Our Events

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.

Upcoming Events

Butterfly and Dragonfly Race - 2019

The Butterfly Conservation Society of Sri Lanka (BCSSL) conducting the 4th consecutive Butterfly and Dragonfly Race.

Race will be held on 6th of April, 2019 at 8.30 AM onwards at Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens, Avissawella.

Butterfly and Dragonfly Race 2019
Steps to Register:
  • - Create a team (maximum of five members)
  • - Download and Fill the application form
  • - Deposit the registration fee to the BCSSL bank account (Details below)
  • - Send the application form and a scanned copy/photograph of the bank slip to BCSSL.

  • * Register on or before 29th of March | Only maximum of 20 teams will be selected.
Related Documents:

Bank Account Details:
  • Sampath Bank - Colombo Super Branch
  • Name: Butterfly conservation Society of Sri Lanka
  • Account No: 117561000469

The Race is conducted in the form of a competition where the participating teams compete with each other by trying to record the highest number of butterfly and dragonfly species in a given area within a given time. A panel of judges will be present to validate the observations made by the teams and the team that records the highest collective number of species (both butterflies and dragonflies) will be awarded winning prizes.

As a part of this program, we are also planning to conduct a brief field session after the race which will focus on identifying butterfly and dragonfly species in the field. Field sessions will be conducted by Dr. Michael van der Poorten, Mr. Himesh Jayasinghe and Mr. Amila Sumanapala. These field sessions are open to the public.

For More Info: Dushan - 071 543 9739

Past Events

Butterfly Dragonfly Race - 2018

The Butterfly Conservation Society of Sri Lanka (BCSSL) successfully conducted the 3rd “Annual Butterfly and Dragonfly Race” on 19th May, 2018, at Diyasaru Parkm Thalawathugoda. The aim of this event was to promote butterfly and dragonfly watching in urban wetland parks around Colombo to increase the public engagement and awareness in nature conservation.

A whopping 70 butterfly enthusiasts in 16 teams participated in the event this time. A brief field sessions were conducted by Dr. Michael Van der Poorten, Mr. Himesh Jayasinghe and Mr. Amila Sumanapala after the competition, focusing on identifying butterfly and dragonfly species in the field.

Team 'NatBeHo-A' from Horizon Campus, Malabe won the first place while team 'Great Orange Tip' from University of Moratuwa was the runner-up. Winners were given prizes and everyone walked away with a valuable certificate.

Watch this space for more pictures of the event!

Kids' Program: Grow with Nature - 2018

The annual Kids' Program – "Grow with Nature - 2018" was also organized by BCSSL this year for the second time, parallel to the "Butterfly and Dragonfly Race - 2108"

This event mainly focuses on building up enthusiasm and creating awareness among younger generation on nature, and involving them with conservation through nature based activities.

Around 40 kids participated for the program this year. Based on their age, different activities were conducted for kids, teaching them of the wonders of nature in novel and exciting ways. At the end of the 2-hour program, all the kids were happy, a certificate and a gift in each of their hands.

Field Trips

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.

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