Hummingbird Hawkmoth This moth is a regular summer migrant from Southern Europe and North Africa. The ways it flies and feeds and the sound of its wings are similar to hummingbirds, hence its name. © Peter Hugo

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Hummingbird Hawkmoth This moth is a regular summer migrant from Southern Europe and North Africa. The ways it flies and feeds and the sound of its wings are similar to hummingbirds, hence its name. © Peter Hugo

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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Sep 22, 2016 - Website changes

The website is being updated to make maintenance easier. You may see minor changes but if something stops working please tell the webmaster via the Committee & Contacts page – see the menu at the left of the screen.

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Events occurring soon

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Oct 29, 2016 02:00 - Branch AGM

Please note the AGM is in October this year instead of November because of clashes with other events. Details to follow nearer the date.