Roger GibbonsRoger Gibbons lives on the south coast of France for most of the year and has done so for the past eight years. He is on a personal quest to see all 240 mainland species and to date he has seen 221. He actively researches the Countries butterflies of the PACA (Provence, Alpes, Côte d’Azur) and submits his data to French national and regional databases of conservation bodies. Roger studies the ecology and regional variation of species within the PACA region and has a particular interest in the identification of Pyrgus (Grizzled Skippers), of which there are 14 species in France.

Roger is also a keen photographer and shares his butterfly images and knowledge on his own Butterflies of France website. His photos are widely published and he also gives presentations on European butterflies to UK conservation groups and various other groups, including U3A (University of the Third Age). He helped to organise the 2013 Internation EIG and Proserpine Conference on Butterfly Conservation in France. His in-depth knowledge and passion for butterflies combined with his easy going manner make him an ideal guide for the French Alps holiday.