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Welcome to the Gloucestershire Branch of Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Walks front coverOur new Gloucestershire Walks booklet is now available so you can discover for yourself some of the wonders of our beautiful county. Click here for details about purchasing your own copy.

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 over 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

Apr 11, 2017 - £1000 grant from Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society

The Gloucestershire Branch was delighted to receive a cheque from Gloucestershire Naturalists’ Society (GNS) which will pay for the creation and production of the Prestbury Leaflet, the updated Rough Bank leaflet planned for later this year, and a new sign board for the butterfly nectar garden at Prinknash Abbey.  This will be a great help […]

Apr 08, 2017 - Updated ‘white squares’ map

The white square map showing the distribution of butterfly records, has now been updated.  We still desperately need volunteers to record in the ‘white’ areas – these are areas for which there are no records.  If you live in or near these places or regularly visit them and can confidently identify butterflies, please could you […]

Mar 29, 2017 - New Leaflet for the Prestbury Hill Reserves

We are lucky in Gloucestershire to have three Butterfly Conservation Reserves. Two of them, known as the Masts Field and Bill Smyllie Reserve, are linked as the Prestbury Hill Reserve. The Prestbury Hill Reserve adjoins Cleeve Common – which covers most of Cleeve Hill, the highest point of the Cotswolds. This is one of the […]

Feb 06, 2017 - Minutes of 2016 AGM

The Gloucester branch AGM was held on 29th October. The minutes can be seen on the Downloads page.

Jan 22, 2017 - Atlas of UK Butterflies 2010-2014

Butterfly Conservation has produced an atlas of UK butterflies. It is not available in paper form but you can view and/or download a PDF version at our downloads page. The Wall map is shown here as an example, click to enlarge the map.

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Events occurring soon

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Jul 1, 2017 14:00 - Rough Bank

Rough Bank has a fantastic range of butterflies, moths and wildflowers. This walk is in part to celebrate National Meadows Day and is also a Stroud Nature 2017 event.

Jul 9, 2017 11:00 - Stroud Festival of Nature

A wide range of conservation groups and other wildlife related people such as artists and the canal trust come together to celebrate wildlife in the Stroud area. There is something for everyone and we especially like to encourage young people and families.

Jul 14, 2017 - 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 36,000 people took part in 2016, counting almost 400,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK. Big Butterfly Count 2017 will take place from Friday 14 July to Sunday 6 August.

Jul 17, 2017 19:00 - Prinknash weeding session

This is a weeding session to prepare the garden for the next open day on 23rd July. Extra hands are always welcome. If the weather is bad then another day during the week may be used instead so please contact Tricia Atkinson.

Jul 23, 2017 11:30 - Prinknash Butterfly Nectar Garden Open Day

The Butterfly Nectar Garden at Prinknash is part of the walled garden owned by the monks at Prinknash Abbey, near Cranham, Gloucester GL4 8EX.  Members of the Branch will be on hand to answer questions about butterflies and plants and Butterfly Conservation in general. When possible we have a display of live moths too. No […]