We have over 1000 members and stretch from Peterborough in the north of Cambridgeshire to the outskirts of London at the south of Essex.

Across these two great counties we are lucky to have a rich tapestry of butterfly and moth habitats including The Fens, ancient woodland, classic chalk grassland and miles and miles of coast.

Our committee and members are active throughout the year and we meet regularly for conservation work parties, informative field trips and a number of various other get togethers.

If you live in our region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Cambridgeshire & Essex branch - and we'd love to see you out in the field.

So if you have any questions about butterflies, moths and conservation in our region, please don't hesitate to get in touch with any of us on the committee.

What's going on?

Peacock (upperwing) - Dean Morley

Gardening for butterflies

Vince Lea, the Branch's Conservation Officer for Cambridgeshire, offers a few pointers that may help you maximise the potential of your garden.

Clouded Yellow - Bill Mudie.JPG

Field Trip: Canvey Wick, August 14th

Join David Chandler to see late summer grassland species – hopefully including Clouded Yellow and Wall.

Get involved


  • Has the ‘COVID effect’ worn off for nature lovers?

    Big Butterfly Count sees a drop in participants compared to 2020 and 2021, and urges the public not to forget the benefits of being connected to nature – and it’s not too late to take part!

  • Volunteering with Big City Butterflies

    Shae Wiedermann is studying for a Masters in Ecology, Culture and Society at Goldsmiths College, London. She volunteered with the Big City Butterflies project and tells us about her time with the team...

  • Migratory monarch butterfly now Endangered - IUCN Red List

    Gland, Switzerland, 21 July 2022 (IUCN) – The migratory monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus plexippus), known for its spectacular annual journey of up to 4,000 kilometres across the Americas, has entered the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM as Endangered, threatened by habitat destruction and climate change. 

  • Butterfly scientists call on public for help.

    Butterfly Conservation launches this year’s Big Butterfly Count with a warning that time is running out to help save species.

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  • Field Trip: Canvey Wick - August 14th 2022

    Sunday 14th August 2022, 10:30am-1:00pm

    Canvey Wick Buglife reserve, Essex

    A guided walk to see summer species at this popular nature reserve with a possibility of seeing Wall Brown and Clouded Yellow.

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Volunteer with us

Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.

Find out how to get involved.

In your area

Contact branch

  • Chairman:
    Mike Gittos 
  • County recorder (Cambs):
    Edward Pollard
  • County recorder (Essex):
    Rob Smith