Butterfly bonus in Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area

Wednesday 29th July 2015

common blue butterfliescommon blues getting a boost here

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country’s nature improvement work across the conurbation has given a boost to butterflies which are fast disappearing in other areas.

There is concern across the country that the common blue is one species now becoming much less fitting of its name as numbers decrease due to loss of habitat, but with 40 new meadows created across the urban conurbation in the past 2 years and more planned in the next few years, there is hope that numbers could start to recover locally.

Common blue butterflies rely on high quality, species rich grassland, as their caterpillars feed on plants such as clover and bird’s-foot trefoil, so the meadows that have been created locally should provide a great habitat for them.

The Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive, Georgia Stokes, explains: “Urban areas can provide a large amount of habitat for butterflies, bees and other species that have been struggling recently. We are very proud of the work we’re doing to ensure that there is a network of homes for these iconic species and we want people to be proud of their local green spaces and the role they’re playing in conserving nature.

“Our Trust and other partners across Birmingham and the Black Country are leading the way in this country in showing that investing in urban nature conservation can have huge benefits both for wildlife and also for the communities whose health and happiness is boosted by connecting with it. We are involving people in monitoring the success of these projects by reporting back on what plants are growing there, but we’d also love people to report any sightings of common blue butterflies as part of the Big Butterfly Count.”

The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country also promote wildlife gardening and encourage people to grow flowers that will attract and sustain butterflies. The Big Butterfly Count is organised by Butterfly Conservation and records can be sent to them or via social media using the hashtag #ButterflyCount.
 

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