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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Discover Chalk Grassland in the Chilterns Countryside

Chilterns Countryside, Buckinghamshire

Up to 40 species of flowering plants can be found in one square metre of chalk grassland, and many species are unique to the habitat, including orchids, gentians, wild candytuft and other wildflowers. In turn, the variety of wildflowers attracts many species of insect, including rare butterflies such as the Adonis Blue and the Duke of Burgundy.

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Where to see butterflies in the South West

Searching for butterflies satisfies the hunting gene within us and photographing them is a great hobby.

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River Wey and Godalming Navigations and Dapdune Wharf, Surrey

Find out more about butterflies

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Wildlife at Marsden Moor

Marsden Moor Estate, West Yorkshire

Discover the variety of wildlife that call Marsden Moor their home.

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Marvellous moths

Shaugh Bridge, Devon

Even though it's been snowing, there are still things flying.

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Discover Charlecote's bugs and insects

Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

The parkland and gardens at Charlecote are a great place for a bug hunt. There are insects you'll recognise and plenty that you won't, but they are all fascinating.

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Recording Charlecote's butterflies

Charlecote Park, Warwickshire

Butterflies are among nature's most important pollinators. See what you might discover on a stroll through our gardens and parkland - and find out how we're working with the British Butterfly Trust.

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High Brown Fritillary made a bumper early appearance

Heddon Valley, Devon

The UK’s most endangered butterfly, the High Brown Fritillary, made a bumper early appearance at a remote British habitat in North Devon, despite serious worries about their population.

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Butterfly conservation in Heddon Valley

Heddon Valley, Devon

Heddon Valley is home to one of the UK's rarest butterflies, the High Brown Fritillary. This is one of only four sites in the country where they thrive in good numbers, thanks to careful habitat maintenance by our rangers. Learn more about our butterfly conservation work.

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Butterflies at Belton

Belton House, Lincolnshire

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

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Autumn wildlife at Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire

As the season change, so does the wildlife in the garden with some moving in, some moving out and others planning for winter. Here’s what to look out for at Beningbrough this autumn.

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Woodland rides and butterflies at Kinver Edge

Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses, Staffordshire

We’ve been creating woodland rides, for the benefit of species such as the white admiral butterfly

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September: the Netted Carpet moth

Tarn Hows and Coniston, Cumbria

I join the National Trust ranger team and local experts in a moth survey on the east side of Coniston Water.

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Summer wildlife at Beningbrough Hall

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, North Yorkshire

Visit the bee hive by the south border, see the rare hummingbird hawk-moth or discover the tansy beetle along the banks of the River Ouse running through the parkland.

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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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Butterflies at Bradley

Bradley, Devon

The meadows surrounding Bradley are the perfect habitat for butterflies, and to make sure that they continue to thrive here, a volunteer is dedicated to monitoring them. Volunteer reporter Fiona spent a day at Bradley finding out about counting butterflies, and why it's so important.

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Bounty of butterflies

Gunby Estate, Hall and Gardens, Lincolnshire

With its many different flowers and sunny, sheltered areas the Gunby gardens are a haven for many different species of butterflies. Find out more about the butterflies and moths that call Gunby their home.

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Wicken Fen - Summer Buzz

Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

The fen was alive with the sound of insects across the reserve during July and August. Here are some of the insects you might see at Wicken Fen.