Welcome to the Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly Conservation is a registered
charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths.
After a poor start, July and August 2013 were
extremely good months for butterflies (see our sightings page). Many
people commented that it was a pleasure to see butterflies in numbers they
did not remember for many years. The Silver-washed Fritillary was
seen in 20 woods and is probably breeding in 9 of these. On the
other hand The Wall now seems restricted to a small stretch of Suffolk
So it was not just the good weather that produced large
numbers of butterflies, it was the result of conservation work carried out
by Butterfly Conservation and other wildlife charities. The
Silver-washed Fritillary has benefitted from work carried out in woods.
The reason for the decline of The Wall is not clear - more research is
If you enjoyed seeing butterflies in large numbers in your
garden and in the countryside you can help the conservation work by
joining Butterfly Conservation. All Butterfly Conservation members
who live in Suffolk are automatically members of the branch and receive
our newsletter, the Suffolk Argus, three times a year.
branch is run by volunteers and we would be very pleased to hear from you
if you would like to get involved.
Join Butterfly Conservation -
go to the
National Butterfly Conservation website to join.
Events for nest year will be available
in early 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
email@example.com using your normal email address
and email address as the subject. This can then be added to our
New species for Suffolk? See
Photo Competition - an entry gives
£1 to Butterfly Conservation
Julian Dowding and Matt
Berry (two of SBBC comittee members who run Greenwings Wildlife
Holidays) are sponsoring a photo competition run by Belvoir Fruit
Farms in aid of Butterfly Conservation. First prize is a wildlife
holiday for 2 in north Greece, where we recorded 92 butterfly species
this year during a week’s stay for both birds and butterflies. £1 is
given to BC for every entry and they expect this to amount to a
donation of about £5,000 Chris Packham is the judge and the deadline
for entries is 31st October 2013. Link to the holiday page is
Decline of Wall in Suffolk - Can You Help?
Now is a good time to look
for the Wall. See our sightings
The Wall was once common but now restricted to a few areas of Suffolk,
one of these being between Bawdsey and Shingle Street. The
Environment Agency needs to cut the grass and has agreed a method to
reduce the impact on the Wall. To monitor this, and improve
the procedure in future years, we need as many people as possible to
walk along this part of the coast and count the number seen. We will
aim to cover the first and second generation flight periods; from the
end of May to mid June and from late July to the end of August
Please let Rob Parker know even if you can only participate
occasionally. Further instructions on the route etc will be sent to
those who volunteer.
Unless we can halt the decline you might
only see the Wall in a museum!
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, Peter Dare at
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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
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