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 work in 76 key landscapes, delivering our conservation programmes to save threatened butterflies and moths from extinction.

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

Our Species Successes

Read more about how struggling species have had their fortunes reversed by the work of Butterfly Conservation...

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.

The data from our recording and monitoring schemes has been compiled into butterfly and  moth  reports which provide a sound evidence base for further research and have been used to inform policy development.

Over 15,000 active volunteers contribute work worth £10 million per year - equivalent to 726 full-time staff.

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

Our President, Sir David Attenborough is a fantastic ambassador for Butterfly Conservation and continues to support our work.

Over 94,000 people have taken part in our annual Big Butterfly Count in the last 4 years. We continue to receive sponsorship from the retailer Marks and Spencer.

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

The 35 nature reserves we manage cover over 785 hectares (1,940 acres) of land. Conservation work is ongoing on each site and includes several major habitat restoration projects.

Our guides on how to manage habitats for butterflies and moths are widely used by land owners and managers. 

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.

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