Welcome to the Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly Conservation is a
registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and
have been confirmed sightings and on more than one occasion in Bonny
Wood, Bradfield Wood, Ramsey Wood and the introduced colony in
Theberton Wood. There was one sighting on the outskirts if
Ipswich in Kesgrave.
If you see any in these locations or
especially other woods please let us know.
For more details of
the history of the Purple Emperor in Suffolk see our Recording page
here - The
Distribution Maps for Suffolk Butterflies
The Suffolk Butterfly Recorder, Bill Stone, has prepared
distribution maps for 2011 - 2015 for all the butterflies that can be
found in Suffolk. For anyone who has the maps produced 15 years
ago* they show significant differences for some species. For
example the Wall is now almost entirely restricted to the coast and
the Silver-washed Fritillary was not present in Suffolk.
Click here for the
new Distribution Maps
*The Millennium Atlas of Suffolk Butterflies, 2001, by Richard
Stewart. Published by Suffolk Naturalists'Society. £5 from SNS [You
can order from the Museum by phone, 01473 433547].
Required For Suffolk Branch BC
We also have a vacancy for the
position of Membership Secretary. Sue Sidle has most ably held this
post for the last 9 years and we thank her very much for her hard
work. She has offered to help anyone who comes forward to take
on the role. The key tasks are keeping an up do date list of the
membership (the details of which are forwarded to the Membership
Secretary each month by Head Office) and sending a welcome pack and
information to new members. Anyone who is interested in taking on this role please contact
the Chair Peter Maddison.
Note that the Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation is
entirely run by volunteers. This means that the money we receive
for membership subscriptions can all be used to help in conservation
in Suffolk e.g. the work on Purdis Heath to increase the numbers of
Silver-studded Blue. If you enjoy the sight of butterflies each
summer then a few hours of your time fulfilling one of the above roles
will help to ensure their survival.
Next Local Events -
Sunday 31st July
GARDEN OPEN DAY
Wildlife Garden Open Day
An invitation from BC member Mrs Trudie Willis, to visit
her 10 acre garden, including a Buddleia and Honeysuckle
Meet: Park at Prior's Oak, Leiston Road,
Aldeburgh (B1122 Leiston to Aldeburgh Road)
Time: 10.30 am start
Maddison 01473 736607
The Events page has a full list and details of the 2016
Pakenham Wood – Work in Progress
Silver-washed Fritillary is now on the wing, and people will be
thinking about visiting the right woods. This note is to
forewarn would-be visitors to Pakenham Wood that the site on the
public footpath has been seriously churned up as the result of a felling operation
to remove conifers – during one of the wettest Junes on
The whole of the area is a quagmire and even in
Wellingtons is an unpleasant experience. Furthermore, most of
the thistle and some of the bramble no longer exists. The forest improvement plan has
removed a proportion of the conifers, and will benefit the wood (and
the butterflies) in the long term.
The owners are very
conservation focussed and understand our concern for the butterfly
populations. Fortunately, the bulk of the breeding habitat,
deeper into the wood, remains undamaged. Happily, despite the
work, the Silver-washed Fritillaries and the White Admirals are both
being seen in good numbers and reported both along the footpath by
visitors and in the private parts of the wood by the landowners and
their team. Purple Hairstreak is flying too, and it seems that
the butterfly populations have not been harmed by the forest work.
It is nice to discover that the farmers are indeed interested
in the welfare of their butterflies.
Fritillaries are flying in good numbers in Wolves Wood and Bradfield
Wood amongst others so there are alternative places to see them.
Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey
The WCBS is a national scheme which complements the
transects of the UK BMS with mini transects walked in squares randomly
selected by the BTO computer. Volunteers from Butterfly
Conservation and the BTO need to walk just twice per year in July and
August (with an optional spring walk if you wish). This means
that the commitment is not heavy.
We have eight squares
in need of a volunteer
OS Grid Reference,
Town/Parish, Post Code
TL7573 Icklingham IP286PZ
TL7882 Wangford IP27 0ST
TL8183 Santon Downham
TL8381 Thetford (west)
TL8482 Thetford (west) IP24 3QP
Beyton IP30 9AH
Wickham Skeith IP23 8LX
TM4069 Darsham IP17 3PH
Email our WCBS co-ordinator,
to volunteer for one of these squares
Download the 2015 report
BMS - Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
- British Trust for Ornithology
40 year slump for UK Butterflies
More than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies
have declined in the last 40 years with some common species suffering
significant slumps, a major scientific study has revealed. A
number of widespread species such as the
Essex Skipper and
Small Heath now rank amongst the most severely declining
butterflies in the UK.
The findings also reveal that
intensive conservation efforts have started to turn around the
fortunes of some of the UK’s most endangered butterflies. During the
last 10 years the numbers of the threatened
Duke of Burgundy have increased by 67% and the
Pearl-bordered Fritillary has experienced a 45% rise in abundance.
Dingy Skipper and
Silver-studded Blue have shown 21% and 19% increases in occurrence
respectively and even the UK’s most endangered butterfly, the High
Brown Fritillary, has been relatively stable in the last decade.
But despite breakthroughs with some threatened butterflies the
report revealed that other species continue to struggle. The long-term
decline of the
White Admiral and
Marsh Fritillary show few signs of stopping.
Read the full report here
Join Butterfly Conservation -
click here to
go to the National Butterfly Conservation website to join.
2016 Photographic Competition
At the 2016 AGM there will be a photo competition for photos and
videos taken in the UK or abroad by a member of SBBC.
1. Still photo taken in the UK
2. Still photo
taken outside the UK
3. A video or digital slide show.
|Do we have your email address?
It will help us to communicate changes to events (as above) if
we have your email address.
Please email your name to
using your normal email address
and email address as the subject. This can then be added to our
us on Twitter.
But still send your sightings to
When to See Butterflies.
Butterflies page lists the butterflies that can be seen in Suffolk,
shows when you can expect to see them and the foodplants upon which their caterpillars feed.
We can also
help if you would like advice about making your garden more attractive
News page for dates of First Sightings
Like much of the UK, Suffolk's countryside
and wildlife are under increasing pressure. It's a situation that is
unlikely to improve in the forseeable future and there's never been a
more urgent need to understand and conserve our butterfly fauna. The
county has a gently undulating landscape of surprising contrasts,
defying the stereotype of "flat East Anglia and its arable prairies". The unspoilt coast, intimate river valleys and, especially, the
Sandlings heaths and Brecks ensure that Suffolk retains a more varied
butterfly fauna than might be expected.
Some recommended books are listed here
The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a
recording form can be downloaded from the recording
page of this
We would be particularly grateful for records away from the
coast and information on the following species:
Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, White Letter Hairstreak,
Silver-studded Blue, Wall Brown, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Grayling and Small
email your sightings to us at
Recent Sightings can be viewed here
Conservation and Recording
- about the Brimstone and Buckthorn project
Help us to record Brimstone
butterflies in Suffolk
- links to more
Translocation to Blaxhall Common -
Ecological Survey of Selected
Silver-studded Blue Sites in 2009
Silver-Washed Fritillary - link
for more information
Fritillary returns to Suffolk
Purple Emperor -
link for more information
a new project, aimed at restoring lowland heathland habitat of 300
hectares on 14 sites in Ipswich, has been awarded a Wren Biodiversity
Action Fund grant of over £100,000.
More details here