Norfolk branch

Catfield Fen, Norfolk

Species to look out for

Welcome

Swallowtail by Peter EelesWelcome to the Norfolk Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

If you live in Norfolk and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Norfolk branch.

Click the link below for the following:

Information about Norfolk

Brief history of the Branch

The Branch activities

How to Become a Member

 

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News From Norfolk.

Report on field trip to Beeston Common on 7th July 2016

Report on field trip to Beeston Common on 7th July 2016 We had 13 people attend on 7th July for a walk around this site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Area of Conservation. The area is managed by Natural England and Beeston Common Management Group.

Butterfly Alert

Butterfly Alert Almost all species have now been seen flying. Great news for the Big Butterfly count which is now on.

Butterfly Alert 23June16

Ringlets have now been reported, and today a Marbled White was photographed at Dersingham Bog

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Norfolk Events

Norfolk: Field Trip To Holt Country Park And Lowes

Saturday 30th July 2016, 10.30am-1pm

Join the Norfolk Branch at Holt Country Park to find beautiful butterflies in the woods! We will walk round this North Norfolk Council Reserve looking for summer butterflies, including Silver-washed Fritillary and White Admiral, and other wildlife. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Norfolk: Field Trip To Winterton Dunes

Thursday 4th August 2016, 10.30am-1pm

Join the Norfolk Branch for a walk round this Natural England reserve looking for summer butterflies, including Grayling and Dark Green Fritillary. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Butterflies in Norfolk

The current butterfly list for Norfolk includes thirty-nine species. These range from very widespread and common species such as Peacock, and Large White to species with extremely restricted distributions such as the Swallowtail. 

Based on the records from 2014 we have provide a list of the butterflies seen.

To view this list click Butterflies Seen in Norfolk 

 We are producing a list of various sites in Norfolk that are recognised for supporting butterflies. This list is being reviewed and updated.

To view the list click Where to see Butterflies in Norfolk

Moths in Norfolk

Moths in Norfolk

To date (2014) some 670 species of larger macro-moths and 1120 species of micro-moths have been recorded in Norfolk.  These range from species whose range is virtually limited to the county, such as Small Dotted Footman to a range of migrant species which arrive from Europe from time to time to common moths which occur virtually everywhere.

Norfolk is lucky that it has an extremely active moth group called the Norfolk Moth Survey, distinct from Butterfly Conservation. The Norfolk Moth Survey has a website developed by the current county moth recorder for identification and recording of moths, widely considered to be one of the best in the United Kingdom.  Butterfly Conservation Norfolk branch has a good working relationship with Norfolk Moth Survey (NMS) and would urge that all moth records be submitted to the county recorder either direct or via the website http://www.norfolkmoths.co.uk.  A visit to the site will also provide links to both NMS and also national and other county websites.

In addition to butterflies, Butterfly Conservation nationally has also taken on the responsibility for conservation of moths.  With this in mind all Norfolk records are submitted by the county recorder to our national office.  This data is proving important data for conservation purposes for local Norfolk  species such as Grey Carpet, Tawny Wave, V-moth, Dotted and Small Dotted Footman and should enable active conservation measures where needed.

Norfolk has a number of crucial habitats important for moths such as the coastal dunes and marshes, the Broads and fens and Breckland.  Much of the conservation work to date has been concentrated on the latter area, while the Butterfly Conservation reserve at Catfield Fen is as important for reed bed and wetland species as it is for butterflies and dragonflies.