Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Butterflies are not only beautiful and fascinating creatures but are also highly responsive to the environment. David Attenborough described them as 'A thermometer of the health of our natural world' Almost every species of butterfly is in decline and a quarter are facing extinction. We have lost more than 97% of our traditional meadows and woodland in recent times so it is crucial we raise awareness about the threats facing our butterflies, moths, their habitats and our natural environment. Yorkshire Branch work in partnership with land owners, local authorities, conservation bodies, businesses and the local community to achieve this.
Here in Yorkshire the Duke of Burgundy and Pearl Bordered Fritillary are particularly vulnerable due to habitat loss and increasingly susceptible to extinction. Yorkshire also has the only remaining colony of the Dark Bordered Beauty Moth in England, on Strensall Common and is on the brink of extinction.
Become a member today and help us save butterflies, moths and their habitats. There are many rewarding roles volunteering in recording and conservation just take a look at our Branch leaflet HERE . We have a real challenge when 60% of children in the UK have never seen a Peacock butterfly according to a YouGov Survey and 78% of parents are concerned that children don’t spend enough time interacting with nature. Founded in 1981 Yorkshire branch wil be 40 years old this year and has more than 1800 members.
Volunteer Publicity Officer Vacancy
Your Guide to the Website
Work commences on a new site in the Tabular Hills
For around 6 years we have been trying to get permission to do some scrub clearance on an old Quarry site in the Hackness area, near Scarborough. The site holds many of our Butterfly species, from Silver Washed Fritillary, Marbled White, Brown Argus, and White Letter Hairstreak, to name a few Its also a special site for our local Flora. Two of our members at Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire, Ian and Pauline Popley have done all the spade work at the site, jointly recording everything via transects and then getting the permission for a team to start the much needed work at the site Pauline is not in the best of health and Ian spends his days looking out for Pauline , they are so missed on the work party days. We are doing the work with the Carstairs Trust , who are first class to work with and we hope this will lead to a closer relationship with the trust We are always on the lookout for helpers at this amazing site photo show just a tiny area that we have cleared, the Hawthorn and Blackthorn scrub is so thick Top is before and bottom after I will finish off by saying from all of us that are involved with nature, WE JUST WISH.
26th November Unfortunately we have had to cancel the Work Party at Fordon this Sunday due to storm Arwen.
24th November Following on from the enormous success of his Micro-moth Field Tips published in 2017 and by popular demand, Ben Smart has compiled a second volume to help to identify the early signs of micro-moths in and around the north-west of England. Designed as being complimentary to the first volume, the book has an introduction to the early stages of each family of micro-moths as well as many images of leaf-mines. The bulk of the book is again set out as a chronological guide of species to search out in each month of the year with images of each stage in the moth’s life-cycle. At the end of the book, there’s a comprehensive species and plant index that covers both volumes. Though based around Ben’s locale, the guide is relevant country-wide and another essential guide for moth enthusiasts.
20th November Please note the Fordon work party tomorrow the 21 November has been postponed due to the weather forecat.
16th November An antidote if you are suffering seasonal affective disorder or just post COP26 hopelessness... these BBC Butterfly Moments will raise your spirits.
Butterfly Conservation Strategy
Calling all butterfly recorders: The DECIDE Project needs your help
This interesting citizen science project is developing a tool for recorders to use to find out where biological records are needed most to improve species distribution models. In turn this will enable data users such as land managers, planners and policy makers to make better decisions. The tool has been co-created with the recording community. The DECIDE team would really appreciate it if you give your feedback. Try it out : https://decide.ceh.ac.uk/info/decide_info as they develop it further.