Nettles and thistles
While thistles and nettles do provide food for butterflies such as peacock and small tortoiseshell, other wildflowers on Glastonbury Tor support a different range of insects including Burnett Moth (a small red moth with black spots) and marbled white butterflies. Insects in turn provide food for skylarks swallows swifts and other birds and bats.
Teams of Trust staff, volunteers and visitors work alongside other local groups and residents with other groups and local residents to remove some nettles and thistles by hand. We remove these where we can, to protect other species and it also prevents the roots of both from disrupting important archaeology on the Tor.
Watch out for kestrels at the end of summer. Swallows gather here to feast on insects before flying off for the winter. You may catch an aerial view of a Green woodpecker as you climb the Tor.
Badgers, rabbits, foxes
The Tor is also home to badgers, rabbits and foxes. Look out for the rabbits early in the morning. The badgers and foxes will come out later in the evening.
Grazing the Tor
The Tor is managed by grazing sheep and cows. The livestock help to keep the grass short in a natural and traditional way.
Large Blue butterfly
Collard Hill is the only place in Britain where you're freely able to see this incredibly rare and special butterfly. We've dedicated this hillside to the conservation of the Large Blue and helping you engage with this most curious of insects.
Large Blue blog
If you fancy finding out more about the Large Blue then visit our blog
. From June to mid-July you can keep up to date with the latest news, weather and photos from Collard Hill.