Help the Heath Fritillary
The Heath Fritillary is one of our rarest butterflies. The smallest of the fritillaries, this intricately patterned butterfly is found only in a few locations across the UK.
Thirty years ago the Heath Fritillary was on the verge of UK extinction but it has been brought back from the brink through targeted conservation work and now has a stronger foothold in both the south west and south east. In South East England the Heath Fritillary is found only in The Blean woodlands of Kent with the next nearest colony nearly 200 miles away. Our work with Kent Wildlife Trust and RSPB in this area has seen populations dramatically improve in response to targeted management, but there is still more to do. The dry start to 2017 affected the caterpillar foodplant Common Cow-wheat, and work is needed to ensure the work to save this butterfly has not been in vain.
Your support will allow us to carry out surveying and research work and enable us to co-ordinate the habitat management efforts with our partners to maintain the fragile population.
Watch over the Wood White
The Wood White is one of our daintiest butterflies. It is easily distinguishable by its slow flight through sunny, flower-rich woodland rides, edges and verges.
It is the UK’s third most threatened butterfly. It has suffered devastating declines, with numbers falling by 88% between 1976 and 2014. The western Low Weald on the Surrey/Sussex border is now the only place in the South East where it can be found.
Butterfly Conservation is developing a project to significantly increase the amount of habitat available in surrounding woodlands. Our work to protect the Wood White in Northamptonshire has already generated superb results, at Hardwick Forest Wood White numbers have increased tenfold between 2013 and 2015.
Your support will allow us to work with woodland owners and the Forestry Commission to develop a project that will allow the Wood White population to flourish in the South East.
Save the Silver-studded Blue
This delicate butterfly gets its name from the reflective, light blue spots on the underside of its wings, which help distinguish it from our more common blue butterflies.
The Silver-studded Blue has declined in distribution by 64% between 1976 and 2014. It is restricted to parts of southern England and Wales, but we need to gain a better understanding of its status here in the South East of England to ensure we can reverse its falling numbers.
Butterfly Conservation has developed a project to help build a clearer picture of this threatened butterfly in the region, but we can’t start work without your help. We will muster an army of local people to help search for the butterfly across the region, from Esher to Newbury, gathering the detailed information on local populations and habitat quality that is essential to inform our conservation work.
Your support will lead to more people taking part in recording the Silver-studded Blue, including local families, allowing them to spend time in nature and learn more about their local wildlife. We will protect this beautiful butterfly for future generations to enjoy.
Keep magnificent moths in Kent
East Kent is home to some of the UK’s rarest and most threatened moths. This is why we are developing an ambitious plan to deliver the UK’s largest moth conservation project to date.
This work will provide opportunities for local communities to help protect a variety of fascinating moths, which are only found here, including the stunning Sussex Emerald, the wasp-like Fiery Clearwing and the beautiful day-flying Black-veined Moth.
Your support will fund the recruitment of new volunteers and the training in the required skills to identify and protect moths in their local area. It will also help introduce school children and families to the wonderful world of moths on their doorstep, whilst ensuring these amazing species thrive.
Protect the beautiful landscapes and diverse wildlife in the south east of England.