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Our branch continues to step up efforts to conserve butterflies and moths. As well as two major projects (Big City Butterflies and Small Blue), we are just completing our five year survey of butterflies as part of the Butterflies for the New Millennium project in the two counties and much more. If you could spare even a few hours to help with any of the tasks below, please do get in touch. Previous experience is not essential; we will provide any training needed. Contact details are all on the Committee page.

Role/task Contact Description
Joining the Committee Malcolm Hull Contribute your ideas on how we run the branch. Many decisions are made by email, with up to four meetings a year on a weekday evening near Wheathampstead.
Any branch member is welcome to join us for a two hour session to find out more
Help protect our rarest butterfly species Malcolm Hull This year we are launching a new initiative to help conserve the five highest priority rare butterfly species in our area. They are Small Blue, Brown Hairstreak, White Admiral, Grizzled Skipper and Dingy Skipper. The initial areas we need help with are recording butterflies and evaluating the quality of habitat at existing sites. Plenty of help and advice on how to do this are available
Publicity Liz Goodyear We still need a press officer who can help draft and distribute news and event information to the press and via social media. We would love to create an Instagram account and would like someone to get one started
Practical Conservation Paula Reid Join our monthly work parties at our own butterfly nature reserve at Millhoppers Pasture, near Tring. More help is always appreciated with managing hedges, cutting grass, clearing streams and much more
Events Malcolm Hull Our publicity stall is a great way to share information and gain support by attending events, usually in the Spring and Summer. We currently get to 3 or 4 events each year but with extra volunteers on the stall and organising behind the scenes we could do more. Can you help with an event in your area? Examples of events we'd like to attend next year are the Rickmansworth Festival in May and the Herts and Middlesex Festival of Wildlife at Panshanger Park near Hertford in July. And maybe somewhere near you?
Four spotted moth project John Murray We need volunteers to help record and conserve our rarest moth species in 2020
Recording Andrew Wood We are still keen to re-establish the transect at Wood Lane, Pirton. We are looking for volunteer(s) to walk the Millhoppers Reserve Transect. Volunteers are needed to help or take over existing transects in the London Boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon - training can be provided. 2020 is the start of the next five year recording period of the Butterflies for the New Millennium project, so we shan't be setting any specific targets but would like to encourage all recorders to visit as many sites as possible to get the mapping process started!
Big Butterfly Count Malcolm Hull Butterfly Conservation's most high profile event of the year usually held in July, with over 110,000 people participating in 2019. We need help publicising it, distributing leaflets, telling your family/friends and of course, taking part

If you have any additional skills not mentioned on this list and would like to help - please contact Malcolm Hull


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