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The beautiful, varied landscapes of Wales are home to 44 species of butterfly and over 1,850 different moths. Most of these are declining in numbers and range due to climate warming and the way the land is managed. The changes are complex and some moth species have recently been seen in Wales for the first time. Please scroll down to find out how you can help by volunteering.
Find out more: Click to read about the state of our moths and butterflies , and about moths in Wales. Explore the links below to leaflets and reports on threatened species in Wales and how you can help. Follow links to our local Branches, where our Members get together.
July 2022: Welsh Clearwing Species Champion. A great site visit to Lake Vyrnwy on Friday 15th as part of Wales Environment Link's Species Champions Project. Mabon ap Gwynfor, Plaid Cymru MS for Dwyfor Meirionnydd and Species Champion for the Welsh Clearwing, Cliradain-gymraeg, joined BC Wales' Senior Conservation Officer Clare Williams and RSPB staff at Lake Vyrnwy to look for this beautiful and elusive creature and discuss actions required to ensure its future survival. No adult moths seen but lots of emergence holes and pupal cases visible indicating its continued presence at this wonderful site.
June 2022: Please help us track down the Forester moth in Wales!
May 2022: Natur am Byth! project saving the High Brown Fritillary in the Vale of Glamorgan in full swing. The staff team, Dot and Richard, are making great progress: working on habitat management, collaborating with the Commoners and involving the local community, especially the children through the schools. Thanks to the Lottery Heritage Fund, Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government for funding. Find out more here
Could you help?
Please click Volunteering Opportunities to find out how. We need your help now in Wales.
Volunteers are invaluable in helping us to manage habitats, keep track of threatened species, spreading our message via social media and many other tasks. Please use the Wales Office Contact form below if you have any questions.
Our Current Work Priorities
Our small staff team and committed volunteers focus on work with the most threatened species as set out in the Wales Conservation Strategy
Our highest priority species in Wales are: High Brown Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary Grizzled Skipper, Drab Looper, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, White-spotted Sable Moth, Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Argent & Sable, Caryocolum blandulella, Coleophora serpylletorum, Chestnut-coloured Carpet, and Portland Moth .
As a member of Wales Environment Link, an active network of environmental Non-Governmental Organisations in Wales, we have a valuable link to working with the Welsh Government.
Species to look out for
Join us: Local Branches
Join Butterfly Conservation: members in Wales become part of either North Wales Branch or South Wales Branch, where you'll meet like-minded people. Members share their skills, knowledge and enthusiasm and run conservation workparties, surveys, walks and talks.
Other local groups (non BC):
Brecknock Moth Group,
Ceredigion Moths, Glamorgan Moth Group, Montgomeryshire Moths, North Wales Lepidoptera, Radnor Moths, Carmarthenshire Moth and Butterfly Group Monmouthshire Moth and Butterfly Group
Wales News Updates - the latest lepidoptera-related news from Wales
Wales Leaflets on butterflies and moths both in your garden and the threatened species and habitats in the wider landscapes of Wales
Newsletters: 'Wales News' on our work here and 'Frits About' on sightings of Fritillary butterflies
Introduction to recording butterflies and moths in Wales
Wales Reports: in-depth science reports on threatened species
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!
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 Conservation launches this year’s Big Butterfly Count with a warning that time is running out to help save species.
The heatwave currently being experienced by some southern and eastern parts of the UK is of concern for human health and the welfare of pets and livestock, but what about our butterflies?
In your area
Butterfly Conservation Wales
c/o National Botanic Garden of Wales (Wallace Room),