This talk will be given by Wayne Kinrade, a Nillumbik Council Officer and long-term Eltham resident. He is the convenor of the Friends of the Eltham Copper Butterfly and a co-founder of Nillumbio, a new community organisation committed to halting biodiversity decline. He is also fortunate to have a colony of Eltham Coppers on his bush block.
Wayne will talk about the natural and local history of the Eltham Copper Butterfly, including its life cycle, locations where it can be found and threats to the butterfly’s existence. He will explain the importance of the butterfly as a flagship species. Efforts to protect the butterfly will be described, as well as the implications for supporting broader biodiversity enhancement.