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

    Amila Prasanna Sumanapala

    Amila, a member of the BCSSL since its beginning and the past president of year 2016, currently holds his second term as the President of the society. He has been working very actively with the society and been a leading figure in many of its programs.

    He graduated from University of Kelaniya with an honors degree in Environmental Conservation and Management and currently works as a freelance ecologist. He is an active figure in the conservation movement and works with several volunteer conservation oriented organizations and projects. He is also a member of the expert panels on birds and dragonflies in the National Red Listing program.

    Amila is a researcher working on biodiversity of Sri Lanka with a special interest on dragonflies and damselflies. His work for the past couple of years has contributed immensely to enrich the knowledge base on these insects and to popularize them among the public. He spearheaded the first field workshop on Sri Lankan dragonflies which was organized through BCSSL in 2016. He also authored A Field Guide to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Sri Lanka as a Dilmah Conservation publication.

  • Vice President

    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. Before joining BCSSL, he was 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 and Social Media operations in BCSSL.

  • Secretary

    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.

  • Assistant 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.

  • 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.

  • Assistant Treasurer

    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.

  • Editor

    Anushamalee de Soysa

    Anushamalee is an enthusiast of nature from a very young age and a member of The Young Zoologist's Association.

    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.

  • 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

    Dhammika Priyadarshanie

    Dhammika is a draughtsperson by profession and fell in love with nature since she was a child. Migration from a village to highly populated and polluted area near Colombo made her understand the importance of the natural environment. Her desire to get closer with nature is fulfilled by frequent trips to wilderness.

    She has completed the certificate course in Wildlife Conservation and Management at the Open University and is a member of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka. She was the secretary of the Haritha Diyatha environmental organization in 2009.

    Participating in the lectures and the field trips that are organized by the Butterfly Conservation Society of Sri Lanka Dhammika expects to widen her knowledge on butterflies as well as on other animal groups and plants.

  • Committee Member

    Dushan Muthunayake

    Dushan is a graduate from Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa and an Architect in profession

    He is a nature lover since his childhood, and interested in dragonflies, butterflies and birds. He has a passion for Wildlife, travel and architectural photography

    Dushan is an active member of Young Biologists' Association (YBA), Sri Lanka, too.

  • Committee Member

    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 students. 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 except for butterflies and is a Lepidopterist turned Ornithologist. His love for plants has taken him a long distance in the field of Sri Lankan flora by finding 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") and has kept his mark in this field.

    He was a member of the butterfly expert group that compiled the book "Red data listing -2012" and a member of the team for 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.

  • 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 and Social Media operations in BCSSL.

  • Committee Member

    Tharindu Ranasinghe

    Tharindu is an undergraduate of the Open University of Sri Lanka and following the Bachelor of Science degree program, zoology as the major subject.

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

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