Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons are alive with rare butterflies and flies. The best months to spot them are April through to July when they start to emerge. Here are just a few of the rarest you can find living on the Commons.
You can see green hairstreak butterflies in the dry, scrubby areas of the Commons. They spend most of their time perched on vegetation sunbathing.
Despite spreading rapidly in the 1990s, numbers of brown argus butterflies have fallen recently. Spotting one on the Commons is a real treat.
You're most likely to spot a chalkhill blue butterfly on a warm, sunny day on the Commons.
Often mistaken for a bee, you might be lucky and spot the dotted bee fly on the short grass that has been well grazed by the cattle.
The Duke of Burgundy is one of the most rapidly declining butterflies in the country. The Commons are a sanctuary for this rare butterfly.
Preferring the sparce or eroding vegetation on the Commons, this delicate little butterfly is in decline.
Resembling a bee in appearance and behaviour, the rare downland villa bee fly has beaten all the odds and can now be found on the Commons.
The adonis blue is not only a beautiful butterfly, it's also one of the Cotswold's greatest conservation stories.