Welcome to the Suffolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly Conservation is a
registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and
Members ofthe Suffolk Branch have been monitoring
the Silver-studded Blue population for several years.
looking for volunteers who are willing to walk the transects at
Dunwich Heath and Minsmere during June and July.
We are also
helping to restore heathland for this and other species. As part
of the Ipswich Heaths Project we have regular work parties and would
welcome new volunteers.
Please email Helen Saunders at
volunteer to count Silver-studded Blues at Dunwich and Minsmere or to
help with the restoration of vital heath habitat near Ipswich.
Distribution Maps for Suffolk Butterflies
The Suffolk Butterfly Recorder, Bill Stone, has prepared
distribution maps for 2011 - 2015 for all the butterflies that can be
found in Suffolk. For anyone who has the maps produced 15 years
ago* they show significant differences for some species. For
example the Wall is now almost entirely restricted to the coast and
the Silver-washed Fritillary was not present in Suffolk.
Click here for the
new Distribution Maps
*The Millennium Atlas of Suffolk Butterflies, 2001, by Richard
Stewart. Published by Suffolk Naturalists'Society. £5 from SNS [You
can order from Ipswich Museum by phone, 01473 433547].
You can also see the UK distibution maps for the most recent
five-year survey of the Butterflies for the New Millennium (BNM)
recording scheme (2010-2014).
Click here to download the Atlas of UK Butterflies 2010-2014
in pdf format (11 MB).
Next Local Events -
Saturday 22nd July
Big Butterfly Count Taster
Summer Butterflies in Ramparts Field (Suitable for
Introduction to Big Butterfly
Field car park, close to West Stow Country Park
Map Ref: TL788714
Time: 10:00 to 12:30 approx.
Parker on 01284 705476
Wednesday 26 July - Wildlife Family Fun Day
Holywells Park 12 – 4 pm
A fun afternoon for the whole family,
learning about the Park’s Wildlife.
Have fun with bug hunts,
pond dipping, bug and bird box building and crafts. Visit the
Butterfly Conservation stand
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. 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.
We have eight squares
in need of a volunteer
OS Grid Reference,
Town/Parish, Post Code
TL7573 Icklingham IP28 6PZ
TL9479 Coney Weston
TL9577 Coney Weston IP31 1DL
Wickham Skeith IP23 8LX
Email our WCBS co-ordinator,
to volunteer for one of these squares
Download the 2015 report
Download the 2016 Report
BMS - Butterfly Monitoring Scheme
- British Trust for Ornithology
40 year slump for UK Butterflies
More than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies
have declined in the last 40 years with some common species suffering
significant slumps, a major scientific study has revealed. A
number of widespread species such as the
Essex Skipper and
Small Heath now rank amongst the most severely declining
butterflies in the UK.
The findings also reveal that
intensive conservation efforts have started to turn around the
fortunes of some of the UK’s most endangered butterflies. During the
last 10 years the numbers of the threatened
Duke of Burgundy have increased by 67% and the
Pearl-bordered Fritillary has experienced a 45% rise in abundance.
Dingy Skipper and
Silver-studded Blue have shown 21% and 19% increases in occurrence
respectively and even the UK’s most endangered butterfly, the High
Brown Fritillary, has been relatively stable in the last decade.
But despite breakthroughs with some threatened butterflies the
report revealed that other species continue to struggle. The long-term
decline of the
White Admiral and
Marsh Fritillary show few signs of stopping.
Download in pdf format the full 'State of UK Butterflies 2015' report here
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
us on Twitter.
But still send your sightings to
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