With a variable weather forecast during the previous week, the forecast suddenly showed an improvement for the allocated Roborough day, Thursday 29th September 2016, so 16 of us met up for a day working on environmental improvements for the Fritillary butterfly, 3 species being currently endangered due to loss of natural habitat – these being the Marsh Fritillary, the High Brown Fritillary and the Heath Fritillary.

Derek transported tools, bags and some volunteers down nearer the work site in the new DPA Vehicle, the rest of us making the short walk downhill.

Jenny Plackett, the Two Moors Threatened Butterfly Project officer gave us a briefing of the required tasks which involved creating tracks through the dense bracken and removal of invasive Alder buckthorn and other saplings which would in time return this area of the moor to woodland creating unfavourable shading to the caterpillar feeding environment.

 

Planning the day.

Planning the day.

The brash that resulted was made into habitat piles with logs to weigh it down reducing air gaps, encouraging invertebrates to take up occupation.

Habitat piles.

Habitat piles.

The weather stayed warm and dry all day with the exception of a short shower when returning to the carpark.

Cleared path.

Cleared path.

Overall a successful day with Jenny pleased with the extent (and quality) of work achieved.

Cleared glades.

Cleared glades.

Thanks to all the volunteers – Sylvia Hamilton, John and Rachel Watson, John and Elaine Viant, Hilary Luce, Peter Butcher, Claude Williams, Keith Ryan, Derek Collins, Chris Francis, Christian Brook and David Turrell, with special thanks to Valerie Barns for providing the cake.

Stephen Barrow