Recent guidance from the Greek Government has been clear that people should stay at home. These restrictions will of course be tough for all us butterfly enthusiasts and lovers of the Corfiot countryside. However, they are vital in order for everybody in Corfu to combat Covid-19 - especially now as the situation worsens.
To support these restrictions I would ask that you now limit your reports on this page to butterfly and moth sightings from your gardens, other private outdoor spaces or incidental observations that may be made whilst you have authorised movements beyond your property.
Of course, this guidance will have implications for the Corfu Butterfly Survey and the Corfu Butterfly Conservation steering group will be discussing this issue soon. In the meantime can I ask you to continue to upload what sightings you can record to our website, as this is very helpful for the continued development of the project.
I appreciate your understanding and patience during these challenging times.
Dr Dan Danahar
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 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!
Corfu, 7th January 2020