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Butterfly Conservation

Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Cornwall Branch

Latest figures on Cornwall’s butterflies


All these figures are compiled from actual counts on the transects that were walked in 2015 and 2016.

Below are the top 5 butterflies for increased percentage and the bottom 5 for decrease.

Of the 31 species that occurred in both years 15 went up and 16 went down and the total numbers increased by 7%.

Species

2016

2015

Increase

%Up

Brown Argus

21

4

17

425

Grayling

49

23

26

113

Orange Tip

156

83

73

88

Large White

1305

713

592

83

Red Admiral

777

442

335

76






Species

2016

2015

Decrease

%Down

Clouded Yellow

2

23

21

91

Small Skipper

122

352

230

65

Wall Brown

35

76

41

54

Brimstone

38

82

44

54

Peacock

338

553

215

39

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 detailed maps here (scroll down the page).

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey


The WCBS report for 2016 is now available to read here. It shows population trends over the whole of the UK of 45 species present in 1km squares.

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 630 individual members! Please do what you can to help us continue to expand.

Can moths save the planet?


A plastic munching caterpillar of the moth Galleria mellonella could hold the key to the scourge of plastic waste - read more here!

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)

Transect News - End of July


Want to know what’s been counted by our transect walkers in Cornwall? We have created a newsletter just for you! It contains species totals for the first seven months of 2017 - can you guess which one takes the top count spot? Read here.