UCCWG – Butterflies


Two volunteer workdays are being planned to benefit the rare and declining Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Butterfly, which still has a few important populations locally.

The first of thefritilleryse will be in the Pant-y-lidan valley on Sunday January 26th 2014, where last year a small group of volunteers cut back scrub to create a glade alongside a footpath and Dog Violets (the foodplant for the fritillary caterpillars) came back strongly from buried seed.

The second day will be at Black Mountain 2 on February 9th 2014 where the same group has cut and cleared rushes in past years, and where the fritillaries were seen nectaring again after an absence of two years.

If you would like to help us actively conserve the fritillaries and strengthen their populations in the Upper Clun area, please sign up for either or both workdays in the New Year.

Nick Williams, formerly Midlands Fritillaries Project Officer with the charity Butterfly Conservation, will arrange and lead the tasks. He can be contacted on 0121 550 9853 or by email at nw4frits@talktalk.net


Would you be interested in taking part in an exciting and varied Heritage Project in Mortimer Forest?

West Midlands Butterfly Conservation and Woods for Wellbeing are currently applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund and are looking for people who are interested in learning about how to survey and monitor the wildlife at Mortimer and who would like to contribute to researching Mortimer Forest heritage and sharing it with the Ludlow community.

Training will be given in a variety of conservation skills including surveying and monitoring of the rare Wood White butterfly. Enthusiasm and commitment is much more important than experience.

At this stage we are just trying to get an idea of the level of interest in the project, so no one is expected to commit to anything but if you are interested, contacting me now will give you priority choice about taking part if and when the funding is granted. We are particularly keen to hear from you if you are living and/or working in the Ludlow area.

Please contact Julia Walling for details on 01584 874636 or 07796 596451 or email her at julia.walling@btinternet.com

Page updated: 01/05/2016 by AJA