The best way to improve the conservation of butterflies is by raising awareness, and one of the the ways the Butterfly Conservation do this is by send out magazines to its members. I received my copy recently, but to be honest, I find reading all the facts and statistic a little tiresome, and the information doesn't usually log in.
What is far more interesting is to be able to see the butterflies for yourself. You can do this in your garden, but there you don't have an expert on hand to help identify them, and you will only see a few species common in your area.
It was then that I reached the back page of my magazine and found out about Butterfly Conservation Tours run by Naturetrek. The wildlife holiday experts provide trips all over the world, with 10% of the the proceeds going towards Butterfly Conservation charity. It allows enthusiasts to turn their holidays into an educational expedition that gives you breathtaking scenery, and a chance to learn about butterflies by seeing them in their natural environment.
According to tour leader, Richard Cash the Spanish Pyrenees is one of Europe's leading butterfly locations, with dramatic scenery that includes limestone canyons and her scented garrigue. An eight-day holiday will have you stay in a charming guesthouse on the hilltop of Berdun, with daily excursions to key sites. You will get to encounter Woodland, Rock, and Great Banded Greyings, Red Underwing Skippers, Camberwell Beauties, Provencal, Mabled, and Glanville Fritillaries, and a number of moth species as well.
This is just one of the locations you can choose to discover butterflies. Other tours include Sri Lanka, South Africa, Croatia, Spain's Picos de Eurpoa, The Cevennes, Southern Greece, Aermenia, Sweden, The Italian Dolomites, La Brenne, The Swiss Alps, and Normandy.