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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

  • Spot a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon

    Chris Packham is urging wildlife lovers to take part in the world’s largest insect citizen science survey to help reveal if the UK is experiencing a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon.

  • Wonder Wall - butterfly boost at quarry reserve

    A butterfly which has suffered huge declines in the UK is making a come-back at Derbyshire’s only butterfly reserve, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC) can reveal.

  • Extinct butterfly breeds in English first

    A previously extinct butterfly has bred successfully in an English woodland for the first time in more than 40 years as part of the ambitious conservation project, Back from the Brink.

  • Rare butterfly returns after 52-year absence

    The Grizzled Skipper has been reintroduced to a site in Derbyshire where it’s not been seen for 52 years, thanks to an ambitious project by the National Trust and Butterfly Conservation. The butterfly has declined by 55% across the UK over the last 40 years...

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Events

  • East Midlands: Coombs Dale Butterfly Walk & Big Butterfly Count

    Tuesday 23rd July 2019, 10:00am-12:30am

    Coombs Dale (Derbyshire)

    Join the Branch for a guided butterfly walk, where we hope to find species like the Dark-Green Fritillary, Brown Argus and other summer butterflies.

    This is also a great opportunity to take part in the Big Butterfly Count.

  • East Midlands: Williamthorpe Nature Reserve Butterfly Walk

    Sunday 11th August 2019, 11:15am-1:30pm

    Williamthorpe Nature Reserve (Derbyshire) S42 5UT

    Join the Branch at this Derbyshire reserve to look for summer butterflies and other wildlife. We especially hope to see the Purple Hairstreak butterfly.

    This is also a great opportunity to take part in the Big Butterfly Count.

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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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Contact branch

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