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?

Purple Emperor (underwing) - Iain Leach

Field Trip: Epping Forest

Join us for another trip to the ancient woodland of Epping Forest in search of two stars of the butterfly world – the Purple Emperor and White Admiral.

Small Blue - Tim Melling

Field Trip: Trumpington Meadows

Join the Cambridgeshire Recorder, Edward Pollard, on a search for summer butterflies in the glorious Trumpington reserve that straddles the M11 near Cambridge.

Peacock (upperwing) - Dean Morley

Gardening for butterflies

Vince Lea, the Branch's Conservation Officer for Cambridgeshire, offers a few pointers that may help you maximise the potential of your garden.

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News

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Events

  • Field Trip: Epping Forest - June 30th 2021

    Wednesday 30th June 2021, 9:30am-12:30pm

    Epping Forest Visitor Centre, Chingford

    A walk in the woods searching for two of the UK's most charismatic species.

    This event is limited to 25 attendees. Please contact the organiser if you wish to take part. COVID-19 restrictions may further limit the numbers able to attend and/or necessitate short notice cancellation.

  • Field Trip: Trumpington Meadows, Cambridge - July 24th 2021

    Saturday 24th July 2021, 2:00pm-4:00pm

    Grantchester Road, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9LH

    A delightful walk through high summer meadows.

    Searching for summer butterflies in the glorious Trumpington reserve that straddles the M11 near Cambridge.

    This event is limited to 25 attendees. Please contact the organiser if you wish to take part. COVID-19 restrictions may further limit the numbers able to attend and/or necessitate short notice cancellation.

  • Field Trip: Ickenham Meadows, Middlesex - August 8th 2021

    Sunday 8th August 2021, 8:45am-11:45am

    Ickenham Meadows near Ruislip Gardens

    A trip outside the Branch area to find the elusive Brown Hairstreak.

    A walk amongst the blackthorn at the Stafford Road Open Space meadows looking for late summer butterflies, including the beautiful Brown hairstreak.

    This event is limited to 25 attendees. Please contact the organiser if you wish to take part. COVID-19 restrictions may further limit the numbers able to attend and/or necessitate short notice cancellation.

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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):
    Edward Pollard
  • County recorder (Essex):
    Rob Smith