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 NEWSLETTER No 2 - Winter 1979/80

WEST MIDLANDS BRANCH, BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION

Contents

Editorial

Front Cover
Members' Slide Evening Front Cover
Local News 2
Field Trip Reports - 1979 3
Book Reviews 4
Conservation Work 5
Handicrafts 5
List of Members 5

 

Editorial

Our first Newsletter seems to have been received well, and we are flattered by the kind remarks that have been made. We hope that our success will encourage other BBCS members in the West Midlands to join us, and also encourage members in other area to think about setting up branches themselves. The West Midlands Branch now has over 30 members, which is a healthy start, and this Newsletter includes the list of members' names and addresses. We hope that people will make contact with each other and possibly arrange a shared survey of local habitats next year. Our knowledge of the existing status of butterflies is a pre-requisite to conservation and in many parts of the region that knowledge is very incomplete.

The summer programme of field visits went very well and was well-supported by members, the highest number being 16 on the Bernwood Forest trip. Many of these will be worth repeating next year, but, of course, we must always be on the look-out for old haunts where current information is lacking. The next Newsletter will include details of field trips for the forthcoming season. In the meantime, we would welcome suggestions from members of particular places they feel worthy of inclusion. We hope that we will be able to produce a balanced programme for 1980 with trips to different parts of the region, so that the maximum number of members will have the chance of joining us.

On a sad note, mention must be made of the probable demise, after a long and hard struggle, of the Large Blue butterfly. Numbers have declined drastically in recent years and no butterflies emerged this summer in the only remaining habitat. We can only hope that the Large Blue's disappearance will not have been in vain, and will awaken the public to the threat overshadowing many of our native species.In the long run, let us hope that the loss will not be a permanent one; that in a few years time we might see the butterfly re-introduced to one or more of its former habitats.

 

            SPECIAL EVENT .......

MEMBERS' SLIDE EVENING

to be held at

WHITLEY ABBEY SCHOOL, ABBET STREET, COVENTRY

in Room 8 of the Art Block, at 7.30 pm

FRIDAY 14TH DECEMBER

                                                                             ............. REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE

Please ring Coventry 403952 to let us know if you are coming, and

whether you are bringing slides.

 

It goes without saying that we welcome contributions to the Newsletter and we would like to thanks all those members who have provided news and information for this issue. Copydate for our Spring Newsletter is 31st March, 1980.

 

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MAY WE WISH ALL MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR
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