The European Butterflies Group was established in 2006 and aims to promote the study, conservation and enjoyment of butterflies, moths and their habitats in Europe.
European Butterflies Group is open to all members of Butterfly Conservation for an additional branch membership costing £10. To join, please download the application form and return to Butterfly Conservation. If you are a non-UK resident member of BC, you will automatically receive European Butterflies Group membership in place of a UK branch, and so need not pay an additional subscription.
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Several European countries are listed on the website and include a detailed downloadable pdf file on Butterflies of that country usually with an extensive bibliography, details of where to go and what to see. For many of the countries there is also a downloadable spreadsheet containing a country list, and recording sheet, details of who to send records to and a facility for entering records.
A growing number of wildlife tour companies offer specialised butterfly watching holidays in Europe, we are keen to encourage this and offer a free advert on the European Butterflies Group website for companies offering such butterfly tours in Europe.
Two types of trips are offered: fixed date departures - where the group size, itinerary, duration and dates are pre-arranged by the company - and tailor-made departures - where you decide these details to suit.
An updated checklist of European Butterflies has just been published. See here for the link to the article: https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/28712/.
Article by: Martin Wiemers, Emilio Balletto, Vlad Dincă, Zdenek Faltynek Fric, Gerardo Lamas, Vladimir Lukhtanov, Miguel L. Munguira, Chris A.M. van Swaay, Roger Vila, Albert Vliegenthart, Niklas Wahlberg, Rudi Verovnik.
In July 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May announced that the Government would bring forward an Environment Bill. Butterfly Conservation (BC) understand that Defra are working on the draft of the Bill, to cover England and reserved matters in devolved countries, and this will be published before Christmas.
The European Butterflies Group Calendar is available to purchase from email@example.com, £8 each or £15 for two plus postage, or from our Annual General Meeting in Birmingham on Saturday 1st December 2018. Featured picture, Southern Hermit by Barry Staley from the month of November.
There are currently no events scheduled for this area. Events are mostly held during the summer months and are arranged in the early spring.
Volunteer with us
Butterfly Conservation relies on the support of thousands of volunteers, and we are always looking for more help inside the office and out in the field. Whether you want to volunteer at a local branch, get outside and help manage our nature reserves, or help with one of our events, we have something for everyone to get involved in! Your time can make a real difference.
EUROPEAN BUTTERFLIES GROUP COMMITTEE MEMBERS
- Simon Spencer - Chair
- Mike Prentice - Vice-Chair
- Dudley Cheesman - Treasurer
- Nigel Peace - Newsletter Editor
- Martin Davies
- Mike Williams
- Nick Greatorex-Davies
- Bernard Watts
- Roger Gibbons
- Marian Thomas
- Dave Plowman
- Anne Spencer - Membership Secretary