Welcome to the Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly Conservation is a
registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and
Diggers Help Silver-studded Blue at Purdis
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
For complete story click here
Next Local Events -
Wednesday 27th May and
Thursday 28th May
NT Bioblitz event at Dunwich
butterfly walks and moth trapping.
best place I have found for details is on the
Bristol Natural History Consortium website (click here)
Contact: Peter Maddison 01473 736607
The Events page has a full list and details of the 2015
Help urgently needed with butterfly
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
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
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.
1. Still photo taken in the UK
2. Still photo
taken outside the UK
3. A video or digital slide show.
New WCBS Squares for 2015
Grid Ref Parish
TL9479 Coney Weston
TL9577 Coney Weston
TM5195 Flixton, Lowestoft NR32 5PB
Email our WCBS co-ordinator,
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,
Here are just a few ideas, in no
particular order, to excite your anticipation perhaps.
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
- 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
Thank you very much in anticipation
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
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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