SBBT Associate Clive Huggins returns from a butterfly survey in the Caribbean island of Dominica to report that the endemic Polydamas swallowtail subspecies is widespread despite the devastation of Hurricane Maria in 2017. The butterfly’s Aristolochia vine foodplant may have become more prevalent as the storm opened up the canopy and felled many mature forest trees.
Rob’s professional role is Data and Insight Manager at the East Anglian Air Ambulance, providing strategic and technical support to fundraising teams across the region. With ten years’ experience in both conservation and healthcare not-for-profits, Rob advocates digital innovations in fundraising and marketing, enjoys visiting Norfolk’s nature reserves and taking part in fundraising challenge events.
Sara Harvey is the Trust’s new Honorary Treasurer. She has over 40 years’ experience in accountancy, tax and audit, including 20 years with charities both as a treasurer and scrutineer. Sara is a council member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and chair of its Global Ethics Forum. She enjoys walking, natural history and the countryside. […]
SBBT is one year old today! It has been a busy year and we have been able to help swallowtail and birdwing enthusiasts conserve these wonderful butterflies not only in the UK but also as far afield as PNG, Australia, Sabah, Jamaica, Fiji and Dominica. Thank you to all our friends and supporters!
50+ people met at Norfolk’s Wheatfen Reserve and agreed translocation of the British Swallowtail may be considered if sea-level rise of more than 3mm per year threatens to replace fenland with saltmarsh. Great Fen Project and Lakenheath are possible target sites, but work on ecology of foodplant Milk Parsley is needed. Report is in the Guardian here.