We're finding Section 3, the lower path through Fames Rough, is becoming increasingly blocked by thorn scrub, and it has been noticeable over the transects done so far in 2022 that we're not recording so many butterflies in Fames Rough as in previous seasons. The thorn makes it difficult for us to push our way through, seems to be choking out the flowering plants the butterflies feed upon and obscures our sight of any butterflies that may be there. It is vital that the scrub build-up is cleared to restore this important site for both butterflies and their food plants to thrive.
Survey by Brian Gardner, Graham H and Graham K submitted to Butterfly Conservation (UKBMS).
Report by Brian Gardner. Pics by Graham K and Brian G.
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Here you'll find details and pictures from the team carrying out our regular butterfly surveys (known as transects) over 26 weeks during Spring and Summer.