists. These are really impressive and can be seen at Moth Maps.

There is also a list of the moth species discovered on Rough Bank and the rare and scarce moth species on Rough Bank.

Privet Hawk-moth

The Gloucestershire Butterfly and Moth Group is a forum for the anyone interested in the county's butterflies and moths. Share your recent sightings, ask questions, post photos and contribute musings but please remember to send records of sightings to the relevant butterfly or moth recorder. One of its most valuable uses is for identifying moths - for those who don't know there are around 2500 UK moths species compared to only 58 butterflies - and so it is heavily used during the spring, summer and autumn but less so in the winter. There are also a large number of reference photos for macro and micro moths trapped locally.

Prinknash

The Gloucestershire 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 originally tended by the monks of the Monastery . Work is also done in the garden by members of REACH.

A Prinknash Plant List is available for download.

The garden is closed during the winter and re-opens in the spring. On one day each month during summer members of Butterfly Conservation will be present to answer questions and give advice; details for each year are on the events page from spring onwards. (You can also volunteer for open day or gardening support.)