The Somerset & Bristol Branch covers the ceremonial county of Somerset and the city and county of Bristol. If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Somerset and Bristol Branch.
For the purpose of recording Lepidoptera the region is divided into two Vice Counties (VC5 & VC6).
As well as the information available here, why not visit our branch website where you can learn more about butterflies and our activities in Somerset and Bristol.
The Somerset Moth Group also have their own website.
Species to look out for
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This beautifully illustrated guidebook provides everything you need to know on where to spot every species of butterfly this part of the country has to offer, including the previously extinct Large Blue.
Big Butterfly Count sees a drop in participants compared to 2020 and 2021, and urges the public not to forget the benefits of being connected to nature – and it’s not too late to take part!
Gland, Switzerland, 21 July 2022 (IUCN) – The migratory monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), known for its spectacular annual journey of up to 4,000 kilometres across the Americas, has entered the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM as Endangered, threatened by habitat destruction and climate change.
Butterfly Conservation launches this year’s Big Butterfly Count with a warning that time is running out to help save species.
The heatwave currently being experienced by some southern and eastern parts of the UK is of concern for human health and the welfare of pets and livestock, but what about our butterflies?
Sunday 14th August 2022, 11:00am-2:00pm
Netherclay LNR, Taunton
Our final guided walk this season takes us to Netherclay LNR, which is probably the best site in Somerset for seeing the Brown Hairstreak.
Volunteer with us
Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.
In your area
- Membership Secretary
- Transect Coordinator
- Butterfly Recorder
- Macro Moth Recorder
- WCBS Champion