Butterflies and moths are key indicators of the health of our environment, connecting us to nature and contributing to our wellbeing, crucially through pollination. But people are becoming less engaged with our countryside; children in particular are increasingly lacking connection with their natural world.
We need your help to fund an ambitious project to help new audiences participate in crucial conservation work.
Butterfly Conservation has developed ‘All the Moor Butterflies’ to protect the rare moths and butterflies of Dartmoor, Bodmin Moor and Exmoor, ensuring they are safeguarded for future generations to enjoy. We also want to overcome barriers that some people feel stand in the way of them engaging with nature and getting actively involved in conservation.
The project will engage vulnerable groups, including those with mental health difficulties and addiction problems, as well as children and young people, to ensure they have the opportunity to appreciate and be part of the wonder of nature.
The project combines Butterfly Conservation’s specialist practical conservation and monitoring expertise,
with a community-based approach. This work will create a more sustainably managed and connected landscape, using butterflies as umbrella species to benefit all species found in moorland habitats. It will inspire adults and children across the region to get involved with nature and understand the value of butterflies and moths.
With your help we can make a difference to people and butterflies.
We have consulted with many organisations in developing this project, including Mind, local schools and youth groups, the National Trust and local volunteer groups to ensure project work has the best possible sustainable outcomes.
The project will deliver a large and varied programme of public engagement events, activities and interpretation on demonstration networks and the wider landscapes, offering people lots of fun and educational experiences.
We are in the process of securing a major grant for this vital project, but we urgently need to raise match funding so that we can fully deliver all of our aims. The numbers of the target butterfly species have declined by up to 87% in the past 40 years and the moorlands of South West England are their major UK stronghold. This project is our best chance to save them and unless we take this urgent action now, we will lose them forever.
All the Moor Butterflies will conserve the threatened moorland heritage of South West England and the rare Fritillary butterflies and hawk-moth that depend on it, whilst providing opportunities for people to develop significant, related skills. With your help we can secure the future of these fascinating insects and bring people and nature back together.
This project offers rewards in return for your donation.