The future of our butterfly and moth populations in Britain is under threat with many specialist species in serious decline. Butterfly Conservation's reason for being is to save these populations by identifying the causes for the decline and carrying out corrective measures to halt and reverse the trend.
To do this successfully we need volunteer help locally in Wiltshire, particularly from those who may not yet members of BC, to record what is out there by conducting butterfly transects and moth trapping. We have to know what species we have and how they are prospering if we are to save them. Help with scrub clearance on important sites is also a vital role for volunteers.
In parallel we need to educate the community and in particular the younger generation about moths and butterflies by way of public events such as the annual Butterfly Day at Iford Manor near Bradford on Avon.
Species to look out for
The threatened Brown Hairstreak butterfly’s range in South-west Wales has more than halved in the last decade, a new study by Butterfly Conservation South Wales Branch reveals.
Welsh edition of "Call to landowners to help save threatened West Wales butterfly" article - Mae dyfodol y Brithribin Brown yn y fantol yn Ne Orllewin Cymru wrth i wasgariad ei diriogaeth grebachu o fwy na’i hanner dros y degawd diwethaf, yn ôl astudiaeth newydd gan Gangen y De o Gwarchod Glöynnod Byw (BC).
A new ground-breaking study from Butterfly Conservation, the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Newcastle University has shown streetlights in southern England reduce the abundance of moth caterpillars.
Where have the butterflies gone? Butterfly Conservation launches this year’s Big Butterfly Count with urgent appeal for public’s help after disastrous spring weather.
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.