Help bring the Chequered Skipper home

by Butterfly Conservation in Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom

Help bring the Chequered Skipper home
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On 30th May 2018 we successfully raised £10,932 with 356 supporters in 28 days

The Chequered Skipper is returning to England after 42 years. Donate today to support long term research to ensure its return is a success.

by Butterfly Conservation in Northamptonshire, England, United Kingdom

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Thank you so much to everyone that has donated, your support really will make a difference to this beautiful butterfly.

It is essential we monitor the Chequered Skipper's behaviour to ensure it's return is a success and to inform future reintroductions. The more kind donations we receive the more research we can do to secure the future of the Chequered Skipper in England.

The Chequered Skipper disappeared from England in 1976. This pretty brown and gold butterfly was once found from Oxfordshire to Lincolnshire, but died out when the practice of coppicing and ride management declined and its woodland habitat became overgrown.

You can help make sure the Chequered Skipper reintroduction is a success.

At the end of this month some 50 Chequered Skipper butterflies are being released into Rockingham Forest in Northamptonshire. Your donation will fund a research project  following the butterflies release that will determine which habitat the butterflies favour most and inform future reintroductions.

Help us watch and learn how the Chequered Skipper responds to its new surroundings.

In order for this research project to be a success we need to monitor:

  • How far the butterflies travel from where they are released
  • Which areas of woodland the butterflies visit and settle in
  • Which plants they nectar on and where they lay their eggs
  • When their caterpillars hatch and where they feed and pupate
  • How many successfully complete their life cycle – resulting in a new generation of butterflies in 2019.

If we can determine which habitat the butterflies favour most in Rockingham Forest, we will be able to replicate these conditions more effectively, helping support further reintroductions within the landscape and establishing more breeding populations, which then colonise other woods in the area.

Donate today to support vital long term research to help this butterfly flourish in the future.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

A Chequered Skipper postcard

Donate £10 and you will receive a postcard featuring the striking Chequered Skipper

£50 or more

An information pack on butterflies and moths

You will receive an information pack about butterflies and moths, including ID guides and information on how to encourage them to your garden.

£250 or more

Visit the home of the Chequered Skipper.

You will be invited to visit Rockingham Forest with an expert guide, to see the reintroduced Chequered Skipper. (This will not be available until 2019 or once the butterfly is successfully established).

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