Butterfly Conservation: Company limited by guarantee, registered in England (2206468)

Registered Office: Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP

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Butterfly Conservation

Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Cornwall Branch

Extended SSSI sites for mid Cornwall


On 23rd February 2017 Natural England increased protection for rare birds and butterflies in mid Cornwall by extending SSSI sites based in part on data provided by Cornwall Butterfly Conservation. Read more here and see maps here (scroll down the page).

Cornwall Branch is now even bigger!


We are delighted to announce further successes in our campaign to increase our membership, and so increase the work we can do for butterflies and moths in Cornwall. When Butterfly Conservation Head Office published the membership figures at the end of 2016, we were pleased to see that 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 740 individual members with 522 households! Please do what you can to help us continue to expand.

Plant pots for pollinators


Want your garden full of butterflies and bees? Download the free plant pots for pollinators guide. Discover which plants are perfect for pollinators and will grow well in pots from May onwards. Follow the step-by-step planting instructions to enjoy your blooms and butterflies by summer here.

Rosy Fottman (Nutmeg66)

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.

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.

CBC Newsletter Spring 2018.pdf

Spring 2018 Newsletter


The latest and eagerly awaited 63rd issue of our newsletter is now online. Download by clicking the image right or on the Resources page where there are also back issues available.

Field Trips 2018


We now have the finalised field trips for 2018 on the Events page. All welcome and don’t forget to save those dates!

The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world's biggest survey of butterflies. Over 60,000 people took part in 2017, submitting 62,500 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK.

Simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather during the big butterfly count. You can submit separate records for different dates at the same place, and for different places that you visit. Remember that your count is useful even if you do not see any butterflies or moths.

Help us take nature's pulse by joining the big butterfly count. Find out more about this project.