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
Residents of Norton in Stourbridge are set to see a boost to numbers of the striking Scarlet Tiger moth thanks to a £3,938 grant from Ibstock Enovert Trust (IET).
Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation is launching its Nurture for Nature campaign today, in partnership with Dobbies Garden Centres, in a bid to encourage more people to look after themselves by looking after the natural world this spring.
2020 hailed as a ‘good’ year for butterflies - but conservation scientists warn that our view of what is ‘good’ might be shifting
Britain’s moths provide a rare opportunity to assess trends for a species-rich insect group.
Sunday 9th May 2021, 10:00am-12:30pm
A great location in north Wiltshire for spring butterflies. Non-members welcome.
Sunday 23rd May 2021, 10:30am-1:00pm
Follow the route of a disused railway line to see spring butterflies. Non-members welcome.
Sunday 30th May 2021, 11:00am-1:30pm
This prominent hill to the east of Warminster is a super place for grassland butterflies. Non-members welcome.
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.