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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

Diggers Help Silver-studded Blue at Purdis Heath

Silver-studded Blue   

We've finally been getting on with the last stage of this season's work at the heath.  This involves mainly scraping with JCB down to the sand /or soil mineral layer and some weed treatment on the original scrape.  For complete story click here

Next Local Events

Saturday 26th September
A.G.M & Members Evening
Venue:  Ixworth Village Hall (off High Street)
Map Ref:  TL93217036
Time:  6.00pm for 6.30pm

Enter our photographic competition - details here

The Events page has a full list and details of the 2015 events

New for 2015 - Photographic Competition

At the 2015 AGM there will be a photo competition for photos and videos taken in the UK or abroad by a member of SBBC.
There are three classes
1. Still photo taken in the UK
2. Still photo taken outside the UK
3. A video or digital slide show.

More details here

Help urgently needed with butterfly monitoring

We need someone to assist with the RSPB Wolves Wood Transect.  If anyone is able to assist then they should contact Shirley Sampson, Warden, Stour Estuary & Flatford via Stour Estuary Reserves, 1 Brantham Mill, Bergholt Road, Manningtree, CO11 1QT  Tel 01206 391153  Mobile 07803 116592

Transects are an important part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme.  Butterflies are uniquely placed amongst British terrestrial insect and other invertebrate groups to act as indicators of the state of the environment, allowing us to assess the impacts of climate change and the progress of government policy initiatives such as the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, agri-environment schemes and site condition monitoring of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs).

Counts should take place each week when the weather is suitable from May to September.  Assistance is required to ensure as many counts as possible take place.

More on Transects here

New WCBS Squares for 2015

Grid Ref  Parish                    Post Code
TL9479  Coney Weston       IP31 1HL
TL9577  Coney Weston       IP31 1DL
TM5195 Flixton, Lowestoft NR32 5PB

Email our WCBS co-ordinator, Twm Wade  if you would like to survey one of these squares.  More detail here

Your Branch needs YOU - (or simply, want to get involved a little bit more?)

You never know, 2015 could be the year for you, and for your local Suffolk Branch

Maybe you are a long standing member of our Suffolk Branch?  Maybe you have only just become a member and you are looking at our website (and enjoying it I hope!)  Wherever you sit in that Cline of membership there are many ways that you can extract maximum benefit and indeed enjoyment from your membership.

Perhaps now is the time to give things a whirl.  What exactly am I going on about I hear you ask?  Well there are many opportunities to get involved in your local Branch on both an active or rather more passive basis and any offer of help is really important in helping to conserve and study our Suffolk butterfly (and moth, naturally) heritage.

Here are just a few ideas, in no particular order, to excite your anticipation perhaps.

Silver-studded Blue- Dust off the cobwebs and get involved with an active work party; there is plenty to do in and around Ipswich in particular and it's a fantastic way to slim down & keep fit.  Please email Helen Saunders at  for details if you are interested.

- Come up with some ideas for events and activities for our membership

- Get involved with and assist with the running of some of our events - even just one to start with

- Submit a butterfly / moth related article to the Argus on any topic, including things like butterfly friendly gardening; we run novice recorder sessions every year

- Start to become involved with recording of butterflies and / or moths - an ideal starting place is a deck chair in your garden with a notepad in one hand and a cool drink in the other!  Look out for the local training events and the 2015 Big Butterfly Count

- More exciting is to join in on a moth trapping expedition after dark

- Join your local committee and shadow what goes on to find out how it all works and how you might get involved in some way;  maybe you are an experienced Chair as you would be most welcome indeed.

- Get involved with your local school to help enthuse the next generation of lepidopterists

Even if you feel that you  just want to find out a little more, with absolutely no pressure, please drop me an Email  and we can take it from there.

Thank you very much in anticipation
Michael Dean
Chair of the Suffolk Branch

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

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 (WCBS)

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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