Welcome

We have over 1000 members and stretch from Peterborough in the north of Cambridgeshire to the outskirts of London at the south of Essex.

Across these two great counties we are lucky to have a rich tapestry of butterfly and moth habitats including The Fens, ancient woodland, classic chalk grassland and miles and miles of coast.

Our committee and members are active throughout the year and we meet regularly for conservation work parties, informative field trips and a number of various other get togethers.

If you live in our region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Cambridgeshire & Essex branch - and we'd love to see you out in the field.

So if you have any questions about butterflies, moths and conservation in our region, please don't hesitate to get in touch with any of us on the committee.


What's going on?

High Brown Fritillary - Iain Leach

A Butterfly Year

Read Catherine Weightman's account of how she managed to bag all 59 species of UK butterfly in one crazy season.

Heath Fritillary - Bob Eade

Hadleigh Great Wood

Join us for a vital work party helping to conserve the beautiful Heath Fritillary in Essex.

Chalk Hill Blue (male/upperwing) - Iain Leach

Work Party Report

Conservation officer Vince Lea reports on a sun-filled day of mowing and scrub clearing on the Devils Dyke.

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News

  • UK moths battling unfair reputation

    Around three quarters of the UK population (74%) have some negative opinion of moths, with many people believing the majority eat clothes and are pests, a study has revealed.

  • 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.

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • Field Trip: Epping Forest

    Sunday 23rd June 2019, 10:00am-1:00pm

    Connaught Water Car Park

    A walk in the woods searching for Purple Emperor and White Admiral

  • Field Trip: Devils Dyke looking for Chalk Hill Blues

    Thursday 25th July 2019, 11:00am-1:00pm

    July Racecourse entrance near A1303/A1304 roundabout with horse statue

    Come for a walk along one of our region's favourite locations and get up close to the beautiful Chalk Hill Blue

  • Field Trip: Sharpenhoe Clappers, Bedfordshire

    Sunday 4th August 2019, 10:30am-1:00pm

    Sharpenhoe Clappers, Sharpenhoe, Beds

    Join us for a walk to see the Chalkhill Blue and other high summer butterflies such as the Small Heath, Common Blue, Brown Argus & Meadow Brown 

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.

In your area

Contact branch

  • Chairman:
    Mike Gittos 
  • Treasurer:
    Rob Guy
  • County recorder (Cambs):
    Louise Bacon
  • County recorder (Essex):
    Rob Smith