A Double Celebration

A birthday cake with a photographic image of a blue butterfly on top
One of our 30th birthday cakes. Photo: Lynda Lambert

The year 2018 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Dorset branch and the 50th anniversary of the founding of Butterfly Conservation, as well as our stalwart member, Brian Dicker, standing down from active involvement.

Almost 70 members attended our 30th Branch AGM, in Puddletown on 24th February. As a special mark of this double celebration two birthday cakes were on offer, baked by Jan Higgin. Founder members who were at the meeting were also surprised to be given a badge “30 years and still flying”.

Birthday cake in the shape of a butterfly.

One of our 30th birthday cakes. Photo: Brian Arnold.

Brian Dicker, Chair of our branch from 1991 until 2005 and now President was presented with gifts and a card to mark him stepping down from active involvement in the Branch. He said his butterfly recording days began on Hod Hill during the war whilst a dog-fight between RAF and Luftwaffe planes raged in the skies above him. We wish him well.

Shot of man's face, smiling

Brian Dicker. Photo: Lyn Pullen

Dan Hoare, Head of Regions with the national Butterfly Conservation, gave a presentation on “Five Steps to Save a species”: a management policy that is working for the Duke of Burgundy.

Our thanks to all the helpers and cake-makers who made this afternoon such a success.

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