All members of Butterfly Conservation who live in Somerset, Bristol or Bath are also members of the Branch and can participate freely in a wide range of activities. Some are purely for enjoyment. Others, including assisting with surveys, site monitoring and habitat management, all help the conservation of the butterflies and moths.
Branch members monitor butterfly populations at over 60 sites from spring to autumn and the data feed into a long-running national study that guides conservation priorities and helps track the effects of climate change. Members also help with managing four Butterfly Conservation reserves in the county – Stoke Camp and Westbury Beacon in the Mendips, Mount Fancy in the Blackdown Hills and Haddon Moor on Exmoor – as well as other work relating to rare species such as the Duke of Burgundy.
The Branch has its own magazine The Arion and publishes the results of monitoring and other surveys. Winter meetings are held and a programme of guided walks is run through the summer. Butterfly Walks in Somerset & Bristol, published in 2015, gives information on more than 40 sites countywide to visit.
County Butterfly Recorder
Branch Transect Coordinator
Membership Secretary & Newsletter Editor