About BCSSL

Butterfly Conservation Society of Sri Lanka is the first organization founded in the country for the conservation of moths and butterflies. Our vision is to protect the biodiversity and the balance of natural environment through conservation of butterflies and moths. Our mission includes: conduct research and collect data on this faunal group, build inter-relationship between scientists and amateurs who study them, create awareness among the general public, assist the government in conservation efforts, encourage our own members to study them in depth.

We value the diversity of people in our organization since we believe that diversity is strength. Our members are diverse in profession, age and knowledge, yet we all have in common the endless love for these soft-winged beauties. Anybody who has a flair for them are always welcomed by the organization.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever had" (Margaret Mead).

It has always happened. So never hesitate to join us if you too want to make it happen.

Vision

To protect the biodiversity and the balance of natural environment through conservation of butterflies and moths.

Mission

  • Conduct research and collect data on this faunal group.
  • Build inter-relationship between scientists and amateurs who study them.
  • Create awareness among general public.
  • Assist the government in conservation efforts.
  • Encourage our own members to study them in depth.

Meet The Team

  • President

    Himesh Jayasinghe

    Founder and the first president of the Butterfly Conservation Society of Sri Lanka, Himesh was an irrigation engineer by profession and a graduate from the University of Moratuwa. He has been a nature lover since his childhood. His passion for nature intensified by working with the environmental society of the Ananda college and the Young Zoologists Association Of Sri Lanka. He also founded the "Nature Team" of the University of Moratuwa which is a gathering of nature loving undergraduates. Employment in the Irrigation Department gave him the opportunity to explore many wild areas in the country and it was a disguised blessing for him as a keen wildlife observer.

    Himesh has engaged in leading researches in the fields of butterflies, birds and fish and has published many research papers in academic journals. He is the author of the book 'A Guide to the Common Butterflies of Sri Lanka' and one of the co-authors of the book "A Pocket Guide to the Butterflies of Sri Lanka". He has an in-depth knowledge on birds and fish other than butterflies and is a Lepidopterist turned Ornithologist. His love for plants has taken him a long way in the field of Sri Lankan flora where he kept his mark by discovering some new plant species that are new to science (these are described in the "Illustrated Field Guide to the Flowers of Sri Lanka by Dr. J.J Vlas").

    He was a member of the butterfly expert group that compiled 'The National Red List 2012 of Sri Lanka' and a member of the team selected for the preparation of the Butterfly Conservation Action Plan 2013 that was conducted by the Biodiversity Secretariat. Being one of the pioneers in the field of the butterflies, Himesh has been playing a major role in butterfly conservation in Sri Lanka.

  • Vice President

    Tharindu Ranasinghe

    Tharindu is an undergraduate of the Open University of Sri Lanka, following the Bachelor of Science degree program, majoring in Zoology. He has traveled throughout the country as a team member of many important research projects and wildlife surveys.

    Tharindu's knowledge of butterflies and dragonflies is extensive, though now he mainly focuses on the least studied groups of animals in Sri Lanka, such as spiders and insects. His ability to spot butterfly larvae in the field has led him to uncover unknown early stages of some butterflies and new larval food plants of certain butterflies which will be crucial for the conservation management of butterflies in Sri Lanka.

    Tharindu organizes all the field visits of BCSSL.

  • Secretary

    Narmadha Dangampola

    Narmadha Dangampola is a science graduate from the Faculty of Science, University of Colombo with a special degree in Zoology. For her undergraduate research work, she carried out the first ever systematic parasitological survey of captive mammals housed in the National Zoological Gardens by providing a knowledge database for conducting future studies on parasites of captive and wild mammals in Sri Lanka.

    She worked as an instructor at Department of Zoology, University of Colombo and currently has started her studies as a master student on the first conservation research on Kashmir Flycatcher of its non-breeding ground, studying its habitat selection and migrant and mixed-species flock habitat associations within multi-use landscapes in hill country. She has presented her work in local and international conferences.

    She is also a member of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL), and is voluntarily working in the National Bird Ringing Program and conducting wildlife and nature educational programs for kids as the main instructor in FOGSL KIDS program. Her enthusiasm and passion for exploring nature had led her to work with similar minded people to enhance the quality of the environment.

  • Vice Secretary

    Anushamalee de Soysa

    An enthusiast of nature from a young age and a member of The Young Zoologist's Association, Anushamalee De Soysa is currently the Vice Secretary of the society. She is still at the basics of studying the lengths and the depths of the mysterious nature, and portraying its majesty through words and paints.

  • Treasurer

    Amila Prasanna Sumanapala

    Amila graduated from the University of Kelaniya and followed a special degree in Environmental Conservation and Management. His love for nature and the interest in research were the main factors that made him the president of the Environmental Conservation and Management Society of the University in 2013/2014 academic year. He was a past president of the Young Biologists Association, Sri Lanka.

    He has been working as a field biologist in many biodiversity surveys and Environmental Impact Assessments and a volunteer participant in the widely acclaimed National Bird Ringing Program since 2010. His articles with some reputed scientists have been published in many journals and he is a key contributor to many publications that has been published by the Young Biologists Association, Sri Lanka. Working as a team member in the bird expert panel for the "National Red List 2012", that was published by the Ministry of Environment, Amila has gained unique professional experience.

    Though his research interests are on a wide range of subjects, Amila can be identified as a vital contributor and an outstanding researcher in the field of distribution and ecology of dragonflies and damselflies.

  • Assistant Treasurer

    Rukmal Rathnayake

    Rukmal is a very enthusiastic nature lover who is seeking opportunities to serve for nature with his skills, abilities and competencies which he earned through his professional academic, sole and team work. He is a Biological Science Graduate at Faculty of Science, University of Colombo and acquired a Diploma in Information Technology with E-Commerce at ESOFT.

    Rukmal worked in many researches related to wildlife conservation as a research assistant. He has a wide knowledge on identification, behavior and ecology of wild animals and disseminate his knowledge by wildlife documentary film making. He is also a skillfull wildlife artist and a creative photographer who captures the glimpses of wilderness.

  • Editor

    Imaduwa Priyadharshana

    A member of the Young Zoologists Association (YZA) in his younger days, Imaduwa was introduced to the world of butterflies in his earlier days at YZA. Imaduwa's passion in nature conservation has led him taking part in many conservation activities in various parts of the island.

    Imaduwa is an enthusiastic nature photographer as well.

  • Committee Member

    Aruni Rathnasekara

    Aruni is currently a Fashion Design and Product Development undergraduate at Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa.

    She is a member of University Nature Team and Mora Hiking Club, and have been a part of many events organized by these societies.

    Her final year research was on 'Investigative research to introduce Forest clothing Tradition to Sri Lanka', which she completed successfully.

  • Committee Member

    Chinthaka Wijesinghe

    Chinthaka's fascination with nature and especially for the butterflies started from a very tender age as a member of the Young Zoologist's Association. He has been an ardent student of the nature and been enthusiastically involved in nature studies as well its conservation. Further, he is a keen nature photographer and specializes in macro photography of flowers, butterflies as well as amphibians.

    By profession, Chinthaka is both a professional wedding photographer as well as a 3D design artist who works on various architectural projects.

  • Committee Member

    Devasmitha Pathirana

    Devasmitha is a recent graduate from Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, where she majored in Landscape Architecture.

    She has been a nature lover from a very young age, and is an active member of Young Biologists' Association (YBA), Nature Team of University of Moratuwa and many other environment-related societies. She dabbles in art in her free time.

  • Committee Member

    Iranga Thejana Paranagama

    Iranga is an enthusiast of nature and nature photography. He is an undergraduate of University of Sri Jayewardenepura following Food science and technology special degree program.

  • Committee Member

    Manoj Hemantha Waleboda

    Manoj is a software developer by profession and a nature lover by habit.

    An enthusiast of photography, he has been a part of BCSSL for a few years now.

  • Committee Member

    Nuwan Chathuranga

    Nuwan has always been interested in the natural world. His interest in butterflies started when he was very young.

    He has worked throughout the island as a research assistant for several research projects and surveys, related to Lepidoptera.

    His special interest is studying Moths in Sri Lanka. Currently providing voluntary online support for moth identifications in social media and citizen science projects such as i-Naturalist, India Biodiversity Portal and project noah. He's also one of the admin in "Butterfly interest group of Sri Lanka" facebook group.

    Presently he is working as a Wildlife Guard in Department of Wildlife Conservation in National Wildlife Research and Training Center (NWRTC), Giritale.

  • Committee Member

    Pumudi Gardiyawasam

    Pumudi is a graduate from the faculty of science, University of Colombo, with a Zoology special degree. She is currently working as a temporary demonstrator in University of Colombo.

    She conducted her research on Ant diversity in a tropical rainforest in Sri Lanka.

    She is also a member of Young Biologists' Association (YBA) Sri Lanka, and interested in butterfly-ant relationships.

  • Committee Member

    Ruwangika Gunawardana

    Graduated from Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Ruwangika is a software engineer by profession.

    A nature lover and a conservation enthusiast, she has involved in many nature and wildlife realted activities. Ruwangika is also an active member of Youth Exploration Society (YES) of Sri Lanka. Among her many interests are reading, photography and painting.

    Currently she jointly handles all the IT operations in BCSSL.

  • Committee Member

    Sachini Rasadari

    Sachini is currently an undergraduate of the Open University of Sri Lanka. She has been a nature enthusiast since her childhood. She's an age-old mamber of Young Zoologists' Association (YZA) and engages in various conservation awareness activities.

  • Committee Member

    Thisaru Guruge

    Thisaru is a graduate from Faculty of Engineering, University of Peradeniya, and currently works as an R&D Engineer.

    He has been a nature enthusiast since his childhood and has an age-old relationship with environment. He started as a member of school wildlife foundation and never turned back. An active member of Youth Exploration Society (YES) Sri Lanka, he has involved in many conservation projects as a volunteer.

    Currently Thisaru is jointly-handling all the IT operations in BCSSL.

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