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 run three of the world's largest butterfly and moth recording schemes which together have gathered over 30 million records. 

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.

Our Species Successes

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

Over 15,000 active volunteers contribute work worth £10.5 million per year - equivalent to 765 full-time staff.

We have grown to become one of the largest insect conservation organisations in the world, with a membership of over 30,000 which is increasing every year.

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

Over 158,000 people have taken part in our annual Big Butterfly Count in the last 7 years, thanks to sponsorship from Marks and Spencer and during 2016 from Waitrose and John Lewis.

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

We manage more than 30 nature reserves which cover over 793 hectares (1,960 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 1,600 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 ten year strategy to 2025 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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