Friday, 10 June 2011

Surveying of rare butterflies on Hopcott

Over 20 people turned out despite dubious weather forecasts to take part in Heath Fritillary survey techniques training today- organised in partnerhsip between Butterfly Conservation, The Crown Estate, Exmoor National Park, and National Trust.

The day kicked off with instruction from Jenny Plackett on survey techniques, and the importance of this butterfly- one of the rarest in the world, but has a stronghold on this part of Exmoor National Park.

As you can see from the picture, I not only got to see some, but managed to get a photo for once!

Part of the reason these butterflies are so rare is that they are quite exacting about the sort of habitat they require, and to keep the habitat in suitable condition takes a serious effort and expense- that is a debate to be had another day, but there are events being planned for the future to promote the work that goes on to keep our heaths in good condition for all sorts of wildlife, so keep and eye on our events page for details of upcoming events and training, and as ever to get involved in management for these, and many other key species, do contact us on for more information.

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