Greetings! This month we bring you highlights of a remarkable year for
butterflies. We urge you to take care collecting evergreens for Christmas
decorations. We look at where butterflies and moths can be found throughout the
winter and present an unmissable offer on gift membership, giving you the
opportunity to help secure the future for rare species as you shop for loved
A Bumper Year For
2014 brought us some lovely butterfly surprises, giving cause for celebration and
hope for species whose survival is still threatened.
The season began with a mild spring, which saw many species of butterfly appear
several weeks earlier than expected. The vulnerable Glanville Fritillary and
Duke of Burgundy were both reported in April - a month ahead of 2013's
In June the appearance of spectacular Continental Swallowtails along the South
Coast delighted butterfly lovers who have high hopes they may stay for good.
By mid-July 10 counties were reporting sightings of Scarce Tortoiseshell - a very
rare migrant last seen in here in 1953.
Big Butterfly Count participants reported 25% more of our resident Small
Tortoiseshell in their results. A reversal of fortune after worrying
Holly and ivy have been used as winter decorations since ancient times. The fact that
ivy stayed green throughout the year encouraged some to believe it had magical
properties. It was for this reason that it first became popular to bring it into
Ivy was thought to ward off evil spirits and symbolized eternal life, rebirth and
the spring season.
But the merits of this mystical plant have been proven to be more than a myth.
Several species of butterfly and moth couldn't get by without it - as a
foodplant and as vital all-year-round
small group of incredibly hardy moths have their main period of adult activity
in wintertime, including the aptly-named Winter Moth, December Moth and Spring
Usher. But they are mostly alone in their ability to fly through the frosty
species of moths and butterflies will overwinter in the UK as caterpillars or as
a pupa (moths) or chrysalis (butterflies), hidden somewhere safe.
that remain as adults seek out somewhere sheltered and enter a dormant state
until they are woken by the arrival of spring.
year’s membership of Butterfly Conservation is the perfect present for
nature-loving friends and family.
Christmas, in addition to our standard welcome pack, gift membership also
includes some special festive extras:
box of butterfly chocolates
Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland
pack of wildflower seeds.
also receive Butterfly magazine three times a year and membership of
their local Branch, with regular newsletters and invitations to guided walks,
talks and volunteering opportunities in their