Wild Spaces

Time is running out: 80% of butterfly species have declined since the 1970s. Climate change and biodiversity loss are pushing much of the natural world to the brink.

At the heart of the Butterfly Conservation 2021-2026 strategy are three goals:

  • Halve the number of the UK’s threatened species of butterflies and moths
  • Improve the condition of 100 of the most important landscapes for butterflies and moths
  • Transform 100,000 Wild Spaces in the UK for people, butterflies and moths

We have more than 40,000 members and 32 volunteer-run Branches throughout the UK.  We employ over 100 people, including many highly qualified scientists, making us the world’s largest research institute for butterflies and moths. We operate 36 nature reserves and  are leading or involved in 73 landscape-scale projects to conserve habitats.

Wild Spaces is all about inspiring everyone to feel empowered to act to help butterflies and moths, and will engage communities across the UK to provide opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

We are engaging new audiences including young people in urban locations, to inspire people to create many different types of Wild Spaces – from window boxes and planters to allotments and gardens.

Creating a growing movement will help harness the collective difference of individual actions, enabling Wild Spaces to be a force for good for people and communities as well as for butterflies and moths.

Brought to you by the butterfly and moth experts

Butterfly Conservation is a UK charity dedicated to saving butterflies, moths and the environment. Our extensive team of scientists utilises the essential data gathered through the various recording functions under the control of Butterfly Conservation, allowing us to maintain, enhance and provide advice for creating better habitats for pollinators.

Butterfly Conservation has an established record of reversing declines, running programmes for more than 100 threatened species, and is involved in conserving hundreds of sites and reserves.

We rely on donations, memberships and grants to fund our work, and with your support we can help butterflies and moths thrive.

You can read more about Butterfly Conservation by visiting our website: https://butterfly-conservation.org/

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