The Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly

A small pearl-bordered fritillary butterfly

Out in Sherbrook Valley, our ranger team have discovered the rare Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary butterfly. You can spot it in late May by looking for the mosaic of white, orange and brown on its wings.

This species is currently threatened, and is in real need of conservation and care. Our rangers have been working hard to make sure they thrive by clearing scrub that was invading their habitats, and opening gaps between trees to provide them with corridors that will encourage them to access a wider habitat. 

Our site in Staffordshire is the only known surviving site in the county. Beyond us, the nearest known populations are at Earl’s Hill in west Shropshire, which shows the real importance of our local colonies.

Last year, we had a great year for butterflies. Our lead ranger Rod recalls how beautiful it was to walk in the long grass by the Arch and see all the butterflies emerge. When the warmer weather comes around, we encourage you to go out into the Parkland and see what fluttering insects you can discover. 

Where to see some butterflies:

  • Out in the Parkland - The grassland is a great place to spot the Meadow brown, Holly blue, Small skipper and Ringlet Butterflies
  • Stafford and Lichfield Plantation - You can spot the Speckled wood and Comma butterflies in the woodland
  • Satnall Hills and the Arboretum - Look into the scrub to see the Gate keeper and Large skipper butterflies
  • The Sherbrook - Can you spot the Green veined white or the Orange tip butterflies on the edges of the stream?
  • Formal and Walled gardens - There's lots to spot in our gardens. Try and see if you can spot the Red admiral, Small tortoise shell and Peacock butterflies.

When you visit us to try and spot these special insects, you are directly supporting their care.