April 2016: Message from Simon Spencer :-
Butterfly Conservation’s European Interests Group (EIG) (www.bc-eig.org.uk ) are planning a big project in Greece in 2017 in conjunction with Lazaros Pamperis author of the Butterflies of Greece. He has worked with us on several projects most recently in the Tsoumerka National Park. We want to build on our work there by visiting several National Parks and seeing if we can encourage National Park staff and volunteers to monitor and record butterflies.
I would very much like to hear from ex-patriates living in Greece or who visit it frequently who have an interest in wildlife particularly butterflies. Greece has 230+ species of butterfly** and we wish to dramatically increase the recording effort by providing training and support to individuals.
In many countries of Europe UK, ex patriates make a significant contribution to wildlife recording and of course in the UK, the 30,000 members of Butterfly Conservation have collected one of the largest wildlife data sets in the world.
Anne and I will take our campervan to Greece in Spring 2017 as we have done before, and plan to be in Greece between April and August flying home occasionally. We intend to visit Stoupa and the neighbouring Mount Tayegetos that has several special butterflies.
For more information or to offer help, please contact Simon Spencer on cerisyi\btinternet
The butterfly in the picture is the Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius) that occurs on the Mani coast.
** Greece has about 232 species of butterfly and one o f the richest butterfly faunas of any country in Europe with its own endemic species and many species with their European distribution largely restricted to Greece. The Greek mainland, particularly the mountains, are of greatest interest for butterflies though there are specialized endemic species on many of the islands including Crete e.g. Cretan Festoon ( Zerynthia cretica ). The season is very long with butterflies on the wing from February to November. Source www.bc-eig.org Greece PDF