by Jacqueline Loos
In November 2012, Paul Kirkland from Butterfly Conservation Europe and I organized a workshop on establishing a Butterfly Monitoring Scheme in Romania. The idea was to: (i) create a network of people keen on undertaking butterfly monitoring; (ii) draw up a work plan of how to initiate butterfly monitoring, and (iii) find ways to support and expand butterfly monitoring in Romania in the future.
Participants were a mixed group of professional butterfly experts and researchers, “hobby-Lepidopterists”, and interested people with no background in butterfly activities. They all shared their thoughts and enthusiasm, and offered their wide-ranging skills to support butterfly monitoring in Romania.
For years, vast scientific research and recording of butterflies has been conducted in the country. Personal observations of professional and amateur Lepidopterists have noted profound changes in species presence and composition over the last decades. Among other factors, on-going land use changes such as…
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