Welcome to Butterfly Conservation in Somerset and Bristol

Welcome to the new Branch website. It is still a work in progress so some parts of it are incomplete at the moment and some of the planned functions are not yet set up. We will be developing it further over the coming weeks. Meanwhile, in the following pages you will find information about:
  • the butterflies in our area,
  •  walks, talks and other events,
  • places to visit to see butterflies,
  • ways you can help their conservation.
We know that most of our members have busy lives and are happy to support Butterfly Conservation and to enjoy the butterflies that they encounter but haven't the time to play a more active part. So we have designed the website to make it easy to find out things you may wish to know and participate as much or as little as you wish. 
For those with the time, you will be able to upload your butterfly records, post sightings, ask for help with identifications and help other members with their queries.
If you want to get more involved, there are several ways in which you can help. For instance, Branch members monitor butterfly populations at over 60 sites from spring to autumn and the data feed into a long-running national study that guides conservation priorities and helps track the effects of climate change.
Members also help with managing four Butterfly Conservation reserves in the county – Stoke Camp and Westbury Beacon in the Mendips, Mount Fancy in the Blackdown Hills and Haddon Moor on Exmoor – as well as other work such as the Large Blue Project running in the Poldens. 
We do some work with children, mostly through events at Public Libraries, and we "fly the flag" at events such as Taunton Flower Show. 
The Branch has its own magazine The Arion, to which you are most welcome to contribute, and it also publishes the results of monitoring and other surveys.
Winter meetings are held and a programme of guided walks is run through the summer. Butterfly Walks in Somerset and Bristol, published in 2015, gives information on more than 40 sites countywide to visit. 
Do feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions relating to our activities at any time.