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Please contact European Butterflies Group if you would like to make a request of European Butterflies Group members.

Records welcomed for the Butterfly Atlas, Aquitaine France, coordinated by the CEN Aquitaine.

The Aquitaine comprises 5 departments: the Dordogne, Lot and Garonne, Pyrénées-Atlantique, Landes and the Gironde. Further to the request posted in March 2016 asking for assistance with records for the pre-atlas of the Aquitaine for the CEN Aquitaine, the pre-atlas has subsequently been published, and can be downloaded here

The pre-atlas contains a summary of the distribution, and monographs, of the 156 butterfly and 28 Zygaena species known in the Aquitaine, covering the period 1995 - 2015. The pre-atlas comprises over 190,000 records, and will serve as a working tool towards the production of the Atlas. The Atlas is being developed in collaboration with the LPO Aquitaine and is due to be published in 2019. Authors, V. Couanon (LPO), E. Drouet (GIRAZ), P.Y. Gourvil (CEN Aquitaine), M. Sannier (LPO), D. Simpson (EBG Dordogne), D. Soulet (CEN Aquitaine), I. Van Halder.

The Red List for the former Aquitaine region has been published and can be consulted here. The publication of the Butterfly Atlas is planned for 2020.

A number of identification training days for Burnet Moth species have been organised throughout the department from May to July this year, please contact Pierre-Yves for further details and if you wish to book:  py.gourvil@cen-aquitaine.fr

You can consult the species distribution maps of the pre-Atlas on the website for the Regional Action Plan for Heritage Lepidoptera, see here

Request updated April 2019

Following on from the request of February 2016 from our partner Marie-Cécile Ruiz of the Corsican Environment Office (OEC-OCIC) for information and records on the distribution of Corsican Lepidoptera, we are pleased to say that the IUCN Regional Red List was published in 2017, and can be consulted here

Call for help from our colleague Claire Mouquet for butterfly records for Normandy, France.

The GRETIA, (Groupe d'Etude des Invertébrés Armoricains) has been working on a synthesis of data on butterflies in Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy) since 2015, in partnership with the DREAL (Direction regional for the Environment) Lower Normandy. The aim is to collect existing records, to update regional knowledge, review species status, produce a departmental species list, online mapping and a ZNIEFF inventory. (Natural zone of ecological interest, fauna and fauna).

Please send records using the European Butterflies Group recording form, to c.coubard(AT)gretia.org. Additional info on habitat, geographic location etc is also welcome.

Please also complete the agreement form to give authorisation that your records may be used.
The form can be scanned and returned by email, see here:     http://gretia.org/dossiers_liens/nosact/donnees_naturalistes/Autorisation.pdf

The records are needed urgently as the first stage of the project is set for 15th April 2016, records are welcomed after this date for this ongoing project.

Request posted March 2016

Thanks to the participation of many colleagues and enthusiasts, Gard Nature now have or are in the process of obtaining the last remaining photographs to illustrate all the butterfly species of France, (males and females, topside and underside). They are working to finalise the identification criteria.

Two documents will be produced, an identification guide for the butterflies of France and a discussion paper.
A draft of these documents is available for consultation and the printed version is expected by the end of 2020. 

For more information or if you wish to contribute please contact Jean-Laurent Hentz, Jean-Pierre D'Hondt and Philippe Dauguet. Email: papillons@gard-nature.com. Photographs can be sent via WeTransfer.

Details of the project here: http://gard-nature.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2014_papillons.pdf

Many thanks to members who have already participated in this project.

Updated request posted January 2019

A request from the University of Bern, Switzerland,  Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Insect Migration and Ecology Lab. for Red Admiral sightings.

We have been contacted by Marco Thoma from the University, requesting records for this species, to help with the study of Red Admiral migration across Europe. Records can be submitted via the country portal, details can be found on the link below, e.g. Butterfly Conservation in the UK.

Alternatively by a mobile app such as 'NaturaList', or 'ObsMapp' for Android, or 'iObs' for iPhone.

Read more here:

News Release (PDF)

Request posted April 2017

We have had a request from Matthias Dolek who is leading together with Jacqueline Loos our collaborative work on Colias myrmidone (Danube Clouded Yellow) in Romania.  Previous work by this group has identified two populations of this threatened butterfly in Romania and previous surveys by EBG members and Romanian collaborators have mapped the distribution. They want to estimate the population size of a site near Cluj using mark and recapture. This involves a lot of chasing butterflies with nets. There are normally two generations a year in May and end of July until beginning of September. The latter is larger and is more in focus but with enough volunteers they might do both. They are looking for self-funded volunteers to join them. The area has lots of other butterflies and is like stepping back into the 20th century with hay stacks and horses and carts.  

There are cheap Wizzair and other flights to Cluj and local hotel accommodation.  Please contact Martin Davies or Simon Spencer for more information, or Matthias Dolek.
Matthias’s website page:  http://www.geyer-und-dolek.de/myrmidone_dreiframes.htm

Request posted October 2017

Following on from our survey in July 2017 of the Phalakron area of Greece (north of Drama) for Pseudochazara orestes (Dil’s Grayling) and a similar survey a few years ago both of which only yielded single individuals, we would like others to repeat surveys in this area but in late June which is supposed to be the main flight period.  We can supply in confidence sites where this species has been seen in the past and suggest places to stay etc.  It is a very special area for butterflies with many interesting species.  You would probably need to fly to Thessaloniki and hire a car.  Again we cannot help with expenses but Greece is quite cheap despite the weak pound. 

Please contact Martin Davies or Simon Spencer.

Request posted October 2017

The project is coordinated by the Conservatoire d'espaces naturels PACA, and developed in line with the national inventory, piloted by the MNHN (National Museum of Natural History). The regional inventory of the butterflies and Burnet moths can be consulted on the CEN PACA website here: http://www.cen-paca.org/index.php?rub=3&pag=3_12_2inventaire

The inventory is fed by a network of environmental and nature organisations and individuals, who contribute to the regional database scheme, SILENE PACA. European Butterflies Group are one of the partner organisations. The regional Butterfly Atlas for Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur is due to be published this year and currently comprises 640,000 validated records, the last remaining species pages are in the process of being finalised.

180,000 records have been integrated for the period between 1832 and 1999, such an important number has brought to light trends that had not previously been remarked upon.

For many species the comparison of the records before and after the year 2000 show a recent regional evolution, for instance the progression of species at altitude, yet also the regression of other species. The monographs for certain species also include the regional distribution map together with the species host plant, as established by the Mediterranean Botanical Conservatory. 

Information kindly communicated by Stéphane Bence, CEN PACA. European Butterflies Group partner PACA. 

Request updated March 2019

A new and updated edition of the "Guide des papillons nocturnes de France " (Guide to the Nocturnal Moths of France) is being prepared by Roland Robineau and colleagues from oreina.
The book is due for publication in 2020 from the publishers Delachaux & Niestlé.

Roland Robineau is gathering photos of some of the adult species to improve, complete or replace the photos used in the 2007 edition and also photographs of some species that are new to France (since the 2007 edition). Roland is asking for photographic assistance for approx. 20 rare or newly described species. Please contact Jude for the species list if you think that you may be able to help.

Photos should be 300 DPI on a pale background (not white).

Request updated March 2019

The organisation Operation Wallacea carry out biodiversity monitoring in a number of countries. Toby Farman represents the Transylvania/Romania expedition working in conjunction with the local NGO Fundatia ADEPT and is looking for a survey leader for eight weeks between 19th June to 13th August 2019. (Costs on-site such as food and accommodation will be covered and a travel bursary/small wage would be available for experienced applicants). The position will involve carrying out pollard counts in the spectacular grassland areas, so good identification skills are required. Experience of conducting similar work with butterflies would be ideal, and enthusiasm for conducting field work in remote and basic locations. Working with small groups of students is also an important aspect of this role.

There is more information about the project on the website see here: https://www.opwall.com/ 
You can watch the YouTube video about the Transylvania expedition here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3HoQBk9NVo

For more information or to apply please contact toby.farman@opwall.com

Request posted March 2019

European Butterflies Group is assisting with a project in Greece to produce a Species Action Plan for the Apollo (Parnassius apollo).  If you are in Greece this summer, please consider going to look for it in the Greek mountains which are still a paradise for butterflies.

Please send any records (also any historical records) for the Apollo in Greece to Lazaros or Olga
more details in the attached pdf or contact Simon Spencer for additional information: info@european-butterflies.org.uk

Request posted March 2019

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