Ocean Mist

Posted by Jes

Introduction

CONTENTS

  1. Introduction
  2. Butterfly Season Report
  3. Crabtree Reserve Report
  4. Conservation News
  5. Garden Survey Report
  6. Species Focus: Wall Brown
  7. Rainforest Obituary
  8. Romania A Butterfly Haven
  9. Micro Moths
  10. Czech Butterflies

INTRODUCTION

Globally 2016 was the hottest year since temperature records began in 1880, according to the World Meteorological Organisation. Human factors are regarded as responsible for the increases, particularly the increased emissions of Carbon Dioxide. The phenomenon poses challenges to many species, including humans. Some of the articles in this report touch on this issue of climate change and the impact on butterfly and moth populations. Other key influences on butterfly and moth populations such as habitat and weather conditions as also referred to. Steps that Butterfly Conservation took in 2016 to advance the cause of conservation are featured. You are crucial to our efforts to highlight and promote the conservation needs of our butterfly heritage. A great deal of thanks is due to all our members for your support in 2016 with special acknowledgement to those who led outings, liaised with other organisations to promote conservation, provided records, wrote articles, helped with publicity, financial oversight, provided financial support and encouragement. Without your efforts and backing, butterflies and moths would have no voice, and might disappear in the deafening silence of indifference, neglect and folly. Please enjoy reading our annual report and pass this onto others who may be interested in joining us.

Jesmond Harding,

Secretary,

Butterfly Conservation Ireland,

Pagestown,

Maynooth,

Co. Kildare.