Welcome to the Wiltshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation

The future of our butterfly and moth populations in Britain is under threat with many specialist species in serious decline. Butterfly Conservation's reason for being is to save these populations by identifying the causes for the decline and carrying out corrective measures to halt and reverse the trend.

To do this successfully we need volunteer help locally in Wiltshire, particularly from those who may not yet members of BC, to record what is out there by conducting butterfly transects and moth trapping. We have to know what species we have and how they are prospering if we are to save them. Help with scrub clearance on important sites is also a vital role for volunteers.

In parallel we need to educate the community and in particular the younger generation about moths and butterflies by way of public events such as the annual Bird & Butterfly Day at Iford Manor near Bradford on Avon.

Hugo Brooke







New guide available from November 17th 2013:


Wiltshire is one of the finest counties in the United Kingdom for its abundance and variety of butterflies. All but a dozen of the resident species can be found within its borders and some are more abundant here than anywhere else in the country.   The most important reason for this is that the county, especially in the east and south, is dominated by chalk – and it is chalk (and some limestone) grassland that holds some of the most specialist and scarce species, such as the Duke of Burgundy, Marsh Fritillary, Chalkhill Blue and Wall Brown.

Wiltshire also holds some exciting butterflies in other habitats too, such as the Purple Emperor, the woodland fritillaries and the hairstreaks. 

This guide directs you to the best places in Wiltshire to see these interesting butterflies. Amply supplied with habitat and species photographs, it also gives the most useful information about how and when to find butterflies and some moths at these sites, with clear maps to get you to them easily.

The text has been written by members of the Wiltshire branch of Butterfly Conservation, and all sites in the book have been specially visited, so that the information given is as up to date as possible.

Copies are available from:

Hugo Brooke, 25 Gastard Lane, Gastard, Corsham, SN13 9QP
on receipt of a cheque for £6.17 ( £5 + £1.17 P&P) payable to Wiltshire Branch Butterfly Conservation, from November 17th 2013

Copies can also be purchased from

The Three Trees Farm Shop Chiseldon
Bassett Books, Royal Wooton Bassett

Corsham Bookshop,
White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough
Swindon Central Library
Wiltshire Libraries
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre








Welcome the Wiltshire branch of Butterfly Conservation.


Our new look website has some great new features,,

  1. Report your butterfly sightings online.
  2. Link your butterfly / moth photographs to your sightings
  3. Optionally receive an email when someone submits a sighting online.
  4. Optionally, only have your sighting reported to the county recorder. (for sensitive sites or species)
  5. Find information about local events such as field trips, members meetings and Mothing events.

To use these new features you will need to register using the registration tab.