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Welcome to the Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths

Back to the Wall
The Purple Emperor season is just about over and although there were sightings at the colony in Theberton Woods only one other sighting was recorded away from this area (See Sightings on 14th July).

But the first of the second brood of Walls are now on the wing.  There have been several coastal sightings so far mainly bewteen Bawdsey and Shingle Street.  If you visit here you should also see Clouded Yellows up to 40 were recorded one day recently.

But the main aim is to find as many locations for the Wall as possible and a walk anyywhere along the coast would be useful.  Let us know even if you do not see any so where can map their distribution.  If you see one away from the coast this would be very significant.

Join Butterfly Conservation - click here to go to the National Butterfly Conservation website to join.

Next Local Events

Saturday 27th September
A.G.M & members evening
Venue: Bucklesham Village Hall in Levington Lane
Map Ref: TM24419
Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm

The evening will include an initial report on the 2014 season by the recorder Bill Stone
and a report on this year's Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey by Twm Wade.

The A.G.M. will be followed by light refreshments and members' slides and videos..

The Events page has a full list and details of the 2014 events

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 membership list.
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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 scheme.

Email our WCBS co-ordinator, Twm Wade to find out if there is a vacant square convenient to you.

BMS - Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
BTO - British Trust for Ornithology

When to See Butterflies. 

Suffolk 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 to butterflies

See the 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

 Butterfly Records.

The Branch is always grateful for butterfly records and a recording form can be downloaded from the
recording page of this website.
We would be particularly grateful for records away from the coast and information on the following species:

Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Purple Hairstreak, White Letter Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue, Wall Brown, White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary, Grayling and Small Heath.

email your sightings to us at

Recent Sightings can be viewed here

Conservation and Recording

Brimstone - about the Brimstone and Buckthorn project
Help us to record Brimstone butterflies in Suffolk

Silver-studded Blue - links to more information
Translocation to Blaxhall Common - 2012 Update
Ecological Survey of Selected Silver-studded Blue Sites in 2009

Silver-Washed Fritillary - link for more information
Silver-washed Fritillary returns to Suffolk

Purple Emperor - link for more information

Ipswich Heaths Project - 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

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