Upper Thames Branch News

04-Jul-2018:
The new Butterfly Conservation web site has broken the events data feed that we used to get. To see UTB events, please go to butterfly-conservation.org/upperthamesevents
24-May-2018:
A project to re-introduce the Chequered Skipper to England has commenced with the release of adult butterflies in Northamptonshire. See Butterfly Conservation's press release for more information.
28-Apr-2018:
Oak Processionary Moth caterpillars have been found recently, mainly in Greater London but also in Bracknell Forest and Slough. Hairs on the caterpillars can cause fevers and eye and throat irritations. See the Forestry Commission OPM page for more information.
27-Apr-2018:
The April edition of the E-moth bulletin is available for downloading.
29-Mar-2018:
1. The Holtspur Bottom work party page has been updated.
2. A new 10K square map has been uploaded.
18-Mar-2018:
1. The 2017 Brown Hairstreak Species Champion Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
2. The 2017 Transect Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
06-Mar-2018:
1. The 2017 Grayling Species Champion Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
2. The 2017 Grizzled Skipper Species Champion Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
02-Mar-2018:
Due to the adverse weather the training day scheduled for 3rd March has been cancelled. It will now take place on 17th March instead. It was fully booked, but as a result of the change of date there may be some spaces. Please contact for more information.
01-Mar-2018:
The Brown Hairstreak egg hunt at Bernwood Meadows, due to take place on 3rd March, has been cancelled because of the weather.
28-Feb-2018:
1. A new spreadsheet for recording churchyard butterflies is available for downloading. This has been updated for 2018. If you prefer to send in records on paper, the old-style form is available as a PDF.
2. A new spreadsheet for recording garden butterflies is available for downloading. This has been updated for 2018. If you prefer to send in records on paper, the old-style form is available as a PDF.
25-Feb-2018:
To celebrate 50 years of Butterfly Conservation, UTB members and fiends are invited to join a work party at Aston Upthorpe Downs on 10th March. Click here for more information.
19-Feb-2018:
The 2017 White Letter Hairstreak Species Champion Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
18-Feb-2018:
1. Hairstreak No. 100 mentioned that a Conservation Review Day was planned for 22nd February. This event has been cancelled.
2. The two remaining Butterfly and Moth Identification, Surveying & Recording day courses are fully booked.
09-Feb-2018:
To celebrate 50 years of Butterfly Conservation, UTB members are invited to join the Herts and Middlesex Branch's Conservation Day at Millhoppers' Pasture NR (near Wilstone, Tring) on Saturday 10th March. More information is available here.
03-Jan-2018:
The work party at Milestone Wood on 7th January has been cancelled.
01-Jan-2018:
The Field Trip Organiser is looking for new leaders for the following field trips: Pitstone Hill and Aldbury Nowers (mid-May), Shabbington Wood (mid-June) and Iver village (end of June). If you are able to take one of these on, please contact Steph Rodgers.
19-Dec-2017:
The page about butterfly sites in the three counties has been split into three, one for each county: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
09-Dec-2017:
The work party at Holtspur Bottom on 10th December has been cancelled.
28-Nov-2017:
A new page about gardens has been added.
16-Nov-2017:
A new page about Didcot-Upton SUSTRANS route work parties has been added.
14-Nov-2017:
The Holtspur work party page has been updated.
16-Oct-2017:
The 2017 Wood White Species Champion Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
29-Sep-2017:
The moth identification resources section on the UTB Moths page has been updated.
25-Sep-2017:
Information about the 2017 Members' Day and AGM is available here.
Results of the 2017 Big Butterfly Count are available here.
13-Sep-2017:
Winter work party and Brown Hairstreak egg hunt dates are now available on the events page.
14-Jul-2017:
The 2017 Big Butterfly Count runs between 14th July and 6th August. Taking part in the Count is easy - find a sunny spot and spend 15 minutes counting the butterflies you see, and then submit sightings online at www.bigbutterflycount.org or via the free Big Butterfly Count app. The press release is here.
18-May-2017:
The M40 Compensation Area is now closed to casual visitors .
09-May-2017:
The 2016 Small Blue Species Champion Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
26-Apr-2017:
A new 10K Square map is available.
23-Apr-2017:
There is a new page where butterfly first sightings can be viewed by family instead of by date. The original page still shows first sightings in date order.
08-Apr-2017:
A new spreadsheet for recording churchyard butterflies is available for downloading. This should work with Open/Libre Office as well as MS Office. If you prefer to send in records on paper, the old-style form is available as a PDF. Please send any queries to the Churchyard Recording Co-ordinator (Emma Turnbull).
04-Apr-2017:
We have a new Wood White species champion.
02-Apr-2017:
The list of churchyards being surveyed has been updated.
30-Mar-2017:
An updated list of churchyards being surveyed has been posted.
14-Mar-2017:
A new 10K Square map is available.
12-Mar-2017:
A new spreadsheet for recording garden butterflies is available for downloading. This should work with Open/Libre Office as well as MS Office. If you prefer to send in records on paper, the old-style form is available as a PDF. Please send any queries to the Garden Recording Co-ordinator (Emma Turnbull).
08-Mar-2017:
The Guidelines for reporting sightings have been updated. Please note the request to provide an OS grid reference with sightings!
The 2016 White Admiral Species Champion Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
24-Feb-2017:
The Events page has been updated with diary dates.
18-Feb-2017:
The work party at Milestone Wood, Caversham, Berks has been re-scheduled for Sunday 5th March.
14-Feb-2017:
The 2016 Grayling Species Champion Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
12-Feb-2017:
The 2016 White Letter Hairstreak and 2016 Grizzled Skipper Species Champion Reports are now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
11-Feb-2017:
The work party at Milestone Wood, Caversham, Berks, scheduled for 12th February, has been cancelled.
10-Feb-2017:
The 2016 Purple Emperor Species Champion Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
13-Jan-2017:
The Holtspur work party scheduled for 15th January has been cancelled.
01-Jan-2017:
A new page for news has been added (and news items removed from the 'introduction' page). 2016 butterfly sightings have been archived.
12-Dec-2016:
The Holtspur work party page has been updated.
05-Dec-2016:
David Hastings has taken over as Webmaster. Please continue to send your butterfly sightings to Other news, comments about the web site, etc, should be sent to News about upcoming events can be sent to
20-Nov-2016:
The Holtspur work party page has been updated.
20-Nov-2016:
A new page about Gardening for Butterflies has been added.
20-Nov-2016:
The Holtspur work party page has been updated.