Our volunteers are crucial to our work at Butterfly Conservation. We are committed to finding new ways to recruit, support and celebrate them. We need a vibrant volunteer community that is motivated, diverse and energised.

Photo of the Big Butterfly Count ID chart

2019 has seen the formation of a new team at Butterfly Conservation who will be working to support and develop our volunteer community. We will be exploring different ideas and looking at different pathways to volunteering.

We would like to better support our Branches by ensuring that we can offer training and development opportunities for existing volunteers. We want our volunteers to be better resourced and for them to be able to achieve their own goals in return for the time they give to us.

We also want to create more varied volunteer opportunities that will bring a new wave of support for our work. We recognise that people from all walks of life give their time to volunteer for many different reasons. It is important that we have something to offer to everyone. We have recently reached out to university students across the country with an invitation to contribute to our National Moth Recording Scheme through our University Moth Challenge competition. We are delighted to have attracted teams from ten universities and hope that their participation is the start of more recording.

Finally yet importantly, we want to give an even bigger platform to our fantastic volunteers. There are so many wonderful stories of personal achievement and collective success to share and celebrate. Watch this space!