Forty years of Butterfly Conservation!
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The British organisation ‘Butterfly Conservation’ (BC) has been associated with the Journal of Insect Conservationsince the journal commenced in 1997. The organisation, founded as the British Butterfly Conservation Society, now has more than 13,000 members and in 2008 celebrates 40 years of active conservation endeavour for butterflies. It has played major roles in promoting their wellbeing as a thriving and increasingly ‘mainstream’ conservation interest. Butterfly Conservation has not only become one of the most enduring bodies involved in insect conservation, but also one of the most influential, and it is sobering to contemplate what the state of Britain’s butterflies and wider countryside might now be like without the efforts they have initiated, organized and promoted over the years. Not least, far fewer people would be aware of the remarkable biology and subtle ecology of many species, of the threats to their existence, and of their importance in the natural landscape. The...
I thank three members of the editorial board for their comments on a draft of this tribute.
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