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Puss moth caterpillar

Dig It – August Tips From The Secret Gardener

Gardeners might traditionally view caterpillars as pests but our Secret Gardener is happy to nurture the babies of a butterfly at the expense of a few leaves that will grow back.

Martin Warren Butterfly Hike 2015

Butterfly Doctor Hikes Back In Time!

Dr Martin Warren has walked 105 miles of the Jurassic Coast in just seven days to help save three rare butterflies. Read his daily blog here and check out some of the beautiful sights he experienced along the way. Don't forget - you can still sponsor Martin too!

Small White on Bowles Mauve

Dig It – July Tips From The Secret Gardener

July is a great time to sit out and enjoy the rewards of your gardening efforts. Many plants will be in full bloom, providing a feast for the eyes as well as a nectar buffet for butterflies and other beneficial insects.

Brimstone in flight

Changing The Guard

Wave goodbye to spring butterflies and welcome in some new species for summer.

Nightingale

Night at the opera

Our reserves our well known for their butterflies and moths but Liam Creedon’s late night trip to Alners Gorse in Dorset’s mysterious Blackmore Vale reveals a memorable springtime spectacle.

Wood White

Down to the woods

Meet the May butterfly that is setting up home in a disaster zone

Large Blue

Mid-winter Blues

The bleak mid-winter is the key time to help conserve the Large Blue

Painted

Record-breaking Butterflies

Will 2015 be a record breaking year for the Painted Lady butterfly? Keep your eyes to the skies towards the end of May in anticipation of this year's migration.

Container gardening

Dig It – May Tips from the Secret Gardener

Give butterflies a warm welcome even in the smallest of spaces with container gardening. Plant pots up now and they will be in full flower for the Big Butterfly Count.

BH Egg

Easter Eggs

Chocolate eggs aren't the only ones to keep an eye out for this Easter. Richard Fox reveals more about the first stage of a butterfly's life cycle.

Early Thorn

Spring Moths Are In the Air

By meteorological, astronomical and ecological terms, Spring will have started by the end of March. Many species are emerging so it's a great time to dust down the trap or take up mothing.

Child with butterfly

A Butterfly Future

Butterfly Conservation’s first ever Branch Youth Engagement Officer, Apithanny Bourne, explains why children are key to a butterfly-friendly future.

Rampisham Down

Save Rampisham Down

Conservation expert and blogger Miles King explains why saving Rampisham Down in Dorset is vital for all wildlife.

Emperor moth

Lepidoptera Love

With St Valentine's Day just around the corner it seemed the perfect time for Richard Fox to reveal the secrets of Lepidoptera love...

Rough bank opening

Celebrating The Successes of 2014

Butterfly Conservation's Chief Executive starts the new year by reflecting on some of the highlights for butterflies and moths in 2014.

Silver Y moth

Magnificent Moths

The Winter Moth is one of the few species that can flutter through frosty nights. But several other moths have special abilities which according to Richard Fox makes them far superior to butterflies.

Marsh Frit

Median Farm - For Marsh Frillitary and Dormice

Median Farm was a site earmarked for development but thanks to Natural Resources Wales we have been able to rescue the land and start restoring vital habitat for Marsh Fritillary butterflies.

Wall butterfly

Has Warming Weather Wrong-footed The Wall?

The dramatic decline of the Wall, previously a common species across England and Wales, is one of the biggest butterfly mysteries of the last forty years. Now, scientists in Belgium think they might have the answer.