Welcome to the Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly Conservation is a
registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and
from the colony introduced to Therberton Woods in the early 2000s
there have been few confirmed sightings of the Purple Emperor since
1959 until last year when there were sightings at three separate
The woodland habitat is similar to that
where the White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary fly. There
needs to be plenty of Sallow and tall Oak trees. The Purple
Emperor has emerged in neighbouring counties so
until the end of July is the time to look for the Purple Emperor in
The best woods to search are Bradfield Woods
(TL934575) and Bonny Wood (TM073517) both SWT woods, and Northfield
Wood (TM023600) owned by the Woodland Trust. Mellfield and Free
Woods (TL926603) have permissive paths.
Others to try are
Wolves Wood (TM054438) - RSPB, Raydon Great Wood (TM054403) - public
footpaths, and Old Hall Wood (TM122398) - public footpath.
more details see Bill Stone's
Purple Project.(click here). If
you do look for the Purple Emperor please let us know where, when,
weather conditions, whether or not you saw any and any other
butterflies you see..
Join Butterfly Conservation -
click here to
go to the National Butterfly Conservation website to join.
Big Butterfly Count
Saturday 19 July – Sunday 10 August 2014
The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us
assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010
and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies.
Butterflies react very quickly to change in their environment which
makes them excellent biodiversity indicators. Butterfly declines
are an early warning for other wildlife losses. That’s why
counting butterflies can be described as taking the pulse of nature.
The count will also assist us in identifying trends in species that
will help us plan how to protect butterflies from extinction, as well
as understand the effect of climate change on wildlife. Simply
count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny)
More details and how to submit results here
Next Local Events -
Sunday 27th July
Wildlife Garden Open Day
An invitation from BC member Mrs Trudie Willis, to visit her 10 acre
garden, including a Buddleia and Honeysuckle collection.
Meet: Meet & park at Prior's Oak, Leiston Road,
Aldeburgh (B1122 Leiston to Aldeburgh Road)
Time: 10:30am start
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607
Tuesday 29th July
Surveying and Recording Suffolk
A biological recording event
organised by Suffolk Naturalists’ Society and hosted by
SWT at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve. Recorders
will be on hand to help you identify a wide range of
wildlife species; butterflies, dragonflies, birds,
coastal plants, freshwater invertebrates etc.
Time: 09:30am – 16:00
essential: Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089
The Events page has a full list and details of the 2014
|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
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and email address as the subject. This can then be added to our
us on Twitter.
But still send your sightings to
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.
Download the 2012 report
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. At present a number of
the Suffolk squares are not covered, so now is a good time to join the
Email our WCBS co-ordinator,
to find out
if there is a vacant square convenient to you.
BMS - Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
- British Trust for Ornithology
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