Butterfly bonanza

Sunday 1st April 2012

Brown argus cpt Amy LewisBrown argus cpt Amy Lewis

A woodland walk is the perfect way to get in touch with nature – and from this time of year you’re likely to be bewitched by flying bling!

Butterflies are nature’s jewels in our woodlands and their magnificent colours will soon be seen across many of The Wildlife Trusts’ nature reserves. 

To help everyone get inspired by these fascinating flying insects, Wildlife Trusts across the UK are running ‘Our Woodland wildlife’ events - activities, walks and talks which celebrate woodlands to help everyone get closer to nature - on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 April. 

Plus there’s a new guide which shares special places in which to start searching.  The new guide 40 places to see woodland butterflies, lists some great nature reserves around the UK, owned or managed by The Wildlife Trusts, in which to spot both showy and shy species.  It is available to download at www.wildlifetrusts.org\woodlandbutterflies.

With more than 50 species of butterfly in the UK, ranging from the common large and green veined whites to the rare brown hairstreak and Adonis blue, The Wildlife Trusts want to encourage endless enthusiasm for these sometimes elusive aerial insects.

The Brown Argus is also a friendly butterfly - it lets you in quite close to photograph it!

To find events taking place near you and get ideas on how to enjoy the beauty of our varied habitats and get closer to wildlife; visit www.wildlifetrusts.org  where you’ll find plenty of ‘Our Woodland wildlife’ events and activities to choose from. 

Patrick Barkham is the author of The Butterfly Isles - A Summer in Search of our Emperors and Admirals.  During his journey around Britain in search of all 59 species, Patrick visited many Wildlife Trust nature reserves. 

He said:  "The Brown Argus might not be the most spectacular of Britain's 59 butterfly species but it is the one that started me off on my passion for butterflies.  One summer holiday, my Dad and I set out to try and find this ‘little brown job’ on Holme Dunes nature reserve, which is owned and managed by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. 

"There was something magical about that first day out butterflying - and when we finally found the Brown Argus I saw that brown butterflies could be beautiful too.  It is a rich chocolate colour with vivid orange crescents on its wings.  The Brown Argus is also a friendly butterfly - it lets you in quite close to photograph it!”

The Wildlife Trusts are working hard to protect and restore woodland so they are thriving with wildlife, including butterflies.  Butterflies are seen as a key indicator of the health of the natural environment and can give conservationists an idea of how well it is faring overall.  Management work to helping woodland butterflies flourish involves widening rides, coppicing and glade creation.  Work with local farmers is vital important as surrounding hedgerows are very important for populations. 

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