Marsh Fritillary Chrysalis

Marsh Fritillary Chrysalis © Sue Smith
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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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Oct 22, 2014 - Butterfly Conservation Gloucestershire Branch AGM

Christchurch Abbeydale, Heron Way, Abbeydale, Gloucester, GL4 5EQ, at 2 pm on Saturday 8th November 2014.

Come and hear how the branch and its reserves have fared in the last year and enjoy the refreshments at ‘half-time’.

The AGM ends with a talk by Mike Slater of the Warwickshire branch about the Small Blue and how it has been helped by habitat restoration.

Please remember your photos for the competition.

Sep 03, 2014 - A selection of photos from the Rough Bank opening

Here are some photos taken at the Rough Bank opening on 28th August 2014.
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Sep 02, 2014 - Rough Bank Field Meeting, 30th August

Our first field trip to Rough Bank after the official opening was to look for late summer butterflies, especially the Adonis Blue.

Sep 02, 2014 - Opening of the Rough Bank Reserve, 28 August 2014

At last, the site has finally been officially opened! Numerous supporters were present to witness the Chair of Natural England, Mr Andrew Sells, officially declare the reserve open.

Jun 14, 2014 - Field Trip to Crickley Hill 8th June

Fourteen of us gathered at the Visitor Centre for the field trip at Crickley Hill. Bob Wills who currently does the transect there and David Perkins who used to do the transect came along to show us the best places to see the butterflies.

Events occurring soon

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Nov 8, 2014 14:00 - Branch AGM

The AGM will be at Christchurch Abbeydale, Heron Way, Abbeydale, Gloucester, GL4 5EQ, at 2 pm on Saturday 8th November 2014. (Click the link for details)