Butterflies on Alderley Edge

Common blue butterfly {Polyommatus icarus}

Do you know that over 20 species of butterfly have been sighted on Alderley Edge? We’ve a butterfly booklet available in the information shelter to tell you more.

Hedgerow heroes

The great news is you don't even have to venture far from the National Trust car park to hopefully get your first glimpse. Large White, Green-veined White and Orange Tip have all been known to lay their eggs in the hedgerow.

Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells, together with Comma, Painted Lady and Meadow White are just a few of the species which have made their home in the adjacent field. 

A step or two away

Venture through the woodland to Stormy Point and on to Engine Vein to catch a glimpse of Speckled Woods and Red Admirals basking in sunlit patches on the ground.

Those of you taking a longer stroll along the Historic Mines circuit may well be rewarded with a glimpse of more unusual species such as Common Blues and Small Coppers.

Butterfly booklet

If you'd like to learn more about the variety of butterflies at our property, a pamphlet is available from our recruiter at the Information Shelter in the car park. He's around most Sundays as well as Wednesdays during school holidays.