Welcome

Founded in 1981, the Yorkshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation is one of the largest geographically as the county of Yorkshire measures approximately 150km north to south and 170km east to west!

From its humble beginnings with eighteen members, the branch has grown steadily to around one thousand members today. If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Yorkshire Branch.


Find out more 

Comma  - Rob Blanken

Yorkshire butterflies

Find out more about the butterflies you can find in Yorkshire. 

Elephant Hawk-moth - Shane Farrell

Yorkshire moths

Take a look at the moths that can be found in Yorkshire. 

Holly Blue - Iain H Leach

Yorkshire Naturalists' Union

The Yorkshire Naturalists' Union is devoted to studying and recording Yorkshire's flora and fauna. Find out how you can get involved. 

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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.

  • 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.

  • UK moths battling unfair reputation

    Around three quarters of the UK population (74%) have some negative opinion of moths, with many people believing the majority eat clothes and are pests, a study has revealed.

  • Butterflies bounce back in heatwave summer

    UK butterflies bounced back in 2018 following a string of poor years, thanks in part to last year’s heatwave summer, a study has revealed.

Catch up on all our news

Events

  • Yorkshire: Purple Hairstreak Walk and Big Butterfly Count

    Saturday 3rd August 2019, 11:00am-1:00pm

    Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, West Yorkshire, BD17 5EA

    Join the Yorkshire Branch on this butterfly walk to try and see the beautiful Purple Hairstreak. This is also a great opportunity to take part in the Big Butterfly Count!

See all our upcoming events

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.

Branch information

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Contact branch

  • Chairman
    Jax Westmoreland
  • Treasurer
    Paul Davis

Branch website committee page