RSPB get butterflies at Westonbirt Arboretum
Last modified: 25 July 2012
Visitors to The National Arboretum, Westonbirt, have a chance to learn more about our native butterflies with the RSPB this July whilst helping the Forestry Commission & Butterfly Conservation see what's about.
In Britain there are around 60 resident butterfly species, with 22 species commonly recorded in gardens. Westonbirt’s rich woodland habitat and abundant nectar plants should make for the perfect place to butterfly watch, and RSPB are hoping to help turn up rarer species such as White Admiral, Silver-washed Fritillary and White-letter Hairstreak.
As part of ‘Big Butterfly Count,’ the Butterfly Conservation’s annual nationwide survey, visitors are being invited to take part in 15-minute butterfly surveys, the results of which can be handed back to on-site RSPB Information Assistant Amy Martin.
The RSPB are also running guided butterfly walks through Westonbirt's Old Arboretum to help people identify species and learn more about these fragile and fascinating creatures.
"The RSPB works to protect all nature, not just birds. We're really looking forward to seeing what shows up!" explained the RSPB’s Amy Martin.
Guided butterfly walks are planned for 28 and 29 July, at 12.00 and 14.30. Guided walks are free after admission. For the guided walks please book in advance at Westonbirt Arboretum’s Great Oak Hall, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amy on 07747618141. Please note the walks are weather-dependent.