Join with BCSSL today because "Enthusiasm leads the way".
At BCSSL we always aim to do something to inspire our own members as well as the general public. We conduct two major events per year - most likely a race and a workshop. Lectures are conducted frequently on topics that interest not only butterflies, but many other aspects of wildlife and nature conservation. Every other month when our schedule is devoid of a lecture, we organize a field trip where everyone can have fun while boosting up their knowledge at the field itself.
Butterfly Dragonfly Race - 2017
The Butterfly and Dragonfly Race organized by Butterfly Conservation Society of Sri Lanka (BCSSL) was held on 30th July 2017 for the second consecutive year, at Biodiversity Study Park, Thalawathugoda. This time around the event was succeeded by another short program solely dedicated to kids – “Grow with Nature”.
Butterfly – Dragonfly Race – a fairly new kind of event to Sri Lanka, was conducted in the form of a competition where the participating teams would compete with each other by trying to record the highest number of butterfly and dragonfly species in a given area within a given time. The aim was to promote butterfly and dragonfly watching in urban wetland parks around Colombo in order to increase public engagement with nature and increase awareness on their conservation.
This time a staggering number of 22 teams participated, which consisted mostly of university students and other youngsters. Each team was given brochures about common wetland butterflies and dragonflies and everyone was seen looking energetically for the insects around the park. Winners of the competition were awarded prizes and certificates were given to all the participants. Winners, who recorded the highest cumulative number of butterfly and dragonfly species, was Team YBA while team UoC and Team Psyche were the runners-up.
Renowned lepidopterist Dr. George van der Poorten and his wife Ms. Nancy Vander Poorten - the co-authors of the book “The butterfly Fauna of Sri Lanka” – attended the event as honorary guests. Field sessions and lectures were conducted to improve the knowledge of the contestants on field techniques and conservation.
The kids’ program “Grow with Nature” too was a huge success with around 30 kids taking part. Kids of different age groups were entertained with different fun activities such as bug hunts. The aim was to create awareness on nature and its minute aspects among kids; the next generation who should be shown the right path to save the nature.
With the leadership of president Mr. Himesh Jayasinghe, everyone at BCSSL put a great effort to make this event successful.
As a conservation society, we always try to create public awareness on the importance of insects like butterflies and dragonflies for the balance of nature and in turn for the existence of human beings. Our hope is to conduct the Butterfly - Dragonfly Race annually
Butterfly - Dragonfly Race
'Grow with Nature' Kids' Program
General field visits are organized by BCSSL for its members to further study about nature; not only about butterflies but about other flora and fauna as well. These trips focus on specific areas of the country where interesting observations, taking field records and photographing butterflies and other species are possible. Field work usually ends with a meaningful discussion of the day's work.
A lecture on a subject pertaining to the study of Lepidoptera and other invertebrates will be conducted by a suitable BCSSL member or an invited guest on the last Saturday of every month at Department of Zoology, University of Colombo. Lectures are aimed at sharing knowledge on the subject as well as promoting conservation of the relevant flora and fauna. We welcome everybody to join hands with us for these lectures and share knowledge. Details are available through the website and the official Facebook page.