Big Butterfly Hike

Martin's Hike
Sponsor Martin’s Hike!

Starting on Monday 27 July and ending on Sunday 2 August, the CEO of Butterfly Conservation, Dr Martin Warren, will be undertaking the challenge of walking the length of the Jurassic Coast, to save butterflies.

Martin will be raising vital funds to protect 3 species of UK butterfly; the High Brown Fritillary, Wood White and the Duke of Burgundy – all of which are threatened with extinction and so need our help to halt the declines.

Duke of Burgundy

Duke of Burgundy. Photo: Iain H Leach

The Duke of Burgundy is the only butterfly from the list that still remains here in Dorset but this doesn’t mean it is safe from disappearing. Our Save Dorset’s Dukes project is still running and some of the money raised by Martin will help save this species nationally.

Over 100 Big Butterfly Counts are hoped to be completed over the week along the route, as he travels 100 miles in just 7 days, to increase public awareness of the “very real threats facing butterflies and moths.”

Big Butterfly Hike route

Big Butterfly Hike route

Martin carried out the very same walk 10 years ago and generated a fantastic £10,000 for these endangered butterflies, but this year we would love to raise even more!

So how can you help? If you would like to sponsor Martin and ensure the survival of these rare and beautiful insects then donate via the websiteBig Butterfly Hikecall 01929 406015 to donate by phone, or text ‘HIKE15 £5’ to 70070.

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