Good work B&Q!

The retailer, who sponsor our Garden Butterfly Survey and Plant Pots For Pollinators campaign, have announced that they will stop using neonicotinoid pesticides, which are harmful to pollinating insects on their flowering plant range next year.

You can find out more here [ Butrfli.es Link ]

Photo: Painted Lady by Keith Warmington
Good work BQ The retailer who sponsor our Garden Butterfly Survey and
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04/26/2017 at 09:11. Facebook
The smallest of the UK's butterflies has finally been spotted on the wing this month! Have you seen one before?

The first confirmed sighting of the butterfly was last Friday, 21st April, in Dorset.

The Small Blue can be found throughout Britain and Ireland, but is often confined to small patches of sheltered grassland where its sole foodplant, Kidney Vetch, is found.

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The smallest of the UKs butterflies has finally been spotted on the
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Butterfly Conservation
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04/24/2017 at 11:27. Facebook
We're hiring! Could we have your dream job waiting for you?

We currently have vacancies for Conservation Officers, Engagement Officers, Project Officers, and Honorary Treasurer!

Please help us spread the word!

Photo: Marsh Fritillary on Cuckoo Flower by Tim Melling
We're hiring Could we have your dream job waiting for you
Martin Storey
Martine Orian-julien
Kirsty Taylor
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04/22/2017 at 12:11. Facebook
Up until now, the only blue butterflies on the wing in the UK this year have been Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus). This is still by far the most common blue butterfly being seen, especially in gardens and urban areas, but out in the countryside Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) is starting to emerge now too. An early one was spotted in Surrey on 3 April. The underside of the wings is the...
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Up until now the only blue butterflies on the wing in the
Andrew Dobbs
Susan Barron
Hil Wilkinson
Walls on the wing. The first Wall butterflies (Lasiommata megera) of 2017 have been spotted in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Essex. It is a widespread species, occurring as far north as southern Scotland, but has declined drastically in many parts of central, southern England in recent decades. 2016 marked a new low point for Wall populations in the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme - the butterfly...
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Walls on the wing The first Wall butterflies Lasiommata megera of 2017
Daniel Frampton
Nils Beaven
Deirdre Smith
What butterfly have you seen this week? We have received a lot of white butterfly sightings, but what many people don't realise is that this could be a female Orange-tip butterfly!

They look very similar to a Small or Green-veined White butterfly, as the female Orange-tip has white upperwings, edged with grey-black and with a black spot right in the centre.

The best way to see if it is an...
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What butterfly have you seen this week We have received a lot
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David Field
Anne Smart
Have you seen any battling Speckled Woods yet? Although adults seldom live longer than a week - dueling males spiraling in combat amidst woodland glades are a common site in sunny spring weather. [ Butrfli.es Link ] Picture by Tim Melling
Have you seen any battling Speckled Woods yet Although adults seldom live
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John Lovell
Sarah Pascoe
Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria euphrosyne), once known as the the April Fritillary, has started its 2017 flight period in southern parts of its UK range.

The first report was from Devon on 11 April, a few days ahead of its typical 'first sighting' date.

Photo by Bob Eade
Pearlbordered Fritillary Boloria euphrosyne once known as the the April Fritillary has
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Nick Brailsford
Deborah-Jayne Swan
Glum in the garden! Our report yesterday revealed that some of our rarest species suffered last year - but it was also bad news for our widespread garden species - how did butterflies do in your garden last year? (Picture Ivan Lynas) [ Butrfli.es Link ]
Glum in the garden Our report yesterday revealed that some of our
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Sue O'Shea
If you didn't see many butterflies in your garden or the countryside last year - there's a reason - 2016 was officially the fourth worst year on record. Find out why here [ Butrfli.es Link ] (picture of Heath Fritillary by Will Langdon)
If you didnt see many butterflies in your garden or the countryside

Butterfly Conservation - Butterflies crash in fourth worst year on record

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Tina Ash
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It is #nationalgardeningweek What will you be doing in your garden?

Why not add some flowers from the Verbena family, which are excellent for pollinators and have an Easter connection. Find out more from the Secret Gardener [ Butrfli.es Link ]

Image: Small Tortoiseshell on Verbena bonariensis by Josie Latus
It is nationalgardeningweek What will you be doing in your garden
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Martin Storey
Bruce Waite
Have you seen a Holly Blue butterfly before?

The first Holly Blue of 2017 was spotted in Cornwall back in February, but with April and May being the main flight season for this butterfly in the UK, we are now getting plenty of reported sightings!

This pretty butterfly is most commonly seen in the south of England and at low altitudes. In Wales it is restricted largely to the lowlands and in...
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Have you seen a Holly Blue butterfly before
Debbie Walker
Sarah Orange
Caroline Richardson
Butterfly Conservation has today strongly welcomed the sentencing of a collector found guilty of illegally catching and killing the UK’s rarest butterfly.

In a legal first, Phillip Cullen, 57, from Cadbury Heath, Bristol, was given a six-month suspended sentence after being found guilty of deliberately capturing and killing Large Blue butterflies on two occasions at nature reserves in...
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Butterfly Conservation has today strongly welcomed the sentencing of a collector found
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Scott Probert
Roger Littleover
Are you up for a challenge this summer?

Take part in a hillside treasure hunt, a night-time safari or a family-friendly ramble to the perfect picnic spot and raise money for Butterfly Conservation.

Find out more at
Are you up for a challenge this summer Take part in a
Sarah Harrington-James
Judy Hawker
Leanne Birkin
There's some misinformation about moths eating clothes circulating in the media today so to put minds at ease - here are the facts!

Out of more than 2,500 species of moths in the UK, there are only two common species of clothes moths which cause problems - the Case-bearing Clothes Moth and the Common Clothes Moth.

The caterpillar of the former hides in a portable case as it feeds, while...
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Theres some misinformation about moths eating clothes circulating in the media today
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Rachel Tomlinson
Les Hill
What shrubs are in flower in your garden providing a good nectar source for pollinators?

There are several types of Viburnum which are in flower at the moment. Viburnum x burkwoodii has clusters of pink buds that open to tubular white flowers which are beautifully fragrant – you will keep wanting to sniff them!

Image: Viburnum x burkwoodii ‘Anne Russell’
What shrubs are in flower in your garden providing a good nectar source for pollinators
Jennifer Santos Lã
Paul Dubery
Patricia Havard
Have you ever volunteered for Butterfly Conservation?

What did you love most about it, and what made you want to volunteer with us?

Please do let us know, we want to make volunteering a great experience for everyone who generously donates their time to save butterflies and moths.

Get involved -
Have you ever volunteered for Butterfly Conservation
Is your birthday in April?

Daisies are one of the April birth flowers. They are also said to symbolise innocence and hope. Daisies are also brilliant for butterflies and moths - why not add some to your garden?



Photo: Elephant Hawk-moth on an Ox-eye Daisy by Rachel Scopes
Is your birthday in April Daisies are one of the April birth
Jane Fountain
Sharon Sansom
Joan Hetherington
Do you remember the last time you saw a butterfly?

Fewer than ever are managing to survive in our rapidly changing world. Once common species, like the Small Tortoiseshell, are becoming scarcer.

Butterfly Conservation saves butterflies from extinction. Help us stop butterflies and moths from becoming a distant memory. butrfli.es/Pleasedonate

Image: Steve Maskell
Do you remember the last time you saw a butterfly
Julia Race
Debbie Walker
Graeme Davis
Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus) butterflies have already been spotted on the wing (in Surrey), nearly a month earlier than their usual first UK appearance. After the mild, dry winter, it's not surprising that many butterflies are emerging a week or so early, but the appearance of Small Heath in March is certainly unusual. (Library image by Bob Eade)
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus butterflies have already been spotted on the wing
Susan Goldsmith
Carole Townshend
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