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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).

Keep your eyes peeled for spring butterflies!


Here are a couple of pictures of recent sightings by our committee member Tristram Besterman of a male and female Holly Blue (Trebears) and a Speckled Wood (Golant). Have you seen any butterflies this year? Don’t forget to send your sightings in to Dick, our County Recorder whose details can be found on the contacts page.

Speckled Wood Female Holly Blue Male Holly Blue

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

Annual General Meeting 2017 - save the date!


You are warmly welcome to join us in opening “A box full of lepidoptera delights!” The AGM will be held on Saturday April 22nd from 10am to 4.30pm at St.Erme Community Centre, Trispen and you don't need to be a member to attend, our event is open to all. Apart from our now legendary food we have much to interest and intrigue. Get the full programme here.