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Perlog Du Mannog - Anania funebris- Koen Thonissen
White-spotted Sable (Anania funebris)

The beautiful, varied landscapes of Wales are home to 44 species of butterfly and over 1,850 different moths. Most of these are declining in numbers and range due to climate warming and the way the land is managed.  The changes are complex and some moth species have recently been seen in Wales for the first time. Please scroll down to find out how you can help by volunteering.

Find out more: Click to read about the state of our moths  and butterflies , and about moths in Wales. Explore the links below to leaflets and reports on threatened species in Wales and how you can help. Follow links to our local Branches, where our Members get together.

Wales News

Natur am Byth funder logos

May 2022:  Natur am Byth! project saving the High Brown Fritillary in the Vale of Glamorgan in full swing. The small staff team,  Dot and Richard, are making good progress: working on habitat management, collaborating with the Commoners and involving the local community, especially the children through the schools. Thanks to the Lottery Heritage Fund, Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government for funding.

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work done at Eyarth
Work at Eyarth Winter 2021

December 2021: Winter management work is underway at BC’s Eyarth Rocks Reserve near Ruthin. Thick Bramble and Bracken has been cleared to allow violets, the foodplant on which caterpillars of the Pearl-bordered Fritillary depend, to flourish in the spring. Tree and scrub clearance from limestone pavement is ensuring the preservation of this rare habitat and woodland coppicing below the cliff is providing a succession of open space and varied structure.  Vegetation clearance is also underway along the Public Rights of Way, and other well-used access routes on the reserve, to ensure that they are easily accessible, enabling visitors to enjoy this very special place.



Volunteers searching for Marsh Fritillary webs on Gower
Searching for Marsh Fritillary webs, Gower

Could you help?

Please click Volunteering Opportunities to find out how. We need your help now in Wales.

Volunteers are invaluable in helping us to manage habitats, keep track of threatened species, spreading our message via social media and many other tasks.  Please use the Wales Office Contact form below if you have any questions.

Our Current Work Priorities

Our small staff team and committed volunteers focus on work with the most threatened species as set out in the Wales Conservation Strategy

Our highest priority species in Wales are: High Brown Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary Grizzled SkipperDrab Looper,  Pearl-bordered Fritillary, White-spotted Sable Moth, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Argent & Sable, Caryocolum blandulella, Coleophora serpylletorumChestnut-coloured Carpet, and Portland Moth .

As a member of Wales Environment Link, an active network of environmental Non-Governmental Organisations in Wales, we have a valuable link to working with the Welsh Government.

Join us: Local Branches

Join Butterfly Conservation: members in Wales become part of either North Wales Branch or South Wales Branch, where you'll meet like-minded people. Members share their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm and run conservation workparties, surveys, walks and talks.

Green-veined and Small Whites - Pete Smith
Group of green-veined and Small Whites

Other local groups (non BC):

Brecknock Moth Group,
Ceredigion Moths,    Glamorgan Moth Group, Montgomeryshire Moths, North Wales Lepidoptera, Radnor Moths,  Carmarthenshire Moth and Butterfly Group                 Monmouthshire Moth and Butterfly Group                                                                                                                 


Wales News reports - the latest lepidoptera-related news from Wales

Wales Leaflets on butterflies and moths both in your garden and the threatened species and habitats in the wider landscapes of Wales

Newsletters: 'Wales News' on our work here and 'Frits About' on sightings of Fritillary butterflies

White-letter Hairstreak - Photo by Iain Leach
White-letter Hairstreak - Bob Eade

Introduction to recording butterflies and moths in Wales

Wales Reports: in-depth science reports on threatened species

Welsh Language Statement



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