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Our County Recorder for butterflies, Dick Goodere, will be pleased to receive your records. Please send all your Cornish butterfly records by e-mail to Dick at gooderes@talktalk.net

You can download our "Butterfly - Casual Record Sheet" in either of the two formats:

Butterfly - Casual Record Sheet - PDF

Butterfly - Casual Record Sheet - Excel spreadsheet

Or visit our Downloads page where you will also find other useful items.

For details of where to send your Cornish moth records, please visit the Cornwall Moth Group web site.

More information on recording and monitoring can be found on our National website here.

Working, with the Environmental records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Cornwall Butterfly Conservation produces an annual butterfly report and has now published an Atlas for the county.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the formation of our branch in 2003, ‘A Cornwall Butterfly Atlas’ was published by Pisces Publications. It is a comprehensive guide, in full colour, to every one of Cornwall’s resident and migratory species with information as to where they may be found within the county. The book is the co-operative work of three committed butterfly expert-enthusiasts and all members of the Cornwall Branch of Butterfly Conservation. It is essential reading for anyone sharing their interest in the fate of Britain's butterflies.

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Don’t miss this bargain, now £15 plus £2.75 P&P. Order from our Secretary who’s full details are on the Contact page.

The Atlas shows species such as the High Brown Fritillary (exampled here) which have declined rapidly during the last 20 years.

Hardcover 160 pages (February 28, 2003)

Publisher: Pisces Publications

ISBN: 1874357234

Size: 244x187mm

No. of Pages: 144 pages

Colours: Colour maps and colour photographs throughout

John Wacher, John Worth, Adrian Spalding

Book Cover

High Brown Fritillary

Photograph © S. Bassett by kind permission.

Distribution map for the High Brown Fritillary

A Cornwall Butterfly Atlas


• Download the report form here or the downloads page or ask Jim Barker for one - his details are on the form. You can see the current map with vacant squares here or from the downloads page.

• Pick any square you live in or a square that you visit at least a few times a year. You may pick more than one!  You may share a square, many eyes are better than one.

• Let Jim know which square or squares you will be recording.

• In row 2 put your square ref no. Eg SW5040 in the first big space and your name in the second big space.

• Tick off the species as you first see them. Not how many there are.

• Add any moths that you can identify.

If you see any unlisted butterflies ring a committee member !! Please!!

We want to turn the whole of Cornwall rose pink.

Tell us whether you mind your name going on the website map. We will only add your name to the website with your specific permission.

Cornwall Butterfly Conservation is working to establish the present status of butterflies in Cornwall so we can tell which species are increasing or in decline.

Confused about the different recording schemes?

There are currently 5 different ways available for recording sightings! A brief explanation below may help clarify some of the differences & reasons they exist.

County Recorder - These are records people send to the county recorder often using the casual recording sheet and comprise an individual’s recorded sightings.

Transects - These are records using official methods of regular monitoring for specific sites.

Wider Countryside Butterfly Scheme - This scheme takes random 1km squares which are checked twice in the year, the aim being to get a general picture over the whole of Britain.

Own-a-Square - A scheme specifically for Cornwall to check for species in 10km squares covering the whole county.

Timed Count - A species time limited count for the experienced observer.

If in doubt then please don’t be afraid to ask us!