Butterfly Conservation - saving butterflies, moths and our environment
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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.

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 coast.

                                                         Silver-washed Fritillary                 Wall         

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 needed.

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.

The Suffolk 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 appealFor 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 Ipswich Heaths.  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 site.
Meet: Enrol in advance with Sharon Hearle
Map Ref: TM249461
Time: 10:30 am start
Contact: 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 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

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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