Butterflies and moths are extremely valuable indicators of the state of the environment. Butterfly Conservation runs schemes to record and monitor them which involve our dedicated volunteer recorders.

The data gathered in our world-renowned schemes is used by the Government to indicate the health of the environment at national, UK and European levels.

The ongoing recording and monitoring programmes help us direct our conservation effort where it is needed. It also helps us assess how effective current conservation work is.

Anyone can take part, from beginners to experienced recorders.

Chalk Hill Blue - Peter Eeles

Butterflies for the New Millennium

This survey assesses the distribution of each butterfly species across the British Isles. Anyone can submit sightings.

Emperor moth (male) - Iain Leach

National Moth Recording Scheme

This survey covers all of the larger (macro-) moth species in the UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands and is open to everyone.

Brimstone - Matt Berry

The UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme

We survey butterfly abundance across a network of over 750 sites by a combination of weekly and single transects.

Peacock - Tim Melling

Garden Butterfly Survey

If you can regularly record the butterflies in your garden, you can help save our butterflies. 

Marbled White - Iain H Leach

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey

A new method involving a few visits to randomly selected 1-km squares. This survey assesses the status of butterflies.

Red Admiral - Iain H Leach

iRecord butterflies app

Download this free app to identify the butterflies you see and then let us know where and when they were out.

Common Blue - Tim Melling

First sightings

First sightings are gathered as the butterfly season progresses, providing information about species emergence.

Comma  - Rob Blanken

Big Butterfly Count

Our annual nationwide survey to help assess the health of our environment by using butterflies as indicators. Anyone can join in.

Humming-bird Hawk-moth

Migrant watch

Help us monitor the Painted Lady butterflies & Humming-bird Hawk-moths arriving from Africa with your sightings.