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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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Lesser Purple Emperor - Tamás Nestor

Newsletters

The European Butterflies Group newsletter is produced twice a year and emailed to members.

The newsletter has a wealth of information on where to see butterflies in Europe.

Sample newsletters:

Issue 19 / May 2016

Issue 20 / Nov 2016

Pale Clouded Yellow - Tamás Nestor

European Country pages

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.

Short-tailed blue - Tamás Nestor

EBG News

The European Butterflies Group Members Day and AGM will take place at the IBIS hotel Birmingham on Sat 12th October 2019.

The European Butterflies Group Calendar 2020 is available to purchase, £8 each or £15 for two, plus postage from: sales@european-butterflies.org.uk , or from the Annual General Meeting and Members Day.

The first European Butterflies Group identification guides are now available on the website, see here.

The European Marsh Award 2018 to Professeur Constanti Stefanescu.

Southern Festoon - Tamás Nestor

Free guides and help to identify European butterfly species

The first European Butterflies Group identification guides are now available to download in pdf.

You can also download a checklist of European butterfly species here: Checklist 31 December 2018.

Send us your photographs of European butterflies for identification, see here for more information.

Purple-shot copper - Tamás Nestor

Butterfly watching holidays in Europe

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.

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News

  • The Butterfly Effect

    The Butterfly Effect. In Gloucestershire, we've borrowed a term associated with Chaos Theory, a curious idea that postulates that a butterfly flapping its wings in one place could cause a massive storm elsewhere.

  • European Butterflies Group, European Butterflies 2020 Calendar

    The European Butterflies Group, European Butterflies 2020 Calendar is available to purchase, £8 each or £15 for two, plus postage from: sales@european-butterflies.org.uk , or from the Annual General Meeting and Members Day at the IBIS hotel in Birmingham on Saturday 12th October.

    Cover photo, Dryad ( Minois dryas ) by Nigel Kiteley.

     

  • No let-up in net loss of UK’s nature

    The UK’s wildlife continues to decline according to the State of Nature 2019 report. The latest findings show that since rigorous scientific monitoring began in the 1970s there has been a 13% decline in average abundance across wildlife studied and that the declines continue unabated.

  • Holy Grail of moth recording reappears in Britain

    Numerous recent sightings of a moth that became extinct in the UK in the 1960s, suggest that it has recolonised and is now breeding across southern Britain.

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Events

There are currently no events scheduled for this area. Events are mostly held during the summer months and are arranged in the early spring.

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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.

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EUROPEAN BUTTERFLIES GROUP COMMITTEE MEMBERS
  • Mike Prentice - Chair
  • Simon Spencer -  Secretary
  • 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