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European Butterflies Group does not plan or run events itself but rather encourages individuals and organisations to plan trips and conferences that are beneficial to the aims of the European Butterflies Group.

Trips shown below are therefore not "holidays" but have some element of lepidoptera conservation or research work.

Trips

Trip reports are published in the regular European Butterflies Group newsletters.

Forthcoming Trips are advertised through the regular European Butterflies Group newsletters. Please contact European Butterflies Group should you wish to promote a Trip on this page.

AGM

2018 ~ European Butterflies Group AGM

The European Butterflies Group AGM and Members Day will be held in Birmingham on Saturday 1st December. The venue is the Ibis Hotel at 21 Ladywell Walk, Birmingham (map).

The Meeting will start at 1.00pm. The formal business of the AGM will be followed by two illustrated talks (with a break in the middle for refreshments).

The first talk will be given by Martin Davies, European Butterflies Group committee member, entitled “How many butterfly species are there in the Western Palearctic?”. This will be an exploration of the boundaries of Europe (and beyond!) for butterflies and an opportunity for Martin to show us many pictures of beautiful butterflies in beautiful places.

After the refreshment break there will be a talk from  Chris van Swaay with contributions from Irma Wynhoff. Chris and Irma are both from de Vlinderstichting (Dutch Butterfly conservation). Chris is also the Chairman of Butterfly Conservation Europe and a frequent author, speaker on butterfly subjects, and a renowned expert on the use of data in butterfly conservation. 

Chris’s talk, “Towards more effective butterfly conservation in Europe”, will focus on five pillars: Distribution information, Trends, Drivers of Change, Practical Conservation Work and Communication. Irma’s contribution will be to describe some of the practical conservation efforts that she has been leading in the Netherlands on two Phengaris species in a LIFE project.

2016 ~ EIG AGM

The papers and proceedings from the AGM held on Saturday 29th October 2016 may be downloaded below -
2015 ~ EIG AGM

The papers and proceedings from the AGM held on Saturday 28th November 2015 may be downloaded below -
2014 ~ EIG AGM

The papers and proceedings from the AGM held on Saturday 25th October 2014 may be downloaded below -
Conferences

Please contact European Butterflies Group if you would like the European Butterflies Group website to show any forthcoming conferences here.



20th European Congress of Lepidopterology, 24th - 30th April 2017, Podgora, Croatia

The book of abstracts from the conference can be downloaded here:
http://sel2017.conferenceatnet.com/Content/SocietasEuropaeaLepidopterologica/Uploads/Book_of_Abstract-2017.pdf


International Symposium: Future 4 Butterflies in Europe

Papers from the Dutch Butterfly Conservation (De Vlinderstichting) 4th international symposium on the Future of Butterflies in Europe (held 31st March - April 2nd 2016) can be found here)


2013 ~ International conference European Butterflies Group & Jardin des Papillons Proserpine

In June 2013, the European Butterflies Group and Jardin des Papillons Proserpine held an International Conference in Digne Les Bains (France). Entitled 'The butterflies of France and the state of knowledge with a perspective of conservation', the conference was extremely successful. A summary of each presentation made at the conference can be viewed by clicking here.

Marsh European Lepidoptera Award

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.
The scheme is run in partnership with Butterfly Conservation, and the European Butterflies Group 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.

European Marsh Award 2018 to Professor Constanti Stefanescu   

Constanti Stefanescu is that rare scientist - someone who combines a powerful intellect with a human touch that inspires and informs everyone around him.  He  devoted much of his professional career to co-ordinating the Catalonian Butterfly Monitoring Scheme which he has been running since its inception in 1994; a remarkable 24 years of hard work and dedication. As a result of his infectious enthusiasm he has successfully engaged many hundreds of volunteers and generated invaluable data on this very diverse part of Europe.

See here:
http://www.marshchristiantrust.org/award/marsh-european-lepidoptera-award/
https://butterfly-conservation.org/news-and-blog/constanti-stefanescu-picks-up-european-marsh-award-2018    

Previous recipients of the Marsh European Lepidoptera Award:

2017 Professor László Rákosy
2016 Rudi Verovnik
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


Photographic Competition!

The photo competition that we have run for quite a few years now continues to attract plenty of entries and the Calendar continues to be popular - all copies of recent calendars were sold. A big thank you to all who submit photographs.

Anne Spencer is organising another competition for the 2020 European Butterflies Group Calendar and requests entries by September 1st 2019.

Please do not send more than 3 photos per individual. Photos should of course be sharp. They should also be JPEG files only, with a minimum of 1500 pixels on the long edge. We would like a bit of information about the butterflies – English and scientific names, where/when they were photographed, and any other relevant information.

Please send photographs to Anne Spencer rhoslan.anne@gmail.com by September 1st 2019.  We often have a use for butterfly photos for our European Butterflies Group website and we would like members who submit photographs to give us permission to use them for European Butterflies Group activities.

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