The branch holds committee meetings at least four times a year.
If you wish to contact a committee member, please view their details below.
Our first branch committee meeting took place in the living room or Margaret’s home in the autumn of 1996. From the beginning, Margaret took on the duties of treasurer, newsletter editor and membership secretary and was instrumental in the formation of the branch. She also ran the annual garden butterfly survey for Butterfly Conservation. In 2003 Margaret co-wrote ‘Butterflies of Warwickshire – Their Habitats and Where to Find Them’. In 2008, Margaret, stood down as Chair from committee but was duly recognised for her work by becoming our first branch President.
In 2009, Margaret received the Outstanding Volunteer Award from Butterfly Conservation. This was in recognition of her work at a national level having served on the Conservation Committee and single-handedly ran the Garden Butterfly Survey since 1990, written books and articles on 'Gardening for Butterflies', 'Butterfly Plants for the Garden' and 'Butterflies as Indicators of Climate Change' to name a few. At a local level, she was a founder member of the West Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation in 1979 and served on the committee in roles such as Newsletter Editor and Branch Liaison Officer. Margaret has worked as volunteer warden at Harbury Spoilbank and started the first Warwickshire Butterfly Transect on the site in 1988. Her experience in establishing the West Midlands Branch served her well when she became the driving force behind the formation of Warwickshire Branch in 1997.
Margaret continues as Kenilworth Area Liaison Officer for the branch.
Mike has served on committee since the branch was formed in 1996 and was quickly appointed as Chairman and Conservation Officer.
He was instrumental in securing the land adjacent to Ryton Wood. The Ryton Wood Meadows Butterfly Reserve was officially opened on the 28th May 2007 by Dr Martin Warren, Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation. In 2007, Mike received an Outstanding Volunteer Award in recognition of his substantial contribution to the conservation of butterflies in Warwickshire, especially the Ryton Wood Meadows Reserve.
Mike is also Coventry Area Liaison Officer, Conservation Officer (Butterflies), Media Officer (Butterflies and Conservation) and Ryton Wood Meadows Reserve Manager for the branch.
David has served on committee since 1997 and is author of Warwickshire's diffinitive guide to moths, the Larger Moths of Warwickshire, published in 2006.
David is also our Macro Moth Conservation Officer and Media Officer on moth related enquiries.
Tara joined the committee in December 2022.
Phil has served on committee since 1997 and has been highly active working on wildlife conservation projects in his home town of Rugby, with a particular focus on Ashlawn Cutting, Malpas and Cemex sites in the area.
In 2008, Phil received recognition for his 50 years of being involved in conserving butterflies moths and their habitats. He has surveyed every part of the Rugby District in detail and on many occasions has been the only person that has driven the conservation work in this area. Throughout these 50 years, Phil has given up most of his weekends during the winter months to undertake the vital habitat management himself and has been responsible for saving colonies of Grizzled Skipper, Dingy Skipper and Green Hairstreak.
Phil has been our Rugby Area Liaison Officer, a role he now shares with Steve Wright. Phil is also our Rugby Work Party Co-ordinator.
Tony has served on committee since 2016 and is an active member of our conservation team maintaining various sites for the benefit of butterflies, moths and other wildlife. Tony is the branch Events Officer and creator of Frankendeer.
Caz joined the committee in March 2021.
Katie joined the committee in February 2020 and is the branch Social Media Officer.
Keith has served on committee since 1997 and is a vital part of the branch committee having taken on many roles over the years. In 2003 Keith co-wrote ‘Butterflies of Warwickshire – Their Habitats and Where to Find Them’.
He is currently the branch Annual Report Editor, North Warwickshire Area Liaison Officer, Butterfly Recording Officer, Transect Co-ordinator (Butterflies) as well as being our Branch Treasurer.
In 2015 for his contribution to Butterfly Conservation, Keith received the Outstanding Volunteer Award from Butterfly Conservation for his significant contributions to Butterfly Conservation in Warwickshire.
Keith is a talented wildlife photographer and many of his wildlife images can be seen on his website www.warmies.uk.
Hugh joined the committee in December 2021.
The following committee roles are currently vacant. If you are interested in being part of the committee of the Warwickshire Branch of Butterfly Conservation, please contact us for further information.