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  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Bike For Butterflies 2023 Diary: Days 8 - 14

    "Mull is majestic, magnificent. Coll is captivating. But Tiree truly takes your breath away." Follow Butterfly Conservation Trustee Simon Saville on week 2 of his 700 mile bike ride from Glasgow to Inverness to raise funds to help protect endangered butterflies and moths.

  • Wild Spaces - how to help the species in your garden

    The Secret Gardener explores how you can find out more about the species in and around your garden, and create a Wild Space that provides something for all stages of their life-cycle.

  • Bike For Butterflies 2023 Diary: Days 1 - 7

    Follow Butterfly Conservation Trustee Simon Saville on the first 7 days of his gruelling 700 mile bike ride from Glasgow to Inverness to raise funds to help protect endangered butterflies and moths.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    This year’s theme of Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘anxiety’. While this is an emotion many of us have temporarily experienced, for some, it can become a mental health issue that can affect our day-to-day lives.

  • Shine a light: How a moth's eyes adapt in the dark

    Optometrist and Butterfly Conservation member Simon Berry explains his remarkable research into how nocturnal insects’ eyes adapt

  • Capture the moment

    A wildlife photographer shares his journey to having a more mindful experience when photographing butterflies

  • Hedgehogs need butterflies and moths

    To celebrate Hedgehog Awareness Week, Dr Richard Fox takes a closer look at a hedgehog's diet and what part butterflies and moths have to play in it.

  • Sustainability in gardens

    The secret gardener shares tips on how to create a more sustainable garden. 

  • Mighty moths are better pollinators than busy bees

    If you were to close your eyes and think of the word ‘pollinators’ a certain black and yellow insect might pop into your mind. But in terms of the most efficient pollinators, new research has revealed findings that will make us think again.

  • Edible Wild Spaces

    Anthony McCluskey, Wild Spaces Project Officer, shares tips on creating an edible garden  to create food for butterflies and moths while feeding yourselves too. 

  • Why reintroductions of butterflies and moths are essential

    The reintroduced Large Blue was one of the stars of Wild Isles last night, but do you know what reintroductions are and what they involve for butterflies and moths?

  • The People's Plan for Nature

    The People's Plan for Nature launched today. Butterfly Conservation CEO, Julie Williams, looks at why it is so important that we come together to take the action needed to protect and renew nature.

  • Wild Isles: Why woodlands are so critical for moths and butterflies

    Following the majestic displays of the Purple Emperor on BBC's Wild Isles last night, we take a closer look at how woodlands are critical for some of our butterfly and moth species, and what we need to do to protect them.

  • Butterfly Conservation Celebrates International Women's Day

    At Butterfly Conservation, we’re immensely proud of the women in our teams, from Conservation to Human Resources. In celebration of International Women’s Day, we’ve asked some of our staff to share their thoughts on International Women’s Day and what it means to them, or on the thing they are most proud of. 

  • Dig it: The Secret Gardener explains the importance of native planting for butterflies and moths

    Appreciating the close relationship between butterflies and moths and their foodplants is the key to helping create a space where they can feed, breed and shelter.

  • Zoom in - Looking at new ways of engaging with people to create a more inclusive and accessible future

    Looking at new ways of engaging with people to create a more inclusive and accessible future is key to developing conservation support, says Anthony McCluskey.

  • LGBTQ+ History Month: Key players in Environmentalism

    It’s no secret that many LGBTQ+ Scientists have contributed to conservation efforts around the world and made a significant difference to how we understand our environment.  LGBTQ+ History Month is always a time to celebrate and spotlight those in the queer community that have made a difference, and to bring attention to their stories and achievements.

  • A look at the biodiversity of a conifer plantation managed as Irregular high forest

    Butterfly Conservation have led a research project investigating the biodiversity of a conifer plantation that is managed using Irregular forestry (a type of continuous cover forestry). Patrick Cook, Ecologist at Butterfly Conservation, explores the results of the research.