Where ( and how ) to
Section 1 -
Section 2 -
3 - WHERE TO SEE BUTTERFLIES
Section 4 - HOW TO SEE BUTTERFLIES
WHERE to see butterflies in Britain
Please read the following Code
of Practice before visiting any butterfly site.
at the more popular sites causes disturbance to nesting birds and other
wildlife. Spread the load by visiting these sites
mid-week if possible. Better still visit the lesser known sites.
They can be
equally rewarding, and you
often have the place to
yourself, with just the birds and butterflies for company.
Explore local sites.
Take advantage of encounters with landowners.
Most owners / managers welcome conservation input from
local people. Concentrating on local sites
gives you more time to explore the habitat,
reduces your fuel expenses, and minimises your carbon
should be aware of
the accidental damage they often cause by trampling on foodplants, disturbing nesting birds, or scaring nervous wildlife.
Please keep to paths or trails
as much as possible.
Leaving paths encourages others to do the same thing,
result in considerable damage to fragile foodplants and
rare wild flowers.
Before visiting private sites
always obtain the
landowner's permission. On sites with public access, keep to
existing paths and tracks. Abide by any requests to stay
out of particular areas. Alienating landowners or site managers
is harmful to conservation.
other countryside users, who
want to enjoy the peace and tranquillity, and
have just as much right to be there as you do. If
anyone asks what you are doing, be
an ambassador for butterfly conservation -
encourage them to take an interest in
butterflies, and tell them about
so that they can find out more.
pages on this website are updated at least once
a week, and tell you which species are flying at any
Most photographs on the Butterfly Diary and Species pages are
captioned with site information, and additional sites are named in
the text where deemed appropriate.
publicising sites of rare or localised species, and we discourage
visiting fragile sites. There is
clear evidence that the instant availability of site locations, maps
and directions on
certain other websites has caused certain sites to receive sudden
influxes of visitors during peak flight periods. This has resulted
in several fragile sites being damaged by trampling of larval
foodplants and nectar sources, which can potentially have dire
consequences for the populations of rare butterflies.
We encourage people to use the extensive information published in
accounts to help them learn about the type of habitat favoured
by each particular species, and to use that knowledge to locate and visit
sites within their local area where possible.
We also encourage people wishing to see a particular site or species
for the first time to attend the various excellent field meetings
run by Butterfly Conservation, Wildlife Trusts and other
conservation organisations. The field trip leaders are always happy
to assist novices, and share their extensive knowledge about the
habits and habitats of each species. In many cases these trips visit
private sites which are not normally open to the public.