Can You Help - Herts & Middx Butterfly Conservation

Can you spare a few hours to help?

Our branch continues to step up efforts to conserve butterflies and moths. As well as two major projects (Big City Butterflies and Small Blue), we are just completing our five year survey of butterflies as part of the Butterflies for the New Millennium project in the two counties and much more.. If you could spare even a few hours to help with any of the tasks below, please do get in touch. Previous experience is not essential; we will provide any training needed. Contact details are all on the Committee page.

Role/task Contact Description
Branch Newsletter Editor Ian Small We seek someone to succeed our current newsletter editor and take over this role. This involves soliciting, editing and perhaps also authoring articles and then compiling them together with images into an A5 booklet format (normally 28 pages). Editions are published twice per year, in Spring and Autumn. The majority of members access a pdf version via our website, but a minority still require printed copies. The pdf version routinely contains hyperlinks to web locations.

Prospective candidates will require sound grammatical knowledge combined with access to, and familiarity with, a publishing tool of their choice. A handover period with the current editor is foreseen to facilitate the transition.

Please contact the current editor, Ian Small, for further information.
Encouraging butterflies in your local area Malcolm Hull Would you like to see more butterflies and moths in your garden, local park, woods, school grounds or road verges? Join our Wild Spaces initiative to find out how this can be done. Wild Spaces | Butterfly Conservation. Contact Malcolm to find out about existing local activities and meet other like minded people.
Big City Butterflies Paul Busby
Malcolm Hull
Our major four-year project promoting learning, recording and conservation of butterflies in London. If you'd like to see butterflies and moths thrive in this area please get in touch or register to volunteer here. The project covers are the City of London and London Boroughs of Brent, Camden, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Tower Hamlets, Westminster
Practical Conservation Paula Reid Join our monthly work parties at our own butterfly nature reserve at Millhoppers Pasture, near Tring. More help is always appreciated with managing hedges, cutting grass, clearing streams and much more.
Events Malcolm Hull Our publicity stall is a great way to share information and gain support by attending events, usually in the Spring and Summer. We currently get to 3 or 4 events each year but with extra volunteers on the stall we could do more. Can you help with an event in your area?
Blackthorn survey Liz Goodyear Help the branch locate blackthorn in key Brown Hairstreak areas and possibly find new sites for the elusive butterfly - click here for details
Four-spotted Moth recording project Liz Goodyear We need volunteers in north Hertfordshire to help record and conserve our rarest moth species in 2024
Recording Andrew Wood Volunteers are needed to help with or take over some of the transects in the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon, the two transects at Northaw Great Wood in south Hertfordshire, Thorley Wash near Sawbridgeworth and Aldbury Nowers near Tring. Help and training can be provided.
Big Butterfly Count Malcolm Hull Butterfly Conservation's most high profile event of the year usually held in late July and early August. We need help publicising it, distributing leaflets, telling your family/friends and of course, taking part
Joining the Committee Malcolm Hull Contribute your ideas on how we run the branch. Our planning meetings usually last for 2 hours and are held on weekday evenings over Zoom. Any branch member is welcome to join us to find out more
First-aider Liz Goodyear Do have you have up to date First-aid training? We need someone or several people to help with our butterfly walks programme to accompany our walk leaders.

If you have any additional skills not mentioned on this list and would like to help - please contact Malcolm Hull