The East Midlands Branch covers the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Rutland and Derbyshire including the Peak District.

If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the East Midlands Branch.

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Common Blue - Dave Green

Hoe Grange Quarry

This disused limestone quarry is owned by Longcliffe Quarries Ltd, but BC's East Midlands Branch helps to manage the site with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

To date, 26 species of butterfly have been recorded on the site, including Wall Brown, Dingy Skipper and Small Heath. It also supports a healthy colony of Common Blue butterflies.

Painted Lady - Jaco Costerus

Latest sightings

Records, even of the commonest species, are invaluable in helping us to understand the status and distribution of species on a national and local basis and help guide conservation work. Submit your records and see our latest sightings here. 

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    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.

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  • Dunstable Downs/Totternhoe Knolls Butterfly Walk

    Saturday 25th May 2019, 10:00am-2:00pm

    Chilterns Gateway Visitor Centre, Dunstable Road, Whipsnade LU6 2GY

    Join the East Midlands Branch on this trip to Bedfordshire, where you'll have a chance to see butterflies like the Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Duke of Burgundy, Green Hairstreak and Brown Argus in the morning and then after lunch you'll head to nearby Totternhoe Knolls, which is a good site for the Small Blue.

  • East Midlands: Codnor Park Forge Nature Reserve

    Sunday 2nd June 2019, 10:00am-1:00pm

    Codnor Park Forge Nature Reserve, Derbyshire

    Join the East Midlands Branch on this guided butterfly walk. This site has 24 different species, like the Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Common Blue and Clouded Yellow...

  • East Midlands: Tippings and Boundary Wood - Butterflies, Orchids and Birds

    Sunday 9th June 2019, 10:30am-1:00pm

    Tippings Wood Car Park, Blidworth, Nottinghamshire

    Join the East Midlands Branch for this wildlife walk at Tippings and Boundary Wood (former Blidworth Colliery), where we hope to see butterflies like the Dingy Skipper, Small Heath, Common Blue, as well as a range of Orchids...

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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.

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  • Branch Organiser:
    Mrs Jane Broomhead
  • Chairman:
    Bill Bacon