Butterflies at Dudmaston
With white-banded black wings and a distinctive delicate flight, the White Admiral butterfly is one of our more elusive and threatened woodland species. At Dudmaston, we're widening rides to allow more light to the woodland floor - good news for our population of this beautiful butterfly.
The White Admiral butterfly is widespread in southern England, extending just into Wales and northwards. Dudmaston, Comer Woods is a Shropshire stronghold for this species. On sunny days, these beautiful insects will quite often come down from the tree tops to nectar on bramble.
If you're lucky, you might spot the males gliding on woodland rides and basking on oak leaves from late June to early August.
We're widening rides and pathways in Comer Woods to let more light into the woodland. Increased light levels encourage wild flowers and grasses to grow, which is great news for our butterfly population.
The Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly is also doing very well in Dudmaston's woodland. Its flight period is the same as the White Admiral, so you might see both if you're very lucky.