Bring Back the Butterflies!

The Bring Back the Butterflies event on Sunday 19 Oct 2014 was a great success with lots of families enjoying a fun and informative day out learning how to help restore the viability of these threatened insects, and see the BHU organic farm at Lincoln University.

The event was also covered by TV One News

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The following experts taked about all aspects of moths, butterflies and biodiversity.


Dr Brian Patrick, author of Butterflies and Moths of NZ

Brian Patrick; author of Butterflies of the South Pacific (with his son Hamish - a PhD student at Lincoln University)  and Moths & butterflies of New Zealand. Brian is passionate about the conservation of New Zealand butterflies and moths and has travelled widely in New Zealand and the Pacific studying and photographing them. He works as a consultant ecologist with Wildlands in Christchurch but travels nationwide surveying, monitoring and researching our indigenous insects and plants.

Steve Wratten Professor of Ecology at Lincoln University

Steve was talking about on the wider biodiversity benefits and biocontrol potential of growing butterfly and moth friendly plants


Dr Sue Jarvis of Lincoln Enviro Town Trust

Sue was talking about the Lincoln Envirotown Trust, a charitable trust dedicated to fostering a community-owned process for sustainability in Lincoln. The trust works with the community, in partnership with Selwyn District Council, Lincoln University, Landcare Research, Waihora Ellesmere Trust, Environment Canterbury, Plant&Food Research, local schools, businesses and other organisations to find solutions to projected growth and associated environmental issues.




Charles 'Merf' Merfield of the BHU Future Farming Centre on mesh crop covers for non-chemical pest control in home gardens

Merf is an international expert in organic and sustainable agriculture and has pioneered the use of mesh crop covers for the control of Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP) and blight on potatoes and is facilitating the sale of mesh in New Zealand as a non-chemical one-stop pest management tool both for home gardeners and commercial growers.


Dr Jon Sullivan, Senior Lecturer in Ecology

Jon is an ardent fan of moths and butterflies.  

He organises the “Great Canterbury Butterfly Hunt” for his 2nd year Ecology degree students and works to help turn around the sorry state of butterflies in Christchurch.  

He is also a key figure behind the NatureWatch NZ website where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world.



Bill Martin, Head of the Organic Training College

Bill was MC for the day, organising the childrens' competitions, treasure hunt, games and handing out prizes. 

Bill can also talk about the organic horticultural training opportunities on offer at the BHU



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