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Butterfly Conservation

Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Cornwall Branch

Please watch our eye-catching video by Cornwall-based documentary-maker Nina Constable. If you love being in wonderful countryside with kindred spirits or are concerned about Cornwall’s wildlife, our video shows how you can make a difference.

Autumn 2021 Newsletter is here!

Check out our Butterfly Observer newsletter and find out the latest news, reports and articles. You can download the autumn edition of our newsletter here.

CBC Newsletter Autumn 2021_FINAL FOR PRINT.pdf

UKBMS Cornwall Transect Results 2020

Check out our latest brief roundup of transect news for Cornwall as part of the nationwide UK Buttertfly Monitoring Scheme. Compiled by Jim and Kelly, you can read it here.

Backyard moth spotting rises during lockdown

Lockdown sparked a surge in interest in moths, with a rise in rare species spotted last year.

Sightings were up by about a third - and many counties across the UK recorded species new to their area.

Read the article from the BBC here

Summer Butterfly Field Trips: BOOKING NOW OPEN…

After two years of Covid cancellations, the CBC summer events are back!  Please click on the ‘Events’ tab, to book your

place on any of these enticing field trips.  Please note that the booking is essential - the new system is now open.

Everyone is welcome and the field trips are free - although CBC is always grateful for any donation to support our

conservation work. See you there!




Back in April 2021, the committee of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation decided to introduce a booking system for public field trips run by the branch, because we had to manage numbers safely. But fate intervened, and when Covid restriction were reintroduced, all the CBC events were cancelled last year, when we had hoped to test the system.

Eventbrite has proven to be a successful internet booking system for many organisations during and since Covid, so the Committee agreed that this was the best one for CBC events. It not only provides more information to attendees at the time of booking, but it also enables the branch volunteers who run the events to do so more efficiently and safely, and to communicate with attendees in compliance with data protection rules.

We appreciate that IT is not everyone's cup of tea, but we hope that users of our Eventbrite booking system will soon get used to it and see the benefits it brings. So please give it a try - it’s  intended to be an improvement for everyone.

If you have any difficulties using the system, Anne will be only too happy to help. You can contact her on treasurer@cornwall-butterfly-conservation.org.uk

Please give us feedback to help us to make it even better!

< The Heath Fritillary butterfly, in its Cornish stronghold at Greenscoombe Wood in June, the only location in Cornwall where this rare butterfly can be seen.

  > The Marbled White butterfly, a species usually seen in abundance at Penlee in July.

> Participants immersed in the wildlife of Greenscoombe Wood in 2018.

Cornwall's Butterflies back from the brink from NINA CONSTABLE MEDIA.

Cornwall Butterfly Conservation (CBC) is a branch of Butterfly Conservation, the national body committed to working towards “a world where butterflies and moths can thrive and can be enjoyed by everyone forever”.

CBC works with partners to realise that vision in Cornwall, through responsible research, species recording, fieldwork, habitat improvement and public engagement.

As well as drawing on the expertise of our members, as a branch of Butterfly Conservation we have access to the advice of some of the UK’s leading bioscientists. We promote the highest standards scientifically and ethically, for example in the exceptional instance of thoroughly researched and legally compliant collection, captive breeding and release of species into the wild.

CBC is its members and we have a lot of fun together observing, discovering and sharing knowledge about butterflies and moths and working as a team to improve their habitats in Cornwall. CBC welcomes new members and relies on the work of volunteers, drawn from its growing public membership. We also raise funds to employ professional contractors to help us to deliver some of our ambitious programmes.

This website provides further details of our work and the benefits of joining Cornwall Butterfly Conservation. The video at the foot of this page gives you a flavour of what we do. If you’d like further information, please click on the Contact tab for people who can help.

We hope you will join Cornwall’s winning team for butterflies and moths.

Rare moth on Goss Moor

A caterpillar of the elusive Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth was found on Goss Moor National Nature Reserve in late June 2020 by Cerin Poland, one of CBC's volunteers. This is confirmation the moth is breeding here again and is the first record in Cornwall since 2008, when the moth was seen on Bodmin Moor. Read more here.

Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth

© Cerin Poland

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 840 individual members with 580 households! Please do what you can to help us continue to expand.

Penlee Reserve

The State of Britain’s Larger Moths 2021 report

A summary of the state of Britain’s c.900 species of larger moths, presenting analyses of long-term change based on millions of records gathered through the Rothamsted Insect Survey and National Moth Recording Scheme. You can read it here.

Free pocket guide leaflets

The All the Moor Butterflies Project finished successfully in February 2020, just before the world changed. One of the outcomes of the project was the production of a range of interpretation materials to enable a greater understanding of the target butterfly and moth species and the locations where they could be found. Thus, 10,000 beautiful and educational 'Butterflies of Bodmin Moor Pocket Guide' leaflets were produced with the aim of being distributed to volunteers, partner organisations, wildlife groups, schools, accommodation providers and others. Unfortunately, along came Covid and we were unable to distribute them last year. However, we are now in a position to be able to post them out and one of our wonderful volunteers, Sue Allen, has agreed to be the distribution point.

You can contact Sue by email, to order a batch of leaflets.

The leaflet can also be downloaded here.

All the Moor Butterflies - March 2020 video update

A great new video detailing this project has been released by Butterfly Conservation - watch it here.

For those wanting more background info, the main project web page can be found here.

Summary: Over the course of 3 years, the All the Moor Butterflies project improved habitat conditions and raised awareness of six of our most threatened butterfly and moth species on Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. The project worked with 146 landowners across 201 sites to deliver gains for these special species. Over 5000 people learnt about the fascinating lives of these wonderful insects and were given opportunities to contribute to their conservation.

Previously Simon Phelps who is conservation officer on the project created the following resources: here and here.