This workshop is aimed at those who are interested in learning more about the Marsh Fritillary and gaining the skills and knowledge required to be able to survey for their caterpillars.
Larval web counts are one of the easiest ways to survey for Marsh Fritillary. The caterpillars form conspicious webs which are relatively easy to count during late summer. On the workshop we will spend the morning at East Shallowford Farm learning about the ecology and lifecycle of the Marsh Fritillary, its habitat requirements and everything you would need to know to get involved with the national monitoring of this threatened species. After lunch we will head to a nearby farm to practice what we have learnt and complete a web count.
The day will be 'hand's on' and based entirely outdoors so please wear clothes suitable for the weather conditions and bring waterproofs with you just in case. As the name suggests, Marsh Fritillary often live in damp places so wellies or high sided waterproof boots are advised. Tea/coffee and cake will be provided at lunchtime, but please bring your own picnic-style lunch.
As part of the All the Moor Butterflies project this workshop is provided free of charge, but places are limited so booking is essential please. There is also limited parking at East Shallowford so car sharing will be highly encouraged. To book or find out more please contact Megan Lowe on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07827 460767