We have over 1000 members and stretch from Peterborough in the north of Cambridgeshire to the outskirts of London at the south of Essex.

Across these two great counties we are lucky to have a rich tapestry of butterfly and moth habitats including The Fens, ancient woodland, classic chalk grassland and miles and miles of coast.

Our committee and members are active throughout the year and we meet regularly for conservation work parties, informative field trips and a number of various other get togethers.

If you live in our region and are a member of Butterfly Conservation you automatically become a member of the Cambridgeshire & Essex branch - and we'd love to see you out in the field.

So if you have any questions about butterflies, moths and conservation in our region, please don't hesitate to get in touch with any of us on the committee.

What's going on?

38B Purple Emperor Ron Mcintyre

Field Trip at Chippenham Fen - July 1st

A fascinating habitat with the possibility of Purple Emperor.

Dark Green Fritillary (upperwing) - Nigel Kiteley

Field Trip at Sharpenhoe - July 2nd

Summer butterflies in a stunning downland location.

Purple Hairstreak (Stuart Mackman)

Field Trip at Epping Forest – July 11th

An early evening walk to see Purple Hairstreak.

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  • Field Trip: Brampton Wood - June 11th 2023

    Sunday 11th June 2023, 10:30am-1:00pm

    BCN Wildlife Trust car park, 1.5 miles west of Brampton.

    A guided walk to see early summer woodland species, including the rare and elusive Black Hairstreak. 

    This event is now fully booked.

  • Field Trip: Chippenham Fen - July 1st 2023

    Saturday 1st July 2023, 10:30am-12:30pm

    Chippenham Fen, nr Fordham, Cambridgeshire.

    A guided walk to search for Purple Emperor, Silver-barred moth and other summer butterfly and day-flying moth species in a remarkable fenland habitat.

    This event is limited to 20 participants. Please contact the organiser if you wish to take part.

  • Field Trip: Sharpenhoe Clappers - July 2nd 2023

    Sunday 2nd July 2023, 10:30am-12:30pm

    Sharpenhoe Clappers NT car park, Sharpenhoe Road, Streatley, MK45 4SH

    Join David Chandler for a guided walk to see summer butterflies at a key chalk grassland location.

    (This is a Bedfordshire & Northants Branch event also open to Cambridgeshire & Essex members.)

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Volunteer with us

Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.

Find out how to get involved.

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Contact branch

  • Chairman:
    Mike Gittos 
  • County recorder (Cambs):
    Edward Pollard
  • County recorder (Essex):
    Rob Smith