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Butterfly appeal 2014

Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been fighting hard for years to save rare and threatened species including marsh fritillary, silver-studded blue and small pearl-bordered fritillary. Unfortunately some of our more common butterflies are also now declining in the wider countryside. We must do what we can on our nature reserves but our work with farmers and land owners outside our nature reserves is now more vital than ever.

£20,000 is urgently needed to fund vital conservation work to help stop the decline of butterflies in Cornwall. We have raised over £12,500 since the appeal launched in August and we really need your help to reach the target. Can you help us by making a donation today? Any amount, small or large, will make a difference.

Silver-studded blue butterfly, photo by Steve Rogers

What will we do with your donation?

  • Stop inappropriate development. Important butterfly sites are still being damaged and lost to opportunistic developments. We must stop this by influencing strategic development plans and fighting damaging planning applications. For large applications this can cost as much as £1,750.
  • Control scrub on some of our nature reserves like Helman Tor, Windmill Farm and Upton Towans. We must do this work this winter if butterflies are to survive and flourish. Work on these sites will cost £15,000.
  • Work on new projects in partnership with Cornwall Butterfly Conservation.
  • Survey farmland for butterfly habitats. Farmland covers 74% of Cornwall. We need to work together with farmers to protect and enhance habitats for butterflies and other polinators. It costs £250 to carry out a farm survey and give tailored follow up advice.
  • Track changes in butterfly population size and extent. We have to know how Cornwall's butterfly populations are changing in order to focus our conservation efforts. The Trust hosts the Environmental Record Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scily (ERCCIS) where butterfly records are gathered from specialist recorders and the public. ERCCIS's work to manage and disseminate butterfly data has an annual cost of £3,000.

DAMAGED: Marshy grassland and a Cornish hedge important for butterflies was damaged at this site. A decision on planning permission is pending.

Our struggling butterflies face numerous threats; built development, intensification of farming and a lack of management of vital habitats. With your help Cornwall Wildlife Trust will tackle all of these issues.

John Gowenlockck"The extraordinary weather events of recent years, loss and fragmentattion of habitats and a lack of appropriate management on many sites means the future of our butterflies in Cornwall is far from certain. Work on our nature reserves and private farmland is essential to give us the best chance of reversing their decline" - John Gowenlock, Chairman of the Trust's Nature Reserves Committee.

Please help us today by making a donation, it will make a genuine difference to butterflies in Cornwall. Thank you!

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You can donate up to £10 by text, just text the code BFAP14 followed by £2, £5 or £10 to 70070. This text donation service is managed by JustGiving so it's safe, secure and really quick, but if you'd like to donate more than £10 please see the other donation options.

AGirls in meadow, photo by Debs Richardson

*Donations received above the amount required will be used for nature reserves management, ERCCIS, planning and farm advisory work that will all benefit Cornwall's butterflies.

Printing costs for the leaflets of this appeal have been generously covered by Four Way.

For more information on our Butterfly appeal please contact Callum Deveney, Head of Nature Reserves via email or on (01872) 273939 ext 222.