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Butterflies in autumn

  • by J.W.

“It’s hard to believe that Autumn is almost upon us, and although the Big Butterfly Count has ended, it doesn’t mean you have to stop recording.”


Last month, the Sid Valley Biodiversity Group conducted a survey in parallel with Butterfly Conservation:

Big Butterfly Count: Friday 17 July to Sunday 9 August – Vision Group for Sidmouth


In November, the Group hopes to be doing a follow-up talk – to see how it went and to look forward to next year.

Meanwhile, here’s the September newsletter from BC:


It’s hard to believe that Autumn is almost upon us, and although the Big Butterfly Count has ended, it doesn’t mean you have to stop recording.

If you’ve enjoyed sharing what you’ve seen over summer, read more about the iRecord app below and start recording a wider range of butterfly species all year round.

Or, if you’ve struggled to spot many species recently, why not sign up to our online webinar – Gardening for Butterflies, Moths and Other Insects – to help turn your garden into a haven for insects. You can sign up below.

Plus in case you missed it, in this month’s All Aflutter we’ve also shared a video of one of the most incredible examples of camouflage we’ve ever seen…

Record all year round with iRecord app

Recording butterflies doesn’t end with the Big Butterfly Count – you can record your sightings all year round with the free iRecord Butterflies app.

It features an ID guide with over 60 species to help you identify what you see.

Download the app today and start sharing your sightings with our researchers.

By doing so you’ll be making a vital contribution to science and conservation.

The app is available on both Apple and Android devices.

Click here to find out more…

Sign up for live gardening webinar

Bookings are now open for our Gardening for Butterflies, Moths and Other Insects webinar on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7pm.

Learn which plants are best for butterflies and moths and their caterpillars, and the different ways you can support them through their whole life cycle.

We will also look at how to make mini-meadows, spots for hibernation, and other insects such as bees. Tickets cost £10. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Click to register…

Video: be dazzled by the dead leaf butterfly

Witness one of the most incredible examples of camouflage; the dead leaf butterfly, filmed in Tropical Asia.

When a bird or other predator gets too close, the butterfly closes its wings, rendering itself virtually invisible to the would-be killer!

If that wasn’t enough, when it opens its wings, it reveals a luminous colour pattern that can hold its own against the world’s prettiest.

Click to watch the video…

Look Out For These Species in September

Merveille du Jour

Small Tortoiseshell

Clifden Nonpareil

Save Coul Links campaign shortlisted for award

The Save Coul Links campaign, which Butterfly Conservation was a partner in, has been shortlisted for the ‘Cracking Campaign’ category of the Scottish Charity Awards – and we now need your help to win!

The campaign saw a coalition of seven leading conservation charities fight against the development of a golf course on the site. In February 2020 the Scottish Government decided the development would not go ahead and the site would be saved.

The award has now gone to a public vote.

Vote for the campaign to win…

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Species images: Merveille du Jour (Iain Leach), Small Tortoiseshell (Keith Warmington), Clifden Nonpareil (Peter Maton), Coul Links (Vince Lowe).


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