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International projects

Dutch Butterfly conservation operates increasingly within a European context. Some projects are:

Red Data Book

This report provides a new up-to-date review of the threat and conservation status of the 576 butterfly species known to occur in Europe in order to identify conservation priorities. It also gives a new Red List. The geographical scope is continent-wide, covering all countries within the Council of Europe, including the Azores, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Russia east to the Ural mountains and the whole of Turkey.

Contact: Chris van Swaay.

Read more on the Red Data Book


In the Forbioben project, research is being carried out to see whether extensive grazing systems can result in a greater biodiversity, while being at the same time economically viable. One of the ways in which this is being done, is by looking at the effect of grazing on both the vegetation and the butterflies, birds, grasshoppers, and insects that live on the soil surface. The effects of high and low grazing intensities, and of the use of traditional or local, and commercial breeds are compared.

Dutch Butterfly Conservation is co-ordinating the faunal part the research in Germany, England, France, Spain and Italy, namely the countries that are taking part in the project.

Commissioned by the European Union. Contact: Michiel Wallis de Vries.

Read more on FORBIOBEN

Prime Butterfly Areas

Prime Butterfly Areas are an initial selection of important butterfly areas in Europe, focussing on target species that are conservation priorities across this large and diverse region. Protection and proper management of these areas will not only help to conserve these target species, but also the many other characteristic butterflies they contain. Criteria have been devised to identify the most important areas for the specified target
species in Europe, combined with a wide geographic coverage that includes both marginal and core populations.

Contact: Chris van Swaay.

Read more on Prime Butterfly Areas.

Trends for butterfly species in Europe

The project ‘Biodiversity Trends & Threats in Europe’ (by UNEP-WCMC and RIVM) aims to develop biodiversity trend indicators for policy support. A species index will be tested by mobilising existing data.

Read more on Trends for butterfly species in Europe.

Bio Assess

The aim of the Bio Assess project is to develop instruments for measuring biodiversity in Europe. Dutch Butterfly Conservation is carrying out the butterfly part of the project.

Commissioned by the European Union. Contact: Chris van Swaay.

Maculinea Newsletter

Since the International Maculinea Workshop (1996) Dutch Butterfly Conservation has published the Maculinea Newsletter to exchange experiences in the work with these highly endangered species.

Read the newletters

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