David J Simcox
For the past 34 years David Simcox has fulfilled his boyhood ambition to devote his working life to promote the conservation of butterflies and associated wildlife in the UK and, frequently, abroad.
He has made an outstanding contribution to Lepidoptera conservation, for which he is recognised with particular reference to his research on butterflies and the successful re-establishment of the Large Blue.
David Simcox reasoned that the conservation of the butterflies he loved would most likely be successful if practice was based on an increased ecological knowledge of species’ habitat requirements and population dynamics. His research has been disseminated through numerous reports and instructions that David has written for professional and amateur practitioners (including farmers), and not least by his patient, skilful, enthusiastic and frequent teaching in the field of how to recognise the often subtle niche requirements of different target species, and how to generate and maintain these through different types of land management.
David’s best known and most important work has been his contribution to the Large Blue Butterfly restoration to the UK. This multi-faceted project, involving a wide partnership of voluntary and statutory conservation bodies, land-owners and volunteers, is generally regarded as the most successful long-term and largest conservation project involving lepidoptera in the world.