Butterfly Conservation Europe

Counting Butterflies with the Covid19

The butterfly season is now well underway and many people are asking if they should continue recording and monitoring butterflies during the coronavirus pandemic. Butterfly Conservation Europe and the European Butterfly Monitoring Scheme recommend you should only do your transects or count butterflies if your national contingency measures aimed at preventing further spread of the virus allow you to do so.
If your national guidance permits, and you choose to continue monitoring, then we advise you protect both yourself and others, by keeping your distance from other people and washing your hands before and after your visit. You should not undertake monitoring if you or anyone else in your family or the people you live with, has any coronavirus symptoms.



Butterfly Conservation Europe is a partnership organisation focused on halting and reversing the decline of butterflies, moths and their habitats throughout Europe.


Butterflies and moths are declining seriously in most countries across Europe. Action is needed urgently at a European level to halt their decline and restore a countryside rich in butterflies, moths and other wildlife. Organisations and friends in various countries across Europe have therefore come together to form Butterfly Conservation Europe.


Aims and operating principles

BCE aims to prevent the extinction of any species of butterfly and moth, especially in Europe, and promote all activities and initiatives to conserve butterflies, moths and their habitats in Europe. A major focus will be to help implement the Convention of Biological Diversity with respect to butterflies, moths and their habitats, and contribute to the EU target of halting biodiversity loss by 2010. We regard butterflies as a vital part of this.

The operating principles of BCE are:

  • Build on what already exists
  • Encourage the formation of new organisations where no existing organisation is available
  • Be task oriented with minimum bureaucracy
  • Form a genuine and mutually supportive partnership
  • Include a fair geographical representation
  • Work together to promote butterfly and moth conservation, and the aims of BC Europe
  • Collaborate and co-operate with others to ensure a holistic approach to nature conservation

Butterfly Conservation Europe