YBC Committee Members
Founded in 1981 Butterfly Conservation Yorkshire now has 1800 members and our represented by the committe below
Chairman - Dr Martin Partridge 07729 328691 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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
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.
Treasurer - Paul Davis 16 Broughton Road Bessacar Doncaster DN4 7HF 01302 538906 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Argus Editor - Penny Relf email@example.com
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.
Branch Conservation Officer - Allan Rodda 14 Nansen Street, Scarborough, North Yorks 01723 365960 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Ecologist and Conservation Team Leader - Sam Newton email@example.com
I work for the North York Moors National Park Authority as a Woodland Creation Officer, focused on creating diverse woodland and wood pasture habitats, with varied structure, open space and scrub, and encouraging natural processes where possible. I am an ecologist, naturalist and biological recorder, with a focus on invertebrates (especially Coleoptera and Lepidoptera), but an interest in recording most groups. A life-long interest in natural history led me to study a BSc in Ecology, while I recently achieved a first in my part time MSc degree in Biological and Ecological Monitoring, researching the ecology of the Small Eggar Moth – a rare species, with a nationally important stronghold in North East Yorkshire. I am also a work party team leader on the Conservation Team, and volunteer widely within the conservation sector.
Committee Member - Richard Tripp firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a non practicing solicitor in a legal consultancy business having retired from partnership at a Leeds law firm in May 2020. I’ve had a passion for all things nature and wildlife since my early days growing up on Anglesey and now love exploring these in Yorkshire with my family. I also volunteer at RSPB St Aidan’s and as a trustee with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Ginni Darbyshire email@example.com
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. 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.
Webmaster and Transect co-ordinator - Nick Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Committee Member - Ann Davis email@example.com
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 and I'm currently responsible for the online events diary and requests for our publications
Branch Representative - Susan Stead Bradford Urban Wildlife Group and Shipley Station Management Committee
Committee Member - Rolf Farrell firstname.lastname@example.org
Publicity and Media - Catherine Djimramadji Catherine.Djimramadji@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk
Publicity and Media - Rachel Tilburn Rachel.Tilburn@yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk
Rachel is happiest in the fells or in open water. She loves all nature but especially butterflies and moths, her favourite being the White Ermine. Rachel lives in the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales and spends most of her spare time outside either running, walking, swimming or biking - all activities are then followed by tea and cake! Rachel runs her own business, working as an Investment Manager and lives with her husband, son and Bernard the dog. As a family they travel a lot and enjoy motorbiking and scuba diving around the world.