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

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 Butterfly Conservation volunteer opportunities 2019

Refer here for complete listing and updates of volunteer opportunities

Please visit regularly as information is added on a continuous basis. You may wish to add it to your favourites if you are a regular volunteer.


To secure a place on any of the events you must book in advance.

For most of our opportunities contact Jo Poland, our Volunteer Coordinator by email: jogreenp@gmail.com or by phone: 07800548832. If someone else is taking responsibility for an event, we have clearly indicated this in the text below and we would be grateful if you could make direct contact with them. We will always acknowledge your booking.

We car share wherever possible to be economical and to minimise our effect on the natural environment. Lifts for all of our events are available so let Jo know if you need help with transport. Travel expenses can be claimed. Download a claim form here.

Scrub bashing on the Mid Cornwall Moors - photo credit Max Thompson

Location & Date

Details

Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show

Royal Cornwall Showground, Whitecross, Wadebridge PL27 7JE

Saturday 06/04/19 & Sunday 07/04/19

9.30am - 5.30pm

Please contact Helen Barlow 07305 052297 or email

Cornwall Garden Society's renowned Spring Flower Show, is set to be the best yet. This is the first time that we have had a presence and will be offering activities designed to nurture an interest in gardening, wildlife and the natural world. We would really appreciate your help at our stall providing membership, selling books and gifts plus children's activities.

Volunteering sessions would be in 2 hour slots, you get Free Entry and can then explore the rest of the show!

CBC Butterfly Fair & AGM 2019

St. Erme Community Centre, Trispen, Truro TR4 9BD

Grid reference: SW843507

Saturday 27/04/19

10am - 4.30pm (set up 9am)

Always a great day! With fabulous speakers, delicious food and a chance to network with other wildlife groups and organisations. You will get Free Entry (including food) if you can help out on this important day, taking care of our members/supporters and stalls. If you don't wish to volunteer for this one, please put the date into your diary and come along anyway!

BioBlitz Tremough

University of Exeter Cornwall/Penryn Campus TR10 9EZ

Saturday 04/05/19

10am - 4pm

We are pleased to be part of this wonderful, student led annual event. We will be fundraising, running children's activities and also leading a butterfly & moth walk. We would like a rota of volunteers to cover this, with slots covering two hour periods. This means that you will still have plenty of time to enjoy the BioBlitz!

If you can spare some time, we would love to hear from you.

Grizzled Skipper Butterfly search day

Penhale MOD site

Meeting point will be advised when booking

Wednesday 08/05/19

10.30am - 3.30pm

Booking essential

We will be working with colleagues from Cornwall Wildlife Trust to survey for this beautiful little butterfly, now very scarce in Cornwall and, as far as we know, exists in this area only. The day will be jointly led by our Grizzled Skipper Species Champion Cerin Poland. Don't worry if you haven't ever seen this butterfly before, training will be given on the day.

Butterfly Festival

St Breward near Bodmin

Celebrating the local fritillaries!

Saturday 11/05/19

An all day community event

Our second Butterfly Festival in St Breward celebrating local lepidoptera! Again in partnership with 'Yurtworks' we will be running guided walks for adults and children to learn more about local butterflies and moths. There will be bric-a-brac and a giant tombola. With over 100 attendees last year, we would appreciate help, even if you can only spare an hour,

This event is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded 'All the Moor Butterflies' project.

Mining for Butterflies volunteer survey day

Wheal Fortune & Cusvey,Twelveheads

Meeting point will be advised when booking

Monday 13/05/19

10.30am – 3.30pm

Booking essential

Our first survey day for butterflies this year on old mining sites. Our target species will be the Dingy Skipper but we expect to find many different butterflies and moths. No experience needed, full training given on the day, you just need a sharp pair of eyes.

Mining for Butterflies volunteer survey day

Poldice Valley, Nr St Day

Meeting point will be advised when booking

Saturday 25/05/19

10.30am – 3.30pm

Booking essential


Another survey day for butterflies on old mining sites. Our target species will be the Dingy Skipper but we expect to find many different butterflies and moths. No experience needed, full training given on the day, you just need a sharp pair of eyes.

Community Moth Event

One for All Community Garden, The Community Hub, 111 Kinsman Estate, Bodmin PL31 1PQ

Wednesday 29/05/19 (evening set up) & Thursday 30/05/19 (morning)

Working with the University of Exeter to provide a two day moth event in half term week. Our colleagues at the 'One for All Community Garden' will enable us to give an insight into the wildlife than can be found in Bodmin at night-time! We aim to attract families with children, as it will be fun, awe-inspiring and educational. Suitable for all, with plenty of knowledgeable enthusiasts to help develop a fascination with moths. There will be refreshments and a children's photo competition.

Please let us know if you can spare time to help on either or both days.

Marsh Fritillary training day

Windmill Farm, Lizard

Meeting point will be advised when booking

Wednesday 05/06/19

10.30am – 3.30pm

Booking essential

This day is designed for CBC volunteers and also volunteers from our partner organisations, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, National Trust and Natural England. You will learn the importance of Timed Counts as a method of working with rare habitat specialist butterflies whose distributions change over time across large sites. There will be a chance to practice in the field and at the end of the day, you will have the skills to carry out a Timed Count yourself.

Marsh Fritillary search day

Bodmin Moor

Meeting point will be advised when booking

Friday 07/06/19

10.30am – 3.30pm

Booking essential

We will be searching for Marsh Fritillary adult butterflies at some beautiful spots on Bodmin Moor where caterpillars have been spotted this spring. No experience necessary, beginners very welcome as our trained volunteers will be pleased to support you.

This event is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded 'All the Moor Butterflies' project.

Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth caterpillar search day

Bodmin Moor

Meeting point will be advised when booking

Thursday 27/06/19

10.30am – 3.30pm

Booking essential

We are going to be look carefully again for the ever elusive Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth in it's caterpillar stage. This species was last seen on Bodmin Moor in 2008. We have searched for the last two years to no avail, but we feel sure it still lives somewhere on the moor. No experience necessary, beginners very welcome as our trained volunteers will be pleased to support you.

This event is part of the Heritage Lottery Funded 'All the Moor Butterflies' project.

CBC and National Meadows Open Day

Lethytep, Lanreath. Nr Looe, PL13 2PG

Saturday 06/07/19

10am – 5.30pm

Please contact Helen Barlow 07305 052297 or email

Our annual open day for the general public with all funds we raise going to support CBC and Plantlife's National Meadows Day. People can come and freely explore our Chairman's beautiful wildlife haven with it's wonderful walks and lakes. You will get Free Entry (including food) if you can help out on this important day, welcoming visitors, serving food, offering membership, running a raffle & stalls etc.

Mining for Butterflies volunteer survey day

Wheal Fortune & Cusvey, Twelveheads

Meeting point will be advised when booking

Thursday 11/07/19

10.30am – 3.30pm

Booking essential

Another survey day for butterflies on old mining sites. Our target species this time will be the Grayling and the Silver-studded Blue but we expect to find many different butterflies and moths. We also want to check out this area for possible conservation work in the winter months No experience needed, full training given on the day, you just need a sharp pair of eyes.

Mining for Butterflies volunteer survey day

Poldice Valley, Nr St Day

Meeting point will be advised when booking

Saturday 20/07/19

10.30am – 3.30pm

Booking essential

A survey day for butterflies on old mining sites. Our target species this time will be the Grayling and the Silver-studded Blue but we expect to find many different butterflies and moths. We also want to check out this area for possible conservation work in the winter months. No experience needed, full training given on the day, you just need a sharp pair of eyes.

This event takes place during the Big Butterfly Count: 19 July - 11 August.

Mining for Butterflies volunteer survey day

West Bassett stamps and Wheal Buller

Carnkie, Nr Redruth

Meeting point will be advised when booking

Friday 02/08/19

10.30am – 3.30pm

Booking essential

A survey day for butterflies on old mining sites.  We expect to find many different butterflies and moths and we want to check out this area for possible conservation work in the winter months. No experience needed, full training given on the day, you just need a sharp pair of eyes.

This event takes place during the Big Butterfly Count: 19 July - 11 August.