Join the Highlands and Isalnds Branch on this survey organised with RSPB of Kidney vetch, the food plant of the Small Blue butterfly, at Culbin Sands on the remote Nairn Bar.
This RSPB reserve supports a small local population of Small Blue and Kidney Vetch is the sole food plant of the caterpillars that live in the flower heads, feeding on the developing anthers and seeds. The survey will establish the presence and locations of kidney vetch on Nairn Bar, to help plan future habitat management work for the benefit of Small Blue butterfly.
Meet at 9am at the Forestry Commission Scotland (FSC) car park at Cloddymoss, Grid ref: NH982599, nearest postcode IV36 2TL.
Approx duration: Up to 8 hours! Nairn bar is remote and cut off from the mainland during high tides. It will therefore not be possible to return to the mainland until 5pm.
Please bring lunch, sun tan cream and enough food and water for a full day out, and dress for the weather.
PLEASE NOTE: Participants must have a good level of fitness and mobility. Although we have permission from FCS to drive through the forest to get close to the Bar, the walk out to and across the Bar will be about 10 miles on shingle, sand, wet and uneven ground and will involve crossing wide creeks.
There is the possibility of a second survey group working out of Kingsteps, which would not involve so much walking. So, if you are not so fit but would still like to help out, please contact Izzy.
Advance booking is essential - the number of participants is limited to 8, due to transportation constraints.
Leader contact details: Izzy Morgan (RSPB), email: Isabel.firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is taking place during Big Butterfly Count, the largest insect citizen science project in the world. Why not download an ID chart and take part in a 15-minute count during the event, which runs from 14 July - 6 August? The results help us see how butterflies are faring across the UK.