The threatened Marsh Fritillary has already been lost from 79% of the places it was previously found.

In Wales, its numbers have plummeted by 65% over the last 29 years.


The butterfly, which boasts distinctive orange, yellow and black chequerboard markings on its wings, is a flagship species of the Welsh grasslands but changes in farming have left many areas unsuitable for the butterfly.

 If the available habitat continues to decline this iconic butterfly will not survive.

Read about our appeal in Welsh. 

Pembrokeshire, Wales
The Marsh Fritillary in Wales

Protecting the Marsh Fritillary is dependent on having as much information as possible on the butterfly’s numbers, the places where it can be found and the quality of habitat on these sites.

Since 2012 Butterfly Conservation Wales has taken huge strides towards gathering this information, creating a Wales-wide Marsh Fritillary monitoring programme.

Marsh Fritillary (underwing) - Iain Leach
What next?

In 2018 we found Marsh Fritillary on 23 new sites and three former sites, bringing the number of populations to 153.

It is vital we build on the successes of 2018 to give the Marsh Fritillary a safe future across all of Wales.

Marsh Fritillary (Female/Upperwing) - Iain Leach
Your donation will help
  • Training for volunteers, giving them the necessary skills to take part in the Wales-wide Marsh Fritillary monitoring scheme
  • Advice for land managers across Wales on creating and maintaining the right habitat to encourage new butterfly colonies to establish.
  • Connected networks of habitat allowing the butterfly to flourish across the welsh landscape (particularly North Wales) and be more resilient to the challenges posed by habitat loss and climate change.

Make a bigger impact with a smaller monthly gift


We are grateful for every gift. You can make even more of a difference with a smaller amount every month, supporting long-term and helping more species to stay protected.

If we raise more funding than required for these projects, we will use your gift to support other conservation work and activities.