Welcome to Butterfly Conservation in Somerset and Bristol


We will be at the Cannington Festival of Wildlife this weekend 21-22 May. For more info click here.


This year’s guided walks programme will start on Sunday 8th May at Buckland Wood in the Blackdowns and run through to Saturday 13 August at Westbury Beacon on the Mendips Scarp. There are in total 19 walks, mostly at the weekend but several on weekdays. If you have not yet been on one, they are to be recommended. The locations are all interesting and some are in quite superb landscapes. The walks are taken at a leisurely pace with plenty of time for photography and good for beginners as the old hands rather like to share their knowledge.  Children are very welcome. Full details of all the walks are at the News Social Events page.

The first of April sees the start of transect walking to record butterflies weekly until end September. Last year 68 sites were covered and we hope to achieve slightly more this season. Many sites are covered by a team, to allow for individual commitments and holidays. This has the added benefit that a beginner can receive “on the job” training. We are short-handed in several places and having to miss weeks is not only annoying, it does affect the data set. So if you a feel able to give even a few days it could be very valuable. We also need help with searches for Wood White and some other "one-off"surveys. The main needs are:-

Bossington (near Porlock) – cover for the transect recorder for period 1st June to 15th July

Adcombe Wood (Blackdowns) to monitor butterflies by visiting at least once a month during the summer.

Our Stoke Camp and Westbury Beacon reserves plus Draycott Sleights (Mendip Hills)  – help required for the transect recorders.

Clatworthy Reservoir (Exmoor) – help to monitor two areas at the northern end of the reservoir.

Haddon Hill and Haddon Moor (Exmoor) - cover for transect recorder for 2 weeks in June and July.

Staple Hill Wood (Blackdowns) – looking for Wood White by visiting 3 or 4 times in May/ June and also once or twice during July/August

Anyone who is interested in helping with any of these please contact Dave Ayling on 01643 821664 or at dave.ayling@somerset-butterflies.org.uk 

More info about Transects and other surveys and records is at the Surveys page.

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