Butterfly Conservation

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Butterfly Conservation
Logo of Butterfly Conservation
Abbreviation BC
Motto Saving butterflies, moths and our environment
Formation 1968
Legal status Non-profit company
Purpose Butterfly conservation
in the UK
  • Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP
Region served
Optional - see https://butterfly-conservation.org/join/type
Chief Executive
Dr Martin Warren
Main organ
Conservation Council;
Sir David Attenborough, President;
Jim Asher, Chairman
Website Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation is an insect conservation organisation in the United Kingdom. It is one of the largest insect conservation organisations in the world.

History of the organisation

The organisation was originally formed in 1968 as the "British Butterfly Conservation Society," by a small group of naturalists, headed by Sir Peter Scott. It was registered as a charity on 7 March 1968.

Function of the society

The aim of the new society is to stop the alarming decline of many butterfly and moth species in Britain, and at the same time help safeguard the environment itself. Butterfly Conservation has become the largest insect conservation organisation in Europe and publishes Butterfly magazine.


As of 2017, Butterfly Conservation manages over 30 nature reserves:[1]




Organisational structure

The society is a registered charity with headquarters at East Lulworth, near Wareham in Dorset. The president of the society is (2007) Sir David Attenborough and the Chief Executive is Dr Martin Warren. Prior to his death in 2004, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 10th Earl of Shaftesbury served as president of the society.[2]

The organisation has over thirty regional branches covering the whole of the UK. The branches are backed by a central organisation responsible for coordination, fundraising, research and national policy matters. There are offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Branch offices

  • Cambridgeshire and Essex Branch
  • Cornwall Branch
  • Devon Branch
  • Dorset Branch
  • East Midlands Branch
  • East Scotland Branch
  • Glasgow and South West Scotland Branch
  • Gloucestershire Branch
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight Branch
  • Hertfordshire and Middlesex Branch
  • Highland Branch
  • Kent Branch
  • Northern Ireland Branch
  • Norfolk Branch
  • North East England Branch
  • North Wales Branch
  • Somerset and Bristol Branch
  • Surrey and South-West London Branch
  • Sussex Branch
  • Warwickshire Branch
  • West Midlands Branch
  • Wiltshire Branch
  • Yorkshire Branch


  1. ^ "Reserves". Butterfly Conservation. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ Earl of Shaftesbury's Obituary

External links

  • Butterfly Conservation
  • UK Butterflies
  • Moths Count
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