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Naked moth! I think this is a Pebble Prominent. Moths and butterflies start to lose scales almost as soon as they emerge and we are all used to seeing ragged ones. This one was exceptionally worn but still able to fly. © Bob 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.

Recent articles

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Dec 09, 2015 - Minutes of 2015 AGM

The Gloucesterhire Branch AGM was held on 7th November. Here are the minutes of the AGM and the reports presented during the afternoon.

Jun 26, 2015 - Butterfly bonanza in Gloucestershire

Southwest Section members of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management  were very fortunate to see both imago and egg stages of the Marsh Fritillary butterfly Euphydryas aurinia at a beautiful limestone grassland reserve in Chalford, Gloucestershire.

Jun 25, 2015 - Rough Bank Field Visit, Sunday 21 June 2015

About 30 people attended the open afternoon along with Jennifer and myself. We split into three groups of ten to a group. Jennifer and I opted to join the group being led by Sue and Bob as we had met them before. It was our first visit to the reserve and as we set off […]

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.

Events occurring soon

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Jul 2, 2016 14:00 - Celebrating Magnificent Meadows Day at Rough Bank

Today is National Meadows Day and our Rough Bank reserve is a wonderful example of a species-rich grassland. On this walk the main emphasis will be on the summer butterflies – we especially hope to see Small Skipper, Chalk Hill Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Small Heath, Marbled White and Gatekeeper – but the wildflowers and other plants that they require will also be pointed out.

Jul 8, 2016 15:00 - Crickley Hill Bioblitz

Crickley Hill is one of the finest examples of unimproved limestone grassland in the county and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its rich diversity of wildflowers such as yellow wort, carline thistle, autumn gentian and clustered bellflower. It also supports good populations of butterflies such as Chalkhill Blue. This event is […]

Jul 10, 2016 09:30 - Stroud Nature 2016 – Stratford Park

This is the main event of Stroud Nature 2016 when many conservation groups and others with an interest in nature come together to show and talk about what they do. Well worth a visit!

Jul 10, 2016 14:00 - Bill Smyllie and The Mast reserves

A walk round the Bill Smyllie and Masts reserves to see the wildlife, especially the butterflies of course.

Jul 15, 2016 00:00 - Big Butterfly Count

The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 52,000 people took part in 2015, counting over 580,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK.