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Winged wonders of the Woods

Last modified: 15 May 2012

Comma butterfly on verbena in garden at The Lodge

You can be bedazzled by butterflies with a special event held by the RSPB at Fineshade Woods on Sunday 27 May. 

The last week in May is being hailed as ‘Save Our Butterflies Week’, highlighting the decline of these beautiful but fragile creatures.

The numbers of some species have dropped by half, and only avoid extinction thanks to action by groups such as Butterfly Conservation and the RSPB.

As part of the week, you can join a guided walk led by local butterfly expert Doug Goddard through Fineshade Woods.

The woods are part of the ancient Rockingham Forest and attract a wide range of the winged beauties, most of which are missed by the casual visitor.

You will have a gentle stroll in the wood, through sunny glades and dappled paths, to discover the delights of butterflies.

The woods are known to be home to at least 27 species of butterfly, though there are always new discoveries to be made.

The walk starts at 10:30 am, and costs £4 for adults, £2 for children. RSPB and Butterfly Conservation members are half price. Places are strictly limited so you should book in advance by calling 07912 667734.

Chris Andrews, RSPB visitor officer, said: “Butterflies are wonderful creatures that we should be taking care of. This is your chance to see some of their beauty, and in a glorious setting.”

More details about this and other events throughout the year can be found at the centre’s website: www.rspb.org.uk/toplodge.

Fineshade Wood is run by the Forestry Commission and is just off the A43 between Corby and Stamford (signposted Top Lodge, Fineshade) and within a short drive of both Peterborough and Leicester. There are toilets, a café and children’s play areas on the site, and a year-round programme of events.

How you can help

From scrub bashing to guided walks, the RSPB run events all around the UK

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