Brilliant Butterflies

Brilliant Butterflies

Butterflies are in trouble and they need our help.
 

Many butterflies and insects are in serious trouble; 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 people we'll be restoring a nationally rare habitat, chalk grassland, and creating new homes for butterflies and insects across nature reserves, road verges, housing estates, and parks. We’ll be using ground-breaking environmental DNA technology to survey find out more about this wildlife in order to secure its future conservation.  

Brilliant Butterflies will create new wildlife havens in the southern fringes of Croydon and Bromley, providing refuges for pollinators and beautiful, tranquil pockets of chalk meadows.
 

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,

 

Why do butterflies need our help?

Many butterflies and insects are in serious trouble; The State of the UK’s Butterflies 2015 report evidenced that 76% of species have declined over the last 40 years. A Wildlife Trusts 2019 report, Action for Insects, indicates that the abundance of insects in Britain may have fallen by 50% or more since 1970.

Read the report here

Butterflies and other insects 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.

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Keeping it Wild Trainees at Hutchinsons Bank Credit Ella Cox

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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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