The Forest of Dean is home to a number of beautiful and increasingly rare species of butterflies and moths. One such is the small pearl bordered fritillary, which need open space and grazed clearings within the forest in which to live and breed.
This butterfly is known as an indicator of a high quality environment. Where this species thrives many other rare and local species also do well.
How to Get Involved:
If you would like to get involved in this project, please contact
Forest Voluntary Action Forum tel: 01594 822073 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Before November 2016 this project will:
Between 2017 - 2022 the project will:
Simon Glover - tel: 01989 566443 email: email@example.com
In the 1980’s there were over 40 breeding colonies throughout the forest open ground. Now in 2015 we are down to only two colonies. Sheep numbers and grazing levels fell further following Foot and Mouth in 2000 and it has been a downward spiral for this butterfly since. If we can restore habitat and open space links this will also benefit other species such as Wood White, Grizzled Skipper and Dingy Skipper.
This project is part of the larger plan to create or restore a network of open spaces throughout the Forest to allow the butterfies and moths to flourish again. It is important to get the habitat restored from the current scrub, brambles and bracken.
photo credit: Nick Williams