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 -
click here to
go to the National Butterfly Conservation website to join.
Donate to Our Match Pot appeal.
For every £1 donated we get £10 from the fund -
click here to go to the National Butterfly Conservation website
Help us transform the fortunes of some of the UK's rarest butterflies
by giving to our Match Pot appeal. A tax on landfill operators
was introduced in 1996 to encourage recycling and waste reduction.
The money raised is allocated to environmental projects. In
order to be eligible Butterfly Conservation must contribute 10% of the
total amount required for the work we want to do to save threatened
butterflies and moths. We need your help to secure landfill
funds so we can expand our landscape-scale projects such as
Every pound donated to our Match Pot Appeal unlocks £10 from the
Landfill Communities Fund.
Next Event - The Events page now has a full
list of the 2014 events
Friday 25th April
New Members Day at Martlesham Common
An indoor training
session, followed by practical butterfly watching on an excellent
Meet: Enrol in advance with Sharon
Map Ref: TM249461
Time: 10:30 am start
Sharon Hearle 01638 731648
|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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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