Committee & Roles

Branch committees run their local branch of Butterfly Conservation and its activities, and in order to do that committee members attend regular meetings and take part in committee decisions.

Branch Officers & Committee Members

We currently have 13 committee members.

  • The branch committee can have up to 15 members
  • A post is held for 3 years, but members are eligible to stand again 
  • Additional post-holders may be associate members of the branch committee
  • Elections are held at the annual members' day & AGM (November) 
  • Co-opted branch committee members will stand at the next election following co-option
  • Any member may propose another for election to the branch committee at the Members’ Day (subject to T&C)
Branch Chair


This position is currently vacant and the roles are shared amongst the team.

Branch Secretary

Alison Uren

Alison joined the committee in November 2021 and has taken on the role of branch secretary.

Branch Treasurer

Nick Redman

Nick was co-opted onto the committee in summer 2021 and took over as branch treasurer.

He gave the Treasurer's report at the AGM in Novmber 2021 and was also re-elected onto the committee.

Membership Secretary & Newsletter Editor

Sue Davies

Sue seeks content and then produces the Arion, our branch magazine.

In addition, Sue is our branch membership secretary and liases with Butterfly Conservation HQ.

County Butterfly Recorder

Ross Harley

Ross is the Branch Butterfly Records Coordinator & County Butterfly Recorder (for Somerset VC5 & VC6).

Branch Transect Coordinator

Peter Bright

As well as Branch Transect Coordinator, Peter is also joint Honorary Warden for two of our BC Reserves.

Reserve Warden

John Ball

John is joint Honorary Warden along with Peter for our Stoke Camp & Westbury Beacon Reserves

Reserve Warden

Tony Spiess

Tony is joint Honorary Warden with his wife Anna for our Mount Fancy Reserve.

Websites & Social Media 

Jen Harley

Jen looks after our branch website and also our branch page on the BC website.

She also coordinates the Social Media platforms with others volunteers.

Committee Member

John Andrews

John was our Branch Chair for a number of years.

He is involved in many of the branch conservation projects.

Reserve Warden

Charlotte Wray

Charlotte is the Honorary Warden for our Haddon Moor Reserve.

Committee Member

John Connolly

John will be known to many of your as he leads a few of our guided walks.

Committee Member

Roger Perkins

Roger was a branch committee member a few years ago and has recently rejoined us.

WCBS Champion

Andy Danford

Andy Danford joined the committee in Feb 2022 and will be our WCBS Champion.


Associate Members

Associate Committee Members help run the branch without being a full Committee member.

They may attend regular Branch committee meetings if they wish, but they do not have a vote on committee decisions.

Moth Officer

Chris Iles is the Moth Officer for our branch.

He is also the Somerset Macro Moth recorder (the larger moths). 

Please send any macro moth sightings to Chris.

Social Media

In addition to committee members, we have some volunteers that help out with the social media platforms.


In addition to this website, we have a branch page (In Your Area) on the Butterfly Conservation website.

Branch guided walks, social events and meetings are listed on the Butterfly Conservation website.


Our Facebook page is mainly used as a 'News page' and is managed by Jen, Sue & Tony.

We also have a Facebook group where members can share photos and ask advice about Lepidoptera.


Twitter is a great source of up to date butterfly & moth activity, including first sightings.

Primarily used to monitor and retweet butterfly sightings in Somerset and branch news & events.


We have a Somerset & Bristol Instagram account, but it is not actively being used by the branch.

If you are familar with Instagram and are interested in running it for us, please get in touch.

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