Butterfly Conservation - saving butterflies, moths and their habitats
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Welcome to the North East England Branch of Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated
to the conservation of butterflies and moths.

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Welcome to the web-site of the North East England branch of Butterfly Conservation. The aim of the site is to provide information about the butterflies and moths of Northumberland, Durham and north Teesside and about the activities of the branch.

The north east has a very diverse range of habitats including extensive areas of upland moorland, coastal dunes, farmland, broad-leafed and coniferous woodland as well as many interesting brown-field sites that reflect the industrial history of the area. These different habitats support a wide range of fauna and flora and about thirty species of butterfly and many species of moth may be seen within the region.

The North East England branch of Butterfly Conservation seeks to increase our knowledge of the region's butterflies and moths, to assist in their conservation and to encourage the study of these fascinating insects.  Please scroll down below for latest news from the Branch or navigate to the other pages of the web-site via the tabs to the left of the screen.

Spring 2021 Newsletter The Spring edition of our newsletter this year is being produced as an electronic file only due to covid-19 related difficulties in getting it printed and posted. The newsletter an be accessed here.

COVID-19  The most recent guidance (Jan 2021) from Butterfly Conservation HQ regarding precautions to be taken with respect to the COVID-19, and how these apply to butterfly and moth recording are given here.  Although the government has relaxed some of the restrictions of the lockdown and it is now permissible to resume butterfly and moth recording, the guidelines continue to advise that travel away from the home should be limited and social distancing maintained.  In order to safeguard your own health and that of others we urge our members to act responsibly and take sensible precautions in line with the guidance when planning trips into the field.

2019 Annual Butterfly Summary  Our Annual report summarising records of butterflies made in the North East during 2019 is now available on-line and can be downloaded here.

2018 Annual Butterfly Summary  Our Annual report summarising records of butterflies made in the North East during 2018 is now available on-line and can be downloaded here.

New Recording arrangements.  Please note we have established new arrangements for the submission of 'casual' butterfly records (i.e. not transect records or Butterflies of the Wider Countryside Survey results). These records should be e-mailed to the following address irrespective of whether they relate to Durham or Northumberland:

Lyme Disease  Members should be aware of the possible risks of contracting Lyme disease if they are visiting sites where ticks are present.  For more information about this disease and sensible precautions you can take, please see the web-site of the Lyme Disease Action charity

Can you help?We are always looking for keen individuals to help promote our activities and increase awareness of butterflies, moths and their habitats.  'North East England' covers the historic counties of Northumberland and Durham, i.e. the entire area between the rivers Tweed and Tees.  It would be great, if possible, to have people working in both the north and south.  If you have a little free time, and think you could help with the following, please contact us. It is not onerous being on the committee, and it can be good fun!

* Publicity and promotion: e.g. liaising with other organisations, the press and media;

* Organising events, field outings, workshops etc.

* Education: liaising with schools, colleges etc. and involving young people

Electronic Mailing List!  Would you like to be notified of Branch events by e-mail?  Butterfly Conservation members are invited to contact the Membership Secretary if they would like be added to an electronic mailing list.  This should help to provide more timely notice of events such as field trips, work parties and meetings.  This is entirely voluntary and will not affect existing methods of communication which will continue to be used.

Latest update 8 April 2021.

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