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Zerynthia polyxena
Dan Danahar

Welcome to Corfu Butterfly Conservation (CBC)

Butterflies are a magical part of the experience of Corfu, so captivatingly portrayed in the books by my late husband, Gerald Durrell, about his childhood on this enchanting island. We know now that butterflies and moths are a vital part of our wildlife heritage and are valuable as sensitive indicators of the health of our environment. So, given that declines in insects are now to be seen around the globe, it begs the questions; are similar trends to be found in the Corfiot butterflies? And, if so are the butterflies of Corfu endangered?

Corfu Butterfly Conservation
Corfu Butterfly Conservation is a project initiated by concerned residents, island visitors and scientists from all over the world. Our goal is to stimulate informed interest and produce robust scientific data that can be used to influence policy and protect habitat for the benefit of Corfu’s butterflies and the wider natural environment, on which we all depend. Our immediate aim is to record the distribution of butterflies on the island, and we would be delighted if you would help us in this effort. Ultimately we intend to publish an atlas of Corfu Butterflies based on this information.

How can you help?
We invite you to learn more about the butterflies of Corfu and to share your sightings in order to create a knowledge base that will protect them for the future. Please join our Facebook page and use this website to learn more, post photographs and document your sightings.

Our vision
Our vision is one we share with Gerald Durrell, who wrote in 1988:

We hope there will be fireflies and glow-worms at night to guide you and butterflies in hedges and forests to greet you.
We hope that your dawns will be filled with an orchestra of bird song to enchant you.
We hope there will still be extraordinary creatures sharing the planet with you to enrich your lives as they have done for us.
We hope you will be grateful for having been born into such a magical world.

The significance of the start date for this project is that the 7th January 2020 would have been Gerry’s 95th birthday and the projected end date, 7th January 2025 would have been his 100th Birthday. Please join us in doing something very special for Corfu to celebrate the centenary of Gerald Durrell’s birth!

Lee Durrell
Corfu, 7th January 2020

Latest photos:

Lycaena phlaeas Photo: maxando
Lang's short-tailed Blue Photo: maxando
Argynnis paphia Photo: maxando
Iphiclides podalirius Photo: maxando
Melitaea didyma Photo: maxando
Lang's short-tailed Blue Photo: maxando
Lampides boeticus Photo: maxando
Cacyreus marshalli Photo: maxando
Hipparchia syriaca Photo: maxando
Muschampia proto Photo: maxando
Celastrina argiolus Photo: maxando
Lampides boeticus Photo: maxando
Aricia agestis Photo: maxando
Iphiclides podalirius Photo: maxando
Pieris brassicae Photo: maxando

This ambitious beta website is still in its infancy and consequently, like many new projects, you may encounter the occasional glitch while you are using it. We apologise for this and want you to know that we are working tirelessly to ensure that the problems that do occur are addressed as soon as possible.

However, this is a website that aims to be more than just an information source and consequently some issues are more complicated to resolve than others (and therefore take a little more time). Often, it is through your continued use that we find these problems and so your support in this process is both vital and hughely appreciated.

Please bear with us during this development process, we really will get there in the end!

The Corfu Butterfly Conservation Team

Corfu Butterfly Conservation