Coronavirus Update

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.

Update 14th May 2020

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.


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 557* members. (*Updated 28-03-2020).

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Annual Report 2019 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 2020


First Sightings 2020

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 Dingy Skipper

08-04-2020 Painted Lady

08-04-2020 Speckled Wood

25-03-2020 Holly Blue

24-03-2020 Large White

24-03-2020 Orange Tip

23-03-2020 Small White

08-02-2020 Brimstone

05-02-2020 Comma

08-01-2020 Peacock

04-01-2020 Red Admiral


Latest Records

19-09-2020 at Lime Avenue, Lillington by Richard Dinsdale.

29-05-2020 at Grove Rd, Knowle by Liz Brace .

29-05-2020 at Harbuty Spoilbank by John Coakley.

29-05-2020 at Oakley, Fen End by Hamers.

29-05-2020 at Nunley Farm by Hamers.

29-05-2020 at Nunley Farm by Hamers.

29-05-2020 at Nunley Farm by Hamers.

29-05-2020 at Nunley Farm by Hamers.

29-05-2020 at Nunley Farm by Hamers.

29-05-2020 at Nunley Farm by Hamers.

Clifden Nonpareil © Tamas Nestor

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Volunteer

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.
VOLUNTEER
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.
SCARLET TIGER