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Mottled Beauty Well camouflaged against the bark. © Pauline Lillico

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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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.

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.

Events occurring soon

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Nov 1, 2015 - Annual Plumed Prominent Event

This national event takes place annually on one or more nights during November at locations in the Cotswolds. Possible sites this year are Lineover Wood and Miserden. You will need to pre-register your interest for this event as it takes place at very short notice to coincide with optimum weather conditions.    

Dec 6, 2015 10:00 - Bathurst Estate Overley/Oakley Wood

Scrub bashing for Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Dec 13, 2015 10:00 - Rough Bank Work Party

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

Jan 1, 2016 10:00 - Bathurst Estate Overley/Oakley Wood

Scrub bashing for Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Jan 16, 2016 10:30 - Strawberry Banks Work party

Strawberry Banks is mainly known for the Marsh Fritillary but also has a wide variety of wild flowers. This work party is mainly for scrub clearance to maintain the habitat and its diversity.