Welcome to Butterfly Conservation in Somerset and Bristol


The Red Admiral citizen science project - Letter from the Project Manager

Dear all,

Associations and institutions from 24 countries collating biodiversity data collected by “citizen scientists” provide their Red Admiral data to our project. Some of these organisations offer online and/or mobile tools to report Red Admiral sightings from anywhere in Europe.

All partners are listed on our project page (Greece will be added soon):https://insectmigration.wordpress.com/red-admiral-migration/

With the help of this European network of associations and collaborators we are gathering an impressive dataset for our study on the spatio-temporal dynamics of the Red Admiral. We have a very good coverage for Western, Central and Northern Europe – the coverage for Eastern Europe, however, reflects the lack of citizen science portals open for butterfly observations there. This is partly compensated by the above mentioned tools that also allow observers in Eastern Europe to report sightings.

The project relies on awareness and the involvement of the public as citizen science observers. Therefore, we would be grateful if you would publish a call motivating the observers to report Red Admirals. For this purpose you can use the material (maps, images) attached. 

I’d like to thank you all for supporting our research!

With kind regards, 

Marco Thoma, Insect Migration & Ecology Lab, University of Bern, Switzerland

Our social media accounts: https://insectmigration.wordpress.com/red-admiral-migration/



Avon Wildife Trust butterfly course 

Avon Wildlife Trust is running a series of Field Ecology Courses in 2017. They are aimed at students, practising ecologists, conservation volunteers and anyone who wishes to further their knowledge in natural history and biological recording.

On 8th and 9th of July, they are running an Introduction to British Butterflies, taught by ecologist Neill Talbot. You can still sign up to this course by clicking here.

A full list of the courses is attached below, or you can find further information and book by clicking here. http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/courses


All the Moor Butterflies

The see Simon and Megan's first report from the new project and the list of summer events including walks and surveys on Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin click here


Munching Caterpillar comes to Bristol

We now now launched the Munching Caterpillar project in Bristol. We have two goals. One is to engage inner-city children with with butterflies and moths. The other is to get families involved at summer events..  

Driven by the infectious enthusiam of the project Officer Matt Brierley and with invaluable help from University of the West of England student volunteers plus some of our Branch members, things have got off to a very good start. For Matt's first project report click here 


Guided Walks

The Guided Walks programme has now started with well-attended events in the Blackdowns and on the Poldens. The final walk is on Saturday 12th August in the Mendips having in the intervening weeks been again in the Poldens, on the Levels, at the coast, on Exmoor and on traditional famland as well as woodland. With a bit of luck and good weather, all the butterflies that occur in the County will be seen, provided  that you go on most if not all the walks!  

The walks are led by knowledgeable and friendly people. We particularly like to meet new members, beginners and families with children. For the full details click here