Welcome to the East Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation.

We cover 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.


Grizzled Skipper Monitoring and Recording HERE
NEW! First Sighting Dates for Leics & Rutland HERE
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The Status and Recorded History of Nottinghamshire’s Butterflies (1850-2023)

Published in February 2024 as a free, digital-only publication of 106 pages, and written and researched by Nottinghamshire Recorder Steve Mathers. Available HERE . See a presentation by Steve given to the 2024 BAG Intriguing Invertebrates Seminar above.


Purple Emperor - The Tale of a Discovery

Read the fascinating story of the finding and subsequent dedicated searches in Sherwood Forest for the Purple Emperor, by Nicholas Brownley

Big Butterfly Count 2024

The Big Butterfly Count 2024 begins on Friday 12th July and will run until Sunday 4th August.


OPEN GARDEN - Nottingham, West Bridgford - 27th July 1-5pm

Adults £3 suggested entrance donation.

20 Trevor Road, NG26FS

This 90 year-old garden is a biodiversity hotspot recording 19 species of butterfly and 30 moths, including a population or Red-belted Clearwings. Lots of seating so sit and observe what's around. Drinks and cakes for sale. Wheelchair access. Toilet. Well-behaved dogs welcome.

Proceeds to benefit Butterfly Conservation.


Hoe Grange 6th Open Day
RAIN FINALLY GIVES WAY TO SUN AT SIXTH HOE GRANGE OPEN DAY

The soggy start to the day, augmented by a poor weather forecast, limited the number of people attending this year’s Hoe Grange Quarry open day, which has been running since 2017. There were still 200 brave souls who turned up at Derbyshire’s first dedicated butterfly reserve, and by the end of the afternoon the weather had improved enough for the later arrivals to enjoy seeing up to 10 species. READ MORE


2023 AGM & Members Day Minutes

And some previous ones can be found on the News & Posts page.

These contain much more than just the business of the AGM and have a wealth of information about the region's lepidoptera.

Download a beautifully illustrated booklet introducing moths and why they matter.
Notts Butterfly Review 2022 by Steve Mathers

80% of butterflies have declined across the UK
Our butterflies are disappearing

Seven years on from the last State of UK’s Butterflies report, the plight of insects has become a common concern. However, conserving “the little things that run the world” remains an enormous challenge.

The State of the UK’s Butterflies 2022 report has revealed the alarming news that 80% of butterflies in the UK have declined since the 1970s.

Rare Hornet Moth Colony found at BGS Keyworth

A colony of these rare clearwing moths has recently been discovered on site at the British Geological Survey headquarters in Keyworth, Notts.

Counting butterflies to calm the anxious mind

A new study from Derby University suggests that taking the time to watch and count butterflies can reduce anxiety, as well as providing vital information in the fight for nature.


Clearwing and Forester Project

Melanie Penson has produced a detailed document on the results to date, with the methodology and objectives in her study of the status of these elusive moths.

Chequered Skippers can be seen in England for the first time in 45 years

Thanks to the expertise of Butterfly Conservation and international conservation experts, changes in land management techniques from Forestry England, and hard-working volunteers from Butterfly Conservation, the butterfly can be seen in England for the first time since 1976.

The Purple Emperor: An Idiosyncratic species with Dennis Dell

A talk delivered to the Yorkshire branch on 17th January 2022,


Imperial Invasion

Butterfly Conservation’s East Midlands branch (EMBC) has teamed up with South Derbyshire County Council (SDDC) to buy Willow trees that will help create the habitat preferred by the Purple Emperor butterfly and promote this spectacular species’ steady march northwards through our region into Derbyshire.

Read the account by Gary Atkins of the first stage of this exciting project.

The State of Britain's Larger Moths 2021

This report summarises current knowledge of the state of Britain’s c.900 species of larger moths, presenting analyses of long-term change based on millions of records gathered through the Rothamsted Insect Survey (RIS) and National Moth Recording Scheme (NMRS).


Dennis Dell on the spread of the Purple Emperor

Dennis Dell, our Purple Emperor champion (HIM), gives tips on how to find this iconic butterfly in an article originally written for the Yorkshire Branch.

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