Update 4th April 2020

IMPORTANT: We can continue to receive your sightings but please remember that, in accordance with current UK Government restrictions, you MUST NOT make any journeys away from home in order to record butterflies and moths, as these would be considered non-essential journeys. More information on recording during the current circumstances can be found on the Butterfly Conservation website.

Update 24th March 2020

Correspondence from Butterfly Conservation Head Office

“Updated guidance for butterfly and moth recorders relating to Coronavirus Covid-19 24/03/2020 The UK Government delivered a very strong and clear message on the 23rd March 2020 with their updated guidance:

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Bearing this in mind, Butterfly Conservation strongly advises that you adhere to the message from the government, and therefore only record butterflies and moths in your gardens. Please do not make any journeys away from your home in order to undertake recording activities, these would be considered as non-essential at the present time. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will produce revised guidance when the time is right. Please check for any updates at We recommend that you continue to follow the UK Government’s response to the situation at
If you have any doubts or queries regarding this advice, please feel free to contact the recording team at

Following the government’s message and guidance from Butterfly Conservation Head Office only records received from gardens or urban sites during once daily walks for exercise will be posted in the sightings section until further notice. Please either send records directly to the county recorder Dave James or add them on iRecord. The Garden Butterfly Survey is another option but please note county recorders will not get these records until early next year. I’d like to thank all the county’s butterfly recorders for their past and continued efforts in mapping Northamptonshire’s butterflies and I hope you all stay fit and healthy during this troubling time. Dave James, Northamptonshire Butterfly Recorder.

Update 18th March 2020

All of our events have been cancelled:
  • Sharpenhoe on 30th May
  • Fineshade on 12th July
  • Moths and butterflies at Pitsford on 5th July
  • Glapthorn on 21st June
  • Butterfly day at Fermyn Woods on 17th May
  • AGM on 19th April

Update 9th March 2020

Following advice and guidance at national level, in the light of the current outbreak of Coronavirus, the branch AGM due to be held on 19th April has now been cancelled.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the decision has been taken in everyone’s interests to try to limit the spread of the virus.

Based on current forecasts and projections, it is likely that summer field trips will also have to be cancelled.

Please check on the website and social media for updates nearer the dates. Click here for event updates