All The Moor
Over the course of 3 years, the All the Moor Butterflies project improved habitat conditions and raised awareness of six of our most threatened butterfly and moth species on Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
The project worked across some of the regions most spectacular moorland landscapes. Exmoor, Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor host nationally important populations of some of our most threatened species. The project focused on the following species:
- High brown Fritillary – declined in abundance by 62% since 1978 and distribution by 96% since 1976.
- Heath Fritillary – declined in abundance by 87% since 1981 and distribution by 68% since 1976.
- Marsh Fritillary – declined in abundance by 64% since 2005 and distribution by 79% since 1976.
- Pearl-bordered Fritillary – declined in abundance by 71% since 1976.
- Small pearl-bordered Fritillary – declined in abundance by 58% since 1976.
- Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth – declined by 43% (found on Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor).
Starting in January 2017 and finishing in March 2020, the project delivered vital conservation work to safeguard these special species, whilst also engaging people with their conservation. The project was a tremendous success; achieving all of its aims, delivering much-needed habitat management and engaging new audiences
The All the Moor Butterflies project officers were Simon Phelps, Conservation Officer and Megan Lowe, Community Engagement Officer.
Over the 3 years they worked with 146 landowners across 201 sites to deliver gains for these special species. Over 5000 people learnt about the fascinating lives of these wonderful insects and were given opportunities to contribute to their conservation.