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Butterfly Conservation

Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Cornwall Branch

Cornwall Branch is now even bigger!


We are delighted to announce further successes in our campaign to increase our membership and increase the work we can do for butterflies and moths in Cornwall. At the end of 2016 and 2017 Cornwall Branch had by far the highest percentage increase of all the Branches. We remain one of the smaller branches but have just passed another milestone. We now have over 760 individual members with 536 households! Please do what you can to help us continue to expand.

BAP species transect report


Recently Tom Brereton from BC reported on Radio Cornwall breakfast programme about the decline in national and Cornwall butterfly numbers in 2017. We have put some figures together of our transects over the last three years with emphasis on BAP species. Read it here.


The main Butterfly Conservation website has a summary of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS) 2017 report here, note there is a pdf link at the bottom of that page with the stats & analysis of change.

Big Butterfly Count Results


Results are in for the 2018 count so a big thank you to all who took part in the world’s largest butterfly survey. Click the link at the end of this paragraph to read a summary of the results and what it means for some species of note: Link

All the Moor Butterflies


This project deals with some of the South-West’s most threatened butterfly and moth species. It is working with landowners to help them conserve these target species, as well as engaging with communities to show them the wonder of their local wildlife and involves some of the South-West’s most spectacular moorland landscapes: Exmoor, Dartmoor and our very own Bodmin Moor. The Heritage Lottery Fund have provided a grant to Butterfly Conservation to develop the project, the aims of which can be found here.


Simon Phelps who is conservation officer on the project has created a pdf summary of the 2017 survey results here.

“Mining for Butterflies” project


The “Mining for Butterflies” project is an ongoing undertaking by Cornwall Butterfly Conservation to use volunteers to survey the wildlife (particularly butterflies) and do conservation work on the metalliferous mining sites which are part of the World Heritage designation. It is funded by Peoples Postcode Lottery & UNESCO World Heritage and is finding out how important the mining legacy is for nature in Cornwall. Read more on this project.

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey results 2018


Read the newsletter with the roundup of the WCBS and what we need to take away from those results.

AGM & Butterfly Fair 2019


This is now set for Saturday 27th April from 10am - 4.30pm at St Erme Community Centre, TR4 9BD. We are proud to have Dr Dan Hoare as our main speaker plus Roger Hooper & Thomas Auld. Vocal performance from Malcolm and Hilary adds to the entertainment and of course the usual good food is available. Full details/directions are here.

Spring Newsletter is here!


Check out our Butterfly Observer newsletter and find out the latest news, reports and articles. Read about our conservation successes, some unusual migrant moths and what’s on at the AGM. You can download the spring edition of our newsletter here.

CBC Newsletter 65 Spring 2019.pdf

Warm weather & favourable winds brings interesting news


Recently we have had reports of migrant moth species in Cornwall along with 6 Painted Ladies seen by Alison Norris at Crowan Beacon. Other Painted Lady sightings have also been reported and we believe they are migrant rather than over-wintering individuals. Keep a look out and report back your findings!


Penlee Reserve