Welcome

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.


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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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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

  • Cornwall: Butterfly Survey Workshop

    Friday 10th May 2019, 11:00am-3:00pm

    St Breward Village Hall, PL30 4PP

    A workshop focused on the identification and survey techniques of two very similar species; Pearl-bordered and Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

  • Cornwall: St Breward Butterfly Festival

    Saturday 11th May 2019, 10:30am-4:00pm

    St Breward Village Hall, PL30 4PP

    Celebrate the beautiful butterflies of Bodmin Moor at this free family fun event.

  • Cornwall: Marsh Fritillary Search Day

    Friday 7th June 2019, 10:30am-3:30pm

    Bodmin Moor (meeting point will be confirmed upon booking)

    Help us survey for Marsh Fritillary in some beautiful spots on Bodmin Moor.

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.

Branch information

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Contact branch

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