Welcome

The East Midlands branch has its own website at www.eastmidlands-butterflies.org.uk. Please use this site for the latest branch information.

BUT, to follow the wonderfully informative updates on Derbyshire and wider East Midlands butterfly news from Ken Orpe, stay here and click on Butterflies in the East Midlands.

We cover the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Derbyshire including the Peak District.

Butterfly Conservation is a membership organisation and has people with all sorts of interests and levels of knowledge - those who like looking at butterflies and moths in their garden, those who are fascinated by their life cycle, some who are true experts and want to pass on their knowledge to others and people who feel passionately about wildlife conservation.

We cover the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Derbyshire including the Peak District.


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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

  • Meet the 2022 Great North Run Team

    All our runners have been training hard for the big challenge, the Great North Run is a tough race but with the support of everyone in the Butterfly Conservation family we know that they will all fulfil lifetime ambitions and be able to say “They did it and achieved what they didn’t think was possible”.

  • Good News for Rare Butterfly on Dartmoor

    One of the UK’s rarest butterflies is having a welcome comeback to its Dartmoor stronghold, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation has revealed. 
     

  • Has the ‘COVID effect’ worn off for nature lovers?

    Big Butterfly Count sees a drop in participants compared to 2020 and 2021, and urges the public not to forget the benefits of being connected to nature – and it’s not too late to take part!
     

  • Migratory monarch butterfly now Endangered - IUCN Red List

    Gland, Switzerland, 21 July 2022 (IUCN) – The migratory monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), known for its spectacular annual journey of up to 4,000 kilometres across the Americas, has entered the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM as Endangered, threatened by habitat destruction and climate change. 
     

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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.

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