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 book documents, celebrates and shares the many successes the Warwickshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation has had in conserving our rarer butterflies over the past 25 years. It is a manual of techniques, tips and ideas that will help and hopefully inspire others to create and manage habitats and to conserve butterflies.
In addition, the book outlines the fieldcraft that is required to provide the best chance of finding adult butterflies and their immature stages, provides tips on how to identify the difficult species and suggests how to get the maximum enjoyment from your butterfly encounters.
To order your copy, please visit the NHBS website.
This book is dedicated to the memory of Phil Pain (1923-2014). A passionate Warwickshire naturalist and butterfly enthusiast whose generous legacy has enabled this book to be published.
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.
9th December 2023
at Bourton, Draycote and Frankton Village Hall with Tony Penycate
20-07-2023 Brown Hairstreak
24-06-2023 Purple Emperor
22-06-2023 Essex Skipper
21-06-2023 Purple Hairstreak
19-06-2023 Silver Washed Fritillary
18-06-2023 White Admiral
14-06-2023 Dark Green Fritillary
13-06-2023 Small Skipper
11-06-2023 White Letter Hairstreak
09-06-2023 Marbled White
29-05-2023 Meadow Brown
26-05-2023 Wood White
26-05-2023 Large Skipper
20-05-2023 Small Heath
13-05-2023 Small Blue
09-05-2023 Common Blue
07-05-2023 Brown Argus
07-05-2023 Grizzled Skipper
05-05-2023 Dingy Skipper
05-05-2023 Painted Lady
04-05-2023 Small Copper
28-04-2023 Green Hairstreak
07-04-2023 Holly Blue
07-04-2023 Orange Tip
03-04-2023 Green Veined White
03-04-2023 Large White
18-03-2023 Small White
20-02-2023 Speckled Wood
31-01-2023 Red Admiral
04-01-2023 Small Tortoiseshell
Please note: From February 2023 all sightings records should be submitted via the iRecord Butterflies app available via the iTunes or Google Store. Find out more here: iRecord at Butterfly Conservation.
02-01-2023 at Grove Rd, Knowle by L Brace.
28-12-2022 at Ryton Pools Park, Bubbenhall by Tara Higgs.
26-11-2022 at Bubbenhall wood by Helen Cormack.
25-11-2022 at Bedworth Arts Centre by Eleanor Sutton.
12-11-2022 at Miners Welfare Park, Bedworth by Eleanor Sutton.
12-11-2022 at CBS Arena by John Coakley.
12-11-2022 at Grove Rd, Knowle by L Brace.
11-11-2022 at Epwell by Mike Slater.
08-11-2022 at Newbold Quarry Park by Phil Parr.
08-11-2022 at Newbold Quarry by Richard Beswick.
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).