Our collection of species factsheets and habitat downloads can be used to provide an overview of species ecology, assist with species identification and advise on best practice management for specific species and habitats.
Species factsheets include information on ecology, habitat requirements and best practice management for some of the UK's most threatened butterflies, moths and some key foodplants.
Click on the relevant habitat below for habitat advice downloads and factsheets:
- Grassland Management Resources (farmland, bracken and damp grassland)
- Woodland Management Resources (includes our Woodland Management Guide)
- Urban Habitat Management Resources (gardens, brownfields, post-industrial, bare ground and towns and cities)
- Hedgerows for Hairstreaks: A factsheet on the management of Blackthorn hedgerows for Hairstreaks.
- Habitat Creation Factsheets (scrapes, butterfly banks, seeding and plug-planting)
- Managing Land for Butterflies and Moths (leaflet)
- Managing Land for Butterflies and Moths (evidence review)
Read more about different types of habitats and the associated Lepidoptera on our habitat pages.
Most butterflies and widespread day flying moths can be identified using our Identify a butterfly or Identify a moth feature.
However, to help with identification some downloadable butterfly, moth and caterpillar ID guides can be found here.
Conservation Reports and Reviews
The reports give an overview of species trends and summarise some of our conservation work, there are also archived regional and species action plans which can be used for reference.
New reports and downloads will be added as they become available.
- State of Britain’s Butterflies Reports
- State of Britain’s Moths Reports
- Landscape-scale Conservation For Butterflies And Moths Report 2012
- State Of Nature Report 2016
- State Of Nature Report 2013
- Lepidoptera Conservation Bulletins