The LIFE Apollo2020 project’s kick-off conference will take place on 19-21 September in Jelenia Góra, Poland, and online.
This event will offer butterfly experts and other interested parties the opportunity to exchange ideas, network and learn about the latest findings in the broad field of science, ecology and innovation for Apollo butterfly conservation in Central Europe. The conference programme includes interactive workshops, demonstrations by butterfly tracking dogs and excursions to breeding stations and habitats.
The Apollo butterfly is one of the most threatened butterfly species in Europe. Its numbers have decreased by 20-50% over the past 25 years, mainly due to the loss and fragmentation of its habitat. The LIFE Apollo2020 project will re-establish Apollo butterfly populations in Czechia and Poland and strengthen numbers in Austria. The project team, coordinated by Karkonosze National Park in Poland, will create three breeding farms for the butterfly, establish three new core population sites, and at least 38 stepping stone sites to secure migration corridors. Around 1 000 individuals per year will be released into restored habitats in the three countries.