Conservation Projects

Adonis Blue (male/upperwing)

Butterflies may be tiny but to save them you have to think big.

Colonies of butterflies surviving in small isolated pockets of land are vulnerable. Research has shown that they can be encouraged to spread their wings and expand but only if they don't have to fly too far.

In response to this new way of understanding butterfly populations and movement, our work to protect them and their habitat takes a landscape-scale approach.

Conservation on a landscape-scale means creating chains of butterfly habitat across large areas of countryside. Improving and connecting land for wildlife through the coordinated conservation management of numerous sites for a range of species across a large natural area. 

Our latest report provides concrete evidence that projects aimed at conserving butterflies and moths at a landscape-scale have enabled threatened species to flourish after decades of decline.

Read the full Report

For more detailed information please read the full report: Landscape-scale Conservation For Butterflies And Moths: Lessons From The UK.

The report, Landscape-scale conservation for butterflies and moths: lessons from the UK, shows that measures to conserve rare butterflies and moths have helped other threatened species as well as the habitats in which they live.  

In the last decade, Butterfly Conservation and our partners have embarked on some of the biggest butterfly projects to date.

The landscape-scale approach is used in many projects across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, further details on these projects can be found on the relevant countries pages.

Butterfly Conservation projects focus on some of our most threatened butterflies and moths, they are often identified as priorities for conserving biodiversity by governments. Find out more on the conservation designations of butterflies and moths.