Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers. Without them, we could not do our work. There is a wide range of opportunities for people who would like to get involved, whatever your age or experience!

Butterfly Conservation’s Head Office in East Lulworth is looking for volunteers to help with various administration duties, such as preparing mailings, filing, scanning, library upkeep and database entry, as well as maintaining the garden in our car park. Any time you are able to give up would be wonderful, but we would appreciate the regular help. Join us in a busy but friendly environment, with tea & biscuits provided!

If you are able to help, please telephone the Admin Team on 01929 400 209, or email info@butterfly-conservation.org with the title ‘volunteering’, with a little bit about yourself, what you would like to help with, contact details and how much time you might be able to offer.

Own transport is essential (no public transport to BH20 5QP). We look forward to hearing from you. 

Small Blue - Heath McDonald

Branch activities

There are 32 branches of Butterfly Conservation across the UK, each one managed by a committee of volunteers. As well as leading butterfly walks, moth events and countless conservation days, members get involved with publicity, membership recruitment and fundraising. Please contact your local branch to discuss how your skills can help save butterflies and moths in your area.

Garden Tiger - Iain Leach

Work parties

Most work parties involve physical activity, whether it's bashing scrub, planting trees or re-build stones walls. They often take place on our nature reserves and are essential tasks to restore or maintain butterfly and moth habitats. Everyone works at their own speed and baked potatoes cook perfectly on a bonfire of unwanted brash and bracken! To find out about work parties in your area visit your local branch's page.

Elephant Hawk-moth - Shane Farrell

Recording and monitoring

Thousands of volunteers help us keep track of butterfly and moth populations in the UK. You can help with our survey work by simply letting us know if you spot a Humming-bird Hawk-moth or you may be able to commit to walking a short fixed route once a week. Training is available to help you uncover and report on the amazing creatures living near your home. 

Brimstone - Matt Berry

Office-based support

We have four regional offices from where we coordinate our out-posted staff and volunteers. Scientists and ecologists work alongside the finance, fundraising, membership and publicity teams. Our office-based volunteers help support with tasks such as database input, making up reports, cataloguing of materials, preparing mailings, and photocopying. Email your nearest office to find out more.