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  • 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.

    At the first event of its kind, local authorities and other organisations will be asked to change the way they manage road verges, roundabouts and other valuable grassland habitats to benefit wildlife.

  • Moth returns to Brecon Beacons after 100-year absence

    One of Wales’ rarest moths has been seen in the Brecon Beacons National Park for the first time in 100 years. The Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth has been discovered on four new sites this year, including Cwm Cadlan National Nature Reserve in the Brecon Beacons.

  • 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 Summer Heatwave

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

  • 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.

  • The Emperor Returns to Norfolk

    An elusive butterfly which disappeared from Norfolk half a century ago, has officially returned.

  • 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.

  • All the Moor Butterflies project celebrated in National Awards

    A Butterfly Conservation project working across Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor has been shortlisted for a national award following exceptional work to rescue butterfly populations in the South West.

  • Help save Hairstreaks last home

    The home of an elusive UK butterfly is at risk of being destroyed by road, rail and housing developments, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation (BC) can reveal.

  • 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).

  • Rare butterfly returns after 52-year absence

    The Grizzled Skipper has been reintroduced to a site in Derbyshire where it’s not been seen for 52 years, thanks to an ambitious project by the National Trust and Butterfly Conservation. 

  • UK moths battling unfair reputation

    Around three quarters of the UK 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.

  • Rare butterfly bounces back from extinction risk in Kent

    A butterfly on the brink of extinction in Kent has seen its population more than treble across the county thanks to a decade of conservation work to turn its fortunes around.

  • 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. 

  • MPs toast new butterfly beer

    A new beer, created to raise funds to protect one of the West Midlands rarest butterflies, is launching in Parliament as well as pubs across the region.

  • 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.

  • Last chance for Sussex butterfly

    Hundreds of Sussex schoolchildren and college students have joined forces to save a rare butterfly from local extinction.

  • New sites for rare beetle discovered

    One of the UK’s most highly threatened and unusual beetles has been discovered in a number of new locations in the Cotswolds thanks to an innovative conservation scheme.

  • Butterfly monitoring project will enable improvements to Europe’s environment

    A major new EU Pilot Project will monitor population trends of butterflies to assess the health of the environment and to inform EU biodiversity and agricultural policies.

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

  • Butterfly returns after 50-year absence

    One of Europe’s most threatened butterflies has been discovered breeding on a site in Carmarthenshire where it has not been seen for more than 50 years, Butterfly Conservation (BC) can reveal.

  • 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.