Welcome to the Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly Conservation is a
registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and
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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
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 23rd August
Late Summer Butterflies at Alton
A walk around the north part of
water for butterflies and dragonflies. Long walk
Meet: Lemons Hill Bridge Car Park (South)
Map Ref: TM
Leader: Bill Stone 07906
Saturday 27th September
A.G.M & members evening
Venue: Bucklesham Village Hall in Levington Lane
Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm
will be followed by light refreshments and members'
The Events page has a full list and details of the 2014
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It will help us to communicate changes to events (as above) if
we have your email address.
Please email your name to
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and email address as the subject. This can then be added to our
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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
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
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