If you live in Norfolk and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Norfolk branch.

Elephant Hawk-moth - Bob Eade

To find out the following:

• Information about Norfolk
• Brief history of the Branch
• The Branch activities
• How to become a Member
• Past Branch Newsletters

 Find out more 

Puss moth - Iain Leach

Branch News

Keep up to date with the branch news. It is worth a regular visit. You can find the reports from the field trips, our AGM and other interesting local news. There are links to previous years news.

Swallowtail (underwing) - Pete Withers

Branch Newsletter

The branch provides a newsletters each Spring and Autumn. Each member of the Norfolk branch receives a newsletter during their membership. This page has past newsletter from Autumn 2014. This page is updated each year.

Norfolk Ringlet

Butterflies in Norfolk

Find out about what species can be found in Norfolk. Most of these butterflies are widespread, but others are restricted to certain habitats and locations. There are currently 37 species in Norfolk after the discovery of the Purple Emperor. 

Purple Emperor (male/upperwing) - Iain Leach

Where to see Butterflies in Norfolk

This page includes a map to show where butterflies are commonly found. Direction and additional information is provided. A link to a map for each site is included and by clicking the marked you see a map reference and nearest postcode.

Peacock - Neil Hulme

First and Last Sightings

On this page you can find the various ways to record the butterflies you see. This information is sent to our country record who then uses it to discover the first and last last sighting of a species in a particular year.

Small Elephant Hawk-moth - Koen Thonissen

Moths in Norfolk

At various events we run a moth trap which we open for those attending. Included in this page as lists of the moths recorded at various events. This page is being updated and expanded in 2020. Norfolk has a very active moth group which has a link on this page.

Speckled Wood - Bob Eade

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey

Do you enjoy being out and about during the the warm summer months watching butterflies?

Would you like to learn or develop further your identification skills of these beautiful creatures?

Are you interested in citizen science, being part of a valuable and highly respected scientific survey?

If you answered 'Yes' to any or all of these questions then have a look at the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey


  • Fascinating facts about winter moths

    Most insects in the UK take a break in the winter months. Unlike mammals and birds they can't easily heat themselves up, and their sources of food from plants dwindle. But a few hardy butterflies and moths can be seen during this time, with some moths only appearing as adults during the months when few other insects are on the wing. 

  • New Red List of British butterflies

    A new Red List assessment of the extinction risk of butterfly species in Great Britain has been produced by Butterfly Conservation.

  • Woodland and hedgerow creation will be crucial to support pollinators in Wales

    The largest survey of pollinator abundance in Wales has found that woodland and hedgerow creation can play a crucial role in action to reverse declines in insects that are essential for crop yield and other wildlife.

  • Brownfield sites promote biodiversity at a landscape scale

    A new paper, led by Callum Macgregor and colleagues at the University of Hull, UKCEH and Butterfly Conservation researched the species richness of birds, plants and insects in relation to historical landfill sites.

Catch up on all our news

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.