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 535* members. (*Updated 20-10-2019).

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Branch Events 2020

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Annual Report 2019

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

Volunteer Conservation Work Parties (Tuesdays)

Every Tuesday throughout the year

at various locations with Mike Slater

Volunteer Conservation Work Parties (Fridays)

Every Friday throughout the year

at various locations with Mike Slater

Branch Spring Social Meeting 2020

18th April 2020

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

Emperors and Hairstreaks on Cannock Chase

1st May 2020

at The Glacial Boulder Car Park, Chase Road, WS15 2UA with Steven Cheshire

Moth Night at Baddesley Clinton (National Trust)

23rd May 2020

at Nationwide with David Brown

Spring Butterflies at Fenny Compton

27th May 2020

at Fenny Compton Tunnel on the A423 Southam to Banbury Road with Mike Slater

First Sightings 2020

08-02-2020 Brimstone

05-02-2020 Comma

08-01-2020 Peacock

04-01-2020 Red Admiral

Latest Records

08-02-2020 at Long Itchington by IDavies.

08-02-2020 at My garden, Lilbourne by Angela Newhouse.

05-02-2020 at Draycote by Steven Wright.

25-01-2020 at Oakley, Fen End by Hamers.

21-01-2020 at Ryton Pols Country Park by Mike Slater.

19-01-2020 at CV3 5NR by ADRIAN JOHNSON.

19-01-2020 at Ryton Wood Meadows by Mike Slater.

08-01-2020 at Packwood by Adrian Smith.

08-01-2020 at Broom - garden by Mark & Mary Preston.

04-01-2020 at Kenilworth Warks. by Chris Matthews.

Clifden Nonpareil © Tamas Nestor

Latest News

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

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


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.