A second site for the Butterfly Habitat Conservation Project was started on 29th January 2016.
Following agreement by the DPA Conservation team to continue supporting the 2 Moors Threatened Butterfly Project, we agreed with Jenny Placket , the project officer, to carry out work on a second site on Roborough Down to improve habitat for Pearl-bordered and High Brown Fritillary butterflies, by removing trees and gorse which overshadow the bracken feeding areas.
The site selected was to the south of Bedford Bridge old railway viaduct although access to the area was from the Longash road.
January was a particularly wet month with several of the DPA conservation days being cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.
The forecast for the Roborough day varied during the week before and whilst not being completely favourable the decision was taken to proceed with the workday.
Derek Collins’ son. Christopher. was again able to assist us with transporting tools and bags to the work area in his Landrover.
Christopher and Keith worked with chainsaws cutting the trees and stumps from previous clearance whilst the other team members stacked the brash in piles clear of the bracken.
A steady drizzle continued for most of the morning with a slight let up around lunch time and then set in again as we packed up and returned to the carpark mid afternoon.
Thanks to all those volunteering for the project – Chris Francis, Claude Williams, Derek Collins, Christopher Collins, Hilary Luce, Hilary Marshall, John Lucas, Keith Ryan, Peter Butcher, Rachel Watson, Sylvia Hamilton and Val Barns.
A special thanks to Sylvia for the cake, and to Christopher for giving his time and providing the transport.
Further information on the Butterfly Project can be found on:
Photos: Jenny Plackett