Dr Dan Danahar is a biodiversity educationalist, who has led a number of local initiatives within the city of Brighton & Hove, including persuading the public to count butterflies, which in turn inspired the national charity Butterfly Conservation to develop the Big Butterfly Count.
He has also introduced Butterfly Havens as a habitat restoration approach for chalk grassland butterflies, giving the public access to nature on their doorsteps. Dan is Executive Trustee of the charitable company Big Nature – www.bignature.co.uk, which aims to revitalise the relationship between people and their local wildlife by creating natural habitats within the UNESCO designated Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere region (The Living Coast).
He has and continues to produce two video series the “Butterflies of the Biosphere” and “Butterflies of the British Isles”, both of which can be viewed on YouTube. In addition, Dan administers two FaceBook discussion pages, ”The Butterflies of the Biosphere” and “Corfu Butterfly Conservation” and it’s through the latter that he has been working to set up a Corfu Butterfly Survey – www.corfubutterflies.org.uk
Most recently, Dan has been advocating a year long biodiversity celebration within the The Living Coast (TLC2020) to coincide with the end of the International Decade of Biodiversity in 2020, by working with a range of local environmental organisations.
Dan is an Environmental Science teacher at Dorothy Stringer School, Brighton.
Dan first started to work with us as a guide in 2018 when he co-led a successful tour to north Greece for spring butterflies. His next project with us will be an exciting holiday to Corfu for butterflies and other wildlife, scheduled for May 2020.
Follow Dan on Twitter @ButterflyDan
A sample from Dan’s video series…