Archive for Butterfly Conservation

2014: The Year Of The Continental Crusaders

2015 could be the most exciting butterfly year for a generation following an influx of exotic continental species into the UK this summer, wildlife charity Butterfly Conservation has revealed. Continue reading

Pollinators Pushed Up The Agenda

Butterfly Conservation welcomes the Government’s National Pollinator Strategy. The newly published document is a clear steer from Government that the declines in bees and wild pollinators including butterflies and moths are being taken seriously. Continue reading

Globally Endangered Butterfly Needs Your Help As Numbers Fall

One of the UK’s rarest butterflies – the Large Blue – has declined this summer at its Somerset stronghold, Butterfly Conservation has revealed. Continue reading

Small Tortoiseshell Fights Back

One of the UK’s favourite butterflies – the Small Tortoiseshell, continued its fight back this summer after years of decline, despite enduring the coldest August since 1993, results from the Big Butterfly Count have revealed. Continue reading

Get Out For The Big Butterfly Count

Sir David Attenborough is calling on the public to become back garden wildlife detectives this summer by taking part in the world’s largest butterfly survey. Continue reading

Look For Lobsters In The Woods

Nature lovers are being asked to check the woods for Lobsters in a bid to help conservationists monitor moth distribution in the UK’s increasingly threatened woodlands and forests. Continue reading

Rare Swallowtail To Colonise UK?

A rare and spectacular butterfly may be attempting to colonise the UK after adults recently emerged on the south coast, Butterfly Conservation has revealed. Continue reading

Early Start For Rare Spring Butterflies

Many of the UK’s rare spring butterflies have emerged three weeks earlier than last year and a week earlier than average as a result of the recent mild weather, Butterfly Conservation has revealed. Continue reading

Spraying Is Still Not The Answer

Butterfly Conservation is shocked that the Forestry Commission is again going ahead with aerial spraying of woodland in Berkshire to control Oak Processionary moth. Continue reading

Moth Crash Indicates Insect Crisis

Butterfly Conservation warns that Britain’s biodiversity is under threat following analysis of data from the National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS), which has collated more than 16 million moth sightings dating back to 1769. Significant population falls from 1970 to 2010 can be attributed to our changing landscape, including agricultural intensification and urban spread, as well as climate change. Continue reading