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NEWSLETTER No. 8 -  Winter 1982/83

WEST MIDLANDS BRANCH, BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION

Contents

Editorial Cover
Butterfly Round-up 2
Field Trips 4
Earliest Emergence Dates in 1982 6
Conservation Corner 7
Book Review 8

 

Editorial

It is pleasing that Butterfly Year should end on a high note with an excellent butterfly summer, and with the West Midlands branch achieving its 100th member.

Our fourth season of field trips was successfully completed, although on a few occasions the weather let us down, while on others, due to the early season, we failed to see the hoped for species. Some of our more distant trips were less well supported and with petrol ever increasing in price we may need need to visit sites nearer to home next year.

1982 has been a busy year for the Branch, as a glance through this newsletter will prove. The Branch has come a long way in the last four years but there is still much work to be done. Our first priority must be to work to conserve good butterfly habitats in the region, and I hope very much that within the next eighteen months we shall be able to establish our first Butterfly Reserve.

In a good year it is very easy to take butterflies for granted, and we are very fortunate in the West Midlands that we have a comparatively rich butterfly fauna. We must not lose sight, however, of the fact that the long term trend is still downward. Habitat destruction still continues at a colossal rate and for every site saved for wildlife many are lost. The Heath Fritillary in Britain is now down to a handful of sites and could easily become extinct. Here in the West Midlands, species like Marsh Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary, Large Heath, White Admiral, Brown Hairstreak and Silver-studded Blue are extremely vulnerable and could easily disappear; many others are very local in their distribution.

In the current BBCS News, there are details of the appeal being organised on behalf of the Society by London Branch to aid the purchase by the RSPB of a piece of woodland in Kent, which is home to many butterflies including the Heath Fritillary. I hope many members will feel able to support this Appeal. Next year, the West Midlands branch will be hoping to step up its own  fundraising activities, and if members have bright ideas in this direction, or the ability to produce items to sell, we would be very pleased to hear from you.

 

Sunday, 5th December
BRANCH AGM AND FILM SHOW
2.00 p.m.
The Enterprise Club, 16 Avon Street,
Stoke, Coventry (tel. Cov. 445715)

 

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