Cornwall branch

Cornwall branch

Species to look out for


Welcome to the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation, dedicated to saving wild butterflies, moths and their habitats.

AdmiralCornwall Butterfly Conservation is working to establish the present status of butterflies in Cornwall so we can tell which species are increasing or in decline. 

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


Rise Of the Gatekeeper

A once abundant butterfly, which has experienced a worrying drop in numbers across the UK, is making a recovery in Cornwall...

40 year slump for UK Butterflies

More than three-quarters of the UK’s butterflies have declined in the last 40 years with some common species suffering significant slumps, a major scientific study has revealed.

Banking On A Future For Butterflies

A bank in Truro is helping Butterfly Conservation (BC) raise money this Christmas to protect some of Cornwall’s rarest butterflies.

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Cornwall: Wildflowers and Butterflies of Penhale

Saturday 23rd July 2016: 10.30am

Join the Cornwall Branch and the Cornwall Botanical Group for a closer look at the wild flowers, butterflies and moths to be found on Penhale Sands Army Training Camp, not normally open to the public. Led by botanist Ian Bennallick and accompanied by Dave Thomas. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Cornwall: Newlyn Downs

Sunday 24th July 2016: 1.00pm

Join the Cornwall Branch on this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Special Area of Conservation (SAC). We’ll be searching for Grayling butterflies, Bog Bush-crickets, Scarce Blue-tailed Damselflies and much more. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

Cornwall: Godolphin Woods

Sunday 31st July 2016: 1.30pm

Join the Cornwall Branch on an interesting walk through Godolphin Woods. There will be a wide variety of Lepidoptera, with the target species being the Purple Hairstreak butterfly. This event takes place during Big Butterfly Count.

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Volunteer To Help Cornwall's Moths & Butterflies

Want to help butterflies and moths in Cornwall? Get volunteering!

The Cornwall Branch hold a number of events throughout the year at various sites across the county.

Take a look at these photos to see some of what we do - these were taken at our violet planting day with the Forestry Commission at Cardinham Woods, near Bodmin in March 2015.


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Branch Photos

CommaPlease take a look at our Branch Photos to see what we've been up to. We run lots of events all year round!