Our branch continues to step up efforts to conserve butterflies and moths. As well as two major projects (Big City
Butterflies and Small Blue), we are just completing our five year survey of butterflies as part of the Butterflies for the New Millennium
project in the two counties and much more. If you could spare even a few hours to help with any of the tasks below, please do get in touch.
Previous experience is not essential; we will provide any training needed. Contact details
are all on the Committee page.
|Help protect our rarest butterfly species
||This year we are launching a new initiative to help conserve the five highest priority rare butterfly species in our area.
They are Small Blue, Brown Hairstreak, White Admiral, Grizzled Skipper and Dingy Skipper. The initial areas we need help
with are recording butterflies and evaluating the quality of habitat at existing sites. Plenty of help and advice on how to do this are available
|Big City Butterflies
|We are commencing on a major four year project promoting learning, recording and conservation of butterflies in London.
The core focus will be on inner London boroughs including Brent. The project will have two full-time staff with many roles for volunteers. If you live in
this area or want to help butterflies and moths living there please get in touch
||Join our monthly work parties at our own butterfly nature reserve at Millhoppers Pasture, near Tring. More help is always
appreciated with managing hedges, cutting grass, clearing streams and much more. However, on-site events are suspended during lockdown,
but get in touch and we will let you know as soon as activities can resume
||Our publicity stall is a great way to share information and gain support by attending events, usually in
the Spring and Summer. We currently get to 3 or 4 events each year but with extra volunteers on the stall and organising behind the scenes
we could do more. Can you help with an event in your area? Future events we'd like to attend once it is safe to do so are the Rickmansworth Festival
in May and the Herts and Middlesex Festival of Wildlife at Panshanger Park near Hertford in July. And maybe somewhere near you?
||Help the branch locate blackthorn in key Brown Hairstreak areas and possibly find new sites for the elusive butterfly - click
here for details
|Four spotted moth project
||We need volunteers to help record and conserve our rarest moth species in 2021
||For 2021 volunteers are needed to help or take over existing transects in the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon,
and the two transects at Northaw Great Wood in south Hertfordshire - training can be provided
|Big Butterfly Count
||Butterfly Conservation's most high profile event of the year usually held in July, with over 111,000
people participating in 2020. We need help publicising it, distributing leaflets, telling your family/friends and of course, taking part
|Joining the Committee
||Contribute your ideas on how we run the branch. Many decisions are made by email, with up to four meetings a year on a
weekday evening near Wheathampstead.
Any branch member is welcome to join us for a two hour session to find out more