Our successes

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Butterfly Conservation has raised awareness of the drastic decline in butterflies and moths, and created widespread acceptance that action needs to be taken. Through our conservation work we have also begun to reverse the decline of several of our most threatened species.

We recently published a butterfly report showing that three-quarters of butterflies in the UK have declined and over 45% are threatened.

 A similar report on moths shows that numbers of common moths has declined by one-third since 1968 and 71 species are threatened.

We have grown to become probably the largest insect conservation organisations in the world, with a membership of over 23,000 which is growing every year.

We have the active support and engagement of our President, Sir David Attenborough.

We have established a UK wide network of Branches and staff that harness over 15,000 active volunteers.

We have developed major programmes to save threatened butterflies and moths from extinction, focussing on 76 key landscapes.

Our monitoring shows that several of our most threatened butterflies and moths are beginning to recover thanks to our landscape scale projects. Successes include the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary, Duke of Burgundy, Wood White, Heath Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary, Small Blue, Grey Carpet and Forester moths.

We play a leading role in a broad partnership which has successfully re-introduced the Large Blue to the UK after it became extinct.

We have published a series of guides on how to manage habitats for butterflies and moths. 

We run three of the world's largest butterfly and moth recording schemes which together have gathered over 25 million records. 

We run our annual Big Butterfly Count in partnership with the retailer Marks and Spencer, which has involved over 94,000 participants in the last 4 years.

We have persuaded the UK Government to accept butterflies and moths as official biodiversity indicators, and general indicators of the environment and climate change.

We manage 35 nature reserves covering over 785 hectares (1,940 acres), including several major habitat restoration projects.

Our volunteers contribute work worth £10 million per year, equivalent to 726 full-time staff.

We have over 2,000 events every year to take action on key sites and introduce people to the wonders of butterflies and moths.

We have been pivotal in the establishment of Butterfly Conservation Europe, a pan-European body to ensure conservation on a continent-wide basis.

We have produced a 2020 vision charting an ambitious expansion of our work in order to build a stronger organisation capable of halting the rapid decline of butterflies and moths.

Full details can be seen in our annual reports, reviews and accounts.