• Monarch butterflies denied endangered species listing despite 99% decline

    Despite a decline of 99% in the past 40 years, western monarch butterflies have been denied endangered species listing.

  • Green Recovery Challenge Fund granted

    Butterfly Conservation has received a grant of £240,900 from the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund for Morecambe Bay project.

  • Free webinar - Big City Butterflies: Butterflies of London

    Join us for this free one-hour long presentation on Thursday, December 3rd to learn more about the butterflies you can discover in London.

  • Christmas closure

    Please note that Butterfly Conservation will be closed from 4.30pm on Friday 18th December until 9am on Monday 4th January 2021.

  • Free webinar: The Atlas: Mission Accomplished

    Sign up to a free webinar, The Atlas: Mission Accomplished, and learn about the landmark publication – the Atlas of Britain and Ireland’s Larger Moths.

  • Big Butterfly Count 2020: The Results

    Big Butterfly Count 2020 sees lowest numbers of butterflies recorded in 11 years.

  • HS2 on Calvert Jubilee nature reserve: Statement from Butterfly Conservation

    HS2 on Calvert Jubilee nature reserve: Statement from Butterfly Conservation

  • The Extinction Crisis – now is the time to act

    Nature is in crisis with extinctions happening at unprecedented rates as a result of our abuse of the planet. But this is no longer just about nature. As Butterfly Conservation President, Sir David Attenborough made clear on Sunday's ‘Extinction – The Facts’ on BBC One, we are not apart from nature, we are an integral part of it.

  • First Purple Hairstreak butterfly recorded in South Lanarkshire for 175 years

    First Purple Hairstreak butterfly recorded in South Lanarkshire for 175 years by conservation volunteer

  • Bookings open for gardening webinar

    Bookings are now open for our latest webinar, Gardening for Butterflies, Moths and Other Insects. Spaces are limited and can be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Moth Night 2020: The Hunt for Red Underwings

    Help map moth species affected by climate change: hunt for red underwings this Moth Night.

  • Volunteers strive to save rare butterfly in the Scottish Borders

    A study of Northern Brown Argus in the Scottish Borders by wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation Scotland (BCS) has revealed the region to hold significant nationally important colonies. However, sadly 54 out of 92 butterfly colonies identified have been deemed as under long-term threat primarily from unsuitable grazing and afforestation.

  • New butterfly ID courses launched

    A new series of online courses aimed at those interested in identifying butterflies has been launched by Butterfly Conservation. Spaces are limited and can be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • Big Butterfly Count 2020: Chris Packham urges we 'give back to nature'

    Chris Packham and wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation are launching this year’s Big Butterfly Count today as a chance for the public to give a gift back to nature this summer.

  • Butterflies emerge early thanks to the sunniest May on record

    The warm spring weather, capped by the UK’s sunniest May since records began, has led to the early emergence of many butterfly species.

  • Leading wildlife and conservation NGOs unite in support of speedier beaver restoration

    Butterfly Conservation and over 60 leading wildlife and conservation NGOs unite in support of speedier beaver restoration.

  • Coronavirus update

    While this is an uncertain and anxious time for everyone, I want to update you on how the Coronavirus Covid-19 is likely to affect our work and assure you that we are adapting and rising to the challenge of continuing our fight for nature.

  • Green Recovery Letter to Boris Johnson

    Butterfly Conservation urges the Prime Minister to seize this opportunity to restore nature and reverse the climate crisis.

  • Charity plea for butterfly sightings

    Wildlife charity, Butterfly Conservation, launches plea to the public to help measure impacts of climate change while its scientists are in lockdown.

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

    Updated guidance for butterfly and moth recorders relating to Coronavirus Covid-19 
     
    15/04/2020 
     
    The UK Government delivered a very strong and clear message on 23rd March 2020 with their updated guidance: 
     
    • The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. 
     
    Bearing this in mind, Butterfly Conservation strongly advises that you must not leave home in order to record butterflies and moths. This is not a permitted reason to leave home and would be a breach of Government restrictions. Recording of butterflies and moths seen at home, or when leaving home for permitted purposes (in line with current Government information), can continue.  
     
    We will monitor this situation closely and will produce revised guidance when the time is right. 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.  
     
    If you have any doubts or queries regarding this advice, please feel free to contact the recording team at [email protected]  

  • Three garden ideas for the Easter weekend in April

    As lockdown continues and we all abide by the Government’s advice to stay safe in our homes over the four-day Easter break, anyone with an outdoor space will be making the most of the sunny forecast this weekend.

  • Butterflies bounce back to their best year in over 20 years

    The summer of 2019 boosted UK butterfly population to give them their best year since 1997 according to a study.

  • Channel 5’s Dr Amir Khan urges public to become ‘Nature Doctors’ and build Insect A&Es

    Dr Amir Khan, star of Channel 5’s ‘GPs Behind Closed Doors’ and keen conservationist has joined forces with two leading UK wildlife charities to urge people to become ‘Nature Doctors’ in their own gardens by planting for pollinators this year.

  • Wildlife gardening tips for the year

    You can do things in the garden to help butterflies and bees almost all year round, but a crucial period is in early spring.

  • Coul Links: The right decision

    The wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation Scotland warmly welcomes the Scottish Government’s refusal of the application for a golf course on Coul Links, near Dornoch in East Sutherland.

  • The ‘bog squad’ celebrates six years of success in protecting Scotland's peatlands

    Wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation celebrates six years of the incredibly successful ‘Bog Squad’ initiative this March.

  • Who will protect the protectors?

    Butterfly Conservation are shocked and deeply saddened at the recent murders of Mexican butterfly activists Homero Gómez González and Raúl Hernández Romero.

  • Agriculture Bill: A Big Day for Farming and Wildlife

    The long-awaited publication of a landmark Agriculture Bill in parliament is a crucial piece of legislation which will have profound implications for the butterflies, moths, wildlife and wider environment of England.

  • Managing land for butterflies and moths

    Our work seeks to help the development of new land management support schemes by combining the latest scientific evidence and Butterfly Conservation’s practical experience of working with farmers and land owners on the ground.

  • Make your vote count!

    The campaign for the Westminster General Election is now well and truly in full swing! This time it feels different, and not just because of the intense debates around Brexit. After years of trying to secure political attention, the environment has finally burst through onto the political stage.