Butterfly Conservation
03/24/2017 at 10:26. Facebook
Did you know, tomorrow is WWF's #EarthHour?

This Saturday, millions of people around the world will be switching off their lights at 8.30pm for our amazing planet.

Will you be part of it?
Butterfly Conservation
03/22/2017 at 11:40. Facebook
What seeds are you starting to sow in your garden?

The Secret Gardener has some wildflower seed suggestions.
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Which wildflowers do you find are popular with butterflies and moths?

Image: Peacock on Field Scabious by Tim Melling
Butterfly Conservation
03/21/2017 at 08:00. Facebook
Around this time last year, we had the first 2016 sighting of the Clouded Yellow butterfly in the UK - have you ever seen one?

Although primarily a migrant butterfly originating from north Africa and southern Europe, in recent years this butterfly has successfully overwintered in the south of England.

Migrant Clouded Yellow butterflies can be found anywhere in the British Isles, although...
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Today is the Spring Equinox, and also the International Day Of Happiness. Coincidence? We think not!

The length of night and day are now equal, which means more time for gardening!

Photo: Brimstone on Buckthorn by Keith Warmington
The first UK Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines) of 2017 was reported on Wednesday in Suffolk. This is about a week earlier than usual. Have you seen one yet?

See [ Butrfli.es Link ] for news as more butterflies appear this spring.

Photo: Orange-tip by Matt Berry
What better way to celebrate the Emerald Isle on St Patrick's Day than with this beautiful Large Emerald moth. You can find out more about them here [ Butrfli.es Link ]

Photo by Mark Parsons
Butterfly Conservation has today welcomed the prosecution of a collector found guilty of illegally catching and killing the UK’s rarest butterfly.

Phillip Cullen, 57, from Cadbury Heath, Bristol, was convicted at Bristol Magistrates Court of deliberately capturing and killing Large Blue butterflies on two occasions at nature reserves in Somerset and Gloucestershire in 2015.

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Did you see a butterfly yesterday? We had so many reports of Peacock, Brimstone, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies!

But has anyone seen this butterfly yet?

The Green-veined White is one of the most widely distributed butterflies across the UK and can be seen on the wing anytime from late March until September.

This time last year, the first of this butterfly was spotted in...
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We have had a few reports of Painted Lady butterflies being spotted along with the warmer spring weather!

The Painted Lady is a long-distance migrant, which causes the most spectacular butterfly migrations observed in Britain and Ireland.

Each year, it spreads northwards from the desert fringes of North Africa, the Middle East, and central Asia, recolonising mainland Europe and reaching...
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We've got a Joyful gift set from Green People to give away just in time for Mother's Day.

To enter simply like this post and enter your details here butrfli.es/GPprizedraw

If you don't want to leave it to chance, you can still treat yourself or your Mum to Green People's environmentally-friendly, cruelty free products. Get 25% off with the code BC25 when you place an order before 31st March.
Which butterflies have you seen today?

It feels very spring-like with blue sky and sunshine, yellow primroses and daffodils, lambs gambolling and catkins swinging in the breeze.

There are also lots of reports of butterflies appearing, such as Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma.

Brimstone by Matt Berry, Greenwings
We are celebrating #InternationalWomensDay with a huge thank you to the women making a big difference here at Butterfly Conservation.

61% of our staff are women, and their work ranges from conserving some of our rarest butterflies and moths, inspiring future generations as well as fundraising and spreading the word about the work we do.

You can follow some of them on Twitter here - [...
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Snowdrops are out, daffodils are beginning to bloom and the weather is getting warmer. Spring is a great time to think about your garden plans for the year ahead.

Why not see what you can plant to encourage butterflies and moths to your green space?

Photo - Painted Lady by Matt Berry
Did you know we are on Instagram too? . We would love to see you there!

What is your favourite to use and why - Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?

Photo: Common Blue on Ox-eye Daisy by Tim Melling
The amazing migration of the Painted Lady is a wonder of the natural world. Read about the latest discoveries in our new blog post [ Butrfli.es Link ] by Richard Fox, Head of Recording. (Image by Iain Leach)
Happy World Wildlife Day! ????

Butterflies conjure up images of sunshine, the warmth and colour of flowery meadows, and summer gardens teaming with life. Moths are one of the most diverse group of insects on earth, ranging from spectacular Hawk-moths to small, intricately patterned Footman moths.

Find out why butterflies and moths are such an important species [ Butrfli.es Link ]
Do you like our new cover picture?

The spring edition of Butterfly magazine is out and features controversy from Nick Baker, identification tips for tricky Skippers from Dr Martin Warren, wildlife maps from Richard Fox and green revolutions from Kate Bradbury.

Join us now to get your copy [ Butrfli.es Link ]

Phot by Mike McKenzie
It's the 1st of March, which means it's also St David's Day!

The patron saint of Wales died on this day in 589 and traditional festivities include wearing Daffodils - the national flower of Wales - or Leeks - the symbol of St David.

It also means we're all a step closer to spring and seeing more butterflies!

Find out which flowers you can plant in your garden to attract more pollinators...
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Making Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday? How about something a little different? Why not make some butterfly and moth ones! There are 59 species of butterfly and 2,500 species of moths in the UK so you have lots to choose from.

Take a look at our species pages for inspiration [ Butterfly-conservation.org Link ]

Not long left to book your tickets for our UK Butterfly Recorders' Meeting! Tickets usually sell out fast so don't miss out on your space.

Each year we host a conference for butterfly lovers in the UK, full of great presentations about butterfly recording, monitoring, conservation and ecology.

The meeting is a great opportunity to mingle with butterfly enthusiasts from around the country!

UK Butterfly Recorders' Meeting

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