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EIG 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 EIG.

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


Trip reports are published in the regular EIG newsletters.

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


Please contact EIG if you would like the EIG website to show any forthcoming conferences here.

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

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)

2016 ~ EIG AGM

EIG AGM and Members day Saturday 29th October 2016

To be held jointly with Upper Thames Branch at the Parish Hall, Benson, Oxfordshire

Once again we are holding a joint AGM and Members' Day on Saturday 29th October 2016 with another branch of Butterfly Conservation following our successful meeting in 2014. This year we are joining forces with Upper Thames Branch (see below). The AGM's of the 2 branches will be held in parallel and we will share the remainder of the day with Upper Thames but there will be a European talk as well as UK themed talks. The meeting will take place at Benson Parish Hall and directions and a map are attached .The programme for the day and a note on speakers are also in the attached. Click here to download all the information as a pdf file. Upper Thames always start their Members' Day at 09.45 and thus there will be plenty of opportunity to meet EIG members as well as UTB members throughout the day.

Rather than the traditional EIG lunch in a pub we will join UTB for lunch and you will see that members are asked to bring a contribution of food and make a 'voluntary' donation of 5 each to cover other refreshments. Contributions of food can be sweet or savoury and if possible please ring Gillian Oldfield on 01993 891565 in the week before the meeting to let her know what you are bringing. 

We do hope that you will be able to attend and it would be helpful but not essential to know in advance if you intend to attend. For this or if you have any queries please contact Mike Prentice (07831 280259 or mike.prentice@cbre.com).

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 -

2013 ~ International conference EIG & Jardin des Papillons Proserpine

In June 2013, the EIG 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 EIG 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 2016 to Rudi Verovnik

The 2016 winner is Rudi Verovnik
Rudi Verovnik is a lecturer in Biology and Ecology at the University of Ljubljana and is recognised as the leading Lepidopterist in Slovenia. He helped to set up the Society for the Conservation and Study of Lepidoptera in Slovenia and almost single-handedly runs the Slovenian butterfly mapping scheme, which culminated with the publication of the first Atlas of Butterflies in Slovenia in 2012.

He has travelled extensively throughout Europe and is one of the foremost taxonomists in Europe, having helped to resolve the complex phylogeny of European species to produce definitive lists for the Fauna Europaea that can be used for conservation.
See here: http://www.marshchristiantrust.org/default.asp?V_ITEM_ID=742

Previous recipients of the Marsh European Lepidoptera Award:
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 2018 EIG Calendar and requests entries by September 1st 2017.

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 2017.  We often have a use for butterfly photos for our EIG website and we would like members who submit photographs to give us permission to use them for EIG activities.

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