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 350 branch members of Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire. Want to join us?
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Latest Butterfly Records 2015
View all of the records submitted online this year.
Record ID: BCW2782
Record ID: BCW2781
Record ID: BCW2780
Record ID: BCW2779
Record ID: BCW2778
Butterflies to see in August
You can see up to 31 species of Butterfly during
Look for: Brimstone, Brown Argus, Brown Hairstreak, Clouded Yellow, Comma, Common Blue, Dark Green Fritillary, Essex Skipper, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Holly Blue, Large Skipper, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Orange-tip, Painted Lady, Peacock, Purple Emperor, Purple Hairstreak, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Copper, Small Heath, Small Skipper, Small Tortoiseshell, Small White, Speckled Wood, Wall Brown, White Admiral,
Latest species reported in 2015
Purple Emperor on 02/07/2015 by Mike Slater.
33 of 36 butterfly species have been reported 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
23/10/2014 - Butterflies Find Solace With Shakespeare
06/06/2014 - Early Start For Rare Spring Butterflies in Warwickshire
05/06/2014 - Early Start For Rare Spring Butterflies
03/04/2014 - Butterfly Fightback Begins
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.
Find out more about the Great Spangled Fritillary (Argynnis cybele / Speyeria cybele) and why it took 180 years to confirm its identification.
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.
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.
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.
Oxhouse 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.
Warwickshire 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