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

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Butterfly Conservation

Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Cornwall Branch

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

“Mining for Butterflies” project

The “Mining for Butterflies” project is an ongoing undertaking by Cornwall Butterfly Conservation to use volunteers to survey the wildlife (particularly butterflies) and do conservation work on the metalliferous mining sites which are part of the World Heritage designation. It is funded by Peoples Postcode Lottery & UNESCO World Heritage and is finding out how important the mining legacy is for nature in Cornwall. Read more on this project.

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 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

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.


Please keep an eye on this website for updates in a rapidly changing situation. The safety and welfare of our volunteers and the public remain our overriding concern.

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.

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.

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.

Spring 2021 Newsletter is here!

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

CBC Newsletter Spring 2021.pdf

Urgent update:

In order to comply with the organisational requirements given to us from Butterfly Conservation HQ, all (bar one) field trips up to 21st June 2021 are cancelled.

We are really sorry to disappoint, but we hope that you will, individually, still be able to visit some of these special places, in good weather around their allotted time.