North East England branch

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Orange TipWelcome to the North East England branch of Butterfly Conservation.

The north east has a very diverse range of habitats including extensive areas of upland moorland, coastal dunes, farmland, broad-leafed and coniferous woodland as well as many interesting brown-field sites that reflect the industrial history of the area. These different habitats support a wide range of fauna and flora and about thirty species of butterfly and many species of moth may be seen within the region.

The North East England branch of Butterfly Conservation seeks to increase our knowledge about the butterflies and moths of Northumberland, Durham and north Teesside, to assist in their conservation and to encourage the study of these fascinating insects. If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the North East England branch.


North East England: Field Trip

Saturday 2nd July 2016

Join the North East England Branch on a field trip where we hope to see Northern Brown Argus, Dark Green Fritillary and other butterfly and day-flying moth species. The site also offers excellent views across the Durham countryside.

North East England: Field Trip

Saturday 23rd July 2016: 10.30am

On this North East Branch field trip, the target species is the Essex Skipper butterfly, discovered in County Durham for the first time in 2015. We will focus on the identification of this species and how to distinguish it from the very similar Small Skipper.

North East England: Butterfly Survey

Sunday 24th July 2016: 10.30am

Join the North East England Branch searching for Essex Skipper, Purple Hairstreak and White-letter Hairstreak butterflies. None of these species has previously been recorded at this site, but there is suitable habitat present.

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Latest News

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.

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