Peter Cribb

1920 - 1993

Peter Cribb was a stalwart and outstanding member of the AES from joining in 1953 through to his untimely death in 1993 at the age of 73, after a short illness. Peter was elected to the Council of the AES in 1957 on which he served until he died. He undertook many roles within the Society including those of General Editor and President, and in recognition of his immense contribution to the Society, he was elected as an Honorary Life Member in 1980.

Peter's first article to be published in the Bulletin was in 1956 and well over 150 articles were to follow. As General Editor he oversaw the publication of several of the Society's books. Vol.18 'Breeding the British Butterflies' written by Peter reflected his tremendous knowledge of our native butterflies.

Peter's love of natural history was not confined to Lepidoptera, as he greatly enjoyed fishing, bee-keeping and he had an in-depth knowledge of plants. He actively campaigned against habitat destruction and was the prime motivator in successfully opposing the destruction, by ploughing, of Ditchling Common.

The Cribb Award is a fitting tribute to the memory of a man who gave so much to ensure the growth and success of our Society. The Award is open to all individuals permanently resident in the United Kingdom, both amateurs and professionals, with the exception of members of the adjudicating panel. The successful candidate will have been deemed to have made a significant contribution to invertebrate conservation beyond the call of duty.