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Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly Conservation is an insect conservation organisation in the United Kingdom. It is one of the largest insect conservation organisations in the world.

Butterfly Conservation
Logo of Butterfly Conservation
MottoSaving butterflies, moths and our environment
Legal statusNon-profit company
PurposeButterfly conservation
in the UK
  • Manor Yard, East Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5QP
Region served
Optional - see
Chief Executive
Dr Martin Warren
Main organ
Conservation Council;
Sir David Attenborough, President;
Jim Asher, Chairman
WebsiteButterfly Conservation


History of the organisationEdit

The organisation was originally formed in 1968 as the "British Butterfly Conservation Society," by a small group of naturalists, headed by Sir Peter Scott. It was registered as a charity on 7 March 1968.

Function of the societyEdit

The aim of the new society is to stop the alarming decline of many butterfly and moth species in Britain, and at the same time help safeguard the environment itself. Butterfly Conservation has become the largest insect conservation organisation in Europe and publishes Butterfly magazine.


Organisational structureEdit

The society is a registered charity with headquarters at East Lulworth, near Wareham in Dorset. The president of the society is (2007) Sir David Attenborough and the Chief Executive is Dr Martin Warren. Prior to his death in 2004, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 10th Earl of Shaftesbury served as president of the society.[2]

The organisation has over thirty regional branches covering the whole of the UK. The branches are backed by a central organisation responsible for coordination, fundraising, research and national policy matters. There are offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Branch officesEdit


  1. ^ "Reserves". Butterfly Conservation. Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ Earl of Shaftesbury's Obituary

External linksEdit