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Butterfly Conservation

Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Cornwall Branch

To assist newcomers and casual visitors, especially those who join us for the summer holidays, we have compiled a map below of our colony sites and the principal butterflies found there. You would be unlucky not to find the species listed at these sites in season. Not included are the wide ranging species such as the Speckled Wood, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Comma, Peacock and Painted Lady or other rare migrants.

A new series of information sheets has been developed as a guide to the best sites to see butterflies in Cornwall. As they are developed we will create a link on this page, so keep a regular lookout for the new guides.

Click on the ‘Site Guide’ link below the grid reference for the relevant site.

Principal butterfly sites in Cornwall


Place

Location

Butterflies

1

Penhale Sands/Perranporth

SW7756/7

Grizzled Skipper, Silver-studded Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Dingy Skipper, Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small Copper, Small Heath.

2

Fellover Brake/Tuckingmill &

De Lank Area

SX0977

SX1074/5

Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Brimstone, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. De Lank (Pendrift) also has Purple Hairstreak.

3

Greenscoombe Wood

SX3973/3873

Site Guide

Heath Fritillary, Brimstone, Silver-washed Fritillary.

4

Predannack Cliffs (Lizard)

SW6616

Marsh Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

5

Chapel Porth

SW6949

Green Hairstreak.

6

Rame Head & Penlee Point

SX4248-SX4448

Marbled White, Wall, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak.

7

Godolphin Woods

SW6032

Purple Hairstreak.

8

Marsland/Hard Hills

SS2316

Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Silver-washed Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary, Marbled White, Purple Hairstreak, Brimstone, Dingy Skipper.

9

Murrayton SW coast path

SX2854

Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Dingy Skipper.

10

Breney Common and Redmoor

SX0561 and SX0662

Marsh Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Heath, Green Hairstreak, Silver-studded Blue.

11

Upton Towans

SW5739

Site Guide

Silver-studded Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Brown Argus, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Heath.

12

Prussia Cove/Cudden Point

SW5527-SW5427

Silver-studded Blue, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Wall, Small Heath.

13

Kynance Cove (Lizard)

SW6813

Grayling, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Wall, Small Heath, Dark Green Fritillary.

14

Porthgwarra

SW3721/2

Grayling, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Wall, Silver-studded Blue, Small Heath.

15

Newlyn Downs

SW8354

Grayling, Small Heath

16

Kenidjack/Pendeen Watch

SW3532-SW3735

Grayling, Silver-studded Blue, Green Hairstreak, Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Heath.