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Butterfly Conservation’s European Interests Group (EIG) promotes the enjoyment, conservation and study of butterflies, moths and their habitats in Europe.  EIG aims to build up contacts with partners in Europe and provide opportunities for self-funded volunteers to do useful survey work on butterflies in Europe.

EIG organises occasional group trips to Europe for members to do surveys in an expedition organised by a leader. This is an opportunity for members to improve their butterfly ID skills. These EIG Trips are subject to strict procedures in order not to fall foul of the “Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992” and to ensure best practice as regards health and safety and the field recording of butterflies.  Click here for full details of EIG Trips.

EIG currently has more than 400 members and organises the occasional meeting in the UK. An annual AGM and members day is often held jointly with other Butterfly Conservation Branches.

EIG was established in 2006. Following the creation of Butterfly Conservation Europe, an interests group was set up to coordinate and promote relevant activities across Europe.  BC created an additional branch - the European Interests Group (EIG) to bring together those members of Butterfly Conservation interested in European butterflies.

  • Circulate information on European butterflies and moths to members and partners in Europe.
  • Encourage recording of butterflies and moths in Europe and facilitate contact with recording schemes and encourage the local atlases that are planned in several parts of Europe.
  • Publicise the plight of butterflies and moths in Europe where changes in agriculture, particularly land abandonment, are a huge threat.
  • Help set up projects with partners in Europe.
  • Provide a skilled volunteer resource for European nature conservation organisations such as national parks.
  • Assist the work of Butterfly Conservation Europe (BC Europe) and act as ambassadors for BC in Europe with partner organisations.
  • Work with partner organisations in lobbying in Europe.

Membership of EIG is only open to Members of Butterfly Conservation. EIG is essentially a Branch of Butterfly Conservation and as such an additional subscription of 10 is payable at the time of a member's normal subscription renewal. Subscriptions, both existing Butterfly Conservation ones and EIG, must be paid by Direct Debit - this is required in order to minimise the running costs of EIG. To join, please download the application form (PDF, 900KB) and return by post to Butterfly Conservation.

For people who are resident in Europe and do not have a local BC Branch they can have EIG as their local branch if they join Butterfly Conservation in which case they do not need to pay the additional 10. 

All EIG correspondence is by email.


EIG produces 2 newsletters a year which are emailed free of charge to members. Below are links to all the newsletters except the most recent.

See here for an index of Newsletter contents.

See here for a list of Book Reviews & Extracts

EIG Newsletters
BC Europe Newsletters
EIG Annual Research Bursary

EIG promotes the study of European butterflies by offering annual EIG research bursaries (normally of €600) to assist with travel and other expenses. See here for more information.

The closing date for applications in 2018 is 17th April.


EIG Rules (PDF, 26kb)
EIG A Code of Practice for Butterfly Recording and Photography in Europe (PDF,18kb)
EIG Trips – Best practice and legal requirements (PDF, 43kb)
EIG Generic Risk Assessment for field work in Europe (Word document, 68kb)


EIG Committee members
Simon Spencer
Mike Prentice Vice-Chair + BCE    
Dudley Cheesman Treasurer 
Nigel Peace Newsletter Editor    
Martin Davies  Holidays + C. myrmidone
Mike Williams
Nick Greatorex-Davies 
Bernard Watts 
Roger Gibbons 
Marian Thomas 

Other EIG Officers
Anne Spencer Membership + Sales
Jude Lock Links + Website content
Matt Berry Facebook


EIG is part of Butterfly Conservation and the information provided here applies to the use of the bc-eig.org.uk web site.

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