Upper Thames Branch News

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.
20-Nov-2016:
The 2016 Chalk Hill Blue Species Champion Report is now available (PDF - will open in new tab).
03-Oct-2016:
Brown Hairstreak egg hunts and Winter Work Parties start in November.
11-Sep-2016:
Stuart Hodges' Black Hairstreak Records Comparison Chart for 2015 is available.
11-Aug-2016:
A new 10K square map has been added.
12-Jun-2016:
A new book entitled Hampshire and Isle of Wight Butterfly Walks has been published. The Hants & IoW branch website has ordering details.