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Welcome to the East Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation.


News about this website.

In recent months, due to technical difficulties and unforeseen circumstances we have experienced problems in managing this website as we would have wished. Neil Pinder has taken on the role of webmaster and will be looking to revitalise the branches' presence on the web though this will take a little while. Hopefully it will all be up and running in time for the butterfly activity in the early months of 2019.

It is probable that all the branches' news will eventually be on the In Your Area pages of the Butterfly Conservation website and that this site will be allowed to fade away as Neil is assured that those pages will accommodate all our needs and it is clearly better to avoid the duplication.

So please be patient and understanding as Neil does his best to work out how to present all the information from this site on a new system.

Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths.

The East Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation covers the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Rutland and Derbyshire including the Peak District.

Butterfly Conservation is a membership organisation and has people with all sorts of interests and levels of knowledge - those who like looking at butterflies and moths in their garden, those who are fascinated by their life cycle, some who are true experts and want to pass on their knowledge to others and people who feel passionately about wildlife conservation.

The East Midlands Branch welcomes new members with any or all of the above interests. If you would like to find out more about joining Butterfly Conservation please contact our Membership Secretary or visit the Membership Web Site.


Keep up with news from the region

Follow our three County Recorders and other news items from the East Midlands Branch

We have added a new Blog section to the website "News & Blogs". This has been set up using WordPress and enables you to subscribe to the blogs. Once you have subscribed you will receive emails with details of latest sightings or other news as it is posted. This feature is also linked to our FaceBook and Twitter accounts.

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Submitting Butterfly Records to East Midlands Branch

Why submit records?

Records, even of the commonest species, are invaluable in helping us to understand the status and distribution of species on a national and local basis and help guide conservation work. Whilst garden records are useful, records from the wider countryside are especially valuable, particularly in under-recorded areas.

Details of the three County Recorders can be found on the Committee Page

How and when to submit your records

All three County recorders prefer to receive records via email.

A spreadsheet is ideal with these column headings:

Date Site Grid Ref Species Number Recorder Notes
Date Site Grid Ref Species Number Recorder Notes

Further details e.g. male, female, larvae, pupae, ova etc. can be added in the notes column.

You can download an xls template here

If you do not have spreadsheet access then you can list your sightings in Word or text file and include this information. Further details e.g. male, female, larvae, pupae, ova etc. can be added in the notes column.

Ken Orpe (Derbyshire), Richard Jeffery (Leicestershire and Rutland) and Richard Rogers (Nottinghamshire) would like to receive email records as often as is convenient. Just how often is your choice but every week or two has the advantage of allowing the recorders to share news of sightings, particularly of interesting species throughout the course of the year.

Adrian Russell (Moth Officer for Leicestershire and Rutland) requests that your Leicestershire and Rutland Moth records be submitted at the end of the year. 

What about online submission and apps?

You may submit record via the "iRecord Website", you will need to create an account after which you may submit records for all your wildlife records in any part of the country. These records will then be sent on to the relevant County Recorder & Biological Records Office. There is an "iRecord Butterflies" app available for iPhone & iPad available on iTunes that can be used to submit records and photographs.

In Leicester and Rutland there is also NatureSpot. Records submitted in this way are forwarded to County Recorders, though this may not be until the end of the year.

Paper Submissions

Submissions may also be made on our Paper Recording Forms, these are usually distributed with the Spring Newsletter and are also available on our new Downloads Page. Please note these have been revised for the 2015 season, so if using paper forms please use the updated versions.

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Distribution Maps

Now on the East Midlands website, distribution maps up to the year 2014. These maps have been compiled using records sent in to our three county recorders and complied by Christine Maughan. Further sets of maps will be posted on the web site as they become ready.

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