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

Butterfly Handbook

General advice note on mitigating the impacts of roads on butterfly populations PDF

The Cornwall Butterfly Observer

Volunteers expenses form

Click to download form.

Field Trips Guide Notes

Click here to download Field Trip Leaders’ guidance notes and register.

Download the PDF document reader from the Adobe Acrobat web site if you don’t already have it here

Places to find butterflies

Our Locations page has all the popular places to find butterflies in Cornwall.

We are also producing detailed information leaflets on each site for download. The currently available leaflets are listed below for viewing. More will be added in the near future.

Greenscoombe Wood

Upton Towans

Do you enjoy colouring in?

Colouring in is currently very popular and can be fun and engaging for adults and children alike. Here are some butterflies you can print out and colour in. More of these will be created so check back from time to time as we add them to the website. Click the links below for each design:


Small Tortoiseshell

Design 1


Cornwall Butterfly Conservation's own local newsletter in PDF format.

Butterfly Observer 33 Winter 2006

Butterfly Observer 34 Spring 2006

Butterfly Observer 35 Autumn 2006

Butterfly Observer 36 Winter 2007

Butterfly Observer 37 Spring 2007

Butterfly Observer 38 Autumn 2007

Butterfly Observer 39 Winter 2008

Butterfly Observer 40 Spring 2008

Butterfly Observer 41 Autumn 2008

Butterfly Observer 42 Winter 2009

Butterfly Observer 43 Spring 2009

Butterfly Observer 44 Autumn 2009

Butterfly Observer 45 Winter 2010

Butterfly Observer 46 Spring 2010

Butterfly Observer 47 Summer 2010

Butterfly Observer 47B Autumn 2010

Butterfly Observer 48 AGM-Spring 2011

Butterfly Observer 49 Summer 2011

Butterfly Observer 50 Autumn 2011

Butterfly Observer 51 AGM 2012

Butterfly Observer 52 Summer 2012

Butterfly Observer 53 Autumn  2012

Butterfly Observer 54 AGM 2013

Butterfly Observer 55 Summer 2013

Butterfly Observer 56 Summer 2014

Butterfly Observer 57 Winter 2015

Butterfly Observer 58 Summer 2015

Butterfly Observer 59 Winter 2015/6

Butterfly Observer 60 Summer 2016

Butterfly Observer 61 Spring 2017

Butterfly Observer 62 Autumn 2017

Butterfly Observer 63 Spring 2018

Butterfly Observer 64 Autumn 2018

Fully referenced version of the Citizen Science article from issue 64.

Butterfly Observer 65 Spring 2019

Butterfly Observer 66 Autumn 2019

Butterfly Observer 67 Spring 2020

Butterfly Observer 68 Autumn 2020

Butterfly Observer 69 Spring 2021

Butterfly Observer 70 Autumn 2021

Butterfly Observer 71 Spring 2022

CBC reports

Reports are created in order to assess the work we do and understand the state of butterflies in Cornwall. Based on the conservation we do and the rationalisation of data we collect they help inform understanding and future work. We are including some to download below and hope you will find them interesting and informative too.

3 butterflies by Jim Barker - January 2017 - transect data on 3 common garden butterflies.

Comparison by Jim Barker - January 2017 - transect data showing increase decrease trends.

3 browns by Jim Barker - January 2017 - comparison of Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper & Meadow Brown.

Our Blues over the years by Jim Barker 2017 - Comparison of Holly, Common and Silver-studded Blues.

Common and Holly Blue by Jim Barker 2017 - More details.

Transect News - End of July 2017 by Jim Barker

Transect News - End of June 2017 by Jim Barker

BAP species transect report by Jim Barker. Last three years figures with emphasis on BAP species.

Quiz for children (and adults!)

Read the following leaflets: Gardening for Butterflies, Garden Moths, some common species and Caterpillars a brief guide.

Now answer the questions in each of the three pages here. Have fun!

WCBS reports

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Chairman’s report 2019

Read all about the work of Cornwall Butterfly Conservation in the Chairman’s annual report for 2019.

AGM minutes 2019

Read and download the minutes from the 2019 AGM here.

Larval web survey form

Marsh Fritillary larval web survey pdf form. This is an editable form that can be completed, saved and returned electronically. For registered volunteers only.

Casual sightings form

Click to download

Butterfly flight calendar

Click here for an Excel file showing when each species is flying.

Recording Guide Notes

Guidelines on the recording and the system used by CBC is here.

Cornwall Butterfly Conservation charges: 2020

CBC charges £250 (+ VAT) per day to put it's volunteer workforce at the service of other organisations. This includes all costs, such as preparation, organisation, delivery supervision, travel and insurance. CBC is a branch of the national charity, Butterfly Conservation. It is managed by volunteers, who are not professional ecological consultants but do draw on extensive experience of the Lepidoptera of Cornwall, their life cycles and and their varied habitats. CBC welcomes requests for work that will contribute to the conservation and knowledge of butterflies in Cornwall. Our work is aligned with the aims, standards and conservation priorities of Butterfly Conservation. If you would like to discuss your requirements, please contact Jim Cooper via email or 01872 560710 or 07968 515651

Cinnabar caterpillar on ragwort

Other reports

The reports below are available because of CBC’s commitment to promoting public understanding of the ecology of butterflies in Cornwall. Whilst we publish information from credible sources, none of these documents has been subject to the test that would be required for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. These documents have been commissioned independently from CBC or provided at the initiative of the author.

Dennis, J. 2020 Grayling in Cornwall Report.

Dennis, J. 2021. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. An analysis of the first and second broods.

Foster, S. and Dennis, J. 2020 Gwithian Green Butterfly Monitoring Report.

Hobson, R. and Budd, P. 2001. The Marsh Fritillary in Cornwall: Site Dossier. Incorporating the Bodmin Moor Larval Survey 2000. Butterfly Conservation Report No. S01-32. Butterfly Conservation, Wareham.

Plackett, J. 2018. Heath Fritillary in the Tamar Valley 2018 Status Report. Butterfly Conservation Report No. S18 – 07. Butterfly Conservation, Wareham.

Poland, C. 2020. Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus malvae Species Report Cornwall 2018 & 2019.