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

Newsletters

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News

  • Attenborough: ‘Watching butterflies is good for you!’

    Sir David Attenborough has spoken of the mental health benefits of watching butterflies as he urged the public to take part in the world’s biggest butterfly survey over the next three weeks.

  • 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

Events

  • Cornwall: Moth Event at Laniley House, Truro

    Saturday 21st July 2018, 6pm & Sunday 22nd July 9am

    We are grateful to David and Sue Stone (CBC) for providing this exciting opportunity to set moth traps in their beautiful grounds.

  • Cornwall: Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth Workshop

    Wednesday 25th July 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm

    Bodmin Moor

    An in-field workshop with moth and caterpillar expert John Bebbington, focusing on larval survey techniques for the Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth.

  • Cornwall: Newlyn Downs Walk

    Thursday 26th July 2018, 1.00pm

    Near St Newlyn East

    Join us in exploring this SSSI and Special Area of Conservation.

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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