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 500* members. (*Membership count updated 7th February 2019).

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Branch Events 2019


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Annual Report 2018

Our Annual Report includes butterfly and moth survey data collected by hundreds of volunteers and enthusiasts during the previous year. Published spring 2019.


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 2019

Graylings at the Bog

3rd August 2019

at The Bog, Stiperstones, Shropshire, SY5 0NG with Sue Walker

Moth Night at Bishops Hill

3rd August 2019

at Bishops Hill, Bishops Itchington with David Brown

Open Day at Ryton Wood Meadows Butterfly Reserve

17th August 2019

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

National Moth Night 2019 at Oversley Wood

28th September 2019

at Oversley Wood (FC), A46 Stratford to Alcester Road with David Brown


First Sightings 2019

02-07-2019 Essex Skipper

30-06-2019 Gatekeeper

28-06-2019 Clouded Yellow

28-06-2019 Purple Emperor

20-06-2019 White Admiral

16-06-2019 Small Skipper

12-06-2019 Marbled White

09-06-2019 Ringlet

02-06-2019 Painted Lady

31-05-2019 Meadow Brown

21-05-2019 Large Skipper

13-05-2019 Wood White

12-05-2019 Small Blue

12-05-2019 Common Blue

11-05-2019 Small Heath

05-05-2019 Brown Argus

23-04-2019 Dingy Skipper

29-03-2019 Large White

28-03-2019 Orange Tip

26-03-2019 Small Copper

23-03-2019 Holly Blue

19-03-2019 Small White

27-02-2019 Speckled Wood

21-02-2019 Comma

21-02-2019 Peacock

14-02-2019 Brimstone

08-02-2019 Red Admiral


Latest Records

18-07-2019 at Chessetswood by Adrian Smith.

18-07-2019 at Fen end by Adrian Smith.

18-07-2019 at Fillongley by Adrian Smith.

18-07-2019 at Garden - Merlin Avenue, Nuneaton by David Parker.

18-07-2019 at Sutton Coldfield - The Greenway by Sue Walker.

18-07-2019 at Lime Avenue Leamington Spa by Richard Dinsdale.

18-07-2019 at Packmores by John Clift.

17-07-2019 at Lime Avenue Leamington Spa by Richard Dinsdale.

17-07-2019 at Oakley by Hamers.

17-07-2019 at Little Alne by Mike Slater.

Latest News

Latest News

Butterflies bounce back in heatwave summer

8th April 2019
UK butterflies bounced back in 2018 following a string of poor years, thanks in p... more

Canal adoption great for butterflies.

20th December 2017
The branch has adopted a stretch of waterway and it's making a positive impact fo... more

Canal and Rivers Trust Award.

16th September 2016
Branch wins Natural Environment category for their work to save rare butterflies ... more

MORE NEWS
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

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