Butterfly expert wins James Cup

Date Issued: 07 June 2008
RFS President John Besent presents the James Cup to butterfly expert Dr Caroline Bulman.

Raising the profile of woodland management for native butterflies and moths has won a senior species ecologist the Royal Forestry Society’s James Cup.

Dr Caroline Bulman, who lives in Milborne St Andrew near Dorchester, and works with the UK conservation charity Butterfly Conservation, was presented with the award in the New Forest during a four-day tour by the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) of woodlands in the South of England.

The James Cup is presented annually for the best article within the Society’s prestigious Quarterly Journal of Forestry. Dr Bulman, who specialises in fritillary butterflies, had described how changes in woodland management were impacting on native butterflies and moths, and suggested ways in which woodland managers could help prevent further declines in populations and density.

She said: “I am delighted to receive the award. Butterfly Conservation has been working with a number of woodland managers and owners who have made a real difference to local populations of butterflies. Reintroducing coppicing, for instance, can help many species, including the pearl-bordered fritillary which has declined by more than 60 per cent over the last 30 years.”

Presenting Dr Bulman with the award, RFS President Mr John Besent said: “ Our members include many land owners and managers who are working hard to combine commercial woodland management with increasing the biodiversity of native flora and fauna. This was an inspirational paper.”

Dr Bulman shares the award with Mr Sandy Greig of Sandwood Enterprise Ltd, of Glenageary whose paper was entitled Carbon Issues in UK Forestry.