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What's On Thu, 3rd December 2020





Butterfly Conservation have put together a video for people to watch during lockdown as part of the local Chiddingfold Wood White Project.  This should give people an idea of things they can do to help wildlife in their own gardens, especially butterflies and moths. 

Settle down and enjoy the show  - https://youtu.be/WFb8fkZ_mLs (youtube video link)


If you are interested in finding out more, please see the April project update below:


Wood White Butterfly Project – Lockdown Update April 2020      

By Fiona Haynes - Conservation Officer – Moths and Chiddingfold Wood White Project Officer.

Click on the link to visit the Butterfly Conservation website.

Hopefully you are already aware that there is a project happening in your area to help the rare Wood White butterfly along with many other species.  This started in September 2019 and is running for 3 years.  The project has been progressing really well – I have visited 19 landowners in the area to discuss management for Wood White, earmarked lots of sites for creating Wood White flower strips full of their foodplants, and we have an active volunteer workforce already making some significant improvements to the habitat, particularly in the blocks of woodland that form Chiddingfold Forest SSSI. 

The Wood White is a real rarity, with only one population left in the south-east.  This is comprised of isolated colonies in the woodland glades and rides of Chiddingfold Forest primarily, near Dunsfold, Chiddingfold, Plaistow, Hambledon, Ebernoe and Grayswood.  We aim to link the colonies and encourage the species to spread by creating new areas of suitable habitat in as many places as possible by working with local landowners. 

The butterfly isn’t entirely restricted to woodland but relies on the sheltered conditions that woodland glades and rides provide, so edges of woodland and sheltered hedgerows may also be used. Crucially it needs foodplants for the larvae to eat – these are Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Greater Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Tufted Vetch, Meadow Vetchling and Bitter Vetch.  Also, a range of nectar sources are required for the adult butterflies, some of the favourites including Bugle, Greater Stitchwort, Ragged Robin and Fleabane.  The habitat needs to be managed sensitively, with not all of the breeding habitat being cut in any one year.  A rotational management method is advised, ensuring that areas of longer vegetation are always left as sites for egg laying and overwintering, as well as shorter areas to reduce competition from more vigorous plants such as the sedges, brambles and young trees, thereby ensuring that the more delicate foodplants and nectar sources can continue to grow.       

Text Box: Wood White on Tufted Vetch - Bob Eade










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