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.

Canary-shouldered Thorn - Iain H Leach

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 Butterfly small box  - 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

  • Latest trends in butterfly indicators revealed

    In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.

  • March of the micros

    An increasing number of new moth species are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of the global reach of the horticultural trade and the changing climate, moth experts today revealed.

  • Extinct butterfly flies again

    The Chequered Skipper has been returned to England after 40 year absence

  • Titchmarsh: “Make a metre for pollinators”

    Alan Titchmarsh is calling on gardeners to make a metre for wildlife this summer by providing a refuge for struggling butterflies, moths and other pollinators.

Events

  • Beds & Northants: Chicksands Wood Butterflies

    Sunday 22nd July 2018: 9.30am

    Chicksands Wood TL106411

    Morning birding and looking for some interesting butterflies - this is also a great chance to take part in the Big Butterfly Count!

  • Beds & Northants: Totternhoe Butterflies

    Sunday 29th July 2018: 11.00am

    Totternhoe Knolls SP986217

    Join us at Totternhoe Knolls Wildlife Trust reserve to look for butterfly species - this is also a great chance to take part in the Big Butterfly Count!

  • Meet The Moths

    Wednesday 15th August 2018: 10.00am

    Salcey Forest (main Car Park, Postcode: NN7 2HX, Parking Charges Apply)

    Traps will be placed around Salcey forest the night before. Drop in to see what has been caught and learn more about moths. Free activities will be provided for children.

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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