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STOP PRESS ! EuCAN
Conservation working holiday to La Brenne, France  Nov 21st - 30th 2017.
Information can be found on this page of the EuCAN website:
http://www.eucan.org.uk/newsitem/conservation-working-holiday-to-la-brenne/
If you are interested in participating, please fill in the 'Expression of Interest form' on the above website page. If you are selected for the visit, you will be asked to complete the registration form and pay in the money to the EuCAN account.
Please note that the visit will be at least 50% subsidised from the EuCAN funds and the fees quoted are the minimum requested - any extra donations towards this visit will be very gratefully received.

Index to Holidays
We are delighted that a growing number of wildlife tour companies offer specialised butterfly watching holidays in Europe. As EIG, we are obviously keen to encourage this and many of our members and others are interested to go on such trips. We now offer a regularly updated FREE advert on the EIG website for each of the companies offering such butterfly tours in Europe.

Two types of trips are offered: fixed date departures - where the group size, itinerary, duration and dates are pre-arranged by the company - and tailor-made departures - where you decide these details to suit.

Such holidays are not only great fun, but encourage interest in butterflies, provide valuable identification training and also often produce some very interesting records. We encourage all tour companies undertaking such butterfly tours to submit their records to the appropriate National/Local Butterfly Recording scheme in each country. Some companies, notably Naturetrek and Greenwings, use these holidays to raise funds and then make a welcome donation to support Butterfly Conservation.

We are keen to make this listing as comprehensive as possible. Many companies offering butterfly holidays in Europe are included but we are aware that the list is not complete. Please contact me at EIG if you offer such holidays and would like your advert to be considered.  We reserve the right to not advertise or withdraw any advertisements at our discretion.

Martin Davies

Disclaimer: Please note that the information shown below comprises advertisements by the travel companies concerned. Each of these companies is separately and solely responsible for delivering the travel services they offer. Butterfly Conservation and EIG are not travel operators and can neither warrant nor endorse in any way the information, services or products listed here. The information is provided solely as a resource for EIG members and others to use at their own discretion.

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Borderline Holidays have been offering holidays in the French Pyrenees since 1987, when Jude Lock and Peter Derbyshire moved to the village of Barèges. Jude is involved in coordinating EIG activities in France and also involved on a local level with recording schemes for the Parc National des Pyrénées and the Conservatoire d’espaces naturels Midi-Pyrénées.

Jude offers guided butterfly days throughout the summer months.

Our local area in the central French Pyrénées, is a paradise for butterflies with many rare or very localised species. We are nowadays based in the historic village of Luz St Sauveur, which is also our home.  We hope our local knowledge, information on wildlife hotspots and specialist butterfly information will greatly enhance your stay.

The Pyrénées remain one of Europe’s last great unspoiled areas and a paradise for nature lovers. There is an astounding richness of birds, flowers, and butterflies, and many exceptional local sites to enjoy including the magnificent Cirque de Gavarnie (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Please contact us personally – we are always happy to answer your questions. jude@borderlinehols.com
Tel: +33 562 926 895

For further details, please visit our website http://borderlinehols.com/ with butterfly, flower and bird galleries.

French Pyrénées with Jude Lock, 30 June to 7 July 2017
Jude Lock (through her company, Borderline Holidays) will be repeating the successful 2016 trip to the Hautes-Pyrénées.  The week will be spent in spectacular mountain scenery – high peaks, rushing streams, flower-filled hay meadows, high mountain pastures, an exceptional birdlife and of course a large number of butterfly species. Records from the week will be incorporated into the online Butterfly Atlas of the Midi-Pyrénées, and other recording schemes.
For more information about the trip please contact jude@borderlinehols.com 



Travel with the British-Bulgarian Society, organisers of special interest tours to Bulgaria for nearly 40 years, and their expert, enthusiastic and experienced leaders. B-BS has been running butterfly (and moth) tours annually since 2002.

Planned butterfly and moth tours for 2017 (prices include flights):

    *   6 - 15 May. Southwest Bulgaria and Northern Greece. Price: £1,300
    *   24 June - 5 July. Western Bulgaria and Eastern Serbia. Price: £1,500.
    *   14 – 23 July. Southwest Bulgaria and Northern Greece. Price: £1,300.
    *   26 July - 6 Aug. Southwest Bulgaria, especially Rila & Pirin mountains. focusing on butterflies & dragonflies. Price: £1,400.

In May we will expect to find species such as Southern Festoon, Grüner’s Orange-tip, Eastern Greenish Black-tip, Iolas Blue and Inky Skipper amongst others. On the June and July tours we expect to see well over 100 butterfly species, including highlights such as Little Tiger Blue, Poplar Admiral, Freyer’s Purple Emperor, Cynthia’s Fritillary, and Bulgarian Ringlet.

Full details can be found on the tours page on our website at: www.b-bs.org.uk. Tours are ATOL protected and IATA accredited.
B-BS can also provide and help plan a tour with an experienced leader for a private group according to your own specifications.



Greenwings are experts in organising butterfly & moth watching holidays. We pride ourselves on working with the best guides and local experts (including Tristan Lafranchis, Richard Lewington, Martin Warren and Roger Gibbons) to ensure guests receive the finest information and enjoy a fulfilling holiday. It is not uncommon to enjoy 100-120+ butterfly species during one of our European trips, without the need to rush or travel too far.

We are also conservationists at heart, so are corporate members of Butterfly Conservation and donate 10% of profits from Lepidoptera holidays to them. By joining a Greenwings holiday you are also helping support the conservation of butterflies, moths and their environments!

2017 Programme and Dates:
April
  • False Apollo & Spring Butterflies in Greece with Martin Warren (1st – 8th)
  • Catalonia with Tristan Lafranchis (2nd – 9th)
May 
  • Butterflies and Botany of the Eastern French Pyrenees (25th May – 1st June)
June
  • Butterflies of North Greece with Patrick Barkham (7th – 14th)
  • Butterflies & Botany of Southern Greece (24th June – 1st July)
  • Butterflies of Hungary (29th June – 6th July)
  • Butterflies of Estonia (30th June – 7th July)
July
  • Butterflies of the French Alps 'Mercantour NP' (8th – 15th)
  • Butterflies of Romania (7th – 14th)
  • Butterflies & Moths of the French Alps 'Queyras' with Tristan Lafranchis (9th – 16th)
  • Butterflies & Botany of the Kaçkars in Turkey with Martin Warren (15th – 23rd)
  • Butterflies of Southwest Bulgaria (29th – 6th Aug)
Email:enquiries@greenwings.co; telephone:01473 254658.
View all our holidays here



Limosa Holidays has 32 years of experience of organizing expert-led birdwatching and wildlife tours to more than 100 destinations worldwide.

Many of our tours to Europe give great opportunities for butterfly watching, but on the following trips this will be a special feature:
  • Corsica – the Scented Isle (14th – 21st May) – great birding and some endemic butterflies.
  • Italy - Alps and Apennines – birds and butterflies (31st May – 7th June). A two-centre tour -Stelvio National Park combined with Lombardy and the Apennine foothills.
  • Spain: Spanish Pyrenees (3rd – 10th June). Based in Jaca, a truly spectacular setting for great birding and 70+ species of butterfly.
  • France: French Pyrenees in summer (14th – 21st June). A birdwatching and butterflies tour, centred on the glorious Gavarnie Valley.
  • Switzerland: Swiss Alps in summer (18th – 25th June). Few countries are as beautiful as Switzerland.
  • Slovakia and Hungary – butterflies and birds (24th June – 1st July). Step back in time in the Slovak’s Karst and Hungary’s Kiskunság National Parks. New tour in 2017.
  • Finland – Karelian birds and butterflies (26th June – 3rd July).  An exciting two-centre tour in the taiga of SE Finland, close to the Russian border. New tour in 2017.
You can click here to visit our website, or here to email us or call us on 01692 580623.


Naturetrek   - Butterfly Holidays in support of Butterfly Conservation

The following special selection of European butterfly tours, guided by expert butterfly enthusiasts, has been designed to allow you to enjoy and learn about butterflies in the company of fellow enthusiasts. Holidays will focus on butterflies and moths and their habitats and other natural history.  All travel arrangements are made by Naturetrek.  

Calendar of 2017 European Butterfly Holidays
June
•    Croatia (5th – 12th June)
•    Hungary (13th – 20th June)
•    The Cévennes (14th – 21st June)
•    Spain’s Picos de Europa (15th – 22nd June)
•    Southern Greece (17th – 24th June)
•    Sweden (18th – 23th June)
•    Armenia (24th June – 1st July)
July
•    La Brenne (29th June – 4th July)
•    The Swiss Alps (2nd  – 9th July)
•    Spanish Pyrenees (5th – 12th July)
•    Italian Dolomites (5th – 12th July; 12th– 19th July)
•    Normandy (6th – 10th July)
•    French Pyrenees (7th – 14th July)
•    Vercors (19th – 26th July)

Call us now on 01962 733051 or visit: www.naturetrek.co.uk for a detailed Trip Itinerary for any of these tours.

10% of the proceeds from each tour will be donated to Butterfly Conservation to support the conservation of British and European butterflies. Naturetrek is pleased to be the first subscriber to Butterfly Conservation’s Purple Emperor corporate membership scheme and is committed to fundraising on behalf of the society.


Neophron Tours offers a variety of birdwatching and other wildlife and natural history tours in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania, including butterfly and dragonfly tours, botanical tours, Brown Bear and Wolf viewing, wildlife photography tours and mountain hiking. Nature tours can always be combined with visiting landmarks and places of interest included in the UNESCO list of the world cultural and natural heritage sites.

For 2017, we offer the following special tours focussed on butterflies:
  • 9-day wildlife holiday to Bulgaria’s south-western mountain ranges (Rila and Pirin National Parks, the Struma Valley and Slavyanka Mountain) in search of some the most desirable species of butterflies on the Balkan peninsula (best time: Mid June to mid August). Please click here for more details  http://neophrontours.bg/tour/butterfly-tour/
  • 13-day wildlife holiday combining a tour of Bulgaria’s south-western mountain ranges (Rila and Pirin National Parks and the Struma Valley) and the Western and Eastern Rhodope Mountains with a visit to Lake Kerkini in northern Greece (best time: Mid May to mid August). Please click here for more details: http://neophrontours.bg/tour/mountain-birds-flowers-and-butterflies/
Neophron Tours, P.O.Box 90, BG-9000 Varna, Bulgaria
tel/fax +359 52 605 155 ; mobile +359 888 420 159
Email: neophrontours@gmail.com; inquiries@neophron.com
Web: www.neophrontours.bg



Pandion Wild Tours is a Bulgarian company specialized in offering wildlife and nature holiday tours in Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula. Bulgaria is one of the richest for butterflies among all European countries outside the Mediterranean zone. With some 215 species recorded, you can expect a lot of rarities and plenty of interesting species.

For the 2017 season, we are offering three butterfly watching holidays:

BULGARIA (10 - 18 JUNE 2017)
Key Species: White-banded Grayling, Freyer's Grayling, Eastern Rock Grayling
Balkan Marbled White , Little Tiger Blue, Powdered Brimstone , Russian Heath, Balkan Heath, Oriental Marbled Skipper, Inky Skipper, Mountain Apollo, Balkan Fritillary, Ottoman Brassy Ringlet, Balkan Copper.

BULGARIA (08 - 15 JULY 2017)
Key Species: Balkan Copper, Grecian Copper, Freyer's Purple Emperor, Twin Spot Fritillary , Lesser Spotted Fritillary, Almond-eyed Ringlet, Black Ringlet, Lattice Brown,  Lesser Bath White, False Eros Blue, Ripart's Anomalous Blue, Eastern Large Heath.

BULGARIA - Butterflies of Dobrudzha (23 JUNE - 02 JULY 2017)
Key Species: Sandy Grizzled Skipper , Zephyr Blue, Nickerl’s Fritillary, Lesser Purple Emperor, Iolas Blue, Scarce Fritillary, Clouded Apollo, Yellow-banded Skipper,  Scarce Tortoiseshell,  Lesser Fiery Copper, Common Glider, Clouded Apollo,  Balkan Copper, Eastern Short-tailed Blue, Alcon Blue, Russian Heath, Freyer’s Purple Emperor, Freyer’s Fritillary, False Heath Fritillary, False Grayling.

Contact us or visit our website for more details:  Petar Dilchev, Pandion Wild Tours, Blvd.Cherni Vrah 20A, Sofia, Bulgaria. Tel: +359 2 9630436     http://www.birdwatchingholidays.com/ ; http://www.pelican-birding-lodge.com/en/



Since 1988 Wildlife Travel has organised natural history and wildlife holidays to support nature conservation. Our profits are donated to the Wildlife Trusts. Our holidays are aimed at those who enjoy wildlife at a relaxed pace, with comfortable travel, good company and expert leaders.

From Mull and the Isles of Scilly to the Ecuador, Uganda and Australia, the Alps to the Carpathians and the Danube Delta, travel with us to some of the finest wildlife destinations and support nature conservation along the way.

Butterflies are among the attractions on many of our tours, which include a wide range of destinations in Europe.

For more details of all our holidays, please visit our website www.wildlife-travel.co.uk


Wild Echo (formerly Spatia Wildlife) is a special interest wildlife tours and photography company based in Bulgaria but also offers tours in neighbouring Balkan countries, Turkey, the Caucasus, the Middle East and Africa.

For the 2017 season, we offer the following butterfly tours:

•      False Apollo (26th March- 2nd April).
   The very first spring butterflies in Northern Greece.
•      Early Butterflies in Bulgaria and Greece (24th April - 6th May).
   The early spring butterflies.
•      Scarce Butterflies in Bulgaria (31st May - 11th June)
   Eastern Bulgaria.
•      Birds, butterflies and bears (4th - 12th June)
   Natural history tour in the mountains of Bulgaria.
•      Butterflies and Macro Photography (11th - 18th June)
   In the mountains of Bulgaria.
•      Butterflies of the West Balkan (18th - 29th June)
   Beautiful Stara Planina Mountains along the border between Bulgaria and Serbia.
•      Butterflies of the Balkans - Bulgaria, Macedonia and Greece(2nd - 16th July)
   Some of the prime butterfly habitats on the Balkan Peninsula.
•      Butterflies of Turkey (2nd – 16th July)
   Exploring different regions and the spectacular butterfly diversity.
•      Jewels of Macedonia (30th July - 7th August)
   Looking for very local endemic butterflies.

For further details, please visit our website: www.wildechotours.com
Wild Echo, Pozitano street, bl. 76, entr. 2, ap. 44, Razsadnika, Sofia 1309, Bulgaria
E-mail: info@wildechotours.com  Tel: +359 2 8223850;


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