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Chalkhill Blue (male) Photo taken at Painswick Beacon which is one of the best sites in the county for this butterfly. The female Chalkhill Blue is a dull brown. © Tricia Atkinson

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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Jul 12, 2015 12:00 - Prinknash Butterfly Garden Open

The Gloucestershire Butterfly Conservation branch opened it’s first butterfly nectar garden at The Monastery Garden at Prinknash in 2010. So far well over 100 different varieties of plants have gone into making a very attractive area within the old walled garden that was originally tended by the monks of the Monastery. The garden is visited by a good variety of butterflies, moths, bees and other insects.

Jul 17, 2015 - 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 44,000 people took part in 2014, counting almost 560,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK.

Jul 18, 2015 10:00 - Moth traps revealed – opening the traps near Lydney

A chance to see the moths that have been caught overnight in a garden near Lydney. Children welcome.

Jul 19, 2015 - Butterfly Identification Training Day

A butterfly identification day for any branch member (not just for new members as in previous years).

Jul 23, 2015 10:00 - Flower Foray on Cleeve Hill

The Cleeve Hill area is a Mecca for botanists from Gloucestershire and beyond – join our Flower Foray to find out why. We will walk over the agriculturally unimproved grassland of Cleeve Common and the adjacent Butterfly Conservation reserve looking for typical limestone grassland flowers, and with a bit of luck we will find some Cotswold rarities too. The grassland of the Common is of high nature conservation value and as such has protected status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. As we meet some of the rarer and more vulnerable species we will learn why it is so important to protect this dwindling habitat.