Dig for Butterflies here! 22 Sept 2009

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Tuesday 22 Sept 2009, 2pm – 5pm
Butterfly conservation task at Sheepdrove

Foodplants for Marsh Fritillary toasted by Peter Kindersley, Bob Anderson, Jason Ball, Chris Blunt, Phil Robbshaw

Foodplants for Marsh Fritillary toasted by Peter Kindersley, Bob Anderson, Jason Ball, Chris Blunt, Phil Robbshaw

It’s the Autumnal Equinox on 22 September, when day length equals night, and the days shorten from now on. Make the most of the daylight! Join us on a butterfly conservation task, as part of the Sheepdrove Rare Butterfly Project.

Be part of our ambitious plans – dig for butterflies! Help to plant 40 potted Devils-bit Scabious to attract Marsh Fritillary plus 120 Horseshoe Vetch to attract Chalkhill Blue. This is the next stage of the work that volunteers have kindly helped us to achieve.

“We aim to establish the most southern colony of Marsh Fritillary in Oxfordshire and the second colony known in Berkshire!” announces Jason Ball, who devised the Sheepdrove Rare Butterfly Project.

“The Lambourn Valley is an important part of the country for rare butterflies. The habitat needed by many butterflies have been nudged to the periphery of towns and industrialised farmland. We are fortunate at Sheepdrove Organic Farm to have the chance to recover some of the numbers of species such as the Marsh Fritillary, Small Blue and Chalkhill Blue.”

marsh fritillary (c) jasonpball

Marsh Fritillary needs new colonies to escape local extinction

“The owners, Peter and Juliet Kindersley, have lived nearly 40 years in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and took to heart the cause of biodiversity conservation long ago. They restored 75 hectares of flower-rich downland which is the foundation for our latest Lepidopteran ambitions for Sheepdrove Rare Butterfly Project, funded by the Kindersleys and Natural England.”

  • Light refreshments provided.
  • Please be prepared for changing weather. Wear tough outdoor footwear and clothes. Bring gardening gloves if you have them.
  • Meet at the farm office, Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Sheepdrove Road, Lambourn. Map and directions at www.sheepdrove.com/153.htm

Contact Jason Ball on 01488 674727.

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As seen at the Berkshire Biodiversity newsletter 2009 in the Newbury Weekly News and on the BBC Berkshire nature pages.

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