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

Big Butterfly Count 2017: Sir David’s appeal for Islanders to take part

Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2015, at London Wetland Centre, on 17 July 2015.

Last year was the fourth worst on record for butterflies and Sir David Attenborough is urging people on the Isle of Wight to take part in the Big Butterfly Count survey between now and 6th August.

Monday, 17th July, 2017 8:58am

By Katie Callaghan with one comment

Study into rural and urban butterflies reveals fascinating trends

Small Heath Butterfly

The study found that butterflies in urban areas emerged on average two days earlier than their countryside counterparts, with urban Brimstones emerging five days earlier than those found in rural locations.

Thursday, 16th February, 2017 2:55pm

By Katie Callaghan

Collapse in number of butterflies over the summer

36,000 people took part in the Big Butterfly Count this summer which has recorded the majority of butterfly species studied as part of the scheme seeing their populations fall, with some producing their worst numbers since the Big Butterfly Count scheme began

Monday, 10th October, 2016 7:36am

By Katie Callaghan with 2 readers' comments

Where is the Small Tortoiseshell this summer?

Small Tortoiseshell

Gardeners are being asked to focus on their flowerbeds to look for one of the UK’s best-loved butterflies whose numbers appear to have plummeted this summer.

Tuesday, 30th August, 2016 7:21am

By Katie Callaghan with 2 readers' comments

Find out how you can help Butterfly Conservation this summer

Speckled Wood

Islanders are being asked to take part in the Big Butterfly Count and help track the rise of the Speckled Wood butterfly. When many species are seeing a drastic decline, this species has experienced an 84% increase in abundance in the last 40 years

Monday, 1st August, 2016 12:01am

By Katie Callaghan

‘Soggy summer risk to butterflies on the Isle of Wight’ says David Attenborough

Sir David Attenborough launches the Big Butterfly Count 2015, at London Wetland Centre, on 17 July 2015.

Sir David Attenborough is warning that this year’s slow spring and soggy summer could pose a risk to the common butterflies found across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Learn more on the guided butterfly walk taking place at Northwood Cemetery on the Isle of Wight on Sunday 17 July.

Friday, 15th July, 2016 1:24pm

By Katie Callaghan

Is the UK set for a humming-bird summer?

hummingbird hawk moth

Large influxes of the moth in previous years means hopes are high that 2016 could witness another ‘hummer summer’ as the long distance migrant attempts to gain a foothold in the UK.

Thursday, 9th June, 2016 6:37pm

By Katie Callaghan with 3 readers' comments

Small Copper slumps as butterflies struggle

Small Copper_Matt Berry, Butterfly Conservation

The results of a major scientific study have revealed that last year’s cooler than average summer saw the majority of UK butterfly species struggle, with the once common and widespread Small Copper suffering its worst year on record.

Tuesday, 22nd March, 2016 6:50am

By Katie Callaghan with 2 readers' comments

Can you help with Isle of Wight search for endangered butterfly?

Glanville Fritillary

Nature enthusiasts are being invited to help one of the UK’s rarest butterflies on the Isle of Wight this weekend.

Tuesday, 8th March, 2016 11:02am

By Katie Callaghan

40 Year Slump For UK Butterflies say Butterfly Conservation


Although there has been a rise in some species, the overall picture is stark say Butterfly Conservation. Agricultural intensification and changing woodland management are seen as major causes of the decline.

Tuesday, 15th December, 2015 9:34am

By Katie Callaghan with 5 readers' comments

Watch out for the Mediterranean Blue Butterfly as they invade the South Coast

Long-tailed Blue female

None have been reported on the Isle of Wight yet, but if you see one of these gorgeous butterflies, please let Butterfly Conservation know. Details in the article.

Wednesday, 4th November, 2015 11:34am

By Katie Callaghan with one comment