• No place like home

    No place like home: species are on the move, but many have nowhere to go

  • The Butterfly Effect

    The Butterfly Effect. In Gloucestershire, we've borrowed a term associated with Chaos Theory, a curious idea that postulates that a butterfly flapping its wings in one place could cause a massive storm elsewhere.

  • No let-up in net loss of UK’s nature

    The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated.

  • Helping Hands for Butterflies in Scotland

    Butterfly Conservation has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £74,200 for a new project, which will help get volunteers creating meadows for butterflies in central Scotland.

  • Holy Grail of moth recording reappears in Britain

    Numerous recent sightings of a moth that became extinct in the UK in the 1960s, suggest that it has recolonised and is now breeding across southern Britain.

  • Grants to create Pollinator Habitat

    Butterfly Conservation’s East Scotland Branch has launched a new small grants scheme. They will be awarding five grants of up to £200 each to assist the creation of pollinator habitat. 

  • The Year of the Painted Lady

    In just three weeks this summer, nearly half a million Painted Lady butterflies were counted as part of the 10th UK-wide Big Butterfly Count, run by Butterfly Conservation and sponsored by B&Q.

  • On the verge of something big

    UK wildlife charities have teamed up with England’s government advisor on natural environment to persuade local councils and landowners to help save our pollinators.

  • Mediterranean Blue Butterfly Invades Britain

    Climate change is causing a striking butterfly from southern Europe to appear in record-breaking numbers across the south of England, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation can reveal.

  • Winnie the Pooh takes part in the Big Butterfly Count

    Winnie the Pooh is encouraging families to enjoy the great outdoors this summer by joining Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count.

  • Blue Butterfly Boom in Scottish Summer

    A beautiful blue butterfly which has been struggling for the last 40 years could be making a comeback in Scotland.

  • Searching for butterflies on the bog

    Butterfly Conservation Scotland are calling on nature enthusiasts to look for the Small Tortoiseshell and other species at Edinburgh's last peatbog -  the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Red Moss of Balerno reserve.

  • Spot a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon

    Chris Packham is urging wildlife lovers to take part in the world’s largest insect citizen science survey to help reveal if the UK is experiencing a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon.

  • Extinct butterfly breeds in English first

    A previously extinct butterfly has bred successfully in an English woodland for the first time in more than 40 years as part of the ambitious conservation project, Back from the Brink.

  • Hibernating Herald Project update - Spring 2019

    Since the Hibernating Herald project began in December 2016 people from across Scotland have been visiting dark places in the depth of winter to seek out overwintering moths. 

  • Munching caterpillars head into Scottish Schools

    Children across Scotland’s towns and cities are being given the chance to reconnect with nature as part of a new project by wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC).

  • Scottish moths battling unfair reputation

    Around three-quarters of the Scottish population (74%) have some negative opinion of moths, with many people believing the majority eat clothes and are pests, a study has revealed.

  • Scottish Small Blue Week: Big boost for Small Blue

    Scotland’s smallest butterfly has experienced a boost in numbers for the first time in a decade.

  • Major study reveals 46% decline in moth abundance

    Moth numbers have declined over the last 25 years in Scotland while their distribution has increased, a report has revealed. 

  • Butterflies bounce back in heatwave summer

    UK butterflies bounced back in 2018 following a string of poor years, thanks in part to last year’s heatwave summer, a study has revealed.

  • Sending in Butterfly Records

    Thanks to technology it is easier than ever to send in sightings of butterflies. Thousands of records are received this way every year now, and it has helped open the world of butterfly recording to people who may never have recorded an insect. But how can you go about it?

  • Early Butterflies

    After February's phenomenal mini heatwave no less than 7 Butterfly species were recorded within the East Branch area. Very unusual. Here are a few of the photographs showing Speckled Wood (Robert Wright) Painted Lady (Jim Montana), Peacock and Comma (Iain Cowe)

  • Street lights affect wildflower pollination

    Street lighting operating all night can alter the natural pollination of a common wildflower, a study involving Butterfly Conservation (BC) has revealed.

  • Top nature experts confirmed for Coul Links inquiry in the Scottish Highlands

    Read here for the latest developments on the controversial plans to create a golf course at Coul Links near Embo, Sutherland, in the Highlands of Scotland. 

    BC has joined with a number of other organisations to try and protect the wide range of wildlife found at the site.

  • Scotland News: Butterfly sets up in the city

    A butterfly once restricted to a small part of Scotland is making a comeback by expanding its range in the countryside and moving into cities like Edinburgh and more recently, Aberdeen.

  • Environment Bill

    In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.

  • New moth discovered in Scotland

    A moth normally associated with southern England and Wales has been discovered in Scotland for the first time.

     

  • The nocturnal pollinators: scientists reveal the secret life of moths

    Scientists have discovered that moths may play a much broader role as plant pollinators than previously suspected.

  • Small Tortoiseshell crashes despite heatwave

    Numbers of one of the UK’s best known garden butterflies have plummeted this summer despite the record-breaking hot weather, results from the Big Butterfly Count have revealed.

  • Peacock thrives in heatwave summer

    One of Scotland’s most striking butterflies, the Peacock, has experienced a record summer as it thrived in heatwave conditions, results from the Big Butterfly Count revealed.