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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 760 individual members with 536 households! Please do what you can to help us continue to expand.

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.

Big Butterfly Count Results


Results are in for the 2018 count so a big thank you to all who took part in the world’s largest butterfly survey. Click the link at the end of this paragraph to read a summary of the results and what it means for some species of note: Link

All the Moor Butterflies Spring 2019 update


An email update of this project can be found  here with all the latest information and good news!


Read below for overview and previous summary.


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.

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey results 2018


Read the newsletter with the roundup of the WCBS and what we need to take away from those results.

Spring Newsletter is here!


Check out our Butterfly Observer newsletter and find out the latest news, reports and articles. Read about our conservation successes, some unusual migrant moths and what’s on at the AGM. You can download the spring edition of our newsletter here.

CBC Newsletter 65 Spring 2019.pdf

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.

Branch Secretary needed


We are looking for a Branch Secretary. To volunteer you will need a laptop, internet and be organised. You don't need to know about butterflies to perform this charity role as part of our enthusiastic team. More information here.