In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.
Species to look out for
European Butterflies Group
The European Butterflies Group (EBG) of Butterfly Conservation aims to promote the enjoyment, conservation and study of butterflies, moths and their habitats in Europe.
Membership is open to members of Butterfly Conservation. View the EBG website for details of holidays, surveys, where to see butterflies in Europe and to access the butterfly identification service, which will put a name to those difficult European species you photographed on holiday.
As an individual, you can join BC's European Butterflies Group (EBG), which is a fully fledged branch of BC and works with BCE partners to further European butterfly and moth conservation.
They have contacts all over Europe and do surveys in collaboration with BCE partners for rare species or to provide data for local atlases. The EBG newsletter is produced twice a year and sent by email and contains a wealth of information on where to see butterflies in Europe.
You can print a membership leaflet or phone the membership department at Butterfly Conservation on 01929 406015 to add EBG membership to your subscription (£10 per annum).
Butterfly Conservation News
An increasing number of new moth species are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of the global reach of the horticultural trade and the changing climate, moth experts today revealed.
The Chequered Skipper has been returned to England after 40 year absence
What butterflies have you seen?
We've put together a list of species you could see across Europe.
You can also send us your butterfly photographs for identification.
There are no events scheduled for the requested area. Field events are mostly held during the summer months and are arranged in the early spring.