Meeting : "The great insect die-off: facing the challenge”.
Tuesday, 6 February, 2018.
A Talk by Peter Davey.
talk touches on the negative impact mankind is having on invertebrates
globally and the dire consequences for the food chains that underpin
the natural world we take for granted. There is a need for global
awareness of the ongoing demise of the environment and actions taken by
local groups worldwide. The talk will mention the work of a Foundation
created in Hungary to bring back from the brink herb-rich grassland
habitat that supports a broad diversity of moth and butterfly species.
It will focus on a five-year research initiative underway in a
Slovenian National Park. It identifies, records and maps moth species
that survive there, and flags species discovered critically
endangered so that Slovenian authorities can undertake habitat
Peter Davey was born with a butterfly net in his hand; his father was an old school, now politically
incorrect, collector of butterflies in England. Peter has retained a
passion for the natural world throughout his life - as an amateur
Lepidopterist. Over ten years ago, he helped create a moth network in
the county of Dorset in the UK. He moved to Hungary five years ago,
where, together with a Hungarian ecologist, he instituted a Foundation
focused on acquiring and managing grassland habitats to support
endangered butterfly and moth species. It also provides expertise and
research resources to the National Parks in both Hungary and
Slovenia. As there is no nature to conserve during the harsh east
European winter, he spends four months here in Chiang Mai enjoying
retirement and being amongst many friends, chiefly within the social
circle of the Chiang Mai Hiking group.
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