The Awards are the creation of Brian Marsh, chairman of the Marsh Christian Trust, who wanted to support areas such as conservation and volunteering.
The Marsh European Lepidoptera Award was presented for the first time in 2009 and the scheme is run in partnership with Butterfly Conservation and the EIG committee.
The Award aims to recognise the efforts of those whose work has had a major and positive impact on butterfly and moth conservation within Europe.
The 2016 winner of the European Marsh Award is... Rudi Verovnik!
Rudi Verovnik is a lecturer in Biology and Ecology at the University of Ljubljana and is recognised as the leading Lepidopterist in Slovenia. He helped to set up the Society for the Conservation and Study of Lepidoptera in Slovenia and almost single-handedly runs the Slovenian butterfly mapping scheme, which culminated with the publication of the first Atlas of Butterflies in Slovenia in 2012.
He has travelled extensively throughout Europe and is one of the foremost taxonomists in Europe, having helped to resolve the complex phylogeny of European species to produce definitive lists for the Fauna Europaea that can be used for conservation.
Previous recipients of the Marsh European Lepidoptera Award:
2015 Miguel Lopez Munguria
2014 Chris Van Swaay
2013 Professor Ilkka Hanski
2012 Christer Wiklund
2011 Tristan Lafranchis
2010 Lazaros Pamperis
2009 Dr Otakar Kudrna