Please note that all Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire events, committee meetings and work parties are now cancelled with immediate effect until further notice.
You can still submit your garden butterfly and day-flying moth sightings via our online recording system.
For more information about Coronavirus visit UK Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) or National Health Service Coronavirus Advice for everyone webpage.
As a result of the Government’s change in restrictions on outdoor activities in England, Butterfly Conservation has revised it's guidance to recorders. Please read the two guidance documents below for further information.
IMPORTANT! The situation remains unchanged regarding recording and monitoring in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, in keeping with the guidance issued by the relevant devolved administrations.
The Warwickshire branch of Butterfly Conservation works in partnership with land owners, local authorities, conservation bodies, businesses and the local community to raise awareness about the threats facing our butterflies, moths, their habitats and our natural environment. We provide advice and practical help on how to protect these and other threatened wildlife in the region. We challenge local authorities and business to ensure they consider the natural world upon which we all depend when making decisions about planning applications and land use.
Several butterflies in the region such as the Small Blue, Wood White and Dark Green Fritillary are particularly vulnerable due to habitat loss and population fragmentation resulting in small isolated colonies which become increasingly susceptible to local or regional extinction.
Warwickshire also hosts a wide variety of moths including species such as Sciota hostilis which is found nowhere else in the country.
Become a member today and help us save butterflies, moths and their habitats in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. The branch currently has 580* members. (*Updated 08-07-2020).
This year's Annual Report is now available to download via your Gatekeeper Account. It includes butterfly and moth survey data collected by hundreds of volunteers and enthusiasts during 2019.
Note: Due to Coronavirus, our print suppliers are not operating at present. Warwickshire Branch Members will receive their hard copy of the 2019 Annual Report as soon as possible. In the meantime, branch members that have opted to receive communications via email will shortly receive a mini e-newsletter containing a link to download your digital copy of the annual report. Alternatively, if you have a Gatekeeper Account, you can download your digital copy from your Gatekeeper page.
The Chalk Hill Blue has not been a resident species in Warwickshire since the 19th century but in recent years, individual butterflies have been sighted in the south of the county. Conservation measures in neighbouring Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire have enabled the Chalk Hill Blue to recover some of its former range, meaning that colonies are now found very close to the Warwickshire border.
This innovative project will restore the threatened Chalk Hill Blue butterfly to Warwickshire after an absence of over 100 years.
22-07-2020 Chalk Hill Blue
20-07-2020 Brown Hairstreak
23-06-2020 Essex Skipper
22-06-2020 Purple Emperor
09-06-2020 Purple Hairstreak
09-06-2020 Silver Washed Fritillary
09-06-2020 Marbled White
09-06-2020 Clouded Yellow
08-06-2020 White Letter Hairstreak
01-06-2020 Small Skipper
31-05-2020 White Admiral
26-05-2020 Dark Green Fritillary
26-05-2020 Meadow Brown
21-05-2020 Large Skipper
06-05-2020 Wood White
06-05-2020 Small Blue
05-05-2020 Brown Argus
04-05-2020 Common Blue
02-05-2020 Small Heath
23-04-2020 Small Copper
21-04-2020 Grizzled Skipper
21-04-2020 Dingy Skipper
08-04-2020 Painted Lady
08-04-2020 Speckled Wood
07-04-2020 Green Hairstreak
05-04-2020 Green Veined White
25-03-2020 Holly Blue
24-03-2020 Large White
24-03-2020 Orange Tip
23-03-2020 Small White
08-01-2020 Small Tortoiseshell
04-01-2020 Red Admiral
06-11-2020 at Scots Lane, Coundon, Coventry. by Brendan Neary.
19-09-2020 at Lime Avenue, Lillington by Richard Dinsdale.
06-08-2020 at Marsh Lane NR by John Coakley.
05-08-2020 at Lime Avenue, Lillington by Richard Dinsdale.
05-08-2020 at Packwood by Adrian Smith.
05-08-2020 at Elmdon Nature Pk by Gail Wyldes.
04-08-2020 at Lime Avenue, Lillington by Richard Dinsdale.
03-08-2020 at Castle Hills, Bickenhill by Christopher Hill.
03-08-2020 at Lime Avenue, Lillington by Richard Dinsdale.
03-08-2020 at Stockton spoilbank by Mike Slater.
The Scarlet Tiger (Callimorpha dominula) had a fantastic year in 2018. Record numbers of larvae were noted in the spring. Surprisingly larvae were found feeding on Wych Elm beside the car park at Charlecote Nursery, a new larval foodplant for Scarlet Tiger in the UK (M. Halsey, D.C.G. Brown).