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 2021

Our Annual Report includes butterfly and moth survey data collected by hundreds of volunteers and enthusiasts during the previous year. Published spring 2022.


A request from Corfu Butterfly Conservation

Corfu Butterfly Conservation is a project initiated by concerned residents, island visitors and scientists from all over the world. Our goal is to stimulate informed interest and produce robust scientific data that can be used to influence policy and protect habitat for the benefit of Corfu’s butterflies and the wider natural environment, on which we all depend.

Our immediate aim is to record the distribution and abundance of butterflies on the island. Ultimately, we intend to publish an atlas of Corfu Butterflies based on this information. We would be delighted if you could help us in this effort and so if you intend to visit Corfu in the near future, please record your butterfly sightings on our website: www.corfubutterflyconservation.org

Additionally, to help promote the Corfu Butterfly Survey we will be running a promotional week from the 1st until the 8th May 2022. This week requires volunteers to participate in a range of different publicity events, as well as undertake some butterfly surveying work. If you are interested in taking part please contact: dan@corfubutterflyconservation.org.

 

Southern Festoon

Southern Festoon © Dan Danahar 2022

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 2022

Warwickshire Moth Night with David Brown

14th August 2022

at Draycote Water Nature Reserve with David Brown

Warwickshire Guided Butterfly Walk with Mike Slater

17th August 2022

at Ryton Wood Meadows Butterfly Reserve with Mike Slater

Warwickshire Moth Night for New Members/Beginners with Ben Coleman

19th August 2022

at Ryton Pools Country Park, Leamington Rd, Bubbenhall, CV8 3BG with Ben Coleman

Warwickshire Moth Night with David Brown

5th September 2022

at Rough Hill Wood Nature Reserve with David Brown


First Sightings 2022

21-07-2022 Clouded Yellow

26-06-2022 Gatekeeper

24-06-2022 Essex Skipper

22-06-2022 Purple Emperor

14-06-2022 Small Skipper

14-06-2022 White Admiral

07-06-2022 Ringlet

27-05-2022 Meadow Brown

21-05-2022 Large Skipper

21-05-2022 Marbled White

17-05-2022 Wood White

17-05-2022 Painted Lady

06-05-2022 Small Heath

06-05-2022 Common Blue

30-04-2022 Small Blue

29-04-2022 Brown Argus

25-04-2022 Small Copper

20-04-2022 Dingy Skipper

25-03-2022 Orange Tip

24-03-2022 Large White

23-03-2022 Holly Blue

18-03-2022 Speckled Wood

14-03-2022 Small White

08-03-2022 Comma

27-01-2022 Red Admiral

17-01-2022 Peacock

04-01-2022 Brimstone


Latest Records

09-08-2022 at School Lane, Shuttington by Diana L.

09-08-2022 at Mayswood by Tara Higgs.

09-08-2022 at Grove Rd, Knowle by L Brace.

09-08-2022 at Wagon Lane park Solihull by Neil Freeman.

09-08-2022 at Langley Hall Park Olton by Neil Freeman.

08-08-2022 at Diamond Jubilee Wood by Angela Newhouse.

08-08-2022 at Grove Rd, Knowle by L Brace.

08-08-2022 at Stratford upon Avon CV37 9PU by Neumoegeni.

08-08-2022 at Ryton Wood Meadows by Mike Slater.

08-08-2022 at Weston Wood by Mike Slater.

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

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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