Butterflies at Dudmaston

White admiral butterfly 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 is the largest of the fritillary butterflies
Silver washed fritillary butterly heddon valley
The Silver-washed Fritillary is the largest of the fritillary butterflies

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. 

Butterfly walks

Volunteer Roger Littleover is leading two butterfly walks around Comer Woods on 24 June and 1 July.

With Roger as your guide, you'll walk down two rides which offer the chance to spot the White Admiral. Then you'll venture out into open fields where the numbers of the Essex Skipper butterfly have increased in the last 5 years. Butterflies love the sunshine, so let's hope for warm weather.

The walk is a free activity and but please do let us know you're coming by booking your space in advance. For more information, visit our what's on page.