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Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire - Branch Logo featuring the White-letter Hairstreak butterfly.Butterfly Conservation.

Welcome to Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire - Saving butterflies, moths and our environment

Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire works alongside land owners, local authorities, conservation bodies, businesses and local people to raise awareness about the threats to our butterflies, moths, their habitats and our environment. We provide advice and practical help on how to protect these and other threatened wildlife in the region.

Several butterflies in the region such as the Small Blue and Wood White are particularly vulnerable due to habitat loss and population fragmentation resulting in small isolated colonies which become increasingly susceptible to local or regional extinction. The Wall Brown is now believed to be extinct in the region with no sightings since 2007. Other species such as the Duke of Burgundy are confirmed as extinct in the region, last seen in 1987. Warwickshire also hosts a wide variety of moths including species such as Sciota hostilis which is found nowhere else in the country.

Our members are vital to the work we do in our region. We currently have 307 branch members of Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire. Want to join us?


Latest Butterfly Records 2014

View all of the records submitted online this year.

View details of this recordRecord ID: BCW1049
18 April  2014 - Ian Martindale
- Draycote Water Scrape

View details of this recordRecord ID: BCW1045
19 April  2014 - Jo And Pete Hamer
- Quarry, Cuttlepool Reserve


Grizzled Skipper, the latest species to appear in Warwickshire this year.

Butterflies to see in April

You can see up to 21 species of Butterfly during April in Warwickshire.
Look for: Brimstone, Clouded Yellow, Comma, Common Blue, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Green-veined White, Grizzled Skipper, Holly Blue, Large White, Meadow Brown, Orange-tip, Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Blue, Small Copper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, Wall Brown,

Latest species reported in 2014

Grizzled Skipper on 16/04/2014 by Jo & Peter Hamer.

13 of 36 butterfly species have been reported in 2014 .

First Sightings

Annual first sightings: 2014 : 13 : 12 : 11 : 10 : 09 : 08 : 07


Latest Branch News

Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire is involved in a wide range of projects and activities from conservation activities to guided butterfly walks and moth nights. For all the latest news about Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire, please visit our news page.


Latest Press Releases

Press Releases03/04/2014 - Butterfly Fightback Begins
UK butterflies rallied last summer following their worst year on record but numbers were s...

Press Releases18/02/2014 - Farmland Butterflies Flourish
Farmland butterflies thrived last year after benefiting from the best summer weather f...

Press Releases26/03/2013 - 2012: A Disaster Year For UK Butterflies
Washout 2012 was the worst year for UK butterflies on record with 52 out of the 56 species...

Press Releases01/02/2013 - UK Moths Suffer 40-Year Crash
The abundance of the UK's larger moths has crashed during the ...


A 180 Year Old Mystery Solved! Photo © 2014 Mike Mead-Briggs.A 180 Year Old Puzzle Solved!

Summer, 1833 in Ufton Wood, Warwickshire. A young man called James Moreton Walhouse was out catching butterflies to add to his collection. Little did he know that on that day, he would catch a butterfly which would become one of the most interesting stories in the history of Warwickshire butterfly recording.

More information Find out more about the Great Spangled Fritillary (Argynnis cybele / Speyeria cybele) and why it took 180 years to confirm its identification.


Martin Kennard surveys for Clearwing moths at Oxhouse Farm.

Volunteers help butterflies, moths & other wildlife in Warwickshire

Almost all of our conservation and recording efforts rely upon the goodwill of land owners and time given freely by our dedicated team of volunteers and members.

Butterfly Recorders
Casual records of butterfly sightings in your garden or while out in the countryside can be submitted online using our simple recording form. The majority of our butterfly distribution data is gathered this way.

Site Based Transect Recorders
This requires a long term commitment with the aim of gathering detailed records of butterfly numbers and species along a given route over many years. These Transects help us to assess the effects of habitat change and loss at a particular site and help inform habitat management practices to ensure the survival of important species in our area.

Habitat Management / Organised Work Parties
Much of our work involves the management of butterfly and moth habitats in the region. Tasks include scrub clearance, planting of wildflowers, erecting fencing, gates and repairing footpaths.

Much of this work takes place on important protected wildlife sites like our own Butterfly Reserve at Ryton Wood Meadows. We also work in partnership with the Forestry Commission, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, other land owners and government agencies including Network Rail, Sustrans, British Waterways and defra in order to improve habitats for butterflies and moths.


Guided butterfly walks and surveys.

Branch Activities

Our branch activities are a great way to meet new people, learn more about our butterflies, moths, their habitats and the conservation techniques used to ensure their survival.

We conduct organised walks, moth trapping and conservation days at important public and private wildlife sites across Warwickshire led by local experts.


Dark Green Fritillary at Oxhouse Farm by Gillian ThompsonOxhouse Farm - Private Site

Anyone wishing to visit Oxhouse Farm to see the Dark Green Fritillary should be aware that YOU REQUIRE PERMISSION TO WALK IN THE MEADOWS. The butterfly can be seen from the public footpath which runs through the meadow. We politely request that you do not stray into the meadow without permission from the land owners.

In the interest of the butterflies and this important habitat, Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire and the Neal Trust would like to thank you for your co-operation on this matter.

Conservation Updates

Our conservation updates page provides an overview of some of the vital work being undertaken by branch volunteers and committee members alongside landowners, conservation partners and private individuals for the benefit of butterflies and other wildlife in our region. Read our latest Conservation Updates.


SUBMIT YOUR SIGHTINGS ONLINE

Butterfly and Day-flying Moth Recording SystemUse our Butterfly and Day-flying Moth Recording System to send us your observations of butterflies and day-flying moths. All records welcome.

Enter your sightings online now


Give as you Live Most of us don’t need much of an excuse to hit the high street but you can now embark on a spending spree with a clear conscience by raising money for Butterfly Conservation while shopping online.

With ‘Give as you Live’ thousands of your favourite online stores will donate a percentage of whatever you spend to Butterfly Conservation.

2012 Annual Report - The Butterflies and Moths of VC 38

D.C.G Brown, A Prior, M. Slater, K. Warmington

2012 Annual Report by Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire.Description
The 2012 Annual Report includes butterfly survey data from the 2012 season and an update to the Immigrant Macro moths. The report also includes the Warwickshire Garden Butterfly Survey report.


Branch members can download this report for free. Just log in to the WBC members area.

Field Trip Reports

Reports from our organised field trips.

Moth Trapping Reports

Reports from our moth trapping activities.

Branch Events 2014

A full list of events is available on our events page.

Public Event13-04-2014

BRANCH SPRING MEETING

Moth Night09-05-2014

New members' Moth Night at Ryton Pools Country Park

Moth Night10-05-2014

Print Wood

Butterfly Walk17-05-2014

Butterfly Walk - Ufton Fields (NEW MEMBERS WALK)

Butterfly Walk18-05-2014

Malpass, Rugby

Save Our Butterflies Week18-05-2014

Save Our Butterflies Week




Work Parties

We are always happy to see new faces at our work parties where you can help manage some of our finest wildlife sites. You do not need to be a Butterfly Conservation member to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Regular mid-week work parties take place throughout the year across Warwickshire. Please contact Mike Slater on 01788 335881 for more information and if attending.

Rugby area work parties at Ashlawn Cutting, Malpass, Newbold etc, please contact Phil Parr on 01788 578272 for information and dates.


National Events 2014


Save Our Butterflies WeekSave Our Butterflies Week
18 - 26 May 2014 - more info

National Insect WeekNational Insect Week
23 - 29 June 2014 - more info

National Moth NightMoth Night
03 - 05 July 2014 Woodland moths - more info

M&S Big Butterfly CountM&S Big Butterfly Count
09 July – 10 August 2014 - more info

National Moth NightMoth Night
10 - 12 September 2015

Moths CountMoths Count
2014 date to be announced


More information More information about national events can be found on our National Butterfly and Moth Events page.


Magazine Articles

More information Got a news item or article for our branch magazine or web site? Find out how to submit your article here.


Branch Flickr Group

Join our flickr group and share your photographs of butterflies, moths and their habitats in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull online with others.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/warwickshireleps/