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YBC Committee Members

Founded in 1981 Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire now has more than 1700 members and our represented by the committe below

I am an Industrial Chemist by training and have recently retired as a Research Director at Johnson Matthey.

I have had a lifelong interest in wildlife conservation with Butterflies being my real passion. I am a keen traveler and wildlife photographer. I help manage a large brownfield biodiversity site in Teesside on which we have recorded 25 species of butterfly. I am the species writer for the Northern Brown and Brown Argus. I am also a board trustee of the Swallowtail & Birdwing Butterfly Trust.

  • Vice Chairman - Les Driffield Bridleways, Darrington Road, East Hardwick Nr Pontefract W Yorks WF8 3DS

07762 943379 les.driffield@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

After retiring from the coal mining industry, family, and all those other commitments I have become a "LOL" ( Late Onset Lepidopterist). I’ve always had an interest in wildlife and ecology from working the land on an allotment for more than 20 years. Still I find I'm constantly learning and being amazed by our natural world every day. I own and run a nature reserve, “Wenthillside” in West Yorkshire. A site available for all BC members to visit, by prior arrangement.

My ambition is to create conservation teams throughout South and West Yorkshire to help preserve and promote butterflies and moths for us all to appreciate.

  • Secretary & Membership Secretary - Catherine Jones Richmond, North Yorkshire, 07751 259955

catherine.jones@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

I have a lifelong love of all wildlife, especially butterflies and plants, and did a botany degree before becoming an actuary for over 30 years.

I'm now retired and can indulge my passion for wildlife by studying a course on insect behaviours, walking my butterfly transects and watching butterflies in the garden and in the Dales where I live. There are colonies of Northern Brown Argus and Dark Green Fritillaries nearby so it's fascinating area for butterflies. I also love long distance walking and moth trapping, which I'm very new to.


I am the current treasurer who tumbled into the position on my way to a football match many years ago !

No nature expert but years of enjoying nature have given me a bit of knowledge and particularly a love of butterflies and more recently, moths.


I'm an enthusiastic naturalist who has been lucky enough to fall into a scientific career studying butterfly and moth ecology. I've been in scientific collaboration with Butterfly Conservation continually since 2012, and a volunteer with Yorkshire branch since 2017. Some of you may have seen my photos posted on Twitter, of butterflies, moths, birds, wildflowers and everything else; or read one of my scientific papers on light pollution, climate change, or the ongoing "insectageddon" discussion. I've given presentations at the Moth Recorders Meeting and the national AGM. I've been the Argus species writer for Ringlet for the past three editions. I took over the Publicity Officer role in 2020 and look forward to sharing everyone's news and views on our local butterflies and moths!

I have been working as a gardener and horticulturalist In Yorkshire for over 30 years. This has naturally brought me close to wildlife, especially butterflies, moths and their larval food plants. Being a keen birder, has led into volunteering for the RSPB (the Blacktoft Sands bug hunt lady) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). My volunteering role with Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire Branch began in 2014 after responding to a request for help from Howard Frost, who was editor at the time. I'm now General Editor of the Annual Lepidoptera Report which is published jointly with the Yorkshire Naturalist's Union, also Editor of BCY's Argus Newsletter and a butterfly transect walker with a particular interest in the Dark Bordered Beauty moth on Strensall Common.

Allan heads up the conservation team and is responsible for the ongoing work at Fordon Chalk Bank, Yatts Farm and Gundale. He is admin of the North and East Yorkshire Butterfly and Moth Facebook page as well as a being very active moth trapping around Scarborough

Son of a farmer with a keen interest in fell running and motocross, a man of action; his passion is contagious

  • Branch Representative - Susan Stead Bradford Urban Wildlife Group and Shipley Station Management Committee

I’ve been passionate about natural history, particularly butterflies and moths, since I was around seven years old. I still have my ‘Observer’s Book of the Larger British Moths’, given me on my ninth birthday! I worked as a children’s librarian, so having helped young people towards increased knowledge and empathy makes me feel very strongly that we should be creating new young enthusiasts for the natural world. As Education Officer for BCY, together with other committee members I have held talks and activities for schools and other groups, and have especially enjoyed promoting the Big Butterfly Count, and ‘gardening for butterflies and moths.’ I’m looking forward to new opportunities to inspire young people in the future.

  • Events Co-ordinator - Paul Andrews paul.andrews@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

  • Committee Member - Rolf Farrell rolf.farrell@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk

My interest started at 8 year old when I was given a small box of eggs by my teacher. "Clean their box and give them fresh bramble leaves daily". The tiny black larvae grew to huge green caterpillars, then orange silk cocoons that hatched into Emperor Moths! My passion began, but, university then a business career got in the way. On retirement I volunteered with BC transect walking on Thorne Moors, 3 Hagges Woodmeadow and Bishop Wood . My passion really grew finding the first Yorkshire colony of Silver Washed Fritillary in Bishop Wood and then joining the committee in 2018. I've learnt habitat is 'everything' and there is so much to discover right on your doorstep. The time is right to conserve, create and contribute in land management post the CAP. I've learnt so much working with colleagues, creating this website and temporarily taking on the role of transect co-ordinator.

A real tea professional! Runs her own online shop and training to the Tea trade

Proof that is never too late to take an interest and learn more about what's on our doorstep.

I joined the committee in 2019