Butterflies at Croft

A male Common Blue butterfly in Wiltshire

From late Spring to early Autumn, butterflies give a splash of colour throughout the countryside at Croft. Follow our handy guide to discover the best places to spot them.

Large, small and green-veined whites are what’s known as generalists, they aren’t fussy about their habitats so can be found almost everywhere. They are tricky to tell apart though; look out for obvious wing venation on green-veined and a black patch extending down the forewing in large. Small whites have less extensive black patches on their wings.

A small white at Croft Castle in Herefordshire
A Small White male butterfly on a white dahlia
Green Veined Whites can be found almost everywhere at Croft
A Male Green Veined White butterfly in May in Herefordshire

Our shady woodlands such as Fishpool Valley are perfect for Speckled Woods whilst the more open pathways on the banks of the Lugg in Pokehouse Wood are the best place to see spectacular Silver-Washed Fritillaries. You could be really lucky and see their fantastic mating display; the male loop-de-loops the female as she flies along, giving her a waft of his pheromones.

If you fancy venturing up to Croft Ambrey, you won’t be disappointed by the range of butterflies. Beautiful Common Blues and Small Coppers are abundant along the tracks through recently felled conifer and at the hill fort itself, Marbled Whites have been spotted in the grassland.

Marbled Whites have been spotted in the grassland at Croft Ambrey
A Marbled White butterfly in June

Keep an eye out for Meadow Browns and Ringlets throughout the walk. Why not take a detour to the Wood Pasture Barn on the way down and tell us what you’ve seen? We love to hear about people’s wonderful wildlife experiences at Croft.

Remember, there are over 20,000 species of insect in Britain and only 46 are butterflies. So get out there and enjoy the other 19,554 of them!