Butterfly Conservation
saving butterflies, moths and our environment
Butterfly Conservation - saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths.
The Sussex branch is run entirely by volunteers - people like you.

Dear Members, I’m writing to let you know that our website editor Jonathan Crawford has stepped down. The committee want to thank JC (or Ed jnr as many may know him) for all his hard work and commitment to the branch over the years. In particular his work on transects and the huge effort that went into modernising and improving the website, his work is greatly valued.

As it stands it’s not possible to reopen the sightings page. The committee has decided to take this as an opportunity to look at improving the website further, potentially with a redesign. We are currently putting together a specification and wanted to ask all users of the site for ideas and comments. What do you like about the website? Are there are there additional things that would be useful to include? Any ideas are welcome, please email them to chairsussexbc@outlook.com.

We know the sightings page is an extremely valuable and much loved resource and so we will work to get it up and running as soon as possible. In the meantime please do continue to post your butterfly and moth sightings on our Facebook page and tag @BCSussex on Twitter and @sussexbutterflies on Instagram.

Jess Price, Chair


22nd February, 2020

West Dean Woods Butterfly Transect Volunteer

We are looking for a dedicated person to help us continue a 40 year old butterfly survey at Sussex Wildlife Trust's West Dean Woods nature reserve near Singleton. The reserve is managed as a traditional woodland and has ancient hazel coppice stools intermingled with great old oak standards. The beautiful woodland glades are perfect for woodland butterflied such as Silver-washed fritillary and White admiral. Like all transects, ideally the survey is undertaken once a week from the beginning of April to the end of September as this produces the most valuable data. An experienced transect walker will be available to show you the route and help get you started, and butterfly identification training can also be provided if needed. West Dean Woods is in a remote rural location and therefore this position is most suited to someone who lives or works close to the nature reserve. For more information please see the volunteer description on the Sussex Wildlife Trust's website: https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved/volunteer/opportunities/290

Graffham Down Butterfly Transect Volunteer

The Graffham Down Trust is looking for a volunteer to join their team of transect walkers at Graffham Down nature reserve in West Sussex. The reserves are managed for butterflies and are home to a fantastic array of habitats and species. In 2019, Purple Emperor, Duke of Burgundy, Pearl bordered Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Dark-green Fritillary and White Admiral were all recorded. The local Transect Coordinator will be available to show you the route and support you in your endeavours. For more information on Graffham Down, please see the Trust's website: http://www.graffhamdowntrust.org.uk/home. If you are interested in the role please email Jess Price at chairsussexbc@outlook.com- who can pass your details onto the Graffham Down Trust.

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