We organise an annual walk to see different butterflies in the local area. In recent years we have visited Lardon Chase and Hartslock Nature Reserves to see chalkland species including Chalkhill Blue, Marbled White and Small Heath.

We’re also interested in the butterfly species that visit Woodcote, so please get in touch if you see something interesting via our Contact Us page!

This year, during the COVID-19 situation, we invite members to follow their own socially-distanced Woodcote Butterfly Walk. The recommended route goes through Dean Wood, and then follows the footpath beyond the wood (leading to the A4074) to see which species can be found. WCG Comittee members (from a single household) did the walk on 11 July 2020 to see which species were flying – let us know if you see anything new! The walk route and the species to look for are described below:

Butterfly photos

Large Skipper in a Woodcote garden
Peacock in a Woodcote Garden
Brimstone (second brood in July) in a Woodcote Garden
Chalkhill Blue at Lardon Chase
Male and Female Chalkhill Blues at The Holies
Small Blue at Lardon Chase
Small Heath at Lardon Chase
Purple Hairstreak at Bernwood Forest. They’re hard to photograph! They have also been seen recently in Oak trees in Woodcote gardens
Dark Green Fritillary at Bernwood Forest
Silver-washed Fritillary at Warren Bank reserve, near Woodcote