Cornwall Butterfly Conservation is working to establish the present status of butterflies in Cornwall so we can tell which species are increasing or in decline. If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Cornwall branch.

Take look at the incredible work being done by Butterfly Conservation Cornwall's dedicated volunteers to help reverse declines of some of the UK's rarest species of butterflies.

All events and volunteer opportunities in Cornwall can be found on the branch website. 

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Marbled White - Iain H Leach

Record your sightings

Our County Recorder for butterflies will be pleased to receive your records. Find out more about recording your Cornwall sightings.

Common Blue - Dave Green

Book a butterfly talk

We give butterfly talks to interested groups and organisations about various topics. Please contact us if you would like to book a talk.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary - Iain H Leach

Conservation projects

The ‘All the Moor Butterflies’ project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will help to restore and create habitat for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary, Heath Fritillary and Marsh Fritillary on some of the UK’s most famous moorland landscapes. 

Broad-bordered Bee Hawk-moth - Iain Leach


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  • Rare moth returns to Cornwall after 10-year absence

    The rare Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth has returned to Cornwall for the first time in more than ten years, after its caterpillar was found on Goss Moor National Nature Reserve near Victoria.

    The discovery was made by Butterfly Conservation volunteer, 24-year-old Cerin Poland from Zelah...

  • No let-up in net loss of UK’s nature

    The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated.

  • Holy Grail of moth recording reappears in Britain

    Numerous recent sightings of a moth that became extinct in the UK in the 1960s, suggest that it has recolonised and is now breeding across southern Britain.

  • The Year of the Painted Lady

    In just three weeks this summer, nearly half a million Painted Lady butterflies were counted as part of the 10th UK-wide Big Butterfly Count, run by Butterfly Conservation and sponsored by B&Q.

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  • Cornwall: Bodmin Moor Practical Conservation Day

    Tuesday 12th November 2019, 10.30am - 3.30pm

    Bodmin Moor (meeting point will be confirmed upon booking)

    Help increase and improve habitat for rare fritillary butterflies at this volunteer work party on Bodmin Moor.

  • Cornwall: Bodmin Moor Practical Conservation Day

    Thursday 21st November 2019, 10.30am - 3.30pm

    Bodmin Moor (meeting point will be confirmed upon booking)

    Help increase and improve habitat for rare fritillary butterflies on Bodmin Moor.

  • Cornwall: Bodmin Moor Work Party

    Monday 2nd December, 10am - 3pm

    St Breward. Grid reference: SX 09668 77694

    This conservation work task will help improve habitat for rare fritillary butterflies such as Pearl-bordered Fritillary. 

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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.

Branch information

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Contact branch

  • Chairman:
    Philip Hambly @email
  • Branch Contact:
    Sue Allen @email