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.
Around three quarters of the UK population (74%) have some negative opinion of moths, with many people believing the majority eat clothes and are pests, a study has revealed.
This photographic guide helps to identify the Large and Medium Fritillaries (Argynnis, Brenthis, Issoria) and separate them from the Small Fritillaries (Boloria, Euphydryas and Melitaea).
The following species are described in detail: Cardinal [Argynnis pandora], Silver-washed Fritillary [Argynnis paphia], Dark Green Fritillary [Argynnis aglaja], High Brown Fritillary [Argynnis adippe], Niobe Fritillary [Argynnis niobe], Queen of Spain Fritillary [Issoria lathonia], Marbled Fritillary [Brenthis daphne], Lesser Marbled Fritillary [Brenthis ino], Twin-spot Fritillary [Brenthis hecate], Corsican Fritillary [Argynnis elisa], Pallas’s Fritillary [Argynnis laodice]
The guide is available to download as a free PDF from the European Butterflies Group website.
UK butterflies bounced back in 2018 following a string of poor years, thanks in part to last year’s heatwave summer, a study has revealed.
Saturday 12th October 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm
The Annual General Meeting and Members Day will take place on Saturday 12th October 2019, at the Ibis hotel, Birmingham.
Details to follow.
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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