Welcome

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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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.

  • Donation used to help save rare Skipper butterfly

    A project to stop a rare butterfly disappearing from the East Midlands has received a funding boost, thanks to the organisers of a steam rally and country show in Leicestershire.

  • 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.

Events

  • East Midlands: Big Butterfly Count At Hardwick

    Thursday 2nd August 2018, 11am-4pm

    Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

    Come and meet members of East Midlands Butterfly Conservation at the National Trust's Hardwick Hall! There will be a chance to take part in a quiz, do a Big Butterfly Count and get help with butterfly identification.

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.

Contact branch

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