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
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Dunsbury Farm – protecting a butterfly paradise

Compton Bay and Downs, Isle of Wight

Securing the future of one of the UK’s rarest butterflies: Dunsbury Farm on the Isle of Wight – our largest English coastal acquisition in over 20 years – will help protect the Glanville fritillary butterfly, and champion wildlife-friendly farming.

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How you can help butterflies and moths

Did you know butterflies taste with their feet? Help protect these curious creatures by taking a few simple steps, creating a haven for wildlife and important pollinators like moths and butterflies.

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Longshaw Kitchen Garden

Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors, Derbyshire

A sheltered haven, Longshaw kitchen garden is little known, much loved and great for butterflies and bees!

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What to look out for

West Runton and Beeston Regis Heath, Norfolk

Summer flowers and butterflies are all around you. Just keep your eyes peeled and you will be amazed at what you see!

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Butterfly walks in Surrey

Box Hill, Surrey

A butterfly dancing from blossom to flower is always a cheerful sight. Enjoy a stroll in the sunshine at some of Surrey's best butterfly spots, such as Denbies Hillside, Polesden Lacey and the River Wey.

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Summer butterfly trail at Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park, Surrey

There’s nothing like the colourful flash of a butterfly darting through a meadow to evoke the long lazy days of summer. Enjoy a stroll through Hatchlands and see how many you can spot on our butterfly trail.

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Exploring 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.

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Countryside news - Summer 2021

Trelissick, Cornwall

It's been a very busy few months for the Ranger team but the fine, dry weather has allowed for the refurbishment of the bird hide and the team were delighted to be able to welcome back their regular group of Wednesday volunteers.

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Butterfly walks

Our top butterfly walks, chosen by our specialist butterfly volunteer Matthew Oates, will help you enjoy the best of the British summer.

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Moth Night with Cumbria Butterfly Conservation

Footprint, Cumbria

Join us for Moth Night with Cumbria Butterfly Conservation on Thursday 27 July from 9 pm to lean more about these fascinating creatures

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Summer at Hidcote

Hidcote, Gloucestershire

Hidcote reaches its flowering crescendo during the summer months, with striking colours and scents. There's even a dedicated picnic space. Please book ahead before visiting Hidcote.

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Butterfly spotting in the East of England

Beautiful butterflies can be seen in abundance across the East of England in the summer months. How many species have you spotted this year?

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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.

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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.

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Summer wildlife at Beningbrough

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire

Listen out for bees, see butterflies fluttering around and discover the tansy beetle along the banks of the River Ouse as you walk through the parkland. Find a few handy spotter guides and some ideas for making your home wildlife friendly.

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Join a nature safari at Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Join a nature safari this summer to learn more about the wildlife which calls Acorn Bank home.

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Where to see butterflies in the South West

Searching for butterflies satisfies the urge to search within us and photographing them is a great hobby.

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Butterfly conservation

Heddon Valley, Devon

Heddon Valley is home to one of the UK's rarest butterflies, the high brown fritillary. Throughout June and July look out for them on the valley side where they might be basking in the sun.