Where ( and how ) to find butterflies
WHERE to see butterflies in Britain
Please read the following Code of Practice before visiting any butterfly site.

Intense visitor pressure 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 footprint.

Photographers 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, and can 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.

Consider 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 www.learnaboutbutterflies.com, so that they can find out more.

The Butterfly Diary pages on this website are updated at least once a week, and tell you which species are flying at any particular time.
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.
learnaboutbutterflies avoids 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 the individual species 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.




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