Self guided Walks

Of the 59 species of butterfly regularly found in the UK around 40 are recorded annually in the Somerset and Bristol area. These include the Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow, which are annual migrants

In 2015 the branch created a booklet with a selection of walks to help you see some of these species across our region - these pages have been extracted from the booklet and updated.

Please familiarise yourself with the flight periods to give you the best chance to see the butterflies mentioned on these walk pages.

Brean Down

Mendip Hills / Coastal

Brean Down is one of the landmarks of the Somerset coastline – jutting out into the Bristol Channel between Burnham-On-Sea and Weston-super-Mare.

It is the western end of the Mendip Hills primarily of carboniferous limestone.

Collard Hill

Polden Hills

The Large Blue butterfly became extinct in the UK in 1979 but a habitat restoration programme led to the successful reintroduction of this butterfly on several sites in the Polden Hills, including Collard Hill in 2000. 

Crook Peak

Mendip Hills

Crook Peak is one of the largest areas of open land on the Mendips. It rises 191m above the Levels and has breath taking views over Somerset. This site together with Cross Plain and Shute Shelve Hill are owned by the National Trust.

Stoke Camp

Mendip Hills

This reserve is owned by Butterfly Conservation and is principally managed for Small Blues. 

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