We urgently need your help to purchase an important butterfly site.
Westbury Beacon is a short walk from our Stoke Camp reserve and is a place we have been concerned about for many years. Lack of proper management has left the site disappearing under dense gorse scrub – threatening the survival of the butterflies for which it is a vital refuge.
Butterfly Conservation now has the chance to buy this eight hectare site on the Mendips near Wells in Somerset and restore the open, flowery grassland habitats that the butterflies and so much other wildlife need to survive.
We need to raise £120,000 to secure the land and carry out the works needed to turn the site into a wonderful nature reserve sustaining threatened butterflies and moths.
Westbury Beacon needs to be a stronghold for butterflies
Thirty Four butterfly species have been recorded here since 2007 and it is one of the few places on the Mendip Hills where Dark Green Fritillary, Chalkhill Blue and Wall butterflies are managing to survive.
Westbury Beacon is a crucial link in a special landscape
Areas of limestone grassland, with associated woodland and scrub, stretch along several kilometres of the Mendip ridge, through a series of nature reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. These chains of habitats are vital for sustaining the populations of threatened species.
If we raise more than the required amount to purchase and manage Westbury Beacon, or if for any reason the sales does not go ahead, Butterfly Conservation will use your gift to support other butterfly and moth conservation work throughout the UK.