News and blog

Hot off the press, our latest news articles...

Harold Hughes and Stephen Jeffcoate

Tribute to Harold

Tribute to former Butterfly Conservation Chair Harold Hughes

Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterflies

Discover Mabie’s Precious Pearls

One of the UK’s most threatened butterflies has seen a big increase in numbers at the Mabie Forest near Dumfries in South West Scotland.

Pearl BF

Help Save Sussex Pearls!

A conservation project has been launched to stop the drastic decline in numbers of two of the rarest woodland butterflies in Sussex - the Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Scarce Tortoiseshell Seen At RSPB Fowlmere

Continental Butterfly Appears In Cambridgeshire

A European butterfly which made news headlines last month for being the first on record to survive a British winter has now emerged in Cambridgeshire, Butterfly Conservation can reveal.

Pollinators Pushed Up The Agenda

Butterfly Conservation welcomes the Government’s National Pollinator Strategy. The newly published document is a clear steer from Government that the declines in bees and wild pollinators including butterflies and moths are being taken seriously.

Deaths-head Hawk-moth

Horror Moth Ghosts In For Halloween

The UK’s scariest moth caused pandemonium in a suburban street after appearing unexpectedly in a back garden, just days before Halloween.

Small Tort (Andrew Lawson)

Small Tortoiseshell Fights Back

One of the UK’s favourite butterflies – the Small Tortoiseshell, continued its fight back this summer after years of decline, despite enduring the coldest August since 1993, results from the Big Butterfly Count have revealed.

Attenborough counting butterflies

Big Butterfly Count Island Odyssey

A father and son team are embarking on an island odyssey to count butterflies at one of Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks – Strangford Lough.