Poplar Hawk-moth - Rob Skinner

Please be aware that all our offices, including Manor Yard at Lulworth, are now closed due to government advice re Coronavirus Covid-19.

Many staff are working remotely where possible and should be able to respond on email, please bear with us as we adapt to working in new ways. You can still contact us through our general inquiries number 01929 400209 and email @email

This is an uncertain and anxious time for many people. While the health and safety of our staff and volunteers is our primary focus, we will all still be continuing with our work in the fight for nature in the best way we can over the coming weeks. 

We’re encouraging anyone at home with an outdoor space to take some time to enjoy it if they can. Look out for butterflies and moths or plant some seeds for our pollinators.

You can also keep in touch with us through our social media feeds on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for interesting facts, updates, and images.

Message from our Chief Executive Julie Williams

Updated statement for UKBMS recorders relating to Coronavirus

Updated guidance for butterfly and moth recorders relating to Coronavirus Covid-19

BC reserves COVID-19 statement 30/3/20

In support of the national social distancing measures to try and limit the spread of the Coronavirus, we are taking the very necessary measure of restricting access to all our nature reserves.

  • All routine survey and monitoring activities on reserves are already suspended and no events are taking place.
  • We also need to prevent access to part, or all, of some nature reserves to protect the safety of those who still need to go there to look after grazing stock and maintain the sites.
  • Gates that are not on Rights of Way will be locked where necessary – please do not climb over them.
  • All our nature reserve car parks are now closed and those with roadside parking should not be used. Please do not block gateways. We will support police measures to enforce the stay-at-home message.

Regrettably, we must discourage all visiting until further notice and appeal to the public, including our members, to keep away from our reserves until further notice. Please seek your daily exercise near your home.

Please stay home and only exercise in localities nearby that can be reached without driving.

While at home you can:

  • Identify the species you spot on our website and share your sightings on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  • Keep up with what our community is doing because we will be sharing interesting facts, updates and images under the hashtag #feelbetterwithbutterflies.

Alternatively, you could spend more active time making your garden/window box a paradise for pollinators.

  • While at home you may be able to take some time to plant wildflower seeds for our summer pollinators. Seeds are easy to buy online, or perhaps there’s a few leftover in your shed from last year.
  • Take time with your loved ones to build an Insect A&E (children especially love this). We are encouraging people to help build special areas to support butterflies and bumblebees with the help of Channel 5’s Dr Amir Khan. You can find out more on our website and enter a competition to win some garden plants.

Please check for any updates at www.butterfly-conservation.org. We recommend that you continue to follow the UK Government’s response to the situation at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.