Butterfly Conservation and Severn Trent announce a new 3-year conservation project in the Midands

The project, titled Butterfly Mosaics, will form part of Severn Trent’s Great Big Nature Boost and aims to reverse the declines of specific species of butterfly and moth in the Midlands area. Read More...

Dennis Dell on the spread of His Imperial Majesty

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.

Latest Maps Now Online

Maps show change in status of Ringlet, Dark-green Fritillary, Purple Emperor and others.

Book Review - Aberrations in British Butterflies

The first volume in a series on aberrations of British Butterflies has been published beginning with the Comma and Ringlet and is reviewed here by Melanie Penson.


Projects and Reserves

East Midlands Moths

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.

Rhona Goddard, BC Midlands Regional Officer has arranged four visits to the East Midlands to look at key sites listed on the STW funding bid. Her first two visits have been to central and southern Notts and the picture below shows site owners/managers, our conservation officer, county recorders and transect members, at a central Notts site on 10th June 2021.

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L to R: NSDC Ranger, Lynn Preece Newark & Sherwood DC, Rhona Goddard Regional Officer, Melanie Penson Notts/Leics Conservation Officer, Helen Mitchem Project Officer Minor2Major, Amy Chandler Forestry England.

The idea is for Rhona to get to know our area, the diversity of the sites we have and to dispel the myth that the EM is lacking in butterflies and moths. If Rhona feels work can be done in conjunction with those who know the sites then she is happy to try to help. The prority species are Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper and Small Heath and some moths.

July visits are scheduled for Derbyshire, including our wonderful Hoe Grange Quarry and Leicestershire sites will be visited during August/September.

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Green Hairstreak; Calverton pit top by Philip Kirk


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