Logo of Butterfly Conservation
|Motto||Saving butterflies, moths and our environment|
|Legal status||Non-profit company|
in the UK
|Chief Executive||Dr Martin Warren|
|Main organ||Conservation Council;
Sir David Attenborough, President;
Maurice Avent, Chairman
History of the organisation
The organisation was originally formed in 1968 as the "British Butterfly Conservation Society," by a small group of naturalists, headed by Sir Peter Scott. It was registered as a charity on 7 March 1968.
Function of the society
The aim of the new society is to stop the alarming decline of many butterfly and moth species in Britain, and at the same time help safeguard the environment itself. Butterfly Conservation has become the largest insect conservation organisation in Europe and publishes Butterfly magazine.
The society is a registered charity with headquarters at East Lulworth, near Wareham in Dorset. The president of the society is (2007) Sir David Attenborough and the Chief Executive is Dr Martin Warren. Prior to his death in 2004, Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 10th Earl of Shaftesbury served as president of the society.
The organisation has over thirty regional branches covering the whole of the UK. The branches are backed by a central organisation responsible for coordination, fundraising, research and national policy matters. There are offices in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.