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Welcome to the Somerset and Bristol Branch of Butterfly Conservation

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Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated
to the conservation of butterflies and moths.

Welcome to the Web Site of Somerset & Bristol Branch, Butterfly Conservation! The site is in its infancy, but there are so many exciting opportunities to see, record and study butterflies in the county that we anticipate regular updates and continuous improvement to the format and information provided. You can help by submitting your ideas, suggestions and, of course, records.

Somerset & Bristol Branch is part of Butterfly Conservation, the charity whose primary objective is to ‘Save Butterflies, Moths and our environment’ (see link to BC’s web site). Our branch has about 400 members and activities are governed by a set of Branch Rules and a Branch Committee elected by members at the annual general meeting that takes place every November. We collaborate closely with Somerset and Avon Wildlife Trusts, as well as many other groups and public bodies within the county.

We have some excellent reserves that are owned, leased or managed by agreement and in partnership with the landowners, from the Blackdown Hills to the Mendips. Many of our members are active in the field, helping with reserve management and maintenance, recording and monitoring, and also running events from Open Days to Slide Shows and Education Days, as well as a full programme of Field Meetings during most of the butterfly flight season. Nearly all of our events and meetings are open to the public and we welcome visitors, always hoping to encourage them to join the Society!

Somerset has a wonderful diversity of landscape and habitat, and with it comes an excellent butterfly fauna: in 2006 we recorded 46 breeding species plus three rare but occasional immigrants – Camberwell Beauty, Monarch and Queen of Spain Fritillary. Somerset was one of the few counties to hold all UK Fritillary species but, sadly, we believe we have lost Pearl-bordered Fritillary and have no recent confirmed records of High Brown Fritillary, although a larva was identified in 2005 on Exmoor. Of course, we now have the re-established Large Blue that can be seen on the wing in June/early July. You can get a flavour of the range and where to see species from Mike Ridge’s annual report (Mike is County Recorder).

We do hope you enjoy looking through our web site and that you can glean the information you need from it. Please let us know your thoughts and recommendations for improvement, and do ask if what you are seeking is unavailable or unclear.

Dudley Cheesman


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