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   WOOD WHITE BUTTERFLY IN CHIDDINGFOLD!    18 August, 2020

A sighting of the rare Wood White Butterly in the village has been reported and luckily also captured on camera. 

Small colonies of this butterfly, which is now rare in England and Ireland and Wales, are known to be in nearby areas between Chiddingfold, Dunsfold and Plaistow (this is the only Wood White habitat area in the South East, but has 20% of the UK Wood White population), they do not travel far and one hasn't been seen in Chiddingfold for years.

The butterfly is the subject of an active campaign by Butterfly Conservation to support its habit.  Fiona Hayes of Butterfly Conservation has been working with local residents to encourage wild flower areas and grass cutting pratices that will provide food and more breeding habitats.

The Parish Council has changed grass cutting practices in several areas, including at Combe Common in order to improve wildlife diversity and going forward, other changes to encourage the Wood White are planned.

Find out more about the Wood White and the work Butterfly Conservation are doing to support it, here.

Photograph of Female Wood White - spotted in St Mary's Churchyard in August 2020 and photographed by Phil Darley:

Image of female Wood White Butterfly on flower

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