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

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

Charity registered in England & Wales (254937) and in Scotland (SCO39268)

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Butterfly Conservation

Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Cornwall Branch

Our County Recorder for butterflies, Dick Goodere, will be pleased to receive your records. Please send all your Cornish butterfly records by e-mail to Dick here. Or use our online form here.

Guidelines on the recording and the system used by CBC can be found here.

You can download our "Butterfly - Casual Record Sheet" in either of the two formats:

Casual Record Sheet - PDF

Casual Record Sheet - Excel

Or visit our Resources page where you will also find other useful items.

For details of where to send your Cornish moth records, please visit the Cornwall Moth Group web site.

More information on recording and monitoring can be found on our National website here.


• Download the report form here or the Resources page or ask Jim Barker for one - his details are on the form. You can see the current map with vacant squares here or from the downloads page.

• Pick any square you live in or a square that you visit at least a few times a year. You may pick more than one!  You may share a square, many eyeballs are better than one.

• Let Jim know which square or squares you will be recording.

• In row 2 put your square ref no. Eg SW5040 in the first big space and your name in the second big space.

• Tick off the species as you first see them. Not how many there are.

• Add any moths that you can identify.

If you see any unlisted butterflies ring a committee member !! Please!!

We want to turn the whole of Cornwall rose pink.

Tell us whether you mind your name going on the website map. We will only add your name to the website with your specific permission.

Confused about the different recording schemes?

There are currently 5 different ways available for recording sightings! A brief explanation below may help clarify some of the differences & reasons they exist.

County Recorder - These are records people send to the county recorder often using the casual recording sheet and comprise an individual’s recorded sightings.

Transects - These are records using official methods of regular monitoring for specific sites.

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey - This scheme takes random 1km squares which are checked twice in the year, the aim being to get a general picture over the whole of Britain. See the WCBS 2017 newsletter here.

Own-a-Square - A scheme specifically for Cornwall to check for species in 10km squares covering the whole county.

Timed Count - A species time limited count for the experienced observer.

If in doubt then please don’t be afraid to ask us!

Volunteers recording Marsh Fritillary larval webs on Bodmin Moor 2015.