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

Welcome to the Warwickshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

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 397 branch members of Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire. Want to join us?


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Latest Butterfly Records 2016

View all of the records submitted online this year.

View details of this recordRecord ID: BCW589
21 April  2016 - Paul Nicholas
- Hillmorton, Rugby

View details of this recordRecord ID: BCW588
21 April  2016 - John Liggins
- Garden Manor Park Road Nuneaton

View details of this recordRecord ID: BCW587
21 April  2016 - Beryl Liggins
- Garden Manor Park Road Nuneaton

View details of this recordRecord ID: BCW586
21 April  2016 - John Harris
- Hartshill Moorwood

View details of this recordRecord ID: BCW585
21 April  2016 - John Harris
- Hartshill Moorwood


Holly Blue, the latest species to appear in Warwickshire this year.

Butterflies to see in May 2016

You can see up to 25 species of Butterfly during May in Warwickshire.
Look for: Brimstone, Brown Argus, Clouded Yellow, Comma, Common Blue, Dingy Skipper, Green Hairstreak, Green-veined White, Grizzled Skipper, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Large White, Marbled White, Orange-tip, Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Small Blue, Small Copper, Small Heath, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, Wall Brown, Wood White,

Latest species reported in 2016

Holly Blue on 21/04/2016 by Andy Barnsley.

There have been 11 from a possible total of 36 butterfly species so far reported in 2016.

First Sightings

Annual first sightings data: 2016 : 2015 : 2014 : 2013: 2012 : 2011 : 2010 : 2009 : 2008 : 2007


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.


Mike Slater (left) hands over the Outstanding Volunteer Award to Keith Warmington during a Warwickshire Branch Commitee Meeting in 2015.Keith Warmington awarded Outstanding Volunteer Award by Butterfly Conservation.

Keith Warmington has made significant contributions to Butterfly Conservation in Warwickshire undertaing various roles for the branch including Chairman, Treasurer and Branch Butterfly Recorder.

In 2003 Keith co-wrote ‘Butterflies of Warwickshire – Their Habitats and Where to Find Them’.

Pictured above: Mike Slater (left) hands over the Outstanding Volunteer Award to Keith Warmington during a Warwickshire Branch Commitee Meeting in 2015.


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 Releases22/03/2016 - Small Copper slumps as butterflies struggle
One of the UK's most widespread butterflies, the Small Copper<...

Press Releases23/10/2014 - Butterflies Find Solace With Shakespeare
A family farm where William Shakespeare's mother grew up is set to become a home for rar...

Press Releases06/06/2014 - Early Start For Rare Spring Butterflies in Warwickshire
Many of the UK's rare spring butterflies have emerged weeks earlier than last year because...

Press Releases05/06/2014 - Early Start For Rare Spring Butterflies
Many of the UK's rare spring butterflies have emerged three weeks earlier than last year a...


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.


Peter Titley and Margaret VickeryWarwickshire Branch President presented with Lifetime Achievement Award.

Margaret Vickery has made significant contributions to Butterfly Conservation for a period of over 25 years.

She wrote the Butterfly Conservation Gardening for Butterflies book in 1998, and in 2003 co-wrote ‘Butterflies of Warwickshire – Their Habitats and Where to Find Them.’

Margaret was Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Newsletter Editor for the Warwickshire Branch from 1997 to 2002. She has also acted as Chairman and Branch Organiser and was appointed as Branch President in 2009. Margaret is an outstanding individual who has shown great commitment to the conservation of butterflies throughout her career. 

Pictured above: Peter Titley presents the award to Margaret Vickery at Butterfly Conservation's National AGM held in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire - November 2014.

For more informations visit the Marsh Christian Trust web site www.marshchristiantrust.org/lepidoptera


A 180 Year Old Mystery Solved! Photo © 2016 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.


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.

2014 Annual Report - The Butterflies and Moths of VC 38

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

2014 Annual Report by Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire.Description
The 2014 Annual Report includes butterfly and moth survey data from the 2014 season. It also include short articles from members.


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 2016

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

Public Event09-04-2016

SPRING MEETING

Moth Night14-05-2016

CRANHILL N.R.

Butterfly Walk14-05-2016

MALPASS & NEWTON, RUGBY

Butterfly Walk15-05-2016

WYRE FOREST

Public Event29-05-2016

RYTON WOOD MEADOWS RESERVE OPEN DAY

Moth Night04-06-2016

NELSON’S QUARRY, STOCKTON




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 2016


National Moth NightMoth Night
10 - 12 September 2015 (Migration) - more info

Save Our Butterflies Week
Save Our Butterflies Week
tbc - more info

M&S Big Butterfly CountBig Butterfly Count
17 July - 09 August 2015 - more info

National Moth NightMoth Night
9 - 11 June 2016 (Hawk-moths) - more info

National Insect WeekNational Insect Week (biennial event)
20 - 26 June 2016 - more info

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/