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Mad For Moths

Moth Night is the UK’s annual celebration of moths and moth recording, a chance for naturalists to raise the profile of these much-maligned creatures, for conservationists to gather useful data and for members of the public to experience the dazzling diversity of these important insects.

Comma and hawk-moth on buddleia

All together now

Butterfly Conservation Ambassador and gardening writer Kate Bradbury explains how if we all find some space for butterflies and moths we can make the world a happier and more healthy place to live.

Red Admiral on Wallflower (Steve Maskell)

Dig It – April Tips from the Secret Gardener

The Secret Gardener's star plant which has been flowering without stopping, since it was planted couple of years ago, is the Perennial Wallflower Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’.

Moths

Shedding light on moth declines

Back in 2004, when Rothamsted Research and Butterfly Conservation first uncovered the significant, long-term decline in moth abundance, artificial light at night (ALAN) was highlighted as a potential contributor to the observed trends.

Emily Dennis

Meet Dr Emily Dennis

Introducing the newest member of Butterfly Conservation's science team, who was awarded the Faculty of Sciences Prize for Postgraduate Research at the University of Kent in 2015, has had 7 papers published since 2014 and received an "Honourable Mention" from the judges of the 2017 Young Biometrician's Award.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Developing and improving statistical models of species change

BC is one of the largest collectors and holders of biological data in the UK, running world-renowned recording and monitoring schemes on butterflies and moths that collectively total in excess of 40 million records by over 70,000 recorders.

Peacock Butterfly

Cold comfort

Despite their seemingly delicate nature, butterflies and moths are surprisingly resilient to the winter chill. Richard Fox reveals why a cold snap may actually be beneficial for butterflies.

White-Letter Hairstreak

Success…. Scottish Gems Found!

BC volunteer Ken Haydock reveals the story behind the recent discovery of White-letter Hairstreak eggs in Berwickshire - confirmation the declining butterfly may have started breeding in Scotland for the first time in 130 years...

White-Letter Hairstreak

Statement on the Chelsea Road Elm in Sheffield

Dr Sam Ellis, BC's Director of Conservation outlines the charity's position on the Chelsea Road Elm in Sheffield and the tree's population of White-letter Hairstreak butterflies

Brimstone

Hedge your bets for Brimstones

As February gets into its stride, the signs of the fast approaching spring are becoming more and more evident.

Snowy oak leaf

Dig It - January Tips From The Secret Gardener

January is an easy month to help butterflies and moths in the garden. Many species will be taking shelter until temperatures start to rise so leave leaf litter and postpone pruning to protect eggs, caterpillars and crysalises.

Red Admiral

Admiral armada

The Red Admiral has had an exceptionally good year, possibly its best ever.

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Keep On Counting

Despite some dodgy weather, this summer’s Big Butterfly Count is going really well. Take part this weekend and help us make it the biggest ever!