Summer work

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Summer is almost here and following the coppice management work along the railway line, there is now some different work to do.

A newly created coppiced clearing is the perfect habitat for the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, whose caterpillars feed on violets.

The ranger and volunteers have now started timed butterfly counts in this area looking in particular for this distinctively marked butterfly.  The counts will continue through the summer months so that a picture can be built showing the results of our woodland management.

These glades will also benefit other butterflies, including the Comma with its' scalloped wings and Speckled Wood.