Welcome

The Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire branch is one of the regional branches of Butterfly Conservation in the UK.

We raise awareness about the threats to our butterflies, moths and their habitats and provide advice and practical help on how to protect them in this region.

If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire branch.


Send us your sightings  

Small Tortoiseshell - Iain Leach

Report your Northants butterfly sightings

Let us know what butterflies you have seen in Northamptonshire.

Brimstone Moth

Report your Northants moth sightings

Send us your Northamptonshire moth sightings.

Silver-studded Blue - Stephanie Leese

Report your Bedfordshire butterfly sightings

Spotted a butterfly in Bedfordshire? Let us know.

Elephant Hawk-moth - Shane Farrell

Report your Bedfordshire moth sightings

Send us your Bedfordshire moth records. 

Get involved 

Peacock - Neil Hulme

Newsletters

Stay up to date on all our latest news.

Common Blue - Dave Green

Visit our Youtube channel

View video footage of butterflies and moths on our YouTube channel. 

Angle Shades - Bob Eade

Join our Flickr group

Submit your photographs of butterflies and moths on our Flickr group.

News

  • Butterflies bounce back in heatwave summer

    UK butterflies bounced back in 2018 following a string of poor years, thanks in part to last year’s heatwave summer, a study has revealed.

  • Street lights affect wildflower pollination

    Street lighting operating all night can alter the natural pollination of a common wildflower, a study involving Butterfly Conservation (BC) has revealed.

  • Environment Bill

    In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.

  • The nocturnal pollinators: scientists reveal the secret life of moths

    Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected.

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • Northamptonshire - Salcey Forest: Conservation Work Parties

    Sunday 16th September 2018 to Monday 16th September 2019, 10:00am-1:00pm

    Salcey Forest, east of the village of Hartwell, between Northampton and Newport Pagnell in Northamptonshire.

    From September 2018 onwards, on the 3rd Sunday of every month,  a brand new volunteer group will be starting in the Salcey Forest area.

  • Butterfly ID & survey training

    Friday 3rd May 2019, 10:00am-2:30pm

    Butterfly ID & survey training: Friday 3rd May 10am-2.30pm

  • Black Hairstreak Training Day

    Saturday 4th May 2019, 10:00am-1:00pm

    Join us for a day of information sharing where you will learn about its ecology and how it’s being monitored. We will also be covering habitat management and how you can get involved to help conserve this species.

See all our upcoming events

Volunteer with us

Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.

Find out how to get involved.

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