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Cornwall Branch

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Welcome to the Cornwall branch of Butterfly Conservation, dedicated to saving butterflies, moths and our environment.

Welcome to Cornwall Butterfly Conservation

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Obituary of Harold Hughes

Words(slightly edited) by Martin Warren :

I am very sad to report that Harold passed away recently at his Shropshire home.

Harold was Chair of Butterfly Conservation from 1991-9, a pivotal period for BC during which he was the main architect of driving the charity into the professional era. He helped raise funds to appoint BCs first member of staff (Andrew Phillips) in 1990 and was responsible for bringing in major sponsorship from BP which helped us launch an advertising campaign which quickly took our membership from under 3,000 to 10,000. He had great vision about the future of BC and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude for launching us into a period of great growth. He will be badly missed.

An Evening with Stephen Moss

Stephen Moss is an award winning producer of Natural History programmes for television. A regular broadcaster on BBC Radio4, a columnist on birds and nature for ‘The Guardian’ and author of many books on birds and wildlife.

At The Falmouth Poly, Church Street, Falmouth on Thursday, December 3rd at 7.30 pm. Booking is essential and tickets can be bought and reserved, to be picked up on the night, by ringing the Box Office on 01326  319461. Tickets are £10 and £8 for students. You can also book online by going to ‘thepoly.org’ and then clicking ‘talks’. More information here.

Heath Fritillary Report

Heath Fritillary populations remain in only four areas of the UK; the Blean (Kent), Exmoor (Somerset), the Tamar and Lydford Valleys (Cornwall/Devon) and woodlands in south Essex. There are two extant sites in the Lydford and Tamar Valley’s which contain a total of four colonies. We are pleased to have a copy of the Heath Fritillary Report for 2015 for Tamar and Lydford Valley from Caroline Kelly, Conservation Officer (Species and Regions) for Butterfly Conservation. Read the report.

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

Cornwall Branch Talks

Please report all your butterfly sightings to our county recorder Dick Goodere email link

Also your moth sightings can be sent to our county recorder Leon Truscott email link


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Volunteers needed

Would you like to get more involved with Butterfly Conservation?

Cornwall Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of our volunteers: without them, nothing would happen! Whatever your age or experience, we have a large range of opportunities. There will be something to suit your skills and interests. We will give you full training and support you if you decide to join us and we guarantee that you will have fun! Click here for opportunities.

You may still see these species on warm days at this time of year!

Jenny Evans, who volunteers for both Devon and Cornwall Branches of Butterfly Conservation, has been recognised for her continuing dedication to butterflies and moths. She was presented with Butterfly Conservation’s 'Outstanding Volunteer Award' at the BC National AGM on 14th November for her outstanding  contribution to lepidoptera conservation. Well done Jenny, your many travels on behalf of both Branches have been very much appreciated.

A new series of information sheets is being added to the website. They have been created by our Committee member Tristram Besterman and will act as a detailed guide to the best sites to see butterflies in Cornwall. New guides will be added as they are developed, so keep a regular lookout on the Locations page as we add new items. We hope this will be a valuable resource for you.