Stepping up for the Silver-studded Blue

Silver-studded Blue (male/upperwing)

The Silver-studded Blue and the White-spotted Pinion are just two of the threatened butterflies and moths in the East of England to have benefitted from Butterfly Conservation’s work.

Our ground-breaking landscape scale conservation approach across the region has led to an upturn in the fortune of these and other threatened species but we need your help to make sure these hard won gains are not lost.

The White-spotted Pinion was the focus of a project in Cambridgeshire in 2010 and 2011, which also improved habitat for the White-letter Hairstreak through an extensive programme to increase the stock of elm tree, upon which both species depend. The White-spotted Pinion was recorded at 22 new sites as a result of this project.

On the Ipswich Heaths, work continues apace for the Silver-studded Blue with a programme of scrub clearance and heathland restoration for this butterfly and for the Lunar Yellow Underwing moth. As recently as the 1980s at one of the project sites, Purdis Heath, over 2,000 Silver-studded Blues were regularly counted. Tragically the count for 2012 was just three but now in the second year of our project this trend of decline has begun to be reversed, with a count of 40 in 2013.

We need to raise further funding to ensure that the habitat improvements are sustained on key sites and that we keep the landowners and our other partners ‘on board’ through regular advisory visits, encouragement and even gentle nagging.

Please support our work helping the East’s rare butterflies and moths

The Brecks and the Ipswich Heaths were selected for special attention because they still hold important populations of special butterflies and moths, like the Silver-studded Blue and the Lunar Yellow Underwing. But there are many other habitats, landscapes and species in the region which urgently need our help too.

Butterflies and moths are highly vulnerable to changes in habitat management. There have been dramatic changes in our countryside and for more than five decades populations of many species have declined.

Butterfly Conservation has shown how these disastrous declines can be reversed. But we need your help now so we can build on the great progress that we are making.

Although many funders have generously supported our projects in these landscapes, most will not, as a matter of policy, provide repeat funding for ongoing work – however successful.
This is why we need to call on Butterfly Conservation’s members and supporters for help at this critical moment.

Help to give the butterflies and moths in these landscapes a lasting future

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