In the UK, since 1976, the habitat specialists butterflies index has fallen by 77%, whilst wider countryside abundance is down by 46%.
Species to look out for
Welcome to the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation, dedicated to saving wild butterflies, moths and their habitats.
Cornwall Butterfly Conservation is working to establish the present status of butterflies in Cornwall so we can tell which species are increasing or in decline.
If you live in the region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Cornwall branch.
An increasing number of new moth species are arriving and settling in the UK as a result of the global reach of the horticultural trade and the changing climate, moth experts today revealed.
The Chequered Skipper has been returned to England after 40 year absence
Join us to celebrate Butterfly Conservation's 50th Anniversary and Plantlife's National Meadows Day.
An in-field workshop with moth and caterpillar expert John Bebbington, focusing on larval survey techniques for the Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth.
Help us search for the caterpillars of the elusive Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth. This is the second part of a two day workshop focused around this species on Bodmin Moor.
Find our more about recording your Cornwall sightings
The ‘All the Moor Butterflies’ project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will help to restore and create habitat for the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary, Heath Fritillary and Marsh Fritillary on some of the UK’s most famous moorland landscapes, including Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
Want to help? Details of conservation events throughout 2017 are listed on the events page, but why not take a look at some of the other Branch events taking place across Cornwall to help butterflies and moths.
Book A Butterfly Talk
We give butterfly talks to interested groups and organisations about various topics including:
- Butterfly declines and conservation work
- Gardening for butterflies
Please contact Roger Hooper if you would like to book a talk
NatureWatch on Bodmin's Butterflies
All the Moor Butterflies Conservation Officer, Simon Phelps, was interviewed by the NatureWatch Cornwall team over the summer about the project and the butterflies on Bodmin Moor.
NatureWatch Cornwall is a project ran by EcoSoc, WildDocSoc & CLES, working with students from the University of Exeter and Falmouth University to create a series of short episodes focusing on Cornish wildlife.