Brilliant Butterflies

Brilliant Butterflies

Butterflies are in trouble and they need our help.
 

Many butterflies and insects are in serious trouble and the State of the UK’s Butterflies 2015 report evidenced that 76% of species have declined over the last 40 years. Brilliant Butterflies aims to help change this.

Working with local residents in Croydon and Bromley, we'll be restoring chalk grassland and creating new homes for butterflies and insects across nature reserves, road verges, housing estates, parks and more. We’ll be using ground-breaking environmental DNA survey technology along the way to find out more about these creatures in order to secure their conservation for the future. As pollinators of plants with crucial roles in the food chain it’s vital we conserve these colourful animals as indicators of the quality of our natural environment.

Brilliant Butterflies will create new wildlife havens in south London, providing picturesque and tranquil pockets of chalk grassland 'living landscapes'.
 

Brilliant Butterflies is a partnership between London Wildlife Trust,  Natural History Museum and Butterfly Conservation, funded by a Dream Fund Award, thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery,

 

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Why do butterflies need our help?
 

Many butterflies and insects are in serious trouble and the State of the UK’s Butterflies 2015 report evidenced that 76% of species have declined over the last 40 years. Research by Butterfly Conservation, the University of Kent and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) has since found that this decline is worse in urban than rural areas.

Butterflies are highly sensitive indicators of the health of the environment and play crucial roles in the food chain as well as being pollinators of plants

How will Brilliant Butterflies help?

As well as providing vital homes for butterflies and insects, Brilliant Butterflies will capture vital monitoring data to help make a case for the future protection of the specialist sites, which are located in an increasingly vulnerable part of London’s Green Belt  (a protected area of green land around London and the home counties). This may include higher levels of protection, better protection from future development, and a better understanding of their role in sustaining London’s insect populations.

Get in touch

General enquiries
For general enquiries contact brilliantbutterflies@wildlondon.org.uk or call 020 7261 0447 and ask for a member of the Brilliant Butterflies team.

 

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