Butterfly World Record

We have now submitted detailed evidence to Guinness World Records in our bid to become a record-breaker for the ‘largest display of butterfly replicas’.

University of Derby Entomology Professor Karin Vahed and Derbyshire police PCSOs Leah Eyre and Abigail Cook painstakingly measured and counted just over 1,007 printed butterflies displayed at the Derbion Centre on Saturday 28th August 2021.

Help Us Reach our Target


Some images from the day!

World Record Evidence

You can still support our attempt by buying a butterfly!

Butterfly World Record ‘Largest Display of Paper Butterfly Replicas’


Safe and Sound are attempting a Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Display of Paper Butterfly Replicas’ and will be displaying 1000 butterflies at Derbion on the 28th August 2021.

Join us on the day to take part in fun activities, see the world record display and find out how to check your internet safety settings on your devices. This is the latest event as part of our Butterfly Appeal #buildingstrongerwings which, you may remember, we launched in 2019 to enable us to support more young people, families and the wider community.

We need your help to make this happen.

Do you want to take part in Safe and Sound’s Guinness World record Attempt? You can be part of the record attempt by buying a butterfly replica for £5 and collecting it on the day from the details below:
Date: 28th August 2021
Time: 10am – 4pm
Venue: Derbion, outside Sainsburys on the ground floor (this may change to another location within Derbion)


Earth, Wind & Fire – Earth (Walking)


Earth – a walk in the peak district or around Darley Park.


Proudly Supported by:


The butterflies we chose:

Peacock Butterfly (Inachis io)

The Peacock butterfly is one of the most common butterflies found in gardens throughout lowland England and Wales. The best time to spot adult peacock butterflies is between march and May and from July to September on a sunny day. Look for them feeding on a variety of flowers, in woodlands, parks and hedgerows.

Purple Emperor Butterfly (Apatura Iris)

The Purple Emperor likes to fly high up in tree-tops in central-southern England. It enjoys feeding on aphid honeydew and tree sap. They are very hard to spot and emerge in early July. Some people try to attract them down from woodland canopy by tempting them with banana skins and shrimp paste!

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly (Aglais urticae)

The Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly is a common garden butterfly and can be seen in flowery, urban and rural locations between March and October all over the UK. They enjoy drinking nectar from flowers and can often be found hibernating in houses and sheds.

Holly Blue Butterfly (Celastrina argiolus)

Holly Blue Butterflies are most common in the Midlands and South of the UK and can be found high up near the tops of bushes, in parks, hedgerows and woods during the months of April, June, August and September. The adults like to eat oozing sap, aphid honeydew and carrion juices. Females lay their eggs in the base of flower buds on holly bushes.

Common Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)

The Common Brimstone Butterfly can mainly be seen in northern England but can be spotted all over England. The adults hibernate during the cold weather but can be seen on warm, spring days. You are most likely to see on in damp woodlands, mature hedgerows, parks and in large gardens.


4 + 7 =