We congratulate Liz Truss on her election to UK Prime Minister. Butterfly Conservation looks forward to working with the new Government to tackle the urgent need for nature recovery both in the United Kingdom and globally at the upcoming UN Biodiversity Conference in December.

Julie Williams (CEO) said – “We welcome Liz Truss’ commitment to carry out a nationwide nature survey. We are the world’s largest research institute for butterflies and moths with access to over 40 years of data on species presence and trends.

Our butterflies and moths are a great indicator of the health of the environment as a whole and they are in trouble.

  • Half of Britain’s remaining butterfly species are listed as threatened or Near Threatened on the new Red List.
  • 76% of butterflies have declined in abundance or distribution since 1976.
  • Larger moths have declined in abundance by 33% since 1968.

The new Prime Minster is right in her commitment to tackle the climate emergency."

Butterfly Conservation is the UK charity dedicated to saving butterflies, moths and our natural environment. Founded in 1968, we are a leading authority on the conservation of these beautiful creatures – key indicators of a healthy ecosystem.

Half of the UK’s butterflies are now listed as endangered. To combat this we are taking bold, imaginative steps to conserve our butterflies and moths. We are helping to restore biodiversity, mitigating the climate crisis, and rebuilding the vital kinship between people and the natural world.

We choose a positive future, where land use is more sustainable, where we have recovered populations of threatened species and restored abundant nature, where butterflies and moths thrive alongside people. By doing this we seek to connect people to nature.