Share your Isle of Wight butterfly sightings with Butterfly Conservation

butterfly on cat

Climate change is making butterflies emerge earlier and some are spreading to new parts of the UK. Help Butterfly Conservation by sharing your sightings

Monday, 8th June, 2020 9:48am

By Katie Callaghan with one comment

Painted Lady butterflies spotted 30 times more than last year: Big Butterfly Count results revealed

Painted Lady on a flower

The wildlife charity revealed 2019 has been a ‘Painted Lady Year’ – a natural phenomenon that happens once in a decade, when unusually high numbers of this migratory butterfly arrive in the UK.

Friday, 13th September, 2019 8:47am

By Katie Callaghan

Plan to save country’s pollinators being discussed at symposium

Five-spot Burnet moth on Orchid beside A354 Blandford

At the first event of its kind, local authorities and other organisations will be asked to change the way they manage road verges, roundabouts and other valuable grassland habitats to benefit wildlife.

Monday, 9th September, 2019 1:59pm

By Katie Callaghan with 2 readers' comments

Spot a once in a decade butterfly phenomenon: High number of Painted Ladies

Painted Lady on flower

The Painted Lady migrates in varying numbers from the Continent each summer, but around once every 10 years the UK experiences a Painted Lady ‘summer’ when millions of the butterflies arrive en masse.

Friday, 19th July, 2019 5:25am

By Katie Callaghan

Britons think most moths eat clothes, say Butterfly Conservation

Puss Moth caterpillar - threat reaction

The UK’s moths are in trouble, two-thirds of common and widespread species have declined in the last 40 years. In a bid to make the UK mad about moths Butterfly Conservation is launching Moths Matter, a campaign to overturn their unfair reputation.

Monday, 27th May, 2019 11:37am

By Katie Callaghan

Some butterflies bounce back from heatwave summer, but others still in decline

purple hairstreak butterfly

Although there was an upturn for some butterflies last year, it was still only an average year for the UK’s butterflies.

Monday, 8th April, 2019 9:13am

By Katie Callaghan

The Big Butterfly Count offers precious time out from stresses of life

Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2017, at London Wetland Centre, on 14 July 2017.

The UK’s butterflies are basking in the best summer conditions for more than a decade, with hot sunny weather enabling widespread species to fly, feed and breed, so why not take part in the Big Butterfly Count.

Friday, 20th July, 2018 8:23am

By Katie Callaghan with 2 readers' comments

Previously extinct butterflies released back into the country in conservation project

Chequered Skipper

The previously extinct Chequered Skipper butterflies will be released today (Thursday) at a secret location in Northamptonshire, after travelling to the UK from Belgium on the Eurostar.

Thursday, 24th May, 2018 9:35am

By Katie Callaghan with one comment

Calling all gardeners: ‘Make a metre for pollinators’ says Titchmarsh

Alan Titchmarsh helping pollinators_credit Butterfly Conservation

The cold start to spring resulted in a delayed emergence for butterflies, meaning they’ll have less time to feed and breed – but you can help by creating some ‘plots for pollinators’, says Alan Titchmarsh.

Tuesday, 8th May, 2018 11:46am

By Katie Callaghan

Look out for rare European moths

Silver-striped Hawk-moth

See if you can spot any of these rare European moths on your ivy during the annual Moth Night event.

Thursday, 12th October, 2017 11:43am

By Katie Callaghan

Autumn could see an surprise butterfly boost

Red Admiral

The Isle of Wight may be poised for an impressive autumnal emergence of species such as Comma, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled and take part in the Garden Butterfly Survey.

Tuesday, 5th September, 2017 7:49am

By Katie Callaghan

Rare butterfly, the Duke of Burgundy, wins MP’s vote

Not specifically Isle of Wight related, but given our MP, Bob Seely's interest in wildlife, perhaps he'll become species champion for the Isle of Wight butterfly, the Glanville fritillary.

Monday, 21st August, 2017 12:03pm

By Katie Callaghan