Saturday, 13 January 2018

British Butterfly Conservation > fifty years of saving butterflies

British Butterfly Conservation also mention the 25-year plan for the environment:
Butterfly Conservation - BC welcomes 25 Year Environment Plan
Futures Forum: The UK government "should bring in an environment act immediately"

And this March it will be celebrating 50 years:

Welcome to January's ‘all aflutter’.
2018 marks the 50th year that Butterfly Conservation has been saving butterflies and moths. The new 25 Year Environment Plan, announced by the government this week, has been a positive start to our anniversary year, when we are renewing our commitment to protect wildlife and the world we share. If you haven't made a New Year's Resolution then why not pledge to spend more time appreciating the beauty of nature? You can start this month by watching birds from your window or keeping your eyes peeled for butterflies tempted from their dormant state by a midwinter sunbeam.

50 Years Of Saving Butterflies
Butterfly Conservation was founded 50 years ago this March. We are marking our anniversary year with an exciting programme of events. We wouldn't have made it to half-a-century without your support and we hope you will join in with the festivities.

Look out for the Day of Action in March when we're challenging you to get your hands dirty improving habitats on important butterfly sites. In April we host our International Symposium, welcoming ecologists from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in conservation science. Place a bid on up to 50 exclusive items in September's charity auction or play the grand raffle in December to be in with the chance of winning some fabulous prizes.

We will be looking back at the difference we have made to butterflies, moths and the environment since our inception and revealing ambitious plans for the future.

Let's start the new year by looking at all the great things we were able to achieve in the last 12 months alone.
Dig It: Sit Tight And Survey
January is an easy month to help butterflies and moths in the garden. Many species will be taking shelter until temperatures start to rise so leave leaf litter and postpone pruning to protect eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises.

If the recent storms have blown branches into your garden, or even claimed a tree, you could choose to leave the fallen boughs for wildlife and reassess once winter has passed.

Although a few butterflies might venture out on sunny days, the most obvious winged garden visitors at this time of year are the birds. RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch runs from 27 to 29 January. This month's blog explains how and why to take part.
Look Out For: The Small Tortoiseshell
If you have already seen a butterfly flying in the UK this year, it is likely to have been one of the species that overwinters as an adult. These butterflies will emerge to search for nectar on warmer days.

The Red Admiral was spotted on New Year's Day in two counties and has been reported widely across the south of England since. The Peacock was also out-and-about on 1 January. Reports of the Brimstone and Comma came in this week, which leaves just the Small Tortoiseshell to be seen. 

Will you be the first to spot one? To be a first sighting the butterfly must be outdoors and needs to be awake and active. Please don't disturb dormant butterflies.
Bargains For Bookworms
With 50% off all books in our online shop this month what better excuse do you need to add to your reading shelf and expand your knowledge of nature?

Choose from a wide selection of field guides and have fun identifying unfamiliar species. Pick up a handbook to discover more about conservation techniques and land management. Get inspired by groundbreaking ecologists by reading their biographies or opt for eco-fiction and be entertained with a nature and environment-oriented novel.

The backlist bargain 2018 sale will run until March and includes more than 3000 titles.

Butterfly Conservation - Home

A symposium is coming up in April:
Butterfly Conservation - Symposium 2018

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