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Welcome to Cornwall Butterfly Conservation

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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Next Summer Events

Sun 5th Jul Upton Towans, near Hayle - 11.00am  Details..

Sat 11th Jul Penlee Reserve And Penlee Point near Rame Head - 11.00am  Details..

Sun 12th Jul Kelsey Head near Holywell and Newquay - 1.00pm Details..

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Volunteers Please

Volunteering opportunities exist for forthcoming dates, some to help out at Branch summer events, as are detailed on this website Events page, and others to assist in representing Cornwall Branch at external functions.  Click here for details..


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.  

Cornwall Branch OffersTalks

We offer talks, to interested groups and organisations, about various aspects of Butterflies, Managing for Butterflies, Gardening for Butterflies. Please contact our Press Officer, Roger Hooper, to book. press@cornwall-butterfly-conservation.org.uk

Mixed weather conditions greeted the field event at Chapel Porth on May 30th.  Eight enthusiasts set off in increasingly weak sunshine with a threat of rain by 4pm. The first spot was a Common Blue and then nothing until within reach of the engine house. A Green Hairstreak was spotted and then another. Eventually the group counted 12 in all, none of which were actually flying until disturbed and all were in very good condition. Also seen was one male Large Skipper which was moving around in a sheltered hollow off the coastal path and a there were a couple of glimpses of a Small Skipper. There was also a white butterfly which was only glimpsed as it disappeared over the top of the cliff. Finally the group found a lovely brown moth, identified as a Fox Moth.

Many of you will have noticed that there seems to be an increasing incidence of over-enthusiastic and environmentally unfriendly spring and early summer strimming along some of our footpaths, particularly the coast path, as in the area of Rame Head. This is seriously detrimental to populations of wild flowers with a knock on effect on the insect world and other wildlife.

Similar over-cutting is still being done to road verges. The charity Plantlife is campaigning on this subject. It is sending guidelines to all highway authorities telling them how to protect  wildlife when planning verge cutting. Plantlife have also set up a letter/petition, signatures will automatically be sent to the appropriate local authority. Look under Road Verge Campaign on their home page. Perhaps all concerned could sign the petition and get as many other people as possible to sign too, see  http://www.plantlife.org.uk/roadvergecampaign

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.  Other species seen included Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Meadow Brown and Small Heath.

Several moths were spotted including Large Yellow Underwing, Scarlet Tiger, Chrysoteuchia culmella (Grass-veneer), Shoulder-stripe Wainscot, Cinnabar and Cream Spot Tiger.

For botanists the dune areas were as usual very rewarding with such species as Pyramidal Orchid, Restharrow, Lady's Bedstraw, Eyebright, Bog Pimpernel, Marsh Thistle, Viper's-bugloss, Common Centaury, Wild Thyme