Our volunteers deliver a huge variety of work, from practical habitat management on our reserves to submitting data through one of our many butterfly and moth recording schemes.

Whether you have a lot of time to give or a little, if you are a seasoned naturalist or a complete beginner, there will be a volunteering opportunity for you. Find out why people choose to volunteer for Butterfly Conservation and what individuals get out of their roles - in their own words.

What is the best part about volunteering with Butterfly Conservation?

A group of volunteers on green grass in front of white cliffs under a blue sky

"The social aspect of it by meeting and working with the most amazing people in order to expand my network, and gaining first-hand experience that will benefit me in my future career." - Bethany Giles, Cornwall

"It’s been immensely rewarding being able to develop and deliver projects and initiatives that have made a real difference locally" - Rupert Adams, Cheshire & The Wirral

"I enjoy working with BC Scotland staff (all brilliant!) but at the same time I have a lot of freedom to make independent decisions and plan my own activities." - Pete Moore, Highlands & Islands

Why is Butterfly Conservation important to you?

Helping to train volunteers

"Through Butterfly Conservation I can make a difference. I’m also amazed with the team of experts at BC HQ who are always on hand to provide advice and guidance yet receptive to ideas and initiatives developed at a local level." - Rupert Adams, Cheshire & The Wirral

"Butterfly Conservation is important to me for so many reasons. One of them is the sheer determination and dedication our volunteers have to preserve our most threatened butterfly species by managing their habitats. Butterflies hold intrinsic value because they are sensitive indicators of the health of our environment, and it is vital we protect these species for generations to come." - Bethany Giles, Cornwall

"Because BC is a relatively small organisation, I feel that I can make a significant contribution. At the end of the day, as a committee member colleague of mine said recently – “I believe in the cause”. - Pete Moore, Highlands & Islands

"I have learnt lots since I started volunteering and I have met so many interesting and wonderful people in the process." - Tara Higgs, Warwickshire

Celebrating Volunteers

We are frequently in awe of the contribution our volunteers make, so it's important to us that we take time to celebrate them.  We regularly thank our volunteers, recognise milestones and share news about their achievements, and each year we also run Volunteer Awards, generously supported by the Marsh Charitable Trust, where we highlight volunteers who make an impact in their local area.  We present the awards as part of an annual Volunteer Celebration Day as our way of giving something back to our volunteer community.  Below are our winners since 2023, when we revamped our Awards - or you can view all previous winners here.

Year Award Winner Highly Commended
2023 Volunteer Mentor Award Nick Hall

Lesley Kerry
Douglas Goddard
Peter Hugo

2023 Volunteer Newcomer Award Suzie Brown David Howdon
Steve Jacques
Stewart Sexton
Mike Cook
Gill Coburn
Becki Hawkes
Stuart Cathro
2023 Volunteer Impact Award Linsley Rogers Justine Patton
Mike Slater
Tam Stewart
Tim Squire
2023 Volunteer Community Engagement Award Rosemary and Bill Legge Ken Orpe
Angela Leaman
Suzie Brown
Phil Darley
Lesley Gordon
Karen and David Nicholls
Rosie Woolley
Christine Blythe
Tricia Atkinson
Kenneth Newcombe
2023 Young Volunteer of the Year Emma Taylor Becki Hawkes
2023 Special Recognition Award Tam Stewart Anna Stewart
Lesley Kerry
Mark Cubitt
Andrew Wood
Andy Barker
Bob and Jean Annell
Ken and Gillian Elsom
Chris Wiltshire