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Save our butterflies and moths

Help Cornwall Butterfly and Moth Society to conserve and study some of our most beautiful and most-threatened wild life. Come along on a moth or butterfly fieldtrip and help to spot, count and record numbers, species and behavior of Cornwall’s lepidoptera. Everyone is welcome. You don’t need to be a member or to have any experience, just bring your enthusiasm.

Perransands and Penhale Sands, Perranporth
10th May at 11am 
Cornwall’s last remaining colonies of Grizzled Skippers hang out among the dunes of Perransands and Penhale Sands. Other species include Brown Argus, Wall Brown, Dingy Skipper, Common Blue, Small Copper and Orange Tip. Bring a packed lunch – just ask in the Wild Cafe. Meet leader Paul Browning at map reference: SW774553 in the lay-by opposite the turning to Rose village near the entrance to the footpath onto the dunes. There’s a limited amount of free parking here.

Contact: Paul Browning on 01736 763677

Bunny’s Hill near Cardinham on Bodmin Moor
16th May at 2pm 
Bunny’s Hill is easy to get to and one of the best places in Cornwall to see the Pearl-Bordered Fritillary butterfly at close quarters. Please do bring your camera as getting good photos should be easy here. Brimstones are usually seen together with Small Heath, Holly Blue and Orange Tip. There is plenty of free parking available. Meet leader Lee Slaughter at map reference: SX117675 at the fork in the road. You’ll find plenty of parking 50 yards up the track on the grass on the left.

Contact Lee Slaughter on 01726 817505

Fellover Brake, Tuckingmill, St Breward
17th May 11am 
This site is home to one of Cornwall’s finest colonies of the nationally-threatened Pearl-Bordered Fritillary butterfly, which can be seen over a wide area of well managed bracken covered hillside. Walking boots are essential as the site slopes steeply and can be uneven. Orange Tip and Brimstone should also still be on the wing. Meet leaders Paul Browning and Dave Spencer at map reference: SX089779 in the small lay-by at Gam Bridge where a limited amount of free parking is available.

Contact Paul Browning on 01736 763677 or Dave Spencer on 01326 314533

Tregonetha Downs, Goss Moor, Mid-Cornwall
7th June at 1pm 
This site is new to us and promises some exciting lepidoptery discoveries just waiting to be made. We hope to see Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, Common Blues, Small Heath and maybe Marsh Fritillary. Meet leader Dave Conway at map reference: SW962630. There’s free parking on the roadside.

Contact Dave Conway on 01208 77686

Perransands and Penhale Sands, Perranporth
20th June at 2pm 
Join us for a mid-summer ramble over Britain’s highest sand dunes to see large numbers of freshly-emerged Silver-Studded Blues. We also hope to see Large Skippers, Small Skippers, Meadow Browns, Common Blues, Dark Green Fritillary, Scarlet Tiger Moth and Humming Bird Hawk-Moth as well as other scarce moths and plenty of wild flowers. This event always turns up unexpected surprises in moths or butterflies. Please bring plenty to drink, a sun hat, sun protection and good walking boots. Meet leaders Paul Browning and Dave Spencer at map reference SW774553 in the lay-by on the edge of the road opposite the turning to Rose, where there’s a limited amount of free parking.

Contact Paul Browning on 01736 763677 or Dave Spencer on 01326 314533

Pontsmill, Par
20th June at 8:30pm 
Join us for a mid-summer moth evening hosted by moth expert Rob Davey. Please bring a torch, a drink, something to sit or kneel on and wrap up well. There’s the potential here to record more than 100 different species of moth in one fell swoop, and it’s the season for meeting much-loved Hawk-moths. Meet leader Rob Davey at map reference SW073562 in Pontsmill car park, where free parking is available.

Contact Rob Davey on 07530 706859

Cabilla Wood, Glyn Valley, Bodmin
18th July at 1pm 
We’re looking forward to seeing many beautiful Silver-Washed Fritillary butterflies in this well managed woodland. And following the exciting discovery in these woods of a ‘valezina’ form of the female two years ago, we’ll be looking out eagerly for sight of this rare beauty again this year.
The bright summer form ‘hutchinsoni’ of the Comma butterfly will be on the wing, with plenty of Ringlets, Gatekeepers, new brood Brimstones, Purple Hairstreaks and Summer brood Holly Blues. There are various day flying moths to be seen here, so there may be new discoveries awaiting us. Please bring plenty to drink. Meet leader Dave Conway at map reference SX128653 by the sawmill where parking is free.

Contact Dave Conway on 01208 77686

Par Beach
18th July 8.30pm 
Join us for a moth evening hosted by expert Rob Davey. Please bring a torch, a drink, something to sit or kneel on and wrap up well. We have high hopes of recording many different species of moth here over a few hours, and hope there will be some good migrant moths arriving at the moth lights. Meet leader Rob Davey at map reference SW087532 at the Par Beach main car park by the picnic area where free evening parking is available.

Contact Rob Davey on 07530 706859