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Please continue to submit your butterfly and day-flying moth sightings via our online recording system.

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Welcome to Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire

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).

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Annual Report 2020 now available

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.

Updated 27-03-2020

Returning the Chalk Hill Blue to Warwickshire

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.

A male Chalk Hill Blue
Polyommatus coridon

The Chalk Hill Blue

Events 2021

Open Day at Ryton Wood Meadows BC Reserve

21st August 2021

at Ryton Wood Meadows Butterfly Reserve, A445 Leamington Road with Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire

Warwickshire Branch Annual General Meeting and Social 2021

4th December 2021

at Bourton, Draycote and Frankton Village Hall with Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire

First Sightings 2021

07-07-2021 Gatekeeper

05-07-2021 Purple Emperor

03-07-2021 Essex Skipper

25-06-2021 Wood White

23-06-2021 White Admiral

23-06-2021 Small Skipper

16-06-2021 Ringlet

12-06-2021 Meadow Brown

12-06-2021 Marbled White

03-06-2021 Large Skipper

01-06-2021 Painted Lady

19-05-2021 Common Blue

17-05-2021 Small Blue

14-05-2021 Small Heath

09-05-2021 Brown Argus

02-05-2021 Dingy Skipper

02-05-2021 Small Copper

04-04-2021 Large White

04-04-2021 Speckled Wood

30-03-2021 Orange Tip

30-03-2021 Holly Blue

21-03-2021 Small White

07-03-2021 Red Admiral

26-02-2021 Comma

03-02-2021 Brimstone

06-01-2021 Peacock

Latest Records

29-07-2021 at Fenny Compton Tunnels by Mike Slater.

29-07-2021 at Fen End by Adrian Smith.

29-07-2021 at Wyndley Garden Centre, Knowle by James Kenny.

29-07-2021 at Coverdale Road Solihull by Neil Freeman.

29-07-2021 at Holly Walk, Leamington by John Clift.

29-07-2021 at Warwick Tesco by John Clift.

29-07-2021 at Coventry Road Warwick by John Clift.

29-07-2021 at Warwick station by John Clift.

29-07-2021 at Ettington cutting by John Clift.

29-07-2021 at Ettington south by John Clift.

Latest News

New three-year conservation project in the midlands

3rd June 2021
A new three-year conservation project, which aims to reverse the declines of spec... more

2020 hailed as a 'good' year for butterflies

31st March 2021
2020 hailed as a 'good' year for butterflies - but conservation scientists warn t... more

Holy Grail of moth recording reappears in Britain

26th September 2019
Numerous recent sightings of a moth that became extinct in the UK in the 1960s, s... more

Mediterranean Blue Butterfly Invades Britain

29th August 2019
Climate change is causing a striking butterfly from southern Europe to appear in ... more


Amazing Volunteers

Thanks to our amazing volunteer butterfly recorders here in Warwickshire, we recieved a total of 36,200 records in 2018 from 582 of our 620 tetrads (2km2). This represents an amazing 94% coverage of our region with an average of 11.5 species recorded per tetrad.

Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire 26-04-2019.
Scarlet Tiger © Butterfly Conservation

Watch Out For Tigers

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).

Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire Annual Report 2018 pp58.