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Common Blue A fresh Common Blue settles down for the night in the low evening light at Old Walls, Ablington. August 2013 © Ruth Wollen

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 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!

Nov 08, 2014 - Maps and pictures – website changes

You can now show a small OS map for a grid reference that you specify. There is a change to the way the pictures on the home page work. And we need more pictures!

Events occurring soon

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Mar 15, 2015 10:00 - Rough Bank Work Party

Meet at the entrance, grid reference SO914087. Contact: Sue Smith 01453-882127, Chris Wiltshire 01453-545509.

Mar 23, 2015 20:00 - Stroud Indoor Meeting

Dave Simcox and Sarah Meredith, from Habitat Designs Ltd, will update us about the 2014 Duke of Burgundy project and Katherine Holmes will tell us about the Cotswolds element of the ‘Save our Magnificent Meadows’ project.