Local nature lover Roger Littleover has been thrilling Love Bridgnorth with his pictures of the Bridgnorth otters, and also has stunning landscapes. But his passion is for nature generally – and in particular butterflies.
He’s drawn my attention to the great work being done in the Shropshire areas of conservation. Elan Valley Pipeline and Prees Heath have produced good numbers of Silver-studded Blue and Pearl-bordered Fritillary, and the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary have done very well as a result of the conservation in these areas.
Roger attended a few work parties last year clearing brash and brier, and is keen to highlight the important work Mike Williams and Stephen Lewis, who head up conservation for Wyre Forest and Lewis Prees Heath respectively, do for Butterfly Conservation in Shropshire.
So why not join in one of the activites and go and help out or merely enjoy these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat?
Saturday 4 May – Llanymynech Rocks Butterfly Walk
Meet at 2pm, at the Shropshire Wildlife Trust car park at the end of Underhill Lane in Pant, a few yards south of the Cross Guns pub (Grid Ref SJ267218).
Contact Simon Spencer on 01691 648339 & 07866 428875 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if the weather appears at all unsuitable.
Wednesday 18 May – Prees Heath Common Reserve work party
Meet at 10.30am. Birch seedling and Ragwort clearance and SSB caterpillar hunt.
All events are free of charge and everyone is welcome to come along. For all events meet on the access track opposite the Steel Heath turning off the A49 (Grid Ref SJ557363). Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact: Stephen Lewis, warden on 07900 886809 or email: email@example.com
Saturday 21 May – Haugh Wood Butterfly Walk
Meet at 2pm at Forestry Commission car park (Grid Ref S0593365). This car park is off the minor road from Mordiford to Woolhope. Target species: Wood White & Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Children very welcome with accompanying adults. No dogs please.
Contact: Bob Hall 01432 850623 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 21 May – Siege Wood, Woolhope Butterfly Walk
Meet at 1pm at Siege Wood in Herefordshire close to the village of Woolhope (GR SO605343). SiegeWood is owned by Mark O’Brien and Liz Vice and is of great importance for butterflies, moths and other animals.
The nationally declining Wood White butterfly has colonised in recent years as the site has gradually been de-coniferised. The rare Pearl-bordered Fritillary breeds in nearby Haugh Woods and it is hoped may take up residence here too.
Nine hibernating dormice were found in one coppice coupe this winter! The flora in the open areas rivals that of any limestone grassland.
Leader: Mark O’Brien. Contact prior to the date: Kate Wollen on 07786 526280, contact on the day: Liz Vice on 07749 880277.
Sunday 29 May – Prees Heath Common 10th Anniversary BioBlitz
2pm until late. A family fun day to enjoy all the wildlife of the reserve with an evening BBQ. Booking is essential. All events are free of charge and everyone is welcome to come along. Details at www.preesheathcommonreserve.co.uk Contact: Stephen Lewis, warden on 07900 886809 or email: email@example.com