Welcome to the Wiltshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation

The future of our butterfly and moth populations in Britain is under threat with many specialist species in serious decline. Butterfly Conservation's reason for being is to save these populations by identifying the causes for the decline and carrying out corrective measures to halt and reverse the trend.

To do this successfully we need volunteer help locally in Wiltshire, particularly from those who may not yet members of BC, to record what is out there by conducting butterfly transects and moth trapping. We have to know what species we have and how they are prospering if we are to save them. Help with scrub clearance on important sites is also a vital role for volunteers.

In parallel we need to educate the community and in particular the younger generation about moths and butterflies by way of public events such as the annual Bird & Butterfly Day at Iford Manor near Bradford on Avon.

Hugo Brooke






Scrub Clearance: West Yatton Down

Scrub clearance days at West Yatton Down SSSI will be held on the second Friday of each autumn and winter month, to conserve the environment on this beautiful site supporting nine species of orchid and more than thirty species of butterfly.  Volunteers should wrap up warm; bring a picnic lunch or flask of tea if you would like to do a further hour or so in the afternoon.  We have purchased some fabulous tools call Tree Poppers, they remove the roots too, and you’ll love them.

Location:  Park along the roadside at the Long Dean Y fork on the side of the road from West Yatton to Castle Combe ST851759 (OS Map 173)

Leaders:  Maurice Avent & Alan Needham (01249-713218)

Friday 10th March 2017 - 11.00am

(Individuals with a Chainsaw qualification will be welcome)



Welcome the Wiltshire branch of Butterfly Conservation.


Our new look website has some great new features,,

  1. Report your butterfly sightings online.
  2. Link your butterfly / moth photographs to your sightings
  3. Optionally receive an email when someone submits a sighting online.
  4. Optionally, only have your sighting reported to the county recorder. (for sensitive sites or species)
  5. Find information about local events such as field trips, members meetings and Mothing events.

To use these new features you will need to register using the registration tab.