For butterfly lovers

Butterflies are one of the most treasured elements of the UK's wildlife, guiding us deep into the heart of nature. Find out how we're looking after them and discover the best spots for butterflying.

A pair of Glanville fritillary butterflies share a meal

The Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly

Shugborough Estate, Staffordshire

We are lucky to be able to look after this special butterfly here at Shugborough. Find out more about how our ranger team look after their habitat


Birds, butterflies and bees

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire

The floral borders and wildflowers in the summer months attract hundreds of bees and butterflies to the garden.


Butterflies, bees and blooms at Hughenden

Hughenden, Buckinghamshire

The garden and countryside teams across the Hughenden estate are celebrating early summer with talks, walks and events that showcase the bright bursts of colour, both floral and insect, that June heralds.

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Things to see and do around Carne and Pendower

Carne and Pendower, Cornwall

Hidden deep on the Roseland you will stumble across two beaches, side by side, offering days of fun and relaxation.


Butterfly Transect 2018

White Park Bay, County Antrim

The National Trust manages 3 butterfly transect surveys on the North Coast at Portstewart, Giant’s Causeway and White Park Bay, plus a fourth started this year at Cushendun.


The butterfly effect: a farewell from Matthew Oates

After 30 years as the National Trust's butterfly expert, the time has come for Matthew Oates to hang up his net. Join him one last time to find out how butterflies have touched his life and how we can make sure they affect others for many years to come.


Box Hill butterflies

Box Hill, Surrey

From the big to the small, the common to the rare, the multicoloured to the subtle. With more than 38 different butterfly species identified on Box Hill last year, what will you spot?

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Things to see and do on the Roseland

Roseland, Cornwall

Far reaching views, woodland and coastal walks, hidden beaches and layers of history all wrapped at the end of the Roseland peninsula.


Our top five must see places at Holnicote

Bossington, Somerset

Whether you're looking for coastal views, wide open moorland or tranquil wooded walks, Holnicote has something beautiful to offer. Take a look at our top five places to explore and use it to create your own itinerary.

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Things to see and do around the Holnicote Estate

Horner Wood, Somerset

Enjoy exploring this stunning corner of Somerset with its miles of walking trails and ancient woodlands.


Butterflies at Belton

Belton House, Lincolnshire

Nothing says summer better than a walk in the sunshine with beautiful butterflies all around.


Butterfly spotting in the Midlands

Butterflies in the UK are on the decline but here in the Midlands our landscapes and gardens are still some of the best places in the midlands to see them.


Let's not say goodbye to the butterflies

But how do we keep track of our butterflies? Learn about the importance of butterfly surveying and the steps we take to make sure we continue to see our colourful friends return summer after summer.


Looking after Croome’s butterflies

Croome, Worcestershire

Croome’s parkland is home to a wide variety of plants and flowers which provide an invaluable habitat for many species of butterflies.


A Fluttering of Butterflies

Stoneywell, Leicestershire

While away an hour or two admiring the butterflies and bees of Stoneywell; the delicate jewels that visit our fragrant flowers


Butterflies flutter all around Brockhampton

Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire

During spring and summer butterflies can be spotted all over the estate. The meadows and woods are a haven for many different species.


Butterfly Safari's

Portstewart Strand, County Londonderry

Calling all kids! It's the season of Butterflies and Moths.


Purple Emperor butterflies success at Bradenham

Chilterns Countryside, Buckinghamshire

The Purple Emperor, one of Britain's most elusive butterflies, has been spotted for the first time at National Trust’s Bradenham estate near West Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Careful woodland and grassland management by the National Trust’s rangers at Bradenham has made this possible.