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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

Purple Emperor in Suffolk?
Purple Emperor Suffolk?Apart 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 locations.

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 Suffolk.

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.

For 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) weather
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)
Map Ref: TM452591
Time: 10:30am start
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607

Tuesday 29th July
Surveying and Recording Suffolk Species
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.
Map Ref: TM509920
Time: 09:30am – 16:00
Booking essential: Suffolk Wildlife Trust 01473 890089

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 myemail@suffolkbutterflies.org.uk 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 sightings@suffolkbutterflies.org.uk

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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