Protect the Small Pearl-bordered butterflies in the West Midlands 


The rolling hills and peaceful woodlands of Cannock Chase represent a green oasis amidst one of the most built up areas in the UK. The Chase is a haven for many butterflies and moths, including the rare Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

Across the UK the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary has declined by 70% since 1976.
We need to take conservation action and stop butterfly declines. 
Cannock Chase is the only location in Staffordshire where the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary can still be found.
On Cannock Chase the species has seen its numbers drop by 52% since 2010, but with your help we can fight against these declines.


This location is also one of only two known places where the Welsh Clearwing moth can be found in England. Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Small Heath, Dark Green Fritillary and Holly Blue butterflies also reside here, along with the Emperor Moth, Orange Underwing and Clouded Buff.

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary
We are already working in this beautiful landscape, but there is so much more we need to do to protect the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary and other species that live here. 

Your donation will ensure we can dedicate more time, train more volunteers and make more of a difference to butterflies and moths in the Midlands.

Donate today to help wildlife in the West Midlands.

Small pearl-bordered fritillary - Iain H Leach
Your donation will help
  • Organise survey days in the summer, to track populations and reveal how Small Pearl-bordered butterflies are faring.

  • Train volunteers, providing local people with the skills to identify the butterflies and moths of Cannock Chase.

  • Support and train wardens, allowing them to create and maintain Dingy Skipper habitat.

  • Hold events, introducing visitors to the butterflies and moths of Cannock Chase, encouraging participation in work parties and recording.

This work would not be possible without the help of the Staffordshire County Council wardens and volunteers and the West Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

Make a bigger impact with a smaller monthly gift

We are grateful for every gift. You can make even more of a difference by becoming a member of Butterfly Conservation, supporting long-term projects and helping more species to stay protected.

If we raise more funding than required for these projects, we will use your gift to support other conservation work and activities.