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  • Species of the month: Purple Emperor

    Each month we’ll be finding out more about a species of butterfly or moth. This month, let’s meet the… Purple Emperor

  • Wild activities for your wild ones this Half Term

    Need some inspiration for activities to entertain the kids this Half Term? Read on for our boredom-busting ideas that let them embrace their wild side…

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: We’ve come a long way, and there is still so much we need to do...

    Kate Hardy, Head of People and Culture at Butterfly Conservation, shares her reflections on the progress the organisation has made towards becoming a more diverse and inclusive workplace, and the work that still needs to be done.

  • How to reduce light pollution at home

    Light pollution threatens many nocturnal insects, including important pollinators like moths, by disrupting their ability to feed, breed and carry out their usual behaviour. But each year, light pollution increases.

    Help protect moths by following these simple steps to reduce light pollution at home.

  • Why is light pollution bad for moths?

    With light pollution increasing each year, moths and other nocturnal insects are increasingly under threat. Let’s delve into the dangers of light pollution for moths.

  • Bringing dark skies to UK communities

    Kerem Asfuroglu is a lighting designer and dark skies advocate from southern Turkey. Having earned an MA in Architectural Lighting Design from Wismar University in Germany, he now lives in Ireland where he runs an environmentally sustainable lighting design practice. We spoke to Kerem about a new approach to lighting design, the power of people, and how communities can embrace their dark side.

  • Become a citizen scientist in 2024!

    Do you want to make a difference for wildlife this year?

    We’ve rounded up our cream of the crop of citizen science projects you can get involved in during 2024.
     

  • How to make your own moth trap

    Ever wondered which moths might be fluttering nearby at night? Make your own moth trap and host a moth garden party! By the way, it’s BYOB (bring your own bulb).

  • Take a walk on the wild side

    We want to help people from all backgrounds to experience butterflies and moths. Our Head of Wild Spaces explains the importance of creating urban spaces for nature.

  • What was in the Butterfly Conservation office moth trap in 2023?

    Individual Giving Officer, Hannah Rowsell, shares her moth-trapping journey and what she and the team at Butterfly Conservation’s office in Dorset had in their moth trap in 2023.

  • Helping the Small Blue

    With one of the most restricted distributions of breeding butterflies in northern England, we explore how we’re helping this species to spread its wings.

  • A legacy for Kent's Magnificent Moths

    Our largest-ever area-specific moth project is drawing to a close this year. The Engagement Officer for Kent’s Magnificent Moths reflects on its successes.

  • Species of the Month: Goat Moth

    Each month we’ll be finding out more about a species of butterfly or moth. This month, we’ll be taking a look at the Goat Moth!

  • Moths through the seasons

    There are around 2,500 species of moth in the UK. Join us on a journey through the kaleidoscope of colours and shapes of the UK’s moths throughout the year.

  • The weird and wonderful world of moths

    Ready to dive in to the weird and wonderful world of moths? Here are our top ten freaky, fun and fascinating facts about these amazing creatures.

  • COP28 (the Climate COP) – historic or not far enough?

    You will all have likely seen the headlines about the “historic” deal to end COP28 that, for the first time, committed to transitioning away from fossil fuels. Butterfly Conservation absolutely welcomes the recognition that the world needs to change, but we remain concerned about what was not in the final documents.

  • Everything you need to know about moths

    What is a moth? Do moths only come out at night? What do moths eat? We answer some of your most-asked questions about moths.

  • Say no to neonics!

    The use of neonicotinoid pesticides or ‘neonics’ threatens our butterflies and moths, as well as countless other insects and wildlife. However, for the fourth year in a row, there has been an application to Defra for “emergency” use of a banned neonicotinoid pesticide for the sugar beet crop in England. This application must be refused, but we need your help to make sure this happens.

  • What do butterfly and moth scientists do in the winter?

    At this time of year, many of our insects have disappeared from view. So, what do our scientists get up to whilst most of the UK’s butterflies and moths are sleeping?

  • The moths that love winter

    Whilst most insects are slumbering at this time of year, some cold-loving creatures are just emerging. Amongst them are the aptly named Winter Moth and December Moth. Discover how these moths are adapted to deal with the winter weather.

  • Make your voice heard: an update from Butterfly Conservation’s Members’ Morning 2023

    Butterfly Conservation’s CEO, Julie Williams, shares her thoughts from the annual AGM and Members’ Morning.

  • Winging it through the winter

    Winter is almost upon us, and that means it’s time for most of our insects to hunker down until the spring. While the majority of the UK’s butterflies will spend the winter as caterpillars, chrysalises or even eggs, there are a few species of butterfly that can overwinter as adults. We explore some of the strategies for winging it through the winter.

  • Beware of zombies

    The birds are singing, the sun is out, and you’ve just spotted a caterpillar on a leaf, vibrant green and speckled with black. Beautiful, you think. That is, until you take a closer look…

  • A grave encounter: the moths and butterflies making cemeteries their home

    Graveyards might not be at the top of your list when it comes to a bit of butterfly-spotting, but cemeteries are often hidden havens for wildlife, especially in increasingly busy urban areas.

  • Butterfly Conservation makes over 46 million records available on the NBN Atlas

    At Butterfly Conservation, data is at the heart of the conservation decisions we make to protect butterflies and moths, and we believe good data is key to their future survival. That’s why we recently made over 46 million records of UK butterflies and moths publicly available online on the National Biodiversity Network’s data portal – the NBN Atlas.

  • Hairstreak Hide and Seek

    Research by Butterfly Conservation is shedding new light on the elusive and secretive hairstreak butterflies.

  • Nocturnal navigators

    The iconic Australian Bogong moth is unique for its remarkable long-distance migration. Professor Eric Warrant explores this feat of navigation.

  • If you plant it, they will come

    Writer and gardener Arthur Parkinson shares his top tips on planting a garden that will attract butterflies.

  • Wild Spaces: A growing trend

    Creating habitats for butterflies and other pollinators can have a positive impact for people as well as nature

  • Citizen Science: The Impact of the Individual

    Citizen science, also known as community science, is a partnership approach that involves volunteers in scientific data gathering and research.