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Cornwall Branch of Butterfly Conservation celebrated National Moth Night with an enjoyable and successful moth trapping evening and night at Gwithian Greens, near Hayle, Saturday September 12th into Sunday September 13th.  

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Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths.

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Butterfly Conservation’s prime purpose is the conservation of wild populations of butterflies, moths and their habitats in the United Kingdom. This entails encouraging people to observe, appreciate and understand the needs of living insects.

Butterflies and moths are in steep decline, largely due to the loss and fragmentation of their habitats combined with changes in habitat management. Most conservation effort is directed at conserving habitats and allowing species to respond or re-colonise naturally.

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Summer Events 2015

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Volunteers Please

A brand new butterfly adventure begins in September!  

If this opportunity appeals to you Contact Training and Outreach Officer Jo Poland 07800548832, gp@uwclub.net

We are also looking for people to help run our educational stand at this years Apple Day held by the Kehelland Trust, near Camborne on Saturday 10th October 2015. We want to publicise the work we are doing to protect butterflies & moths in Cornwall to a wider audience. We will also be offering children's activities. No experience is necessary, just enthusiasm! Contact Jo Poland 07800548832 or gp@uwclub.net

The Branch is always looking for volunteers,to help out at Branch events and winter work parties, to assist in representing Cornwall Branch at external functions and to help with surveying and recording, including covering transects and taking part in the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey.


To date this has been a fairly slow year for summer butterflies but sightings are coming in, so please keep your eyes skinned for anything on the wing in Cornwall, see Latest sightings.To share your discoveries with others please send any and all sightings and your Butterfly Records to cbcrecords@cornwall-butterfly-conservation.org.uk,  

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On March 15th a group of 8 energetic volunteers met up at Cardinham Woods for a conservation working party. The Forestry Commission hosted the day and had invited colleagues from Cornwall Butterfly Conservation and the Environment Agency to join in.  The objects of the day were removing scrub and transplanting violet plants to create suitable habitat for Fritillary butterflies on the slopes in the forest.

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On May 16th the first Field Trip of the summer saw 16 people, (from Cornwall and Devon), enjoying a most interesting walk around Kilkhampton Commons, guided by Teagan Hill, (Wildlife and Conservation Officer for Westlands Countryside Stewards).  In excellent sunshine, albeit rather windy, species seen included 12+ Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Green-veined White, Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Wall, Orange-tip, a Garden Tiger larva, several Drinker larvae and a Silver-Y moth.  A Dipper was spotted on the stream and on the top pond male and female Broad-bodied Chasers were energetically ‘chasing’.

Some of the group then continued on to Duckpool where the cliffs were carpeted with Spring Squill with patches of violets, Sea Campion and drifts of Thrift all flowering together. Species spotted included 2 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, (right by the parking area), Common Blue, Small Heath, Small Copper, Wall and Painted Lady.  

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Despite mixed weather conditions the field event at Chapel Porth on May 30th  a few interesting sightings  more..

Saturday June 20th saw a very successful field event to St Gothian Sands and Godrevy

Good numbers were seen of the target species Silver-studded Blue.  


Despite thunderstorms and torrential downpours taking place just a short distance away, the Field Trip to Upton Towans on July 5th proved very successful with numerous sightings including several hundred Silver-studded Blue  more..

Despite the initial decidedly unpromising weather, those who made it to the field event at Kelsey Head on Sunday July 12th were duly rewarded by clearing skies and masses of butterflies.  More..

Photo Sean Poland

Penlee Point field trip, July 11th, yielded excellent numbers of butterflies, with several highlights, including Six-belted Clearwing and, unusually for this location, a Grayling.  More..

Photo Roger Hooper

Members and friends were greeted by a beautiful sunny day and enjoyed a very successful walk on the Field Trip at Godolphin Woods, Sunday 2nd August


Photo Judi Smale

The weather was disappointing for the Field Trip to Kynance Cove on Sunday August 9th especially after such glorious conditions on the previous day  More..

Enthusiasts enjoyed an interesting day on the Field Trip to Gwennap Head And Porthgwarra, Sunday 16th August. Good numbers of butterflies were seen, 2nd brood Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary being of particular interest, plus a number of moths and other wildlife  More..

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