Black-veined Moth by Mark Parsons

Butterfly Conservation has been running a three-year project in East Kent to help save and celebrate some of the UK’s rarest and most beautiful moths. The project will also offer opportunities for people to engage with these moths and overturn prejudices about moths being small, brown, night-flying pests. 

East Kent is home to the greatest concentration of rare and threatened moth species in the UK, but moths remain a mystery to many people.

Threats in this part of England include:

  • Development pressure
  • Changing land management
  • Limited resources
  • Climate change

Our project will engage, surprise and inspire communities, revealing the array of amazing moths on their doorstep and helping East Kent value and conserve these fascinating creatures. 

As the biggest-ever moth conservation project in the UK, this project will help to make a significant, positive impact with local species and contribute to a boost in UK moth populations. Over three years the project has given local people new skills so they can ensure a lasting legacy for Magnificent Moths. 

Key species

Delivery Plan

Over three years the dedicated team has partnered with schools, farmers and an array of community groups and organisations to improve habitats across the county, while transforming lives by improving participants' wellbeing. Our partners have included Canterbury City Council, Natural England, RSPB, White Cliffs Countryside Partnership and Kent Downs AONB.

Our team has helped boost populations of moth caterpillar foodplants including Wild Carrot, Hog’s Fennel and Marsh Mallow, incorporating them in gardens and outdoor spaces to offer these moths new breeding areas. 

This conservation work has been coupled with moth events, from practical habitat work for those wanting to get stuck in outdoors to close encounters with the UK's rarest species. We've also encouraged community celebration of local moths through art, cakes and other creative adventures.

We’d love more people to get involved, so please follow the social media channels below to keep up-to-date with the project and find opportunities to help in your area. 

Twitter: @BCKentBranch
Instagram: @kentbutterflies
Facebook: ButterflyConservationKent 

Project Acknowledgements

We are very grateful to National Lottery players and the National Lottery Heritage Fund for allowing us to deliver this project.

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Engagement Officer: Emma Pestridge (@email
Conservation Officer: Rebecca Levey (@email)