The Dorset Branch of Butterfly Conservation are delighted to see that Martin Warren, recently retired Chief Executive of Butterfly Conservation, has been awarded an OBE. Some people think this stands for ‘Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire‘; we think it’s for ‘Outstanding Butterfly Expert’!
Dr Martin Warren started working for Butterfly Conservation in 1993, as the only member of staff. When he came to need some admin help, one of our Dorset Branch members, Jan Higgin, took the job, and to this day boasts she used to work in Martin’s bedroom! Martin became Chief Executive of the charity in 2003 and has been a crucial influence in seeing it become the large and effective charity it is today.
Martin is a very well qualified scientist. He completed his PHD on butterfly ecology at Cambridge University; he has published more than 300 scientific papers and reports and is co-author of several books. He is, however, one of those valuable experts who is very able to put his subject over to the layman, making it both understandable and interesting.
Martin retired from Butterfly Conservation in 2016, but will still be involved in the butterfly world, both in the UK and in Europe. He is often found helping out on our Alner’s Gorse Butterfly Reserve: in the photo, he is on the far left, and the gentleman nearest him, with papers under his arm, is Nigel Spring, our Branch Chair.