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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 2017 Newletter now available on-line..  Please click here for the latest edition of our newsletter.

2016 Photo competition results  Some excellent photos were entered into our photo competion making the job of selecting a winner rather challenging for the judges at our AGM/Memebrs' Day on 9 October.  After considerable deliberation they picked a worthy trio with Graham Beckwith in first place, Bob MAwson second and Susan Hepworth in thrd place.  The winning pictures can be seen here.

New dates for winter work parties  Please check the events page for dates of winter parties organised for 2016-17.  These dates are liable to change so please re-check ahead of each work party and liaise with the organiser to confirm details.

2015 Annual Butterfly Summary  Our Annual report summarising records of butterflies made in the North East during 2015 is now available and can be downloaded here.

New Atlas of the Butterflies of North East England  We are delighted to report that the Branch has just published a new Atlas of the Butterflies of North East England.  This updates the Atlas published by Dunn and Parrack in 1986 and reflects substantial changes since then.  The Atlas was published as a volume of the Natural History Society of Northumbria's journal "Northumbrian Naturalist" and we are very grateful for their support and collaboration.  We are also grateful to Northumbrian Water, Durham Wildlife Trust and Northumberland Wildlife Trust for financial support for this project.  The Atlas was a collaborative project and we are grateful to the editors and the authors of individual species accounts and above all to the many people who submit records every year and thereby make such an exercise possible.  Copies can be obtained for £ 6.60 including post and packaging and an order form can be downloaded from here.

Ash Die Back Disease  Members will be aware of news coverage of yet another plant pathogen threatening the UK's trees.  In this case the culprit is a fungal infection, Chalara fraxinea that fatally infects Ash trees and it is known that the disease has already had a devastating effect on Ash populations elsewhere, notably Denmark.  It appears that the fungus was introduced into this country on imported Ash plants from European nurseries.  Ash is an important native tree species that supports a number of moth species, for some of which it is the only known food plant.  These include the Tawny Pinion, Centre-barred Sallow, Dusky Thorn, Prays fraxinella and Zelleria hepariella all of which have been recorded in our region. 

As a measure to limit the spread of the disease the government has introduced a Plant Health Order prohibiting all imports of ash seeds, plants and trees into Great Britain, and all movement of ash seeds, plants and trees within Great Britain.  If you come across Ash trees which you believe are infected please report this to the Forestry Commission.  Information about how to recognise the symptoms is provided at the Forestry Commission web-site.

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

New Moth Atlas!  Butterfly Conservation has recently published a new atlas of the British distribution of over 800 macro moths.  Click here for details of the atlas and how to order your copy.

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 14 November 2017.

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