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19th Apr 2017
EIG Bursaries
The 2017 EIG bursaries of £500 have been awarded to Mathew Sparks who will join an EIG team surveying in Mount Taygetos, Greece for Acantholimon androsaceum the foodplant of Turanana taygetica (Odd Spot Blue).  He will use a drone to assist in surveying remote areas of the mountain. A second bursary has been awarded Will Langdon for a project on Scarce and Dusky Large Blues (Maculinea telejus and nausithous) in Hungary.  There were two applications and we have awarded two bursaries.
In line with our policy of encouraging young people to get involved with European butterflies both applicants are either at University or recent graduates.  The closing date for 2018 applications is 17/04/2018 see here

12th Apr 2017
A Naturalist's Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Northern Europe, by Ted Benton
New book written by our EIG colleague, Ted Benton.
Comprehensive identification guide to the 159 butterfly species found in Britain, Ireland, Scandinavia, Belgium, Netherlands and the Baltics. Detailed species descriptions, wingspan, distribution and habitat. The introduction covers living with butterflies, anatomy, behaviour, ecology, distribution and conservation. Paperback, 176 pages, 300 photographs, price £11.99. Publisher John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd. http://johnbeaufoy.com/ Available in book stores. Summary is here

2nd Apr 2017
Butterfly Atlas of Bretagne (Britanny, France)
This Atlas is due to be published in June 2017. In French. 324 pages, with over 300 photographs, covering the current status of the butterflies of Britanny. Almost 110,000 records for the period 2000- 2015 and 10,000 historical records, including the analysis of the main Breton collectors. Monographs of the 89 species present or extinct, biology, regional status, distribution maps etc. Special pre-publication price 22€ plus postage until 31st May 2017. Further information on the Bretagne Vivante website, see here:


Order form is here

28th Mar 2017
'A photographic guide to insects of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean'
New. 'A photographic guide to insects of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean' by Paul D. Brock, Scientific Associate, Natural History Museum, London. This book covers all the major insect groups of this region. 'Pre-publication price £19.95, offer ends 31 August 2017. More information and order form here

15th Mar 2017
Butterfly Conservation Europe - Activity Report 2016
The Butterfly Conservation Europe, Activity Report for 2016 can be consulted here
European Interests Group assisted with the Report by asking Matthias Dolek to summarise progress to date on the Colias myrmidone project which EIG has supported both financially and with volunteer time. Simon Spencers report is on page 15 of the PDF.

Diatheo : updates
Distribution maps have been recently updated and a bibliography added. See here:
(Click on the species for the PDF)
For an example, the pdf for Aricia nicias can be seen here:

Papillons de France by Tristan Lafranchis (in French) has recently been updated, reprinted and is now available.
Butterflies of Europe is available as a PDF, in English price 15€.

1st Mar 2017
Papillons du Jura by Jean-Claude Gerber
This reference book describes the butterflies and Burnet moths that can be found in the Jura mountains of Switzerland and the Franche-Compté, (French Jura). 368 pages, beautifully illustrated with watercolour drawings, photographs and line drawings. Published December 2016, hardback, in French, price CHF 58.
Example pages and order form here: http://www.papillonsdujura.ch/livre
(The book can also be purchased in the UK, including from Pemberley books at £65)

3rd Feb 2017
National Plan of Action for Maculinea (Phengaris). France. Plan National d'Actions en faveur des Maculinea (PNA).
You can download the PNA report 2011 - 2015, from the Website dedicated to the National Plan of Action. In French.
See here for the report

1st Feb 2017
Swiss Butterflies Site Guide 2016 by Jason Sargerson
This book describes 30 top butterfly sites in Bern, Geneva, Graubünden, Jura, Schwyz, Ticino and Valais. Paperback, 35 pages, in English, price £10 including postage. Jason is also the author of Swiss Butterflies. Second edition 2016.
Front cover here
Further details on Jason's website, see here

16th Jan 2017
NEW - Pyrgus ID key for France by Cédric Jacquier. Photos Roger Gibbons and Stéphane Bence. See here

31st Dec 2016

Dr Martin Warren awarded OBE for services to the environment in the 2017 New Year Honours list.
Martin has just retired as Chief Executive of BC, Martin has devoted his working life and the majority of his spare time to protecting butterflies and moths, read more here

20th Dec 2016
Les Procris de France / French Forester Moths (Lepidoptera, Zygaenidae, Procridinae & Chalcosiinae), Eric Drouet
The aim of the edition is to help facilitate the identification of the 14 species of Forester Moths present in France. 128 pages in French and English, 30€ plus postage. This comprehensive information has been compiled by GIRAZ over a 15 year period, and comprises detailed monographs, distribution maps, water colours, photographs of species in their natural habitat, figuration of genitalia etc. For more information and the order form see here

1st Dec 2016
Online Atlas for the fauna and flora of the Parc National des Ecrins - France.
Over 500,000 records for 4,077 species can be consulted from the online Atlas.
Records comprise data submitted by Parc National staff, since the creation of the Parc National des Ecrins in 1973.
From the "Homepage" http://biodiversite.ecrins-parcnational.fr/  enter the species name under "rechercher une éspece", to see the species data sheet.

As an example, you can see the species data sheet for Boloria napaea: Mountain Fritillary, here:  http://biodiversite.ecrins-parcnational.fr/espece/53923

You can read a descriptive of the Atlas on the "journal du Parc" here: http://www.ecrins-parcnational.fr/dossier/biodiv-ecrins-connaissance-direct

23rd Nov 2016
National Plan of Action (PNA) and the Regional Red List of butterflies and Zygaena for the Île de France.
The National Plan of Action for Maculinea [phengaris], which was presented at the Proserpine / EIG conference at Digne-les-bains in 2013, came to an end in 2015. The next stage of the National Plan of Action will include additional species, such as protected and threatened species as well as those of special local interest. An initial list of species has been drawn up by the MNHN, to be ratified by the Minister of the Environment over the coming months.

You can see the Regional Red List of butterflies and Zygaena, for the Île de France here.

16th Nov 2016
Pré-Atlas des rhopalocères et zygènes d’Aquitaine, France.
The pré-atlas is available to download from the Faune-Aquitaine website of the LPO http://www.faune-aquitaine.org, and will be available to download shortly from the website of the CEN Aquitaine http://www.cen-aquitaine.org.
See here for the link to the pré-atlas.

Records towards the Atlas are welcomed, by our colleague David Soulet, please see the Requests page.

13th Nov 2016
European Marsh Award 2016 to Rudi Verovnik
Rudi Verovnik, BCE's Slovenian board member, received the 2016 Marsh Lepidoptera Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Lepidoptera Conservation and Research in Europe from Martin Warren. Read more here

4th Nov 2016
Papillons du Loiret, Atlas des Rhopalocères et Zygènes du Loiret (France). Co-edited by the Société pour le Muséum d'Orléans et les Sciences and by Alexanor, published December 2015. In French.
This atlas of butterflies and burnet moths includes a synthesis of 36,000 records, covering the period 2000 - 2013.
344 pages,authors Frédéric Archaux (watercolours), Patrice Chatard, Franck Faucheux, Antoine Lévêque, in colaboration with Michèle Bichaud.
See more info here
Price 38€, further information and to order: somosorleans(at)gmail.com

26th Sept 2016
New - Butterflies of Europe and neighbouring regions by Patrice LERAUT (author of Moths of Europe) NAP Editions, published
16 September 2016. English version, hardback.

Information and example pages on the NAP Editions website:
The book is also available from Pemberley, price £79

15th Sept 2016
The IUCN Mediterranean Red List, of Threatened Species

All species assessments, of the Mediterranean Red List can be found here: http://www.iucnredlist.org/initiatives/mediterranean.
The report 'The status and distribution of Mediterranean Butterflies' can be downloaded here: https://portals.iucn.org/library/node/46183

28th Aug 2016
New butterfly identification guide for Switzerland, from Lepido.ch.

'Guide d'identification des papillons de jour de Suisse'.
Michel and Vincent Baudraz (lepido.ch, butterflies of Switzerland)
192 pages, 216 species, price CHF 30, text in French, published July 2016.
Full details here: http://www.lepido.ch/guide-d-identification

13th July 2016
New - Volume 4 of The Bibliography of the Lepidoptera of France, by Sylvain Delmas.
Volume 4 includes corrections and additions to the previous 3 volumes and an update, to cover the period from 2011 - 2015.

Price for volume 4 is 15€ plus postage, for non-members. Bon de commande_20 juin 2016.pdf

10th July 2016
New - Moth atlas for Lower Normandy & the Channel Islands.
This book covering the 359 moths known in Lower Normandy & the Channel Islands can be pre-ordered at a discount price of 35€ plus postage 18€ until 31 July 2016, after which the book is full price, available Sept 2016. Order form is here

10th May 2016
New - Atlas des papillons de l'Orne - Butterflies of the Orne, Normandy, France, 1980-2010. Price 35€.
Order here, example extract here

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