Welcome to the East Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation
Butterfly Conservation is a registered charity dedicated
to the conservation of butterflies and moths.
The East Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation covers the counties of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire & Rutland and lowland Derbyshire.
Butterfly Conservation is a membership organisation and has people with all sorts of interests and levels of knowledge - those who like looking at butterflies and moths in their garden, those who are fascinated by their life cycle, some who are true experts and want to pass on their knowledge to others and people who feel passionately about wildlife conservation.
The East Midlands Branch welcomes new members with any or all of the above interests. If you would like to find out more about joining Butterfly Conservation please contact our Membership Secretary or visit the Membership Web Site.
Submitting Butterfly Records to East Midlands Branch
Why submit records?
Records, even of the commonest species, are invaluable in helping us to understand the status and distribution of species on a national and local basis and help guide conservation work. Whilst garden records are useful, records from the wider countryside are especially valuable, particularly in under-recorded areas.
Details of the three County Recorders can be found on the Committee Page
How and when to submit your records
All three County recorders prefer to receive records via email.
A spreadsheet is ideal with these column headings:
Further details e.g. male, female, larvae, pupae, ova etc. can be added in the notes column.
You can download an xls template here
If you do not have spreadsheet access then you can list your sightings in Word or text file and include this information. Further details e.g. male, female, larvae, pupae, ova etc. can be added in the notes column.
Ken Orpe (Derbyshire) and Richard Rogers (Nottinghamshire) would like to receive email records as often as is convenient. Just how often is your choice but every week or two has the advantage of allowing Ken and Richard to share news of sightings, particularly of interesting species throughout the course of the year.
Adrian Russell (Leicestershire and Rutland) requests that your Leicestershire and Rutland records be submitted at the end of the year. News of butterfly and moth sightings in Leicestershire and Rutland, and any other items of interest, can be emailed at any time to Richard Jeffery who runs the Leicestershire and Rutland Butterfly Line thus enabling him to keep it regularly updated.
What about online submission and apps?
You may submit record via the "iRecord Website", you will need to create an account after which you may submit records for all your wildlife records in any part of the country. These records will then be sent on to the relevant County Recorder & Biological Records Office. There is an "iRecord Butterflies" app available for iPhone & iPad available on iTunes that can be used to submit records and photographs.
In Leicester and Rutland there is also NatureSpot. Records submitted in this way are forwarded to County Recorders, though this may not be until the end of the year.
Submissions may also be made on our Paper Recording Forms, these are usually distributed with the Spring Newsletter and are also available on our new Downloads Page. Please note these have been revised for the 2015 season, so if using paper forms please use the updated versions.
The East Midlands Branch has Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Flickr sites.
We have also set up a Flickr Group so you can share your photos Butterflies of the East Midlands
Help Save the Grizzled Skipper in the East Midlands
You can now help us to save the Grizzled Skipper from disappearing from the East Midlands by making a donation to help with conservation work in the Vale of Belvoir.
The project is to improve habitat and provide links to work done in Nottinghashire over the last few years.
To find out more and make a donation please visit www.butterfly-conservation/appeals and use the Donation Code: 005 or Phone: 01929 406015
If you are a member you will receive a donation form with the latest issue of Butterfly
Branch Members' Day & AGM
The 2015 Branch Members' Day & AGM will be available on the Events page, when details become available.
Minutes of the 2014 Members' Day & are available as a pdf from the downloads page
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Now on the East Midlands website. Distribution maps for the year 2006. These maps have been compiled using records sent in to our three county recorders and complied by Christine Maughan. Further sets of maps will be posted on the web site as they become ready. See Butterfly Species page