Butterfly on the brink

The future of Britain's most threatened butterfly hangs in the balance....but you can do something about it!

As your local Wildlife Trust, we are committed to protecting the wildlife on your doorstep. The high brown fritillary butterfly is at huge risk of becoming extinct in Lancashire if we do not act to reverse their decline. 

We cannot stand back and let what is Britain’s most endangered butterfly disappear from our landscape. We must pull together and take action...

How and why is the High Brown Fritillary under threat?

The high brown fritillary survives in just three areas in the UK - Small areas of the South West and South Wales and on the limestone hills around Morecambe Bay.

This large, beautiful, powerful butterfly was once widespread in England and Wales but a loss of habitat and changes in weather patterns has left the butterfly struggling to survive.

Since the 1950's the high brown fritillary has undergone a dramatic decline of over 90% of its population, which means it is now Britain's most endangered butterfly.

One of the key sites is the Trust's Warton Crag Nature Reserve, where the population is monitored annually and we are observing a decline in numbers as the habitat becomes less suitable.

Please support this appeal and save the high brown fritillary for future generations to enjoy.

How you can help

We already have some funding in place, but we cannot get over the finish line without your help. We need to raise £10,000 in match funding to unlock a further £40,000.

There are two ways in which you can help the high brown fritillary in its fight for survival...

Donate Online

You can make a donation quickly and securely online by CLICKING THIS LINK.

Donate by Phone

If you'd like to make a donation over the phone, please call our membership team on 01772 324 129.

How your donation will help

Your donation will help us to...

1. Create open areas within the woodlands by cutting back trees to ground level to encourage new shoots to grow. Light will get to the woodland floor and encourage growth of violets - the butterflies food plant.

These open areas will be joined up by creating open passageways between them encouraging the butterfly to travel to other adjacent key sites nearby - creating butterfly corridors.

2. This work will complement the grazing by cattle. The Trust works closely with Morcambe Bay Conservation Grazing Company, whose rare breed cattle help to keep Bracken under control and ensure the right balance of dappled shade and warmth for basking butterflies. This will also benefit other woodland butterflies such as Pearl-bordered Fritillaries.

During the project there will be a programme of work parties and events to give people a chance to learn about and become more involved with the work being undertaken.